Calif agency says PG&E should pay $2.25B for blast

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California agency investigating the deadly 2010 gas pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood recommended Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. pay a $2.25 billion fine for its negligence leading…

Pa. man accused in art thefts at NYC-area estate

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man faces larceny, money laundering and other charges stemming from the alleged theft of six art works including a Pablo Picasso etching from a suburban New York City estate. Brooklyn and Long…

Baltimore schools CEO announces retirement

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andrés Alonso will retire at the end of the school year, after six years of leading the district and orchestrating a turnaround for a system ailing from decades of…

Tiger, mountain lions seized from Kansas property

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tiger and two mountain lions were among a menagerie of wild cats seized from private farmland in rural northeast Kansas, where they lived in inadequate chain-link enclosures and weren’t properly fed or…

Sept. 11 cited in NY courthouse security plan

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal courthouse blocks from the World Trade Center is getting a $10 million security boost. Authorities repeatedly cited the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in announcing the security improvement to Manhattan’s newest…

Jewelry store owner reaches plea deal in KPMG case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owner of a San Fernando Valley jewelry store has reached a plea agreement for his role in an insider-trading case involving a senior partner with KPMG LLP. The Department of Justice says that…

Minn. prepares to dispose of I-35W bridge parts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is preparing to give victims, historians and engineers a chance to claim some of the crumpled steel wreckage from the deadly 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge before the rest is sold for…

Tony bounce? What Tony bounce at the box office?

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award nominations often mean a big bump at the box office, but not this year so far. “Kinky Boots,” ”Matilda: The Musical,” ”Pippin” and “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” — the four shows that…

Josh Ritter protests Pa. college’s gay policy

GRANTHAM, Pa. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter says he won’t play a central Pennsylvania Christian college again unless it changes its policy against “homosexual behavior.” Ritter made the announcement on Facebook hours after playing a Friday night concert…

Some international travelers to get fast screening

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is expanding its expedited airport security screening program to some international travelers for the first time. The Transportation Security Administration said passengers flying internationally from 40 US airports may be eligible to receive…

Pa. House passes proposal to lower business taxes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House is giving its approval to a bill that would eventually cut business taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars a year while i……

Ex-Iowa official guilty in gay marriage fraud case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa court official has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forgery for filing false documents to issue an invalid marriage license to a same-sex couple from Florida. Former Grundy County deputy clerk Brigitte…

Body found during search for missing woman, 83

WASHINGTON (AP) — Searchers looking for an 83-year-old woman who went missing after arriving at a Washington airport from Barbados have found a body near the airport. U.S. Park Police spokesman Paul Brooks says a body was found…

Chicago case alleges ties to North Korea

CHICAGO (AP) — A Taiwanese businessman and his son are charged in Chicago with trying to bypass a U.S. ban on the export of machinery that could have been used for weapons production in North Korea. The U.S.…
School Evacuation

Threat Found on School Wall

Nearly 350 students were evacuated from the Youngstown Community School on the city’s South Side after a threat was found written on a bathroom wall. …

Prosecutors say soldier had cigarette, then killed

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A court-martial is underway at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington against an Army sergeant for the fatal shootings of five fellow servicemen in Iraq. Sgt. John Russell, of Sherman, Texas, already pleaded…

Cranberry farmers struggle as surplus drops prices

MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. cranberry farmers who spent millions of dollars to replant and expand bogs face a financial crisis after a huge harvest in Canada flooded the market and sent prices plummeting. Farmers in Wisconsin, the leading…

Cranberry farmers struggle as surplus drops prices

MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. cranberry farmers who spent millions of dollars to replant and expand bogs face a financial crisis after a huge harvest in Canada flooded the market and sent prices plummeting. Farmers in Wisconsin, the leading…