Physical Penguins defense rattles Islanders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t getting ahead of themselves after dispatching the New York Islanders in Game 1 of their playoff series Wednesday. Pittsburgh rolled to a 5-0 victory despite playing without star Sidney Crosby, who…
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Shawnee approves Google Fiber

Officials in Shawnee have approved an agreement authorizing the launch of Google Fiber in the Kansas City suburb.…

Attorney general out of Va. ex-mansion chef case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge has granted Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s request to withdraw from the politically charged embezzlement case against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef. Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer on Thursday deferred until May 14…

Jay-Z joins pitch to redevelop suburban NY arena

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Jay-Z is part of a group trying to renovate Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum outside New York City. The rapper and music mogul attended a meeting Thursday on Long Island, where the media was briefed…

Jurors hear voicemail saying Jackson was sick

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer’s doctor and said Jackson was sick. A voicemail from the manager was played Thursday for a Los Angeles jury in the lawsuit by…

Hagel: US rethinking possibly arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that the administration is considering a range of options.…

Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…

A visual glance at energy terms and technologies

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a look at some key energy terms and technologies. HORIZONTAL DRILLING: Companies used to drill wells straight down into the earth to tap pools of oil and gas that had formed over millions…

Sore thumbs? US text messaging declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are saying goodbye to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple’s Messages are starting to taking over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies.…

Vegas taxicab strike ends as new contract signed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 2-month-old taxicab strike has ended in Las Vegas after management with the Yellow-Checker-Star cab company agreed to pay drivers a larger share of the meter revenue and allow more flexible scheduling. A contract…

Grand jury backs NJ pol’s claim of bogus arrest

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — It sounded like an excuse from a politician who had been caught doing something wrong: When New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty was accused of driving drunk last year, he said he had been set…
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New Kansas poet laureate

The Kansas Humanities Council announced Wednesday that Wyatt Townley is the 2013-15 Kansas Poet Laureate. …

Jets’ Sanchez: ‘No doubt’ I expect to win QB job

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez says there’s “no doubt” he expects to win the starting quarterback job for the New York Jets this season. Tim Tebow was cut on Monday, but the Jets’ situation at quarterback…

Fats Domino’s Katrina-damaged grand piano restored

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white Steinway grand piano salvaged from musician Fats Domino’s home after Hurricane Katrina has been restored and will be the centerpiece of an exhibit in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The piano was damaged…