Israel backs ruling for Jewish women’s prayer

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s attorney general says he will not appeal a court ruling permitting a liberal Jewish women’s group to pray freely at a Jerusalem holy site. An Israeli court instructed police last month to stop detaining…

Grand jury judge urges Penn St. case to go forward

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The supervising judge for the grand jury that investigated former Penn State administrators in their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal says the criminal case against them needs to move forward. Judge…

AP appoints new Miami-based politics writer

MIAMI (AP) — Michael J. Mishak, who has covered politics in California and Nevada, has been named the AP’s new Miami-based politics writer. Mishak, 32, joins the AP from the Los Angeles Times, where he covered the Legislature…

Jewish group warns of neo-Nazi parties in Europe

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The World Jewish Congress says it is greatly concerned about the emergence of neo-Nazi parties like the Golden Dawn in Greece and Jobbik in Hungary. A study presented Tuesday at the WJC assembly in…

Pa. AG blames defense for Penn State case delays

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s attorney general is blaming defense motions for delays in the criminal case against former Penn State administrators a……

Africa is riskiest place to be born, report says

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million babies die the day they are born every year, according to a new report released Tuesday, and the 14 countries with the highest rates of first-day deaths are all in…

Military sex assault reports up, changes ordered

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say a new Pentagon study reports that the number of sexual assaults reported by members of the military rose from 3,192 to 3,374 in 2012, while the department estimates that as many as 26,000…

US job postings fell in March; hiring slowed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers posted fewer job openings in March compared with February and slowed overall hiring, underscoring a weak month of job growth. The Labor Department says job openings fell 1.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted…

Dow Jones industrial average back above 15,000

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher in early trading on Wall Street Tuesday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average back above 15,000. Markets are trading at record levels on optimism that the U.S. economy is continuing to…

Mass. bishop pleads not guilty to DUI charge in RI

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island has been released on $1,000 bail. Worcester Bishop Robert McManus pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of…

Leading Pakistan politician falls, injures skull

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — One of Pakistan’s most prominent politicians, former cricket star Imran Khan, fell from a stage and was injured at a political rally in the eastern city of Lahore. One of the leaders of Khan’s…

Cleveland Women Found

“Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told a 911 dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.”…

Senator says military plagued by sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a Senate committee says the sexual battery arrest of the Air Force officer who led the branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit underscores how far the Defense Department has to go…

Mali military gains control of Ber in north

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Soldiers from Mali and Burkina Faso pushed into the village of Ber, located 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Timbuktu, which had previously been occupied by fighters from a Tuareg rebel group, the National…

Stocks edge higher in early trade on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street, putting the Dow Jones industrial average back above 15,000. The Dow was up 42 points at 15,011 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, an…

Nazi-themed opera creates scandal in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — A modern production of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” has caused a stir in Germany because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dying in gas chambers and a family having their heads shaved and executed. A spokeswoman…

Vatican denies internal split on US nun crackdown

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday sought to deny there were any internal divisions over its crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns after a top Vatican official complained that the Holy See’s reform…

Portugal sells bonds for first time since bailout

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal held a sale of its 10-year bonds on Tuesday for the first time since it needed a bailout in 2011, representing a milestone in its efforts to regain investor confidence and prove its…

Survey: US home prices up 10.5 pct. in past year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey shows U.S. home prices rose 10.5 percent in March compared with a year ago, the biggest gain since March 2006. Core Logic, a real estate data provider, said annual home prices have now…