Snow in upper Midwest disrupts air travel
Travelers are suffering through another difficult day as winter's icy grip causes airlines to delay and cancel more flights.
By late afternoon Monday, nearly 1,200 flights in the U.S. had been canceled and 3,000 more had been delayed, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.
Nearly half of the canceled flights are at Chicago's two big airports, O'Hare and Midway, where the forecast calls for snow into Monday night.
Through last week, airlines have canceled more than 75,000 domestic flights since Dec. 1, the highest total since the U.S. Department of Transportation started keeping track in the winter of 1987-1988.
Passengers tell of terror as co-pilot hijacks plane
GENEVA (AP) — One passenger says he was terrified "for hours" after the co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner locked the pilot out of the cockpit, commandeered the plane and headed for Geneva, where he asked for political asylum.
Passengers said it seemed like a routine overnight flight to Rome, until the jetliner went into a dive and oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling. A passenger says the hijacker threatened to crash the plane if the pilot didn't stop pounding on the locked door, trying to get back into the cockpit.
The plane was carrying 200 people, including seven crew members. Eleven Americans were among the passengers.
The co-pilot was taken into custody in Geneva, after leaving the cockpit through the window, using a rope. Swiss authorities say the hijacker is more likely to get prison time than asylum.
It's not clear why he chose Switzerland over the plane's original destination of Italy. Swiss voters recently demanded curbs on immigration. But Italy has a reputation among many Africans as not being hospitable to asylum seekers.
Ethiopia says it will seek the extradition of the hijacker.
NC Gov. McCrory briefed on coal ash deal with Duke
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's top environmental official says he briefed Gov. Pat McCrory about a negotiated settlement with Duke Energy that would have fined the $50 billion corporation $99,000 to resolve violations for groundwater contamination leaching from two huge coal ash dumps.
State Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla told lawmakers at an oversight hearing Tuesday that the Republican governor's only directions were to protect the environment and do the right thing.
The state agency has put its proposed deal with the nation's largest electricity provider on hold following the massive Feb. 2 spill of coal ash into the Dan River.
McCrory worked for Duke for 28 years before running for governor in 2008 and has benefited from more than $1.1 million in campaign donations linked to the company.
CASINO WEBSITES DOWN
Sands websites restored a week after hacking
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corp. has restored its websites a week after they were hacked.
The Las Vegas-based company pulled down its sites Feb. 13 after hackers defaced them with images condemning comments CEO Sheldon Adelson had made about using nuclear weapons on Iran.
Sands restored the websites Monday afternoon.
Spokesman Ron Reese says the company first became aware of the hacking on Feb. 12, when company email went down.
The hacking affected Sands' corporate website, as well as the sites for casinos in China, Singapore, Bethlehem, Pa., and the Italian-themed Venetian and Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip. Sands owns the world's largest casino, in the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau.
The company's net income was $2.31 billion last year.
Reese didn't say whether internal systems were also operating again.
Mother of missing Memphis baby charged with murder
Memphis police have confirmed that a body discovered in a ditch this weekend is that of a 7-week-old baby who went missing more than five weeks ago, and the infant's mother has been charged with first-degree murder.
Memphis police said Monday that the physical description and clothing on the body discovered Sunday in Millington, about a half-hour north of Memphis, matched that of Aniston Walker, who was reported missing Jan. 9.
The baby's mother, Andrea Walker, told police that Aniston disappeared after she left the baby at home with her 3-year-old child while taking her 5-year-old child to school.
Walker earlier pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated child abuse or neglect and had been free on $250,000 bond.
Police said Walker turned herself in Monday afternoon.
Test could predict which teen boys get depression
LONDON (AP) — A saliva test for teen-age boys with mild depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression.
That's the finding of a new study, in which researchers measured a stress hormone in teen boys. They found that the teens with high levels, coupled with mild depression symptoms, were up to 14 times more likely to suffer clinical depression later in life than were those with low or normal levels of the stress hormone.
The test was tried on teen-age girls, as well as on boys -- but it was found to be most effective with boys.
About one in six people suffer from clinical depression at some point in their lives. Most mental health disorders start before age 24.
There is currently no biological test to spot depression.
Study: Arctic getting darker, making Earth warmer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic isn't nearly as bright and white as it used to be, because of more ice melting in the ocean. And according to a new study, that's turning out to be a global problem.
With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun's heat is reflected back into space. So, according to the study, the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected.
In fact, the study's lead author says the extra absorbed energy is so big, it measures about one-quarter of the entire heat-trapping effect of carbon dioxide. Ian Eisenman -- a climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California -- says he found that the Arctic grew 8 percent darker between 1979 and 2011. And he says that means more warming.
The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cabela's co-founder Richard Cabela dies at 77
SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — One of the co-founders of outdoor outfitter Cabela's has died at the age of 77.
Cabela's says Richard Cabela died Monday at his home in Sidney, where the company is based.
The company that sells outdoor gear and sporting goods got its start humbly in 1961 when Richard Cabela bought $45 of fishing flies in Chicago.
When the flies didn't sell quickly at the family's furniture store, Cabela started selling them through the mail with his wife and brother, Jim.
That led to the development of the Cabela's catalog and eventually the firm with $3.6 billion revenue and 50 retail stores across North America.
Current Cabela's CEO Tommy Millner says Dick and Jim Cabela made it possible for people to find quality outdoor gear no matter where they lived.
MUSIC-PLAYBOY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Playboy Jazz Festival to celebrate George Duke
Singer Al Jarreau and bassist Stanley Clarke will celebrate the life of their friend and musical partner George Duke at the opening concert of the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association is presenting the festival for the first time June 14-15. It announced the lineup for the weekend event on Monday.
George Benson and fellow smooth jazz guitarist Earl Klugh will headline the closing concert.
Saturday's concert will pay tribute to Duke. The keyboardist, singer, composer and producer headlined last year's Playboy opener and was a frequent participant in the Los Angeles area's biggest jazz event.
Duke died of leukemia last August at age 67.
NEW: "Green Acres'" actress Mary Grace Canfield dies
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.
Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the California coastal town of Santa Barbara.
Canfield had appearances on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including "General Hospital" and "The Hathaways." She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series "Bewitched."
But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of "Green Acres," which ran from 1965 to 1971.
Monroe greeted folks in the town of Hootersville with a cheery "howdy doody," wore painters' overalls and was forever working on the Douglas family's bedroom with her brother, Alf.