BC-AP News Digest 6:10 pm
BC-AP News Digest 6:10 pm
Feb. 23, 2015
The world at 6:10 p.m. Times are EST.
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NEW & DEVELOPING
— Adds CANADA-OIL TRAIN DERAILS; RISKY JUSTICE, HFR; CHRISTIE-PENSIONS; ISRAEL-LEAKED CABLES.
— CONGRESS-HOMELAND — Will be updated after Senate procedural vote, which is underway.
— VERMONT-GRUBER CONTRACT — Vermont auditor: MIT economist may have padded bills to state for work on new health system. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing.
— GOOGLE WIRELESS PAYMENTS — Google's mobile wallet service to be built into Android phones sold by AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile. SENT: 550 words, photo.
— 2016-LABOR — Labor chief Trumka promises aggressive push to make 2016 presidential hopefuls address wages. SENT: 530 words.
— GIRL STRANGLED-MOTEL — Court records: Missouri man lured 6-year-old girl to motel room with snacks, then killed her. SENT: 430 words.
— WASHINGTON POLICE SHOOTING-CLAIM — High-profile Ferguson lawyer to represent family of man killed by police in Washington state. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— YANKEES-RODRIGUEZ — Alex Rodriguez reports to Yankees following drug suspension, 3 days ahead of schedule. SENT: 340 words, photos.
— NFL COMBINE-WORKOUTS — Byron Jones makes huge leap with record-breaking broad jump at NFL combine's final workouts. SENT: 140 words, photos.
GENEVA — Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran report progress on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran's nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that could be used to make atomic arms. By George Jahn and Bradley Klapper. SENT: 980 words, photo, audio.
CANADA-OIL TRAIN DERAILS
TORONTO — A fiery oil train derailment in Ontario this month suggests new U.S. and Canadian safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate, Canada's transport safety investigator says. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 830 words.
RISKY JUSTICE, HFR
WASHINGTON — States are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive, new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit future crimes and who might be safe to release, despite serious problems and high-profile failures, an Associated Press investigation found. By Eileen Sullivan and Ronnie Greene. UPCOMING: 800 words at 3 a.m., video, photos, audio. A 3,100-word version will also be available. Also moved in advance. HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 3 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts. By Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 800 words, photo.
— PEANUT ALLERGY-TIPS — What to know: Study finds that giving infants peanut foods may help prevent peanut allergies. SENT: 290 words, photo.
BIRTH CONTROL, HFR
CHICAGO — Long-acting but reversible methods of birth control are becoming increasingly popular among U.S. women, with IUDs redesigned after safety scares and the development of under-the-skin hormone implants, a CDC report shows. Still, birth control pills remain the most popular contraceptive method nationwide. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 440 words. HOLD FOR RELEASE AT 12:01 a.m.
NEW YORK — What the Academy Awards were missing turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of non-white contenders for its major acting awards this year became a focus on the day nominations were announced. Issues of diversity could not be missed on the show — from the opening joke on. By David Bauder. SENT: 910 words, photos.
— OSCARS-RATINGS — Nielsen says 36.6 million saw Oscars telecast, down 16 percent from year before. SENT: 340 words, photo.
— DISNEY SHINES AT OSCARS — Disney's Oscar wins for "Big Hero 6" and "Feast" prove the studio can win big without Pixar. SENT: 500 words, photo.
JUNEAU, Alaska — Long before Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana, Alaska had the most lax pot laws in the nation. On Tuesday, it will become the third state to allow the recreational use of marijuana, but lawmakers still haven't decided the rules that will govern the industry. By Molly Dischner. SENT: 680 words, photos.
— LEGAL MARIJUANA-ALASKA-NEWS GUIDE — Questions to ponder as Alaska legalizes recreational marijuana use. UPCOMING: 450 words by 6:30 p.m.
TRENTON, N.J. — Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the state's Democrat-controlled Legislature must find $1.57 billion to put into pension funds for retired public workers, a judge rules. The decision is a major blow to the governor as he prepares to run for president. By Michael Catalini and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 670 words.
DALLAS — Freezing rain coats parts of Texas with ice, leading to hundreds of cancelled flights and a delay in the "American Sniper" murder trial. SENT: 580 words, photos.
PRESCOTT, Ariz. — The brother of an American woman who was killed after spending months as a hostage of Islamic State militants says Kayla Mueller's situation worsened after the government traded five Taliban commanders for a captive U.S. soldier. SENT: 410 words, photos.
