By Laila Kearney SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The currency firm representing a California couple who found $10 million worth of rare Gold Rush-era coins buried on their property says no valid claim to the collection has emerged, despite rumors that the stash was swiped in a 1901 heist. A sale of the treasure trove, which includes 1,400 gold pieces in nearly mint condition, will proceed as planned, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin's. "To my knowledge, no legitimate claims have surfaced, and I don't think that any will," McCarthy told Reuters. ...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One human wins the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race each year, but it's the smaller, furry athletes that do the heroes' share of the work crossing nearly 1,000 miles of merciless terrain to reach the finish line on Alaska's wind-battered coast.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — With Arkansas' model plan to use Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor spared for another year, backers of the nationally watched program are now focusing on changes that will be needed to keep it alive in the future.
A Pittsburgh man was arrested on Wednesday and charged with killing his neighbors, two sisters of an Iowa lawmaker, during a robbery at their home last month, police said. Allen Darrell Wade, 43, was arrested at a bus stop after saying on Facebook he intended to surrender after the news earlier on Wednesday that he had been charged with the murder of Susan and Sarah Wolfe, the sisters of Iowa state Representative Mary Wolfe, police said. The victims' bodies were found on Feb 7 in the basement of their Pittsburgh home. Susan Wolfe, 44, was nude and had been doused with chemicals and a clothed Sarah Wolfe, 38, was nearby, police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will stop challenging a law making it easier to bring racial profiling cases against the police, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, furthering his pledge to change the tenor of policing in the nation's largest city.
By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) - Two women's healthcare providers have filed a federal lawsuit in Arizona to block new regulations that would limit the use of the most popular abortion-inducing drug in the state, officials disclosed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Phoenix on behalf of Planned Parenthood Arizona and health center Tucson Women's Center, said the rules, due to go into effect on April 1, are unconstitutional and would severely hamper a woman's right to a non-surgical abortion. Under rules required by a 2012 abortion law, any medicine used to induce an abortion in Arizona must be administered according to protocol authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and subject to instructions on the label. The FDA has approved RU-486, the so-called "abortion pill," for use within seven weeks' gestation.
NEW YORK (AP) — So far, 2014 is looking like the year of the big deal.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 52-year-old Alaska man says his dog saved his life after a snowmobile crash left him injured in the woods.
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Acknowledging a major shift in societal attitudes toward marijuana, a key committee of the Florida legislature voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve medical use of a "non-euphoric" marijuana extract that has shown promising results in treating seizures. "We have evidence of benefits," Republican state Representative Cary Pigman, an emergency room physician, said of the substance known as cannabidiol, or CBD. "We have no evidence of harm. ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest coal producers will pay a $27.5 million fine and spend $200 million to reduce illegal toxic discharges into hundreds of waterways across five Appalachian states, according to a proposed settlement Wednesday.
EWING, N.J. (AP) — The contractor working at the site of a massive explosion that killed one person and injured seven workers recently had been fined more than $100,000 by federal safety monitors for problems at two other New Jersey work sites.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — The National Weather Service is investigating why some northwestern Indiana residents received alerts Tuesday about a tornado warning even though the day was sunny and cold with no severe weather in sight.
By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - Prosecutors of a U.S. Army general on criminal charges, including sexual assault, will not be allowed in their opening statement to show pornographic images they say he possessed, a military judge ruled on Wednesday. In the rare court-martial of an active-duty general, prosecutors wanted jurors to see some of the 8,500 pornographic images and 600 videos they say were found on four devices used by Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair while he was deployed overseas. Possession of pornography on deployment is a crime. ...
SONORA, Calif. (AP) — Police in a Central California city are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled three children from a minivan tossing in the surf at a Florida beach after their mother drove them into the Atlantic Ocean, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. A videotape of the rescue recorded by a Canadian tourist and aired by television stations showed lifeguards and bystanders at Daytona Beach frantically pulling the children, ages 3, 9 and 10, out of the van as it bobbed in the waves on Tuesday. Please help,'" one of the rescuers, Tim Tesseneer, told WESH, the NBC affiliate in Orlando. Daytona Beach is popular for legal driving on its hard-packed sand.
By Pamela MacLean SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has appointed a top lawyer at AOL Inc as its general counsel, the agency confirmed Wednesday. Sarah Harris, AOL's deputy general counsel for intellectual property, will fill a post that has been empty since August 30, when the former general counsel, Bernard Knight, returned to private practice.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday made it more difficult for a parent living overseas to seek the immediate return of a child abducted by another parent and taken to the United States. The father, Manuel Jose Lozano, cannot seek the immediate return of the now 8-year-old child because he waited too long to make his claim, the court said. The mother, Diana Lucia Montoya Alvarez, left London with her in July 2009 after spending several months in a women's shelter. Writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas said that although the convention was intended to deter child abduction, "the convention does not pursue that goal at any cost." The child will remain in the United States with Alvarez while custody proceedings continue.
A man who snapped secret pictures up women's skirts on a Boston subway train - a practice known as upskirting - did not violate the state's Peeping Tom law, Massachusetts' top court said on Wednesday, pointing to a loophole in current legislation. Massachusetts law prohibits secretly filming or photographing a person who is nude or partly nude, but that does not apply to people who are fully clothed, according to a Supreme Judicial Court decision written by Justice Margot Botsford. The ruling comes in the case of a man who was arrested by transit police in 2010 for using his cell phone to take pictures and video up women's' skirts on the subway and who fought to have the charges of voyeurism dismissed. The court said that, while women have a "reasonable expectation of privacy in not having a stranger take photographs up her skirt" the law "in its current form does not address it." A legal expert took the ruling as a cue for the state legislature to bolster the Peeping Tom law.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher was flown to a hospital after a harrowing ordeal that included crashing his sled, hitting his head on a stump and later falling through ice and breaking his ankle.
Severe weather across much of the United States took a toll on shopping and consumer spending in recent weeks, leading to slower economic growth or outright contraction in some areas of the country, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. The Fed, in its anecdotal Beige Book report, said economic activity in January and February shrank slightly in two of its 12 districts, New York and Philadelphia, mostly due to "unusually severe weather." Growth slowed in Chicago and activity was stable in Kansas City. While the other eight districts reported growth, the Fed said it was characterized as "modest to moderate" in most cases, an overall downgrade from its last report on January 15, which showed "moderate" growth in nine regions. "The outlook among most districts remained optimistic," the Fed said.