Chile’s Pinera asks his bloc for unity amid crisis

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s president is asking his conservative bloc to pick a single presidential candidate and quickly overcome a political crisis just four months before the general election. President Sebastian Pinera said Thursday that his Alliance…

5 charred bodies found in northeast Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police have found five charred bodies inside a pickup truck abandoned and set ablaze on a northern Mexico highway. An official with Coahuila state prosecutors says the five men found Thursday died of asphyxiation…

Ohio man sentenced to 25 years in child porn case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A western Ohio man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to secretly videotaping young girls in a bathroom at his home and t……

Robert Kirkman will take ratings over Emmy noms

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ask Robert Kirkman about the snub his show “The Walking Dead” received in Emmy Award nominations Thursday and he answers with a hearty laugh. “I’ll take the ratings, I think is what I usually…

Records: Texas teenager raped as men cheered

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As many as 10 men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway Texas girl in an apartment where some cheered and filmed the attacks with their cellphone cameras, according to court records released…

6 Colombians charged in killing of DEA agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Colombian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for the kidnapping and murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. A seventh Colombian was charged with trying to destroy evidence in the…

‘Glory’: Civil War fight by black troops recalled

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Civil War re-enactors gathered on a wind-swept beach and marked the 150th anniversary Thursday of a famed attack by the black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — a battle that showed the world black…

NYPD top spokesman Browne lands job at Notre Dame

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief spokesman for the New York Police Department on big stories such as the failed 2010 Times Square car-bombing has landed a job at the University of Notre Dame. Paul Browne was named…

Man accepts plea deal in deadly Hawaii dam breach

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A retired car dealer pleaded no contest Thursday in a dam breach in Hawaii that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006. In exchange for the plea to reckless endangerment, state prosecutors agreed…

Enzi says he is confident amid Cheney challenge

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi said Thursday he will continue to do what he believes is right, even if it’s not popular, as he faces a Republican primary challenge from Liz Cheney. Enzi has kept…

Canada train derailment lawsuit adds defendants

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Three more defendants have been added to a class-action lawsuit over the oil train derailment that killed 50 people in Quebec, a team of lawyers announced Thursday. The lawsuit, originally filed against U.S.-based Montreal,…

Obama’s unlikely climate change partner: China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has stumbled on an unusual partner in his quest to combat climate change: China. The world’s two biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are finding common cause in efforts to reduce global…

Panama charges crew of seized North Korean ship

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama has filed charges against the crew of a North Korean ship seized as it tried to pass through the Panama Canal while carrying obsolete weaponry from Cuba hidden under bags of sugar, possibly…
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Man charged with sex crimes

Paul Taylor, 34, 269 Sexton St., is facing five counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition. One of the rape charges carries a sentence of life in prison if he is convicted. …

Ohio scales back number of prisons reducing power

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state says it’s scaling back the number of Ohio prisons participating in a program that generates money in return for big electricity u……

Spain corruption protesters clash with Madrid cops

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demonstrated Thursday night in Madrid, and what started as a peaceful event turned violent toward midnight after riot police clashed with some protesters, resulting…

EPA, XTO Energy reach Pa. gas drilling settlement

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with XTO Energy over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act stemming from a spi……

2 men convicted in Calif. high school gang rape

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Two more men have been found guilty for their roles in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside a Northern California high school. Contra Costa County jurors on Thursday convicted 20-year-old Marcelles Peter…

Suspected Civil war cannonball dug up in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a construction crew has unearthed what appears to be a cannonball near Centennial Olympic Park. Police spokesman Gregory Lyon says the crew dug up the suspected cannonball Thursday afternoon and authorities took…

Law firm admits leaking Rowling’s alter ego

LONDON (AP) — The mystery has been solved. A British law firm admitted Thursday that one of its partners inadvertently revealed that J.K. Rowling had authored a mystery novel, “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” The Sunday Times newspaper revealed over…