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Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges

- Associated Press

When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.

In this Friday, April 19, 2013, Massachusetts State Police file photo, 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, bloody and disheveled with the red dot of a sniper's rifle laser sight on his head, emerges from a boat at the time of his capture by law enforcement authorities in Watertown, Mass. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the government to seek the death penalty in the case against Tsarnaev. (AP Photo/Massachusetts State Police, Sean Murphy, File)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyer says he plans to seek trial delay

- Associated Press

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and his lawyer said the defense will ask to delay his upcoming trial.

Anti-Castro activists Osvaldo Hernandez, right, and Miguel Saavedra, second from right, chant anti-Obama slogans in the Little Havana area of Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Hernandez and Saavedra express their disagreement with a surprise move announced by senior Obama administration officials that could pave the way for a major shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island nation.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Exiles divided on plans to thaw US-Cuba relations

- Associated Press

When Cuban and American leaders announced they would restore diplomatic relations after a standoff lasting more than a half-century, all eyes in the U.S. immediately turned to Miami, where many expected the country's largest population of Cuban exiles to pour angrily into the streets.

Mom jailed in custody case, says daughter safe

- Associated Press

A woman who was accused of fleeing with her daughter to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago and recently returned home was sent to jail on Thursday to await trial.

From left, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., participate in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, after traveling to Havana earlier today to bring back American prisoner Alan Gross who has been held by the Cuban government. President Barack Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations and open economic and travel ties, marking a historic shift in U.S. policy toward the communist island after a half-century of enmity dating back to the Cold War. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Not much chance of Congress stopping Cuba policy

- Associated Press

A lack of unanimity in both political parties toward President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba complicates any congressional effort to scuttle the most significant change in U.S. policy toward the communist island in 50-plus years.

U.S. travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

- Associated Press

In a story Dec. 17 about travel to Cuba, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Americans who were authorized to travel to Cuba last year. The number was 124,000, not 170,000.

A poster for the movie "The Interview" is taken down by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas has decided to cancel its planned showings of "The Interview" in the wake of threats against theatergoers by the Sony hackers. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

- Associated Press

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, The Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking tools left behind and the involvement of at least one computer in Bolivia previously traced to other attacks blamed on the North Koreans.

People attend a community prayer vigil at the Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Souderton, Pa. for the shooting victims of Bradley W. Stone, in Montgomery County, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Daily News, Steven M. Falk) THE EVENING BULLETIN, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

Correction: Home Shootings-Pennsylvania story

- Associated Press

In a story Dec. 17 about a former Marine believed to have killed six people, The Associated Press misidentified the agency that deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts. It was Veterans Affairs, not the Veterans Administration.

Lab tests: pesticide killed Portland crows

Associated Press

A wildlife official says tests have confirmed that a pesticide killed more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still can't say whether the birds were poisoned intentionally.

In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson, second from the left, talks with from left, Shirlissa Pruitt, Anthony Levine, Tina Cramer and Amir Brandy during a break in the third Ferguson Commission meetings in St. Louis, at Il Monastero St. Louis University. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson)

Ferguson aftermath: Reformers target traffic courts

- Associated Press

In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.

Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

- Associated Press

A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CST

Associated Press

Two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will go before a judge considering their competency to stand trial.

In this photo taken on Dec. 11, 2014, Sheridan Bicycle Co. owner Jordan LeDuc rides his Surly Fat Bike on the snow down Piney Creek Trail in Story, Wyo. The bikes are designed specifically to ride in snow or sand, both of which provide little traction for regular bike tires. To combat this, bike companies developed the "fat bike." (AP Photo/Sheridan Press, Justin Sheely)

Fat bikes extend cycling season

- Associated Press

The shorter and cooler days have arrived, which for cyclists in our area signals that it is time to swap two-wheeled transportation for four-wheeled, and that cycling season is over for another season. Or is it?

In this photo taken on Dec. 10, 2014, Gillette Electrical Superintendent Mick Wolf, left, and city electrical engineers Ry Muzzarelli, center, and Trond Birk pose for a photo in front of the Gillette star in Gillette, Wyo. The star has returned to its original home on Burma hill. It's gotten a multi-colored facelift that the three co-workers hope provide a lift for their community as well. (AP Photo/Gillette News Record, Tim Goessman) TV OUT

Famous Gillette star makes big return for holidays

- Associated Press

Three men trudge up a slight hill across from Campbell County Memorial Hospital near the Burma Avenue overpass, quickly making their way through the brown, short grass as they approach their handiwork.

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig leads off first during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Twenty-five Cuban-born players appeared in the major leagues this year, a group that includes outfielders Puig and Yoenys Cespedes, and hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman. Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. "It's absolutely a natural, just as the Dominican was and Venezuela. You go to where the talent is," the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "The high talent level for Cuban players is still there." (AP Photo/File)

Column: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

- Associated Press

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.