Associated Press http://wvasfm.org en Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://wvasfm.org/post/taliban-suspends-talks-prisoner-exchange The Taliban has suspended talks over a possible exchange of Taliban and U.S. prisoners due to the "complexity" of the situation in Afghanistan, the militant group said on Sunday.<p>"Due to the political complexity of the current situation in the country, the leadership of the Islamic Emirate has decided to suspend the issue for some time," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media organizations, using the name the Taliban gave their 1996-2001 government.<p>"Therefore, the prisoner exchange process has been delayed until further notice," Mujahid said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:01:00 +0000 Associated Press 43556 at http://wvasfm.org One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall http://wvasfm.org/post/restaurant-manager-dies-carbon-monoxide-new-york-mall A 55-year-old restaurant manager died and more than two dozen others were taken to hospitals Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide at a New York mall, police said.<p>Suffolk County police identified the man who died as Steven Nelson, a manager at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station on Long Island.<p>Police said 28 others affected by carbon monoxide were taken to area hospitals.<p>Three officers were among those overcome by carbon monoxide at the mall, which is about 35 miles east of New York City, police said. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 05:40:00 +0000 Associated Press 43555 at http://wvasfm.org Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G http://wvasfm.org/post/two-americans-reach-podium-mens-super-g Kjetil Jansrud gave Norway a record-equalling fourth straight win in the men's super-G at the Sochi Games on Sunday, while a tearful Bode Miller shared bronze to become the oldest Olympic Alpine skiing medallist at 36.<p>Andrew Weibrecht, starting 29th with all the favorites gone, used a pair of U.S. teammate Miller's skis to go one better than his third-place finish in Vancouver and win a surprise silver.<p>Canada's Jan Hudec finished with the exact same time as Miller, one minute 18.67 seconds, in the second Alpine race of the Games to see a tie for a medal. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Associated Press 43191 at http://wvasfm.org Two Americans Reach The Podium In Men's Super-G U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics http://wvasfm.org/post/us-snowboard-wins-first-gold-sochi-olympics Sage Kotsenburg of the United States won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics on Saturday, soaring to victory in the men's snowboarding slopestyle final.<p>Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.<p>Canadian Max Parrot, who topped qualifying on Thursday, missed the podium. He washed out at the end of his first run and his second run wasn't quite crisp enough. Parrot finished fifth.<p>Kotsenburg needed to navigate the semifinals early Saturday but seemed to find his stride. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:27:00 +0000 Associated Press 42708 at http://wvasfm.org U.S. Snowboard Wins First Gold Of Sochi Olympics New Orleans Mayor Wins Re-Election In A Landslide http://wvasfm.org/post/new-orleans-mayor-wins-re-election-landslide Boosted by a drop in the city's murder rate and an endorsement from President Barack Obama, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu won a landslide victory Saturday in his bid for a second term.<p>"The results tonight confirm what we hoped was true four years ago: that the people of this great city are ready to move forward," Landrieu told is supporters in a victory speech.<p>Landrieu had 64 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting in Saturday's election.<p>The city's beleaguered sheriff, Marlin Gusman, led three opponents in his race, despite having come under fire last year for problems at Sun, 02 Feb 2014 06:54:00 +0000 Associated Press 42320 at http://wvasfm.org New Orleans Mayor Wins Re-Election In A Landslide Wawrinka Beats An Injured Nadal To Win Australian Open http://wvasfm.org/post/wawrinka-beats-injured-nadal-win-australian-open Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory Sunday in the Australian Open final.<p>The 28-year-old Swiss player had never taken a set off Nadal in 12 previous meetings, but attacked from the start at Melbourne Park against the 13-time major winner.<p>Nadal appeared to be on the verge of retiring in the second set, when he hurt his back and needed a medical time out, but recovered slowly after getting treatment to push it to four sets.<p>Nadal was a hot favorite to win the title at Melbourne Park and become the first man to Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:25:00 +0000 Associated Press 41910 at http://wvasfm.org Wawrinka Beats An Injured Nadal To Win Australian Open Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work http://wvasfm.org/post/boeing-machinists-approve-contract-secure-777x-work The stakes were high and the vote was close as Boeing production workers agreed to concede some benefits in order to secure assembly of the new 777X airplane for the Puget Sound region.<p>Washington Gov. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 40668 at http://wvasfm.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash http://wvasfm.org/post/fast-furious-star-dies-car-crash Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died Saturday in a car crash that killed one other person north of Los Angeles, his publicist said. He was 40.<p>Walker died Saturday afternoon, Ame Van Iden told the Associated Press.<p>A statement on the actor's Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.<p>"We ... Sun, 01 Dec 2013 05:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 38940 at http://wvasfm.org 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Obstruction Call Gives Cards 5-4 Win Over Red Sox http://wvasfm.org/post/obstruction-call-9th-gives-cards-5-4-win-over-red-sox Third baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig for a game-ending obstruction call on Jon Jay's ninth-inning grounder, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a bizarre 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night and a 2-1 World Series lead.<p>Boston had tied the score with two runs in the eighth, and Yadier Molina singled with one out in the ninth off loser Brandon Workman. Allen Craig pinch hit and lined Koji Uehara's first pitch down the left-field line for a double that put runners on second and third.<p>With the infield in, Jon Jay hit a grounder to diving second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 04:38:00 +0000 Associated Press 37071 at http://wvasfm.org Obstruction Call Gives Cards 5-4 Win Over Red Sox Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize http://wvasfm.org/post/three-us-economists-win-nobel-prize Americans Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller won the Nobel prize for economics on Monday for developing new methods to study trends in asset markets.<p>The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the three had laid the foundation of the current understanding of asset prices.<p>While it's hard to predict whether stock or bond prices will go up or down in the short term, it's possible to foresee movements over periods of three years or longer, the academy said.<p>"These findings, which might seem surprising and contradictory, were made and analyzed by this year's laureates," the ac Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:29:00 +0000 Associated Press 36356 at http://wvasfm.org