WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 10 million Americans decided they would be a different race or ethnicity in the early 2000s, with the largest movement coming from Hispanics deciding which racial category they should be in, a new census report showed Wednesday.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped food to customers that lab tests confirmed was tainted, failed to clean production equipment of possible contaminants and didn't ensure a peanut roaster was hot enough to kill bacteria, a federal inspector testified Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint's new owner is replacing its longtime CEO with a Bolivian billionaire and entrepreneur after dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile US.
Could the rivalry between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets be over?
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bank of America tentatively agreed to pay between $16 billion and $17 billion to settle an investigation into its sale of mortgage-backed securities before the financial crisis, a person directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
HOULTON, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it arrested a 42-year-old Rwandan citizen at the border of Maine and Canada who is wanted for war crimes.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Smokers seeking a job in one Arizona county need not apply and current employees would pay the price for lighting up under a controversial proposal by its top administrator. Pima County Manager Chuck Huckelberry said the proposed smoking ban for new employees, and medical insurance surcharges of up to 50 percent for current employees who use tobacco, is a matter of dollars and common sense. "This proposal is based on years of research regarding the negative effects of tobacco and nicotine on the health of individuals," Huckelberry said in a memo to the county board of supervisors late last month, "and the staggering costs to employers providing health coverage." Under the new initiative, applicants for county jobs would have to sign an affidavit saying that they have been tobacco- and nicotine-free for one year and pass a test to prove it. The southern Arizona county already bans smoking on its property under a policy that went into effect in January, 2013.
Officials with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York say a patient has tested negative for the Ebola virus.
GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old Texas man who could face years in prison for making brownies laced with marijuana and hash oil says he's fearful of the outcome.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman who took a Southwest Airlines flight from San Jose to Los Angeles without a ticket tried at least three times that day to breach airport security before she managed to board the plane, federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - An explosion at a Chevron Corp gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed a man in February was caused by an inexperienced contract worker who was improperly supervised, according to a state report released on Wednesday. Ian R. McKee, a 27-year-old native of Warren, Pennsylvania, was incinerated in the blast when he went to investigate the hissing sound of gas escaping at high pressure from the Lanco 7H well in Greene County, where he worked. The report by Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection blamed the Feb. 11, 2014, disaster on errors by an inexperienced worker - not McKee - and the supervisor who failed to make sure a lock pin was tightened properly. “We are reviewing the DEP reports,” said Kent S. Robertson, a spokesman for Chevron in San Ramon, California.
By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) - Tennessee prosecutors are temporarily delaying their pursuit of an assault charge against a woman for allegedly taking methamphetamine while she was pregnant, so they can see how she does in drug treatment, officials said on Wednesday. Mallory Loyola, 26, of Madisonville in eastern Tennessee, was the first woman arrested under the controversial new state law after both she and her newborn baby tested positive for the illegal drug last month, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors plan to see how she does in treatment and then decide how to handle the assault charge, Stephen Crump, district attorney general, said on Wednesday.
By Lacey Johnson FORT MEADE Md. (Reuters) - The United States should drop charges against a Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of masterminding the 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship off Yemen because the U.S. military planned similar attacks during World War Two, defense lawyers argued on Wednesday. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent, is charged with orchestrating a suicide bombing against the USS Cole using a boat filled with explosives in a Yemeni port. The video was produced by the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, a precursor of the Central Intelligence Agency. The United States cannot charge Nashiri for war crimes if it condones the use of concealed explosive boats as an acceptable form of naval warfare, said Air Force Captain Daphne Jackson, a defense attorney.
NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile US could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers. But in the long run, tougher competition on prices could lead to slower service and slower expansion of coverage.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Loretta Rush, a longtime juvenile court judge who joined the Indiana Supreme Court in 2012, was unanimously chosen as the state's first female chief justice Wednesday, setting the stage for what could be a long run at the court's helm.
A 62-year-old Northeast Philadelphia man is accused of having ties to a terrorist group with links to al-Qaida.
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Oil and gas producer Range Resources did not properly monitor leaks from a wastewater containment pond in Pennsylvania and the state has begun enforcement action that could lead to a fine, state officials said on Wednesday. A leak was detected earlier this year at the Yeager impoundment in Amwell Township in Washington County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, according to the Notice of Violation issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection on July 24. The pond contains a briny mixture of fluids, including drilling water that returns to the surface after fracking, the process that involves pumping chemical-laced water and sand underground to fracture rock to release oil or gas, said Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella. "During its operation of the (pond), flow was often detected in the leak detection zone, but Range did not satisfy the permit's weekly chlorides testing requirements," the notice said.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An 81-year-old Indiana farmer survived the crushing grip of an avalanche of corn inside a grain bin in part because he's "10 times tougher than the average guy," one of his relieved sons said Wednesday.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law on Wednesday requiring health insurers to cover up to two weeks of inpatient treatment for people battling drug addiction, the state's latest move to take on soaring rates of opioid drug abuse. The measure is intended to make accessing treatment for drug addiction on par with other medical treatments, which experts see as a key step to reduce the rising rate of deaths by drug overdose. More than 16,000 people die in the United States each year from overdoses of prescription painkillers alone, with more succumbing to heroin and other illegal narcotics. "This law puts Massachusetts on the leading edge of access to addiction treatment and recovery services," Patrick, a Democrat, said at a statehouse ceremony to sign the bill.
MIAMI (AP) — Patient advocates say some insurance companies are making HIV and AIDS drugs unaffordable in plans issued through the Affordable Care Act by shifting much of the cost to customers.