Associated Press http://publicradioeast.org en Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://publicradioeast.org/post/taliban-suspends-talks-prisoner-exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 34958 at http://publicradioeast.org One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall http://publicradioeast.org/post/restaurant-manager-dies-carbon-monoxide-new-york-mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 34957 at http://publicradioeast.org Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G http://publicradioeast.org/post/two-americans-reach-podium-mens-super-g Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equalling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist at 36.<p>Andrew Weibrecht, starting 29th with all the favorites gone, used a pair of U.S. teammate Miller's skis to go one better than his third-place finish in Vancouver and win a surprise silver.<p>Canada's Jan Hudec finished with the exact same time as Miller, one minute 18.67 seconds, in the second Alpine race of the Games to see a tie for a medal. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Associated Press 34454 at http://publicradioeast.org Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics http://publicradioeast.org/post/us-snowboard-wins-first-gold-sochi-olympics Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.<p>Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.<p>Canadian Max Parrot, who topped qualifying on Thursday, missed the podium. He washed out at the end of his first run and his second run wasn't quite crisp enough. Parrot finished fifth.<p>Kotsenburg needed to navigate the semifinals early Saturday but seemed to find his stride. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:27:00 +0000 Associated Press 33861 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics New Orleans Mayor Wins Re-Election In A Landslide http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-orleans-mayor-wins-re-election-landslide Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.<p>"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.<p>Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.<p>The city's beleaguered sheriff, Marlin Gusman, led three opponents in his race, despite having come under fire last year for problems at Sun, 02 Feb 2014 06:54:00 +0000 Associated Press 33382 at http://publicradioeast.org New Orleans Mayor Wins Re-Election In A Landslide Wawrinka Beats An Injured Nadal To Win Australian Open http://publicradioeast.org/post/wawrinka-beats-injured-nadal-win-australian-open Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final.<p>The 28-year-old Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start at Melbourne Park against the 13-time major winner.<p>Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but recovered slowly after getting treatment to push it to four sets.<p>Nadal was a hot favorite to win the title at Melbourne Park and become the first man to Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Associated Press 32848 at http://publicradioeast.org Wawrinka Beats An Injured Nadal To Win Australian Open Clashes Turn Deadly On 3rd Anniversary Of Egyptian Uprising http://publicradioeast.org/post/clashes-turn-deadly-3rd-anniversary-egyptian-uprising Egyptian officials said Sunday that the death toll from clashes between security forces and protesters on the third anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising has risen to 49.<p>The Health Ministry, quoted by the official MENA news agency on Sunday, said another 247 were wounded. The agency quotes the Interior Ministry as saying 1,079 were arrested.<p>Throughout the day, security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:33:00 +0000 Associated Press 32845 at http://publicradioeast.org Clashes Turn Deadly On 3rd Anniversary Of Egyptian Uprising Suspect Arrested, Charged In Fatal Campus Shooting http://publicradioeast.org/post/suspect-arrested-charged-fatal-campus-shooting A suspect was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a student outside a dormitory at South Carolina State University, law enforcement officials said.<p>Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, of Charleston, was arrested just after midnight at the parking lot of an apartment complex in Orangeburg, where the campus is located, said Thom Berry, a public information officer with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.<p>He was charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Brandon Robinson, according to a news release from law enforcement. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Associated Press 32795 at http://publicradioeast.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work http://publicradioeast.org/post/boeing-machinists-approve-contract-secure-777x-work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 31259 at http://publicradioeast.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74 http://publicradioeast.org/post/phil-everly-everly-brothers-dies-74 Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 03:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 31250 at http://publicradioeast.org Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74 Israeli Military Returns Fire After Rocket Attack From Lebanon http://publicradioeast.org/post/israeli-military-returns-fire-after-rocket-attack-lebanon Rockets from Lebanon struck northern Israel Sunday, causing no injuries but sparking an Israeli reprisal shelling in a rare flare-up between the two countries.<p>Residents of the northern Israel town of Kiryat Shmona awoke to a pair of large explosions. Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said no injuries or damage were caused from the rocket fire. Shortly after, the Israeli military said it responded with artillery fired toward the source of the launch.