Young gay athletes set tone for NBA coming out

CHICAGO (AP) — You’ve probably never heard of Holly Peterson or Jonathan Jean-Pierre. One came out as a lesbian at age 15, when she was playing high school basketball. The other, a college rower, told his teammates last…

Crowds brave rain, security lines for Ky. Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rain and extra security slowed down morning crowds at the Kentucky Derby, but thousands of poncho-covered racing fans were still expected to fill Churchill Downs. Early fans were unfazed as Kentucky National Guardsmen searched…

Toys R Us appeals $20M award in Mass. slide death

BOSTON (AP) — On a warm summer day in July 2006, Robin Aleo climbed to the top of a 6-foot inflatable pool slide and slid down head first. As she neared the bottom, the slide partially collapsed and…

Egypt court sentences 3 in deadly train accident

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced three railway workers to two years hard labor for a train accident that killed 19 police recruits earlier this year. The state-run news agency MENA reported Saturday that the…

Debate over morning-after pill for 15-year-olds

NEW YORK (AP) — Allison Guarino understands the controversy over new rules allowing 15-year-olds to buy the morning-after pill without a prescription. But as someone who teaches pregnancy prevention to ninth-graders in Boston, she thinks lowering the age…

Runners flood Cincinnati for Flying Pig events

CINCINNATI (AP) — More than 10,000 runners and walkers flooded the streets of downtown Cincinnati on Saturday as part of the Flying Pig Marathon. Both a 5K and a 10K were……

In parts of Plains, drought fears nag in 3rd year

FREDERICK, Okla. (AP) — When Kent Walker walked through his dusty fields one morning this spring, the ominous signs were right there at his feet. His wheat crop that should have been thick, dark green and thigh-high was…

Iraq PM’s group wins largest bloc in several areas

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi electoral officials say a coalition led by Iraq’s prime minister has won the largest single bloc of seats in seven of 12 provinces participating in local elections, and tied in eighth, although it failed…

Ohio adds highway memorials to fallen troops

CINCINNATI (AP) — A stretch of state highway west of Cincinnati named for a Marine killed in Iraq seven years ago is among the latest in a fast-growing number of roadway m……

Superhero fans flying into northeast Ohio city

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Comic book and superhero fans are descending on northeast Ohio this weekend. Organizers of Super Hero Weekend in the city of Elyria (eh-LEER’……

Ohio: Less grass-mowing would save millions

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Many folks across Ohio who would rather stay on the couch Saturday afternoons watching sports or cooking shows on TV would probably like this idea……

US housing perks up, but too few homes for sale

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Beth Heinen Bell and her husband, Christian — like a rising number of Americans — are ready to jump into the real estate market and become homeowners. Yet they’re running into an obstacle…

Fans flock to Scranton, Pa., for ‘The Office’ fete

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The actors who play Pam, Jim, Dwight and other beloved characters from the long-running NBC show “The Office” are visiting the northeastern Pennsylvania city that is home to their fictional firm ahead of the…

Philly abortion murder trial has national impact

For weeks, jurors in Philadelphia heard grim testimony about deaths and squalor at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s inner-city abortion clinic. While they listened, the murder case reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing — at least for the moment —…

DERBY LIVE: Orb wins after surging among bettors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will have a full field of 20 horses breaking from the starting gates at 6:24 p.m. EDT on Saturday. Just over two minutes later,…
Comic Book Day

Comic Book Fans Unite

Comic Book Day was held Saturday and publishers and purveyors of tales of fantastic heroes and nefarious villains enticed new readers who are making time for and spending money on comics printed on paper.…

Outlook grim in Venezuela’s essential oil industry

MORON, Venezuela (AP) — Only the filthy water from broken sewer pipes keeps the dust down in front of Ramon Boet’s shop, which sells statues of saints and other religious objects. In the distance, massive tankers pull up…

Canton museums hope to attract football crowd

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Five museums in the northeastern Ohio city of Canton are working to attract more visitors by banking on the popularity of the Pro Football Hall of Fam……

New technology propels ‘old energy’ boom

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…