OMAHA - Explosions in two U.S. states, one at an animal feed plant in Nebraska and another at a steel plant in Oklahoma, killed at least four people and injured almost a dozen on Monday, authorities said. An explosion and fire flattened part of an animal feed plant in Omaha, Nebraska, killing two people and injuring at least 10 others, authorities said. In the Omaha incident, about 38 employees were working at the International Nutrition plant at midmorning when there was an explosion and part of the building collapsed, interim Fire Chief Bernard Kanger told a news conference.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will announce on Friday a major overhaul of a controversial National Security Agency program that collects vast amounts of basic telephone call data on foreigners and Americans, a senior Obama administration official said. In an 11 a.m. (1600 GMT) speech at the Justice Department, Obama will say he is ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone "metadata" program from the way the NSA currently handles it.
SAINT PAUL, MN -- Minnesota Wild left winger Jason Zucker had 18,000 people show up for his 22nd birthday party, and he gave them a further reason to celebrate Thursday. Zucker set a team record when he scored just eight seconds into the third period -- the fastest home goal to start a period in team history -- as Minnesota cruised to a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
BERLIN - Relations between Germany and the United States are worse now than during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago, a leading ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, in a sign of mounting anger in Berlin over American spying tactics. Philipp Missfelder, foreign policy spokesman for Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) in parliament, said Berlin should bar U.S. access to a database of international financial transactions unless Washington promises to stop spying in Germany. The lawmaker is expected to be confirmed soon as the government coordinator for U.S. ties.
A 12-year-old boy who wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico school took the firearm from his home, modified it and planned the attack in advance, police said on Wednesday. Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After Tuesday's loss in Indiana, forward Rudy Gay apologized to his Sacramento Kings teammates. Gay had scored 12 points -- not enough in a 14-point loss to the Pacers and not enough for the leader of a team he feels can be very good. "If we're going to be a good team, I have to be more consistent," Gay said. "When we left the hotel tonight, I knew I had to come out here and perform for my team.''
WASHINGTON - Apple Inc will refund consumers at least $32.5 million to settle a longstanding complaint that the technology company billed U.S. consumers for charges incurred by children through mobile apps without their parents' consent. Under the terms of the settlement, announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple also will be required to change its billing practices to ensure it obtains consent from parents before charging for such in-app spending.
The Sports Xchange The Minnesota Vikings are set to name Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their next head coach, ESPN.com reported Wednesday. Zimmer spent the past five seasons...
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- After a rough start to the season, the Ottawa Senators have battled back into playoff contention, thanks in large part to emerging young talent. The latest youngster to make his presence felt for the Senators is backup goaltender Robin Lehner, who recorded his first shutout of the season with 27 saves for the streaking Senators in a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - U.S. retail sales edged up in December with a core spending gauge posting a big jump, a sign the economy gathered steam at the end of last year and was poised for stronger growth in 2014. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that retail sales gained 0.2 percent last month, even as receipts at automobile dealers recorded their biggest drop in more than a year.