House investigators: Disability judges are too lax

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. House investigators say Social Security is approving state-rejected claims for disability benefits at strikingly high rates for people who might not deserve them. Compounding the problem, the agency often fails to do required follow-up…

Greece: Socialists handed key posts in new cabinet

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Members of Greece’s minority Socialist party have been handed key posts in a cabinet reshuffle following a political crisis over the decision by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to shut state broadcaster ERT. Evangelos Venizelos,…
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Man indicted in child slaying

A Bazetta man was indicted Thursday on charges that he fatally punched his live-in girlfriend’s 4-year-old son.…

Dr. Oz to launch lifestyle magazine with Hearst

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz is trying something new: his own lifestyle magazine. Hearst Magazines said Monday a pilot issue will be published early next year, followed by a second issue, “which could lead to a…

‘Obamacare’ countdown gets under way

WASHINGTON (AP) — With fewer than 100 days before uninsured Americans can sign up for health care, the Obama administration says it’s gearing up with new call centers, a revamped website — and a call to the NFL.…

Angelina Jolie urges world to end rape in war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress Angelina Jolie made her debut before the U.N.’s most powerful body as a special envoy for refugees Monday and urged the world’s nations to make the fight against rape in war a top…

West, Central African leaders meet on piracy

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Heads of state and government leaders from 25 West and Central African countries along the Gulf of Guinea are meeting in Cameroon’s capital Monday to address escalating piracy, trafficking and other illicit activities in…

Italy minister resigns over tax troubles

ROME (AP) — Italy’s equal opportunities minister, a German-born, eight-time Olympic kayaker, is facing pressure to resign over tax troubles in a case with both racist and sexist overtones. The anti-immigrant Northern League party is leading the charge…

Musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs being born

NEW YORK (AP) — A musical inspired by the music of Tupac Shakur hopes to bring gangsta rap to a Broadway stage. A workshop of “Holler If Ya Hear Me” is currently under way in New York under…

Renovated terminal to be unveiled at LA airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A newly renovated terminal at Los Angeles International Airport will make it tough to remember there’s a plane to catch. When it opens in August, the cavernous Tom Bradley International Terminal will highlight the…

News Summary: Africa’s anti-gay legislation

In December 2011, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum instructing federal agencies to promote the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people overseas. The memorandum coincided with a speech by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the…

Missing red panda from National Zoo found in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Zookeepers are searching for a red panda that has gone missing from its enclosure in Washington. National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson says animal keepers discovered the male named Rusty was missing Monday morning. They began…

Reid pressures House to pass farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says his chamber won’t pass an extension of farm policy this year and is pressuring the House to figure out how to pass a farm bill. The House rejected its…

Obama walks tightrope on gay rights in Africa

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The U.S. embassy in Ivory Coast made history earlier this month by hosting a gay pride reception attended by about two dozen openly gay Ivorians. Despite the groundbreaking nature of the event, reporters…