US homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high

For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index…

Judge considers effect of fungus on Calif. inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in San Francisco on Monday is scheduled to consider whether an airborne fungus that occurs naturally in the San Joaquin Valley presents enough of a public health danger that thousands of…

Police: Ariz. bus driver caught punching passenger

PHOENIX (AP) — Police say a Phoenix bus driver was caught on cellphone video repeatedly punching a passenger and slamming the man’s head against a bench. Authorities say 45-year-old Todd Allen Shields was charged with assault and other…

Pa. man jailed _ again _ in alleged teen tryst

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — A 41-year-old western Pennsylvania man awaiting trial on charges he concealed a 15-year-old girl in an apartment earlier this year has been jai……

Stocks open higher on Wall Street ahead of Fed

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street ahead of a two-day meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers. Traders have been trying to figure out when the Fed will start to cut back on its huge…

3 killed in crash in Allentown; 4th person hurt

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say three people have been killed in a two-car crash in Allentown that also left a fourth person injured. The accident happened around 10:4……

Body Glove co-founder Bob Meistrell dies at 84

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Bob Meistrell, who co-founded the Body Glove clothing company and helped develop the first neoprene wetsuit, has died in Southern California. He was 84. Body Glove International LLC President Russ Lesser tells the Torrance…

CEO: Altoona merger with UPMC on track for July 1

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — The president and chief executive officer of Altoona Regional Health System says its move to affiliate with the University of Pittsburgh Medical C……

Court will review dispute between airline, pilot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will review a $1.24 million defamation judgment against a Wisconsin airline that reported one of its pilots as mentally unstable and caused him to be arrested. The justices said Monday they will…

Court won’t hear Seattle officer appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t reconsider a jury’s decision that an off-duty Seattle police officer who was cut off in traffic violated a man’s rights by detaining him at gunpoint. The high court Monday refused to…

Bear mauls Alaska man who gave it barbecue meat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says a black bear that mauled a man at a campground north of Anchorage won’t likely threaten other people. Spokesman Ken Marsh told the Anchorage Daily News…

High court to hear NJ housing discrimination case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to decide another dispute involving race, whether people must prove they were victims of intentional housing discrimination to win lawsuits under federal law. The justices said Monday they would take…

Feds: NY, Va. 7-Eleven stores exploited immigrants

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say they’ve raided 7-Eleven stores in New York and Virginia as part of an investigation into human smuggling, identity theft and money laundering. The inquiry involves allegations that store owners helped smuggle…

Tuskegee Airmen exhibit planned for Pittsburgh

IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — Officials at Pittsburgh International Airport are planning to honor the Tuskegee Airmen with an exhibit to open in September. Allegheny County A……

Review: ‘Monsters University’ gets a passing grade

In Pixar’s “Monsters University,” a prequel to 2001 “Monsters, Inc.,” our expert “scarers” to be — the wisecracking pipsqueak Mike Wazowski and the burly James B. Sullivan — are college freshmen with high aspirations. Pixar, too, knows something…

Pa. volunteer firefighters mourn 1 of their own

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania volunteer fire department is mourning one of its own. The Cambria County coroner says 32-year-old Gary Gongloff, of Mine……

Police looking for video of Ohio festival shooting

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus, Ohio, police are seeking any video that may have been taken of a shooting at a weekend festival that wounded an 11-year-old boy. The shooting happened Saturday night at the Juneteenth Festival, which…

‘Watch Dogs’ video game a sign of the times

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Across the dizzying, colorful show floor at last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, there were games on display where players could become all manner of things, like a throat-slashing 18th century pirate, zombie killer, a…

US First Lady urges youth to shape NIreland future

DUBLIN (AP) — U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama has urged the young people of Northern Ireland to take a fresh perspective to help solve the country’s historic problems. Delivering a speech in Belfast to around 2,000 schoolchildren, university…

Family tweets indicate Kim Kardashian gives birth

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It looks to be a baby girl for Kim Kardashian and her rapper boyfriend Kanye West. Or does it? The couple was keeping silent on Sunday in the wake of multiple reports that Kardashian…