March 6, 2015

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Warm weather forced Iditarod farther north

Stan Hooley, the chief executive officer of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, is silhouetted as video of a musher wiping out in the 2014 race plays behind him during a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, ahead of the 2015 race. Warm weather and barren trails south of the Alaska Range prompted race officials to move the official start of the race to Fairbanks, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Much of the start of the world’s most famous sled dog race is covered in barren gravel, forcing Iditarod organizers to move the start further north where there is snow and ice. A weather pattern that buried the eastern U.S. in snow has left Alaska fairly warm and relatively snow-free this Read More…

Ringling Bros. eliminating elephant acts

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POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision. Executives from Feld Entertainment, Ringling’s parent company, said the decision to Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, March 5

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Marathon bombing jury hear graphic testimony Jurors heard three victims, two of whom had leg amputations, describe the horror they felt when bombs tore through the finish line at the Boston race in 2013. 2. Who could Read More…

Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, second from right, exits the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday. The Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court was sharply divided Wednesday in the latest challenge to President Barack Obama’s health overhaul, this time over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans. The justices aggressively questioned lawyers on both sides of what Justice Elena Kagan called “this never-ending saga,” the latest politically charged Read More…

US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Protestors block traffic outside the Ferguson, Mo., police department, Wednesday in Ferguson. The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. The dual reports marked the culmination of months-long federal investigations Read More…

Jurors hear graphic accounts of Boston Marathon bombing

Boston Marathon bombing survivors Heather Abbott, left, and Karen Rand, center, are escorted from federal court Wednesday in Boston, after the first day of the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev is charged with conspiring with his brother to place two bombs near the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three and injuring 260 people. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — It didn’t take long for prosecutors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial to convey the sense of fear, pain and grief caused by the 2013 attack. They let victims do it for them. On the first day of testimony Wednesday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose lawyer admitted he committed the Read More…

Clinton urges State Dept. to release her emails

In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at the State Department in Washington. Clinton used a personal email account during her time as secretary of state, rather than a government-issued email address. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department to release the emails she wrote from a private email account as secretary of state, weighing in on a controversy that has generated negative attention this week for the likely Democratic presidential candidate. In a tweet late Wednesday, Clinton said, “I want the public to Read More…

Attack on US envoy part of S.Korea’s violent protest history

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert leaves a lecture hall for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, Thursdayafter being attacked by a man. Lippert was attacked by a man wielding a razor and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police and media said Thursday. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Kim Ju-Sung)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A knife attack Thursday that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is only the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death. The slashing of Ambassador Mark Lippert’s face and arm was an extreme example, Read More…

Giving up Flight 370 search would be bitter pill for many

Danica Weeks, who lost her husband on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, poses for a photo with her sons Lincoln, 4, front right and Jack,1, outside the Australia Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Thursday. Weeks and her two sons are in Canberra to meet prime minister Tony Abbott and attend a briefing with officials about the ongoing search efforts for the plane that has been missing since March 8, 2014.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

SYDNEY (AP) — She wakes up every morning and reaches for the smartphone on her nightstand, searching for the same jumble of letters and numbers that have consumed her life for a year: MH370. She scrolls through the news results, hoping for something — anything — that could explain what happened to her husband and Read More…

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to consult on Iran nuke talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at the conclusion of another round of nuclear negotiations with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. Kerry is leaving the talks in Montreux with Iran, heading to Saudi Arabia to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in the troubled region. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Fresh from the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday to ease Gulf Arab concerns about an emerging deal and discuss ways to calm instability in troubled Yemen and other Mideast nations. Kerry left the Iran talks in the Swiss Read More…