Author: Associated Press

911 call for ride to Hooters ended with trip to Jail

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man wanted to go to Hooters so badly that authorities say he told 911 dispatchers he needed a ride to the restaurant because his grandmother had just suffered a stroke in the parking lot. Instead, 28-year-old Jonathan Hinkle got a ride to the Brevard County Jail Tuesday night after deputies searched for three hours for his grandmother. When they finally found her at another location, she said she hasn’t had a stroke or asked anyone for help. News outlets say Hinkle told the dispatcher he’d pay responders to take him to the...

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2,100 jobs cut as Verizon prepares to Combine Yahoo/AOL

BY TALI ARBEL NEW YORK (AP) — About 2,100 jobs are on the chopping block as Verizon prepares to combine Yahoo and AOL for a digital advertising offensive. Yahoo’s shareholders on Thursday approved the $4.5 billion sale of its key businesses to Verizon. The deal is expected to close by Tuesday. AOL and Yahoo will cut 15 percent of the 14,000 workers they now employ, or about 2,100 jobs, said a person familiar with the matter who requested not to be identified discussing the cuts. USING YAHOO Verizon has a simple goal in buying Yahoo’s core business: It wants...

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LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team

BY TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of being swept in the Finals – for the second time – by a team unequalled in today’s game, James isn’t envious of the Warriors for building a super power in sneakers. He’d do it, too. One day after Cleveland plunged into a 3-0 hole following a demoralizing...

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Ivanka Trump signals flexibility on paid parental leave

BY MATT O’BRIEN AND CATHERINE LUCEY PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A proposal for paid parental leave championed by Ivanka Trump could go back to the drawing board. Two weeks after the plan was outlined in President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, his daughter and adviser signaled she is open to other strategies for providing the benefit for new parents. Ivanka Trump met this week with a bipartisan group of scholars pitching a different paid-leave approach. “She said that was just a placeholder or a stake in the ground and they’re open to other ideas,” said Isabel Sawhill, a scholar at...

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US bucks trend amid increases for clean energy research

BY MATTHEW BROWN BEIJING (AP) — Energy ministers from around the world gathered in Beijing this week to report increased spending to help counter climate change. Yet one prominent voice, that of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, delivered a starkly countervailing message as the Trump administration seeks to roll back spending on clean energy and promote fossil fuels. India, France, Norway, Canada, Australia, Japan and others said during a private meeting of ministers earlier this week that they were on track to double government research budgets. When Perry’s turn came, he said deep cuts to research in Trump’s proposed...

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