Two-headed turtle hatches at San Antonio zoo

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A two-headed turtle has hatched at the San Antonio Zoo and officials have named her Thelma and Louise. The female Texas cooter arrived June 18 and will go on display Thursday at the zoo’s…

Senate on verge of historic immigration vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is on the cusp of approving historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions in the U.S. illegally and spending billions of dollars to secure the border. The vote on final passage of the…

EU leaders win breakthrough EU budget deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — A hard-fought deal on future bank bailouts gives European Union leaders a boost going into a new summit, and an injection of credibility into EU efforts to end its spiral of financial and economic troubles.…

Chase speaking at Gandolfini’s funeral

NEW YORK (AP) — A funeral service for actor James Gandolfini is scheduled to take place in one of New York City’s largest churches. The ceremony at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is planned for…

Israelis brand selves in solidarity with animals

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sasha Boojor squirmed and struggled as black-clad masked men yanked him out of a cage and branded him with a hot iron. While the smell of seared flesh was disturbing, he said, this shocking and…

Making NY’s Lake George the world’s ‘smartest’

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers are turning New York’s Lake George, in the Adirondack Mountains, into the “smartest lake in the world,” with a sophisticated monitoring system that will help them predict threats like road salt and…

More C-sections are now done closer to due date

ATLANTA (AP) — A new government report finds what appears to be a significant shift in when pregnant women have C-sections. The number of C-sections done has stopped increasing and more of the operations are happening closer to…

‘Recycled’ Aussie PM gives party jolt of optimism

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Kevin Rudd has wrenched back the job of Australian prime minister from the woman who had maneuvered him out three years ago, possibly just in time to soften a crushing defeat that his party…

SKorean president in Beijing for summit with Xi

BEIJING (AP) — The South Korean president’s visit to China’s capital Thursday brought together North Korea’s archrival and its biggest ally for meetings that will put Pyongyang under greater pressure to rejoin nuclear disarmament talks. President Park Geun-hye…

More C-sections are now done closer to due date

ATLANTA (AP) — Not only has the nation’s high level of C-sections finally stopped rising, but more of the operations are taking place closer to the mother’s due date, a new government report found. Figures released Thursday show…

US boss held in China leaves plant after payout

BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. company boss has been released after he and a union representative say a pay dispute was resolved with the Chinese workers who had been detaining him at a Beijing plant. Chip Starnes said…

Obama clashes with African host over gay rights

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — President Barack Obama has a hopeful story to tell about African democracy during his first stop in a weeklong trip designed to re-engage with the continent. Obama plans to meet Thursday with Senegal’s president,…

Making NY’s Lake George the world’s ‘smartest’

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. (AP) — An unprecedented project to turn New York’s Lake George into the “smartest lake in the world” is being launched and will monitor the lake from its sun-dappled shores to its dark depths in…

Boy, 2, shot outside metro Atlanta supermarket

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Police say a 2-year-old boy is in stable condition at an Atlanta-area hospital after being shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt outside a supermarket. DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander says…

PayPal looks to conquer space (payments)

NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth’s realm once space travel and tourism take off. PayPal, which is eBay Inc.’s…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, June 27, the 178th day of 2013. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spent the first full day of a visit…

US set to suspend Bangladesh trade privileges

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry’s worst accident. Congressional aides…
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Artists sought for mug contest

The contest will run Monday through July 26 in conjunction with the Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley "Miracles and Promises" radio fundraiser.…

Oil pipe defect caused 2010 Qantas engine blowout

SYDNEY (AP) — The dramatic disintegration of a Qantas superjumbo jet engine during a flight in 2010 was triggered by a poorly built oil pipe that failed to conform to design specifications, Australian investigators said Thursday in their…

F-16 fighter jet crashes in Arizona; pilots OK

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An F-16 fighter jet has crashed near Luke Air Force Base in suburban Phoenix, but authorities say both pilots ejected safely. Officials at Luke say the jet went down just before 7 p.m. Wednesday…