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NTSB: Blown Southwest jet engine showed ‘metal fatigue’

By ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A preliminary examination of the blown jet engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that set off a terrifying chain of events and left a businesswoman hanging half outside a shattered window showed evidence of ...

Starbucks to close stores for an afternoon for bias training

By ALEXANDRA OLSON and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct ...

Pot holiday traces roots to California high school stoners

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — Friday is April 20, or 4/20. That's the numerical code for marijuana's high holiday, a celebration and homage to pot's enduring and universal slang for smoking. Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke ...

Barbara Bush brought plainspoken, grandmotherly style to DC

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush didn't hesitate to tell people that her trademark pearl necklaces were fake. Americans liked that everything else about the snowy-haired first lady was real. The wife of the nation's 41st president and mother of the 43rd ...

Inmate: Bodies stacked in ‘macabre woodpile’ in prison riot

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As the hours dragged on during a riot at a South Carolina prison, bodies piled up on the sidewalk. An inmate inside watched in dismay as several fellow prisoners, two he knew well, lay dead and dying, their bodies leaving trails of blood ...

Months later, mudslide survivors finding personal treasures

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel's bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement rings ...

Starbucks faces image crisis after arrest of 2 black men

By ALEXANDRA OLSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Starbucks was widely ridiculed for trying to start a national conversation on race relations by asking its employees to write the words "Race Together" on coffee cups. The initiative, though it backfired, was in line ...

Prosecutors in Cosby retrial build to conclusion of case

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are building to the conclusion of their case against Bill Cosby with investigators and a pharmaceutical expert expected to take the stand beginning Tuesday in the comedian's sexual assault ...

Defending Trump in Russia probe? It’s hardly a dream job

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several prominent lawyers asked to help represent President Donald Trump in the last year have spurned the assignment at least partly out of concerns he wouldn't pay his bills and doesn't listen to legal advice, according to people familiar ...

Supreme Court hearing case about online sales tax collection

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about whether a rule it announced decades ago in a case involving a catalog retailer should still apply in the age of the internet. The case on Tuesday focuses on businesses' collection of sales tax ...