NEW YORK — The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority backed a series of terrorist attacks in the early 2000s in Israel that killed or wounded several Americans, a U.S. jury finds in awarding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages at a high-stakes civil trial. By Jennifer Peltz and Tom Hays. SENT: 840 words, photos.
CHICAGO — In a city where the voters take pride in tough-talking politicians, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's combative style will be put to the test Tuesday as he tries to win a second term without being forced into a runoff. By Sophia Tareen. SENT: 760 words, photos.
ATHENS, Greece — Caught between its own defiant campaign pledges and pressure from creditors, Greece's left-wing government will deliver a list of reforms Tuesday to debt inspectors for final approval of extended rescue loans, officials say. By Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 660 words, photos.
JERUSALEM — Israel's Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran's nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to a purported secret cable published by two media outlets. By Ian Deitch. SENT: 700 words, photo.
CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter convenes an extraordinary war council on Iraq's doorstep six days after taking office, gathering military and diplomatic leaders to discuss the Obama administration's oft-criticized strategy for countering the Islamic State group. By Robert Burns. SENT: 800 words, photos.
POTISKUM, Nigeria — A girl as young as 10 blows herself up in a busy market in northeastern Nigeria, killing herself and four others, and fueling fears Islamic extremists are using kidnapped girls as suicide bombers. By Adamu Adamu. SENT: 680 words, photos.
SUPREME COURT-HEALTH OVERHAUL Q&A
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court hears a challenge to President Obama's health care overhaul next week that hinges on just four words in the massive law. A Q&A that looks at the legal issues, strategy and stakes in the case. By Mark Sherman. SENT: 1,000 words, video, photo.
— CONGRESS-HOMELAND — Obama warns against Homeland Security Department shutdown with Congress at an impasse. SENT: 680 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from evening Senate procedural vote.
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Despite heated opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama is making progress toward his goal of closing the Guantanamo prison. A surge of releases in recent months has reduced the number of detainees to 122, less than half the number when Obama took office. By Ben Fox. SENT: 910 words, photo.
HEALTH & SCIENCE
EBOLA DRUG, HFR
An experimental antiviral drug shows some early, encouraging signs of effectiveness in its first human tests against Ebola. By Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione. SENT: 470 words.
SAUNA-SURVIVAL-5 THINGS TO KNOW
CHICAGO — Frequent sauna baths may help you live longer, a study of Finnish men suggests. It would be welcome news if proven true — in Finland where hot, dry saunas are commonplace, and for Americans shivering in a snowy Nordic-like winter. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT: 480 words, photo
WASHINGTON — Tapping the anxieties of aging baby boomers, President Obama calls for tougher standards on brokers who manage retirement savings accounts. Changes could affect the investment advice received by many Americans and aggravate tensions between the White House and Wall Street. By Jim Kuhnhenn. SENT: 750 words, photos.
— OBAMA-INVESTMENT ADVICE-Q&A — How Washington action over retirement advice could affect what a broker tells you. SENT: 970 words.
INDIANAPOLIS — Now more than ever, NFL teams are using the combine not so much to find out what sort of player they're getting — they can watch the tapes for that — as what kind of person they're getting. The 15-minute interviews the teams get with the players, along with tests that evaluate their psychological profile, have never been more important. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION
— ROAD RAGE SHOOTING — Husband doubts road-rage theory in Vegas shooting: 'My wife was followed home and murdered.' SENT: 560 words, video, photos.
— AP WAS THERE-IWO JIMA — AP WAS THERE: Marines raise American flag on Iwo Jima, as reported by AP in 1945. SENT: 980 words, video, photo.
— MARINE DESERTION TRIAL — US Marine gets 2 years in prison for disappearing in Iraq, Lebanon a decade ago. SENT: 670 words, photo.
— TOBACCO-HEALTH WARNINGS — America's biggest tobacco companies ask a federal appeals court to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking. SENT: 450 words.
— SOCIAL MEDIA KILLING — Attorneys for a man accused of luring a 15-year-old girl to her death via a fake Facebook page say someone else kidnapped and killed her. SENT: 530 words, photos.
— WESLEYAN-STUDENTS HOSPITALIZED — University president says 12 people needed medical treatment after taking a version of the party drug known as Molly, and two are in critical condition. SENT: 420 words, video.
— POWERBALL JACKPOT-NC — 1 of 3 Powerball jackpot winners comes forward in North Carolina: A single mom of 4 young kids. SENT: 560 words.
— POLICE DOG-FINAL ESCORT — Beloved K9 suffering from seizures and arthritis gets police escort to Maine vet clinic to be euthanized. SENT: 100 words.