Dallas soccer ex-CEO cleared in NYC battery case

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in New York City have abandoned their domestic violence case against the former CEO of the Major League Soccer team in Dallas. An assistant district attorney told a Manhattan judge Wednesday there was…

Russell Brand scraps Mideast shows over security

LONDON (AP) — British comedian Russell Brand says he has cancelled Middle Eastern dates on his forthcoming tour after promoters said they couldn’t guarantee his safety. Brand had planned to take his “Messiah Complex” tour to Abu Dhabi…
Authorities have 'break' in 39-year-old mass murder case

Man charged in 1974 murder

Investigators have found new information that has led to a break in a 39-year-old brutal Canfield Township mass murder case law enforcement never gave up on, sources said.…

Mexico tequila market in China: drunk with promise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico wants China to loosen up and have a little tequila. Actually, lots of it. Since China President Xi Jinping and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto broke a diplomatic and economic chill and agreed to…

Pirate Bay Swede sentenced for hacking, fraud

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A founder of the popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay who was arrested in Cambodia under an international warrant was convicted in Sweden on Thursday of hacking and fraud and given a two-year prison sentence. The…

Religion news in brief

Venezuela’s cardinal says pope should pressure Nicolas Maduro focus on democracy, coexistence CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Pope Francis should pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to focus on promoting democracy and peaceful coexistence to ease tensions with the socialist…

Alice Munro says she is ‘probably’ done writing

NEW YORK (AP) — Less than a year after Philip Roth announced he had stopped writing books, another literary great may be retiring: Alice Munro. The 81-year-old Canadian author, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest short…

Kuwait schedules July 25 parliamentary election

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s government has scheduled parliamentary elections on July 25 after a court decision dissolved the chamber over flaws in the balloting law. Thursday’s report by the official Kuwait News Agency sets the stage for…

Threat level was high before UN attack in Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — During the years when Mogadishu resembled one big battlefield, the U.N. and other aid workers trying to improve Somalia often lived in the comfortable, modern and largely safe capital of Kenya. As security improved…

UK Treasury chief laughs off Obama name mix-up

LONDON (AP) — Politics can be hard on the ego, as British Treasury chief George Osborne learned when President Barack Obama apparently forgot his name at this week’s G-8 summit. Britain’s Sun and Financial Times newspapers reported Thursday…

US blames Apple at NY trial for e-books price rise

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Apple Inc. has asked a New York judge to take a “fresh and open look” at government claims that the company conspired with publishers to raise e-book industry prices in 2010.…

Frank Langella to play ‘King Lear’ in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Langella will be taking on one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles — King Lear — and letting audiences in two countries see it. Producers said Thursday Langella will debut his Lear at Britain’s Chichester…

Austrian sex criminal’s cellar to be cemented shut

VIENNA (AP) — The cellar where Austria’s Josef Fritzl held his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven of her children is being filled with cement. Walter Anboeck, who is in charge of Fritzl’s estate, said Thursday that…

US judge says Russia acting like ‘scofflaw’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge says Russia is acting like a “scofflaw” and an “outlaw” by refusing his order to hand over a Jewish group’s historical books and documents. Royce Lamberth is chief judge of the U.S.…

Christian group apologizes to gay community

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The president of a leading Christian ministry dedicated to helping gays repress their sexual urges through prayer has apologized to the gay community and says the group is shutting down. Alan Chambers said on…

High court strikes down anti-prostitution pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law forcing private health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition to get AIDS funding. The justices said Thursday the law’s anti-prostitution pledge improperly restricts First Amendment…

Markets are roiled by prospect of Fed exit

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets are sliding after the Federal Reserve said it could end its huge bond-buying program by the middle of next year. U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading and the yield on the…

Court: Man shouldn’t have gotten harsher penalty

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a man should not have gotten a harsher penalty for a crime because a judge had investigated his previous offenses. The 8-1 decision came Thursday in the case of Matthew Descamps,…

Daniels: ‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is ‘painfully funny’

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” was released, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are reuniting for “Dumb and Dumber To.” Daniels said Carrey approached directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly two years ago about…

US home re-sales surpass 5 million in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. sales of previously occupied homes surpassed the 5 million mark in May, the first time that’s happened in 3 ½ years. The gain shows the housing recovery is strengthening. The National Association of Realtors…