Israel to export 40 percent of its natural gas

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has decided to export 40 percent of the natural gas it expects to produce from offshore wells, keeping a larger amount for local use than expected. The figure, announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

Banks fall short in helping struggling homeowners

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says homeowners trying to avoid foreclosure must wait too long for their loan modification applications to be reviewed by some of the nation’s top mortgage servicers. Such delays can plunge borrowers deeper…

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pros join ‘Forever Tango’

NEW YORK (AP) — “Dancing with the Stars” duo Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have shimmied aboard the Broadway-bound “Forever Tango.” Producers said Wednesday that the pair will perform in the show at the Walter Kerr Theatre from…

Police at Patriots tight end’s home for 2nd day

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts State Police have returned to the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Two troopers knocked at his door Wednesday morning in North Attleborough, but no one answered. On Tuesday…

Pa. police hope to catch ‘green thumb’ bandit

MAMMOTH, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police are hoping to catch a bandit with a green thumb red-handed. Troopers from the Greensburg barracks say the man robbed the A……

Men’s Wearhouse ousts founder, pitchman Zimmer

NEW YORK (AP) — Apparently, Men’s Wearhouse Inc. doesn’t like the way its founder looks anymore. In terse release issued Wednesday, Men’s Wearhouse said it has fired the face of the company and its executive chairman, George Zimmer,…

Feds: Pittsburgh brothers ran Craiglist tixx scam

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal grand jury has charged two Pittsburgh brothers with scamming more than 250 people out of more than $70,000 by offering to sell event tickets……

Wooden beam could be detached part of shipwreck

FAIRPORT, Mich. (AP) — Archaeologists say a wooden beam found embedded in the floor of Lake Michigan doesn’t appear to have been attached to what they believe could be a sunken ship that disappeared in the 17th Century.…

Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are seeking cost-cutting opportunities in the Pentagon’s $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders say America cannot afford not to build. Chairing the…

Palace sheds some light on Kate’s baby plans

LONDON (AP) — With Prince William and the former Kate Middleton expecting their first child in mid-July — and much of the world interested in the birth of a future monarch — officials at Clarence House have released…

Netflix to expand to Netherlands later this year

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix is going Dutch. The online video giant says it will expand into the Netherlands, its 41st country, later this year. Subscribers will be able to stream Hollywood fare, local TV series and…

Court to hear fee debate in Cleveland killings

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to decide a debate over fees paid to attorneys of a Cleveland man who killed 11 women. Attorney John……

Obama renews calls for nuclear reductions

BERLIN (AP) — Issuing an appeal for a new citizen activism in the free world, President Barack Obama renewed his call Wednesday to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles and to confront climate change, a danger he called…

Madonna premieres tour film, talks secret project

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna says there were days she was exhausted during her recent “MDNA” world tour, but she decided to press on. You won’t see those rough behind-the-scenes moments in her new concert film, “The MDNA…

Todashev’s body brought to Russia for burial

GROZNY, Russia (AP) — The father of a Russian man killed while being questioned about ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he has brought the body to Russia for burial. Ibragim Todashev, 27, was fatally shot…

Father, son acquitted in NY of sex trafficking

NEW YORK (AP) — A father and son who admitted they were pimps have been acquitted in New York of sex trafficking after several prostitutes testified they were treated well. A judge delivered the verdict Wednesday at the…

Best-selling author Vince Flynn dies at age 47

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vince Flynn, a best-selling author of political thriller novels, has died at age 47 after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. A statement from Flynn’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, Inc., said he died…

Family: Country singer Slim Whitman dies at age 90

MIAMI (AP) — Country singer Slim Whitman, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy “Mars Attacks!,” died Wednesday…

Police: Mom stole $27K from Pa. football boosters

DERRY, Pa. (AP) — A mother who formerly headed the football boosters program at a western Pennsylvania high school has been charged with stealing more than $27,000 fro……