Quotations of the day

“They say, ‘Mr. prime minister, you are too harsh,’ and some (call me) ‘dictator’… What kind of a dictator meets with people who occupy Gezi Park as well as the sincere environmentalists?” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan,…

Syria’s Assad: EU will pay price for arming rebels

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say a car bomb attack targeting a checkpoint near a military airport in the capital has killed or wounded more than 20 soldiers. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday there…

Dreams turn bitter for Bangladeshi garment workers

TEKANI, Bangladesh (AP) — Moushumi’s family now has one of the largest homes in their village — two bedrooms plus a living area with walls made of sturdy brick. Her father and brother will soon have a small…

Boston hospital to offer hand transplants for kids

UNDATED (AP) — The latest effort by a Boston hospital underscores a growing willingness to do transplant surgery to enhance lives, not just save them. Boston Children’s Hospital is starting the world’s first hand transplant program for children,…

Talk of no-fly zone in Syria recalls Iraq effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, trying to avoid getting drawn deeper into Syria’s civil war, has pointed to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a symbol of what can go wrong when America’s military wades…

Court date as Astor’s son seeks to avoid NY prison

NEW YORK (AP) — An 89-year-old heir to a famous fortune is hoping to stay out of a New York prison. Anthony Marshall had been due to surrender Monday to serve one to three years. He was convicted…

IRS official contradicts claims about reviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Internal Revenue Service supervisor in Washington says she was personally involved in scrutinizing some of the earliest applications from tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, including some requests that languished for more than a…

Ohio police chief takes criminals to task online

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Criminals caught in one pocket of northeast Ohio are likely headed for public embarrassment at the hands of a small-town police chief and his many Facebook fans. Chief David Oliver has embraced his Brimfield…

Ohio police chief takes criminals to task online

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Criminals caught in one pocket of northeast Ohio are likely headed for public embarrassment at the hands of a small-town police chief and his many Face……

Former hitman to testify at Bulger trial in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — A former hitman who admits killing 20 people is expected to take the stand at the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger (BUHL’-jur). John Martorano served a little over 12 years in prison after…

Left and right already swinging at Ark. senator

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The conservative Club for Growth tags Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor as President Barack Obama’s “closest ally” in the state. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control advocacy group says Pryor “let us down.” Pryor’s…

Dual gov’t? US operates in sunshine and in shadow

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s as if the United States has two governments, one open and one very much not. President Barack Obama leads both, trying not to butt heads with himself. Since becoming president, Obama has churned out…

2 Philly skyscrapers light up for SS United States

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A pair of Philadelphia skyscrapers are lighting up to show support for the SS United States. For three nights starting Monday, the PECO Building an……

Attack on Afghan convoy kills 3 drivers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An official says a suicide car bomber has hit the convoy of a provincial police chief in southern Afghanistan. The chief was not seriously hurt but three officers were wounded. Helmand province spokesman Ummar…

Affirmative action ruling contest: race vs. class

In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity — race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited…

Boston hospital to offer hand transplants for kids

A Boston hospital is starting the world’s first hand transplant program for children, and doctors say it won’t be long until face transplants and other radical operations to improve appearance and quality of life are offered to kids,…

EU, US agree to start free trade talks at G-8

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms — and draw inspiration from the host country’s ability…

Second City co-founder Bernard Sahlins dies at 90

CHICAGO (AP) — Bernard “Bernie” Sahlins, who co-founded Chicago’s Second City theater and who nurtured the early careers of many of “Saturday Night Live’s” biggest stars over the years, has died. He was 90. Andrew Alexander, one of…

3 killed in crash in eastern Pa.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say three people have been killed in a crash in eastern Pennsylvania. Two vehicles were involved in the crash late Sunday night in Allentow……

1 dead in basketball court shooting in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a 27-year-old man is dead after being shot on a basketball court in Philadelphia. Authorities say the man was shot twice in the chest Sund……