<p>Lebanon's state news agency said the border area was shelled after the rockets hit Israel. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Associated Press 30837 at http://publicradioeast.org Four U.S. Military Personnel Detained, Released In Libya http://publicradioeast.org/post/four-us-military-personnel-detained-released-libya Four U.S. military personnel investigating potential evacuation routes in Libya were taken into custody at a checkpoint and then detained briefly by the Libyan government before being released, U.S. officials said Friday night.<p>These four military personnel were operating in an area near the coastal city of Sabratha in northwestern Libya as part of security preparedness efforts when they were taken into custody, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. Sabathra, about 40 miles west of Tripoli, is a popular tourist area with its ancient Roman ruins.<p>No one was injured. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Associated Press 30800 at http://publicradioeast.org School Shooting Is Another Tragedy For Colorado http://publicradioeast.org/post/school-shooting-another-tragedy-colorado A Colorado high school student with an apparent grudge against a teacher wounded a classmate with a shotgun before killing himself, chilling a state that's still trying to make sense of mass shootings at Columbine High School and an Aurora movie theater.<p>Quick-thinking students at Arapahoe High School on Friday alerted the targeted teacher, who quickly left the building. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 29844 at http://publicradioeast.org School Shooting Is Another Tragedy For Colorado Jay Z Tops Grammy Nominations http://publicradioeast.org/post/jay-z-tops-grammy-nominations Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.<p>Macklemore and Lewis' gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 06:13:00 +0000 Associated Press 29308 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash http://publicradioeast.org/post/fast-furious-star-dies-car-crash Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.<p>Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.<p>A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.<p>"We ... Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 28830 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Ukrainian Demonstrators Converge After Police Break Up Protest http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukrainian-demonstrators-converge-after-police-break-protest About 1,000 anti-government demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital have converged on a square outside a monastery where protesters driven away in a pre-dawn clash with police were taking shelter.<p>The demonstrators outside the St. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 11:57:00 +0000 Associated Press 28797 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukrainian Demonstrators Converge After Police Break Up Protest Police Helicopter Smashes Into Roof Of Bar In Scotland http://publicradioeast.org/post/police-helicopter-smashes-roof-bar-scotland Rescuers worked through the night and into Saturday morning to rescue an unknown number of people trapped inside a Scottish pub after a police helicopter crashed through its roof during a packed concert, causing numerous casualties.<p>Police said early Saturday 32 people were taken to hospitals across Glasgow after the incident at The Clutha pub in the city center. No fatalities had been reported.<p>"We are working hard to recover people still inside the building and we will make further details available when we have them," Dep. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 10:18:00 +0000 Associated Press 28790 at http://publicradioeast.org Police Helicopter Smashes Into Roof Of Bar In Scotland Obstruction Call Gives Cards 5-4 Win Over Red Sox http://publicradioeast.org/post/obstruction-call-gives-cards-5-4-win-over-red-sox Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.<p>Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth, and Yadier Molina singled with one out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Allen Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.<p>With the infield in, Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 04:43:00 +0000 Associated Press 26368 at http://publicradioeast.org Obstruction Call Gives Cards 5-4 Win Over Red Sox Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize http://publicradioeast.org/post/three-us-economists-win-nobel-prize Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.<p>While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.<p>"These findings, which might seem surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year's laureates," the ac Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Associated Press 25456 at http://publicradioeast.org Cyclone Inflicts Massive Damage Along Indian Coast http://publicradioeast.org/post/cyclone-inflicts-massive-damage-along-indian-coast An immense, powerful cyclone that lashed the Indian coast, forcing 500,000 people to evacuate and causing widespread damage, weakened Sunday after making landfall.<p>Five people died in the rains that fell ahead of the storm, most killed by falling branches, Indian media reported, but the situation on the ground in many areas was still unclear after Cyclone Phailin slammed into the coast Saturday evening in Orissa state, where power and communications lines were down along much of the coastline.<p>The storm, the strongest to hit India in more than a decade, washed away tens of thousands of mud Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:14:00 +0000 Associated Press 25400 at http://publicradioeast.org Cyclone Inflicts Massive Damage Along Indian Coast