Associated Press http://whqr.org en Taliban Suspends Talks On Prisoner Exchange http://whqr.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 50895 at http://whqr.org One Dead, 28 Sickened By Carbon Monoxide At New York Mall http://whqr.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 50894 at http://whqr.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work http://whqr.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 48509 at http://whqr.org Boeing Machinists Approve Contract To Secure 777X Work Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74 http://whqr.org/post/phil-everly-everly-brothers-dies-74 Phil Everly, who with his brother Don formed an influential harmony duo that touched the hearts and sparked the imaginations of rock 'n' roll singers for decades, including the Beatles and Bob Dylan, died Friday. Sat, 04 Jan 2014 03:52:00 +0000 Associated Press 48495 at http://whqr.org Phil Everly Of The Everly Brothers Dies At 74 Jay Z Tops Grammy Nominations http://whqr.org/post/jay-z-tops-grammy-nominations Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.<p>Macklemore and Lewis' gay marriage anthem "Same Love" was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap crew joined Los Angeles rapper Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 06:13:00 +0000 Associated Press 47201 at http://whqr.org 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash http://whqr.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 46897 at http://whqr.org 'Fast & Furious' Star Dies In Car Crash Three U.S. Economists Win Nobel Prize http://whqr.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 44570 at http://whqr.org Tropical Storm Karen Weakens As It Approaches The Gulf Coast http://whqr.org/post/tropical-storm-karen-weakens-it-approaches-gulf-coast Tropical Storm Karen continued losing strength Saturday as it headed toward the central Gulf Coast, but forecasters were still expecting it to bring significant rain and potential flooding to low-lying areas.<p>The National Hurricane Center reported at 2 a.m. Saturday that Karen's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 08:08:00 +0000 Associated Press 44154 at http://whqr.org Tropical Storm Karen Weakens As It Approaches The Gulf Coast With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder http://whqr.org/post/playoff-expansion-baseball-goes-wilder Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams Friday, adding a second wild-card in each league.<p>The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records who are not division winners, meaning a third-place team could win the World Series.<p>This is the only change in baseball's playoff structure since the 1995 season, when wild-card teams were first added.<p>"This change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional markets to experience playoff baseball each year," Commissioner Bud Seli Fri, 02 Mar 2012 21:21:00 +0000 Associated Press 12530 at http://whqr.org With Playoff Expansion, Baseball Goes Wilder