Viewing held for ‘Sopranos’ star Gandolfini in NJ

PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — A private viewing for James Gandolfini is scheduled for Wednesday in a small northern New Jersey town. The invitation-only wake for family and friends will be held at the Robert Spearing Funeral Home…

Pats player Hernandez taken from home in handcuffs

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs Wednesday morning, more than a week after a Boston semi-pro football player was found dead in an industrial park a…

4 Los Angeles officers shot in 2 separate attacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer who was shot in the face was out of surgery and the gunman was believed holed up in a Willowbrook home 12 hours after the confrontation, police said Wednesday.…

Group: Kenya police death squad kill 2 suspects

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say a terror suspect was killed in a gun battle and present weapons to the media. Hours later another suspect accused of terror links is dead in what police described as a…

Indiana grain elevator on fire day after blast

UNION MILLS, Ind. (AP) — A fire broke out and thick black smoke billowed from a northwestern Indiana grain elevator a day after an explosion at the plant killed a worker. Facility owner Co-Alliance LLP says crews dismantling…

Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Crowds are gathering outside the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of two gay marriage decisions. One person held a rainbow flag and another wrapped himself in a rainbow shawl, and a number of people carried signs…

Rights group reports abuses by Lebanese police

BEIRUT (AP) — An international human rights group says Lebanon’s police forces are mistreating and torturing people including drug users, sex workers and homosexuals. New York-based Human Rights Watch says its 66-page report is based on over 50…

2 armed men rob northwestern Pa. man of condom

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers say a northwestern Pennsylvania man reported being robbed at knifepoint by two men who took only a condom from the victim. Erie p……

US economy grows at slower 1.8 pct. rate in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought. The steep revision was mostly because consumers spent less, suggesting higher…

Paula Deen’s ‘Today’ appearance ends in tears

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Deen says that anyone who’s never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her. The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday, trying to explain she…

AP Interview: UN Iraq rep urges exile cooperation

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi electoral officials say a Kurdish coalition has won the largest single bloc of seats in provincial elections in the restive northern province of Ninevah, though it fell short of a majority. The Independent High…

Man dead, woman wounded in W. Pa. home invasion

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A man is reportedly dead and a woman has been wounded in a home invasion shooting near Pittsburgh. Allegheny County authorities say at least one p……

Babson College to apologize to Brandeis for slurs

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Babson College plans to offer a formal apology for anti-Semitic actions taken by students 35 years ago before and during a crucial soccer game with Brandeis University. The Boston Globe reports (http://bo.st/14X5BK9) that Babson…

Snowden mystery deepens: All eyes on airport

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks says that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is “safe and well,” a brief statement that gave no indication of how the information was obtained and did little to clear up the mystery…

Amnesty: Nigeria to execute 5th death row inmate

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International says Nigeria is preparing to execute a fifth man, who had won a reprieve earlier this week after being taken to the gallows where four other convicted murderers were hanged. This man…

No charges against EMT in pregnant NYer’s death

NEW YORK (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a New York City EMT accused of walking away from an ailing pregnant woman who later died. The charges stemmed from a December 2009 incident. Melisa Jackson and her…

Paula Deen’s ‘Today’ appearance ends in tears

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Dean says that anyone who’s never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her. The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday, trying to explain she…

Ohio wants more power to stem lake algae

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials want more power to stem the spread of toxic algae caused by pollution runoff from farms. Changes proposed in a Senate bill would giv……

Berlin marks 50 years of JFK’s famous speech

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is celebrating the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s famed “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech — a pledge of support to the divided city on the Cold War’s front line that still resonates…