Brazil protesters target Confederations Cup match

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — About 5,000 anti-government protesters battled police on Thursday near a stadium that is set to host a semifinal match of the Confederations Cup football tournament. The protesters were marching peacefully but clashed with police…

Tenn. man accused of putting puppy in dishwasher

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Memphis, Tenn., say a puppy was killed when a man put it in a dishwasher and ran the machine. Police charged 27-year-old Marcus Curry with aggravated abuse to animals. He is being…

Feds: Boston suspect downloaded bomb instructions

BOSTON (AP) — A federal grand jury on Thursday returned a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, and many of the charges carry the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty.…

Couple indicted in slaying of Texas prosecutors

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — A former justice of the peace and his wife were indicted on capital murder charges Thursday in the deaths of two North Texas prosecutors who were fatally shot earlier this year, one outside the…

Libya sacks defense minister after clashes

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s Prime Minister Ali Zidan has sacked the defense minister, after three days of gun battles in the capital and amid a deteriorating security situation. In a news conference Thursday, Zidan said he sacked…

Mormon church-owned Utah NBC affiliate to air SNL

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon church-owned NBC television station in Utah plans to begin airing first-run Saturday Night Live episodes this fall after years of refusing to air the popular comedy show. KSL-TV’s Tami Ostmark says…

DA: Pa. cop shot man holding underwear, not gun

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania prosecutor says an officer was justified in shooting a man he thought was armed in a dark alley, even though it turned out he had only a p……

Ex-Browns player pleads not guilty in NJ beating

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A former rookie linebacker for the Cleveland Browns has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in New Jersey. Ausar Walcott was arraigned Thursday in Paterson, N.J. He is accused of punching…

Utah state senator proposes to longtime partner

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state senator used a celebration over two Supreme Court gay rights decisions to propose to his longtime partner. Democratic state Sen. Jim Dabakis was giving remarks Wednesday during a party at…

16-year-olds get vote in Scottish referendum

LONDON (AP) — Scotland’s Parliament has voted to allow 16 and 17 year olds to cast ballots in next year’s independence referendum. The measure, passed Thursday by a vote of 103 to 12, will allow citizens younger than…

Mich. mom, boyfriend plead guilty to abusing boy

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to torturing and abusing her son who was kept inside their home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for four years. The guilty plea came Thursday in Delta County after the…

Stern, who shot ’62 Marilyn Monroe portraits, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Bert Stern, a commercial photographer best known for his images of Marilyn Monroe in what became known as “The Last Sitting,” has died in New York City. He was 83. His death on Wednesday…

Photos show rare jaguar roams S. Ariz. mountains

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Photos from remote cameras show a rare male jaguar roaming the Santa Rita Mountains in Southern Arizona. The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/12rLi2b ) the cameras have photographed the big cat in five locations…

Expert: Holmes jury pool among largest ever in US

DENVER (AP) — A trial expert says the 5,000 people expected to get a jury summons in the Colorado theater shooting trial would be among the highest number ever in the nation. The Denver Post reported Thursday (http://tinyurl.com/oetm9ew…

Paula Deen interview leads ‘Today’ to victory

NEW YORK (AP) — Judging by the television ratings, one place where chef Paula Deen is welcome is on the “Today” show. The NBC morning show beat its rivals at ABC’s “Good Morning America” with a Thursday episode…

US sanctions another NKorean bank

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury is sanctioning a North Korean bank and its China-based representative in the latest step to disrupt Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs and pressure the government. Treasury says that since at least 2007,…

Justice Dept, Macy’s settle employment allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department and Macy’s have resolved allegations that the retailer imposed discriminatory document requirements on immigrant employees to verify that they were eligible to work. The anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act…

NYPD commissioner calls oversight bills misguided

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s police commissioner is calling the City Council’s move to impose new oversight on the department misguided. The legislators voted early Thursday to create an outside watchdog for the police department. Lawmakers…