UN: April deadliest month in Iraq since June 2008

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq says more people were killed in violent attacks across the country in April than in any other month since June 2008. The U.N. figures released on Thursday underscore concerns…

Ohio leads US in claims for metal thefts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says Ohio leads the nation in insurance claims for metal thefts. A National Insurance Crime Bureau report released Wednesday showed……

Pakistan’s lead prosecutor in Bhutto case killed

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A spokesman for Pakistan’s top election body says authorities plan to deploy over 600,000 security personnel during next week’s parliamentary election to prevent possible Taliban attacks. Spokesman Khursheed Alam said on Thursday that the figure…

Tree falls on commuter train in suburban Philly

WALLINGFORD, Pa. (AP) — Transit officials in suburban Philadelphia say a tree fell on a commuter train, but no one was hurt. It happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday in Wall……

US calls for NKorea amnesty for sentenced American

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean American detained for six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts” against the state, the North’s media said Thursday — a move…

National Mall overhaul draws $10M gift from VW

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plans to overhaul neglected sites on Washington’s National Mall with lakeside gardens, grassy amphitheaters and restaurants with views of the nation’s memorials are getting a boost from a German carmaker. Volkswagen of America announced a…

Fire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a home in rural Southern California is 40 percent contained but winds are kicking up and could make hard work for hundreds of firefighters battling it. Riverside County fire spokeswoman…

Murder-suicide of 3 ailing in Calif. investigated

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — Every morning, Jim Crabtree said he would wake up, wash and dress his wife who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and drop her off at his parents’ home so he could go to work.…

Ky. child shooting part of urban-rural gun debate

BURKESVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As Stephanie Sparks cleaned the kitchen, her 5-year-old son, Kristian, began playing with a rifle he was given last year. She stepped out onto the front porch, poured grease out of a frying pan…

Prosecutor in Arias case set for closing arguments

PHOENIX (AP) — The prosecutor in Jodi Arias’ murder trial was set to present closing arguments Thursday in a case that has captured headlines worldwide with lurid tales of sex, lies and a bloody killing. Arias faces a…

Police, politicians push surveillance post-Boston

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on…

May Day activists cheer state immigration laws

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — As Congress debates the first national immigration overhaul in decades, a state-level push advancing rights for people in the U.S. illegally has picked up momentum across the country. Among the patchwork changes to state…

Bangladesh official: Disaster not ‘really serious’

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 433 confirmed…

Navy unveils squadron of manned, unmanned craft

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — The Navy is inaugurating its first squadron with unmanned aircraft, formally adopting drone technology amid debate over its growing use in warfare. Military officials will launch the maritime strike squadron called “Magicians” on Thursday…

Miss. ricin-letters case headed to grand jury

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The first time James Everett Dutshcke’s name came up in court regarding ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others, he wasn’t the man charged in the case. And it was a defense…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, May 02, 2013. A strong Spring storm will move out of the Rockies and into the Plains on Thursday, bringing weather more appropriate for Winter to some areas. Winter Storm Warnings will remain…

Activists say dozens killed in Syrian village

BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by warplanes, Syrian government troops pushed Thursday into the central districts of the city of Homs in an effort to oust rebels from the country’s third largest urban center, activists said. The regime pounded…

Quotations of the day

“He wasn’t a stupid kid. I’m surprised he would do something this foolish.” — Michael McKeown, 20, on former high school classmate Robel Phillipo, accused with two other friends of trying to protect Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.…

Physical by smartphone becoming real possibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not a “Star Trek” tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor’s…

430 dead so far in Bangladesh building collapse

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 430 confirmed…