Family holds out hope for lost Mount Hood climber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a climber lost since Saturday on Oregon’s Mount Hood is holding out hope he’ll be found alive. Searchers looking for 59-year-old Kinley Adams were frustrated Monday and Tuesday by white-out conditions.…

Bail set for man charged in Pa. building collapse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ruled that the demolition contractor charged in the deaths of six people buried when a building collapsed in Philadelphia must meet bail of $1.55 million. Sean Benschop had previously been held without…

Would you pay $50 to see a flick? Some fans did

NEW YORK (AP) — So this was the deal: For $50, you got to see Brad Pitt’s hotly anticipated zombie thriller “World War Z” before all your friends. You also got 3D glasses to keep, popcorn and sodas,…

Russia shuts top independent vote monitor

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Justice Ministry says it has shut the nation’s top independent election monitoring group for failing to register as a “foreign agent” under a controversial Kremlin law. The vote monitor, Golos, played a prominent role…

Pats release Hernandez in homicide investigation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots say they’ve released tight end Aaron Hernandez “following his arrest in the investigation of a homicide” last week in nearby North Attleboro. The Patriots issued a statement Wednesday saying: “We…

Miners released from hospital after Pa. rock fall

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania coal mine remained closed while federal and state agencies investigate why a rock fell from a support pillar, but two injured……

UN accuses Congo rebels of murdering civilians

GOMA, Congo (AP) — The United Nations says the M23 rebels in Congo have been conducting regular search operations in which civilians have been murdered. U.N. mission spokesman Col. Felix Basse said Wednesday that the M23 has mounted…

Pa. Senate debate on liquor bills postponed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican senators are postponing a planned floor debate on legislation designed to allow private store operators to……

France makes room for UN troops in northern Mali

GAO, Mali (AP) — France’s top military chief says troops have begun withdrawing from part of the airport in the northern Malian city of Gao to make room for a United Nations peacekeeping force expected to deploy July…

Cyclorama marks 150th anniversary of Gettysburg

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — People visiting Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s pivotal battle will get to see a famous attraction the way it looked in the late 1800s. The Gettysburg Cyclorama underwent a $15…

US stocks rise for a second day; yields slip

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes moved higher in early trading Wednesday, despite news that the U.S. economy has been growing more slowly than first estimated. In early trading, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 116…

Ex-teen mom heads filibuster versus abortion limit

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — To lead their nearly 13-hour filibuster attempt aimed at blocking a contentious abortion bill, Texas Democrats turned to a 50-year-old lawmaker who pulled herself up from a tough background as a teenage mother to…

NY court: Starbucks baristas must share tips

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court says Starbucks’ baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors, but assistant managers are left out in the cold. The Court of Appeals on Wednesday found that shift supervisors who…

Taliban clash with Afghan police at security post

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan national police say they clashed with Taliban fighters in the northern province of Baghlan in a gunbattle that left at least two police officers and two militants dead. Baghlan deputy police chief Col.…

Ahead of Kerry visit, Israel approves settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian official says Palestinians have shelved an application to the U.N.’s cultural agency to have a West Bank village recognized as a world heritage site. The official says the request to have UNESCO recognize…

Former Bieber monkey out of quarantine in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Mally the monkey, Justin Bieber’s former pet, has emerged from quarantine at his new German home three months after the pop star brought him to the country. The 6-month-old capuchin monkey moved Wednesday into a…

Libya: Militiamen kill 2 soldiers in Tripoli clash

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan security officials say armed militiamen have killed two soldiers, including a senior officer, in clashes in the capital, Tripoli. Two other soldiers were wounded. The officials say the clashes erupted early Wednesday in…

Zimbabwe court postpones hearing on election date

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s highest court says it has postponed an appeal on the date for crucial elections it had set for the end of July. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku on Wednesday told attorneys representing rival political…

Watchdog: IRS fought oversight in tea party cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service long has resisted efforts by an internal watchdog to help groups seeking tax-exempt status, creating a culture that enabled agents to improperly target such organizations for additional scrutiny, the National Taxpayer…

Brazil protesters, police clash near match

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s congress has shelved legislation that had been a target of nationwide protests, hours before another expected round of large-scale demonstrations on Wednesday. The lower house of congress voted 403-9 late Tuesday to drop…