Interior Dept. releases $475m in Sandy aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is releasing more than $475 million to help repair the damage from Superstorm Sandy, which roared up the East Coast last fall. The department said Tuesday the money will go for 234…

Investigation retraces lines of Texas plant blast

WEST, Texas (AP) — Almost a month into their review of the deadly blast at a Texas fertilizer plant, investigators hope to diagram how the plant looked before the explosion. They’ll take that aerial picture and compare it…

Vegas hep-C co-defendant called forgotten person

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defense attorney has cast a former endoscopy clinic employee as a forgotten person as he and his former employer stand trial on murder and other charges in a hepatitis C outbreak. Attorney Frederick…

Hazing: Famed Marching 100 band gets new director

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M University on Tuesday announced the hiring of a director for its famous Marching 100 band, bidding to rebuild and relaunch the band suspended after a 2011 hazing scandal. Sylvester Young, a 66-year-old…

RI prayer banner case student to get Playboy award

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — An atheist student who fought to have a prayer banner at her Rhode Island public high school removed is getting an award named for Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. WPRO-AM reports (http://bit.ly/10ngeRr) Jessica Ahlquist is…

Family shares letters from American held in Iran

DETROIT (AP) — An ex-Marine incarcerated in Iran for nearly two years says in the first letters written to family in Michigan that he is praying for his ailing father and that his grieving mother should not come…

United to resume 787 flying on May 20

CHICAGO (AP) — United Airlines says it expects to start flying its Boeing 787s again on May 20. The 787s had been grounded because of concerns about smoldering batteries, but they have been returning to the skies. Ethiopian…

Updated: 3 bodies found on farm in east-central Kansas

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday were investigating the deaths of three people whose bodies were found on a rural property in eastern Kansas, a day after friends of the residents called police to report a foul…

Heat, Bulls both looking for Game 2 improvements

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat have been in this less-than-ideal spot before. They trailed Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season, needed to win a pair of elimination games against Boston in the East finals and…

Woods goes from red carpet to TPC Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One night after making his red carpet debut in New York, Tiger Woods returned to a course that has treated him very well over the years. Woods is playing for the first…

Bacharach, Costello aiming for Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — One of television’s most successful sitcom writers is joining with Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello to create a musical based on the artists’ 1998 album “Painted From Memory.” Bacharach said Tuesday that Chuck Lorre,…
Obama Budget Biodefense Lab

Kansas Democrats say they lack enough details on NBAF

Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature say they're not getting enough information from Republican Sam Brownback's administration to justify authorizing another $202 million in bonds for a national biodefense lab.…