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3 people get prison for Manhattan explosion that killed 2

Jan. 17, 2020 4:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Three people were sentenced to prison Friday for a 2015 explosion in Manhattan's East Village that was caused by an illegally installed gas line and killed two men. Maria Hrynenko, a landlord; Athanasios Ioannidis, a plumber; and Dilber Kukic, a contractor, each received a term of four to...

'Send Nudes': Drivers shocked by road sign's racy request

Jan. 9, 2020 5:57 PM EST

PINE KNOT, Ky. (AP) — Drivers traveling along a Kentucky highway didn't have to check their direct messages to receive the infamous sexting request: send nudes. An electronic road sign that was hacked early Thursday morning asked drivers on Highway 92 in Pine Knot to “send nudes,” news...

Attorney Stephen Murrin, right, speaks to reporters in front of the federal courthouse in Atlanta on Jan. 7, 2020, as his client, Larry Scott, looks on. Scott served as director of the city's Office of Contract Compliance and resigned before pleading guilty last year to charges of wire fraud and filing false tax returns. When he pleaded guilty in September, he admitted he failed to disclose outside consulting work and didn't report some income to tax authorities. He was sentenced Tuesday to serve two years in prison and to pay about $124,000 in restitution. (AP Photo/Kate Brumback)

Ex-Atlanta official gets 2-year sentence in corruption probe

Jan. 7, 2020 3:04 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who was tasked with ensuring equal opportunities for those seeking contracts with the city of Atlanta was given a two-year prison sentence Tuesday for failing to disclose outside consulting work and not reporting some income to tax authorities. Larry Scott was director of the city's...

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo Uber and Lyft drivers carry signs during a demonstration outside of Uber headquarters in San Francisco. A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Calif law will force small businesses to rethink staffing

Dec. 26, 2019 7:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors takes effect next week, forcing small businesses in and outside the state to rethink their staffing. The law puts tough restrictions on who can be independent contractors or freelancers rather...

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz embraces Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel during the closing session at the National Assembly of Popular Power in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.  Diaz-Canel named the former Tourism Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister since 1976. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuba names tourism minister to be first PM since 1976

Dec. 21, 2019 4:26 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday named Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country's first prime minister since 1976 — a nomination quickly confirmed by the country's parliament. Marrero, 56, has been tourism minister for 16 years, presiding over a rise in...

Fire breaks out at under construction Texas Rangers park

Dec. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Fire broke out Saturday at the future home of the Texas Rangers, which is under construction in Arlington. Arlington Fire Department Lt. Mike Joiner said the blaze was brought under control and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Manhattan...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, a fog of smoke covers the trees near an explosion of a Colonial Pipeline in Helena, Ala. A federal investigation released Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, cited inadequate work by an excavation company as the probable cause of a pipeline explosion that killed two people and slowed the flow of fuel to the Eastern Seaboard in 2016. Workers unearthing a Colonial Pipeline Co. pipeline that was carrying thousands of gallons of gasoline near Birmingham failed to plan, coordinate and communicate during the job, according to a report by the National Transportation Safety Board. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

NTSB blames inadequate work for deadly blast in Alabama

Dec. 12, 2019 10:32 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal investigation released Thursday cited inadequate work by an excavation company as the probable cause of a pipeline explosion that killed two people and slowed the flow of fuel to the Eastern Seaboard in 2016. Workers unearthing a Colonial Pipeline Co. pipeline that was...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, self-exiled contractor Mohamed Ali, from Egypt, poses for a photo at an office in Spain. A state-run Egyptian newspaper says Ali, whose allegations of corruption against the country's ruling military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion. Ali had released a series of viral videos from Spain earlier this year, pitching himself as a former government insider who witnessed high-level corruption and large-scale misuse of funds as a construction contractor for the military. Ali did not provide evidence to support his claims. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Egyptian whistleblower gets 5-year sentence in absentia

Dec. 10, 2019 12:15 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A self-exiled Egyptian businessman whose allegations of corruption against the country's military sparked rare protests has been sentenced in absentia to five years in prison for tax evasion. Mohamed Ali had released a series of viral videos from Spain earlier this year, pitching himself as a...

Protesters lie on a road, as they scream and hold each others while riot police try to remove them and open the road, in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. Protesters have been holding demonstrations since Oct. 17 demanding an end to widespread corruption and mismanagement by the political class that has ruled the country for three decades. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon’s outgoing PM backs businessman to replace him

Dec. 3, 2019 8:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday he supports the nomination of a prominent contractor to become the next premier, a move that will likely pave the way for the formation of a new Cabinet amid a severe economic and financial crisis. The news of the possible...