• Company in West Virginia chem spill receives ‘symbolic’ fine

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A bankrupt chemical company responsible for a spill that contaminated a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 residents was fined $900,000 on pollution charges Thursday, with a judge noting that Freedom Industries likely could never pay it.

  • 5 years trimmed from ex-cop’s sentence in Katrina body case

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An ex-New Orleans police officer who burned the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina had his 17-year-sentenced reduced by more than five years Thursday by a federal judge.

  • Daallo Airlines CEO Mohammed Ibrahim Yassin speaks to The Associated Press at the carrier's office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia said Thursday that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

    Airline CEO: Explosive residue found in Somalia incident

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the airline whose jetliner was damaged in an explosion shortly after takeoff from Somalia said Thursday that investigators have found what appears to be residue from explosives, though he cautioned that the findings were inconclusive.

  • The Latest: More than 5 years cut from ex-cop’s sentence

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The latest on the federal resentencing hearing of Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer convicted in connection with burning the body of a man who had been shot by another officer following Hurricane Katrina (all times local):

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 file photo, former Mercedes F1 driver Michael Schumacher of Germany pauses during a news conference to announce his retirement from Formula One at the end of  2012 in Suzuka, Japan. Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has expressed his sadness at the condition of Michael Schumacher, two years after the former Formula One champion was seriously injured in a skiing accident. Montezemolo was asked at a media event Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 in Milan if he had any news about Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in France in December 2013 and is being cared for at his home in Switzerland. Montezemolo says: “Unfortunately it's not good, it's not as good as one would have hoped.” (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

    Montezemolo expresses sadness over Schumacher’s health

    MILAN (AP) — Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo expressed his sadness on Thursday at the condition of Michael Schumacher, two years after the former Formula One champion was seriously injured in a skiing accident.

  • Ex-NBA All-Star Jayson Williams charged with drunken driving

    DELAWARE, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams, who served more than a year in prison for the 2002 accidental shooting death of a limo driver, has been charged with drunken driving after he crashed his vehicle in upstate New York.

  • People look at debris after a storm passed through the Sapps mobile home park destroying many homes in Sapps, Ala., just outside of Aliceville on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Authorities say a large tornado in rural western Alabama left a trail of damage as powerful storms moved into the state. (Erin Nelson/The Tuscaloosa News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Tornadoes in the South; snow in Plains and Upper Midwest

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A trail of damage was left at an Army post, schools and businesses were closed for a second day, and a damaged women’s prison was running partly on backup power Wednesday after two days of storms unleashed tornadoes and flooding in the South and dumped heavy snow in the Midwest.

  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, a hole is seen in a plane operated by Daallo Airlines as it sits on the runway of the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia. A gaping hole in the commercial airliner forced it to make an emergency landing at Mogadishu's international  airport late Tuesday officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo)

    Cellphone video shows Somalia flight after explosion

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The cellphone video pans from passengers, some wearing oxygen masks, in seats toward the back of the airliner in flight, and then swivels to the empty front area with a hole in the side of the cabin, the result of an explosion soon after takeoff from Somalia’s capital.

  • The Daallo Airlines plane that was forced to make an emergency landing late Tuesday, sits in the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.  The pilot described on Wednesday how the crew jumped into action to fly the plane back to Mogadishu airport and keep the passengers calm even as smoke enveloped the passenger cabin and wind rushed through a hole blown through the fuselage. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

    Somali officials start investigating blast on board plane

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An explosion that blew a hole in a jetliner shortly after takeoff and left one man missing was believed to have been caused by a bomb, the pilot said Wednesday, describing how the crew calmed frightened passengers as smoke enveloped the cabin before he brought the plane back to Mogadishu’s airport for an emergency landing.

  • Senators support spending increase to fight heroin epidemic

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are throwing their support behind a push by the Obama administration to boost spending to address the nation’s opioid and heroin epidemic.