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In this photo taken on Monday, April 14, 2014, incoming Nuclear Energy Agency chief William Magwood gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Paris. Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster. In the United States, Magwood hopes the modular reactors will replace outdated coal plants. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Tiny nuke power plants hold promise

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PARIS — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative — the modular plants could be about as big as a couple of … 0

Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn’t make good on its commitments. “My hope is we do see follow-through,” Obama said at an impromptu news … 0

Kansas City remains on edge amid spate of freeway shootings

Thursday, April 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since the bullets began to fly on freeways here, Taylor Stevens has stuck to the back roads. Rikki Rohret keeps her eyes on the overpasses. Behind the wheel, Joe Miller tries not to think about being an anonymous gunman’s next victim. Somebody has been firing at vehicles, a serial triggerman who police warned seemed to be randomly targeting motorists, … 0

Kansas shooting suspect had history of racism

Monday, April 14, 2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred to himself, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in anti-Semitism. Yet there’s … 0

Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin … 0

At least 71 killed in Nigeria terror attack

Monday, April 14, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram for an explosion that killed scores of people Monday at a bus station outside his nation’s capital, calling the Islamic militant group an “unnecessary distraction” and a temporary problem. … 0

Indian nation petitions

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation says it plans to file … 0

Whitefish shortage makes Passover problem

Monday, April 14, 2014

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it’s … 0

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

Monday, April 14, 2014

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Two parolees killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday. Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both … 0

How to get more time to file your taxes

Sunday, April 13, 2014

America’s annual tax reckoning is here once again and for many who have yet to file their federal tax return, that means a mad dash to beat Uncle Sam’s deadline. The Internal Revenue Service already has received nearly … 0

Window opens on secret Gitmo camp

Sunday, April 13, 2014

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in a van with covered windows on a circuitous trek to disguise … 0

Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily

Sunday, April 13, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping … 0

Quality control

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEW YORK — Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death world of criminal justice often operates without a similar mechanism for … 0