White House spokesman resigns
Jay Carney, the journalist-turned-press-aide who jousted daily with his former colleagues over issues from the Benghazi terrorist attack to the glitch-ridden health-care website, stepped down as the White House press secretary Friday. President Barack Obama interrupted Carney’s regular briefing to deliver the news, announcing that Carney would be replaced by his deputy, Josh Earnest. In an interview, Carney, 49, said he was leaving after more than three years in the job — and more than five years in the administration — to devote more time to his family.
‘Arsenio Hall Show’ canceled
The Arsenio Hall Show has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall’s late-night comeback bid after a single season, the host announced Friday. Hall’s bid to re-create the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market.
Dump cleanup could take 2 years
It could take two years or more for the federal government to seal off hundreds of potentially dangerous containers at its troubled underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a filing Friday. Responding to an order from the New Mexico Environment Department to detail its plans, the department gave broad ranges that indicate it could take a minimum of about 100 work weeks — and possibly twice that long — to secure the rooms at the now-shuttered plant where more than 350 containers of toxic waste from decades of building nuclear bombs at Los Alamos National Laboratory is stored.
Simpson gets deadline for appeal
O.J. Simpson’s lawyers were given another week Friday to reformat and resubmit an appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court seeking a new trial in the kidnapping and armed robbery case of the former football star. In the order, Chief Justice Mark Gibbons agreed to accept a supersized 20,000-word document that Simpson’s lawyers had submitted before a May 21 deadline if it complies with court formatting rules.
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Two share trophy in spelling bee
In a National Spelling Bee result unseen in more than half a century, two competitors shared the first-place trophy late Thursday. Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, each took home $30,000 in cash as co-winners of the 87th Scripps National Spelling Bee. Not since 1962 had the Bee ended in a tie. It came about because the rules state that only 25 words remain once the competition is down to two or three spellers.
Compiled from wire reports.