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April 20, 2015 12:15 PM Gyrocopter Pilot Doug Hughes Wasn't Worried About Getting Shot Down

The Florida mailman who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed on the Capitol lawn last week said he made “every effort” to notify authorities ahead of his flight -- and said he wasn’t worried about getting shot down. “I don’t know if that message didn’t get through, but I made every effort to give them advance notice because I didn’t 10

April 20, 2015 10:49 AM 2 dead dogs, $1,200 in fines and facing arrest

After spending more than a month taking care of her dying father in 2010, Texas resident Karen Augustine returned home to face yet another nightmare. While she was away, she learned that animal control had killed her beloved dog Tank and seized her puppy Achilles -- who she later learned was also killed. And she was being charged hundreds of dollars 71

April 20, 2015 7:57 AM Ecuador is on its way to decriminalizing drug use

Ecuador is on its way to decriminalizing drug use LIMA, Peru — Ecuador is on the brink of decriminalizing the use of all drugs. President Rafael Correa’s grouping in congress is pushing a watershed bill that would regulate consumption of outlawed drugs, including marijuana and cocaine, along with alcohol and other legal highs, like industrial solvents 9

April 20, 2015 7:18 AM EXCLUSIVE: City Council in talks to decriminalize minor offenses like open container and public urination

A potential showdown is looming over a pair of City Council proposals that would decriminalize a host of offenses — including fare-beating, drinking on the street and public urination — in an overhaul that could dramatically impact the NYPD’s “broken windows” approach to policing. The measures, still the focus of ongoing negotiations, could pit some Council 16

April 20, 2015 5:02 AM After nonendorsement, Bill (ours, not hers) followed Hil to Iowa

Bill de Blasio's decision not to endorse Hillary Clinton&mdashyet&mdashfor president heightened the mayor's national profile last week as he took his mission against earnings inequality to Nebraska and Iowa, where Ms. Clinton was in full campaign mode.... Bill de Blasio's decision not to endorse Hillary Clinton&mdashyet&mdashfor president heightened 7

April 20, 2015 1:54 AM Morgan Stanley, New York in Talks to Settle Probe

Morgan Stanley is in talks to pay about $500 million to settle a probe by New York's attorney general into whether the Wall Street firm misled investors in mortgage bonds that cratered during the financial crisis, people familiar with the matter said. A deal with New York's top litigator, Eric Schneiderman, would likely include some cash from Morgan 71

April 19, 2015 7:42 PM REFILE-Five years after BP oil spill, some Gulf oystermen are losing hope

NEW ORLEANS, April 19 (Reuters) - Five years after the largest oil spill in U.S. history spewed millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, many Louisiana oystermen are fearful that a once-bountiful population of the mollusks may never recover. "My kids are losing hope," said Wilbert Collins, 77, a retired third-generation oysterman in southeastern 74

April 19, 2015 3:06 PM Five years after The Big Spill: Drilling, questions continue in the Gulf

Deep in the Gulf of Mexico, far from public sight but still under close scrutiny by scientists, federal agencies and the energy industry, a massive smear of oil sits at the bottom of the ocean like a dirty bath tub ring. The ring is the remnant of the worst offshore drilling catastrophe in U.S. history — the April 20, 2010, explosion of BP’s Deepwater 35

April 19, 2015 12:02 PM Gyrocopter Pilot Expected to Be Stopped on Way to Capitol Lawn

The Florida mailman who flew a gyrocopter through restricted airspace and landed on the Capitol lawn last week said he expected to be stopped along the way. Doug Hughes told reporters outside his home in Ruskin, Florida, early Sunday that his flight from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to Washington, D.C., went mostly as planned. He called landing on the Capitol 10

April 19, 2015 6:53 AM Second draft of water regulations

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The state released a second draft of it's mandatory regulations on water conservation Saturday. The regulations are in response to Governor Jerry Brown's Executive Order to reduce statewide potable water consumption by 25%. Governor Brown says he is striving to make California more drought resilient for the future. California State 80