Judge to rule on issue holding up Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge is to address the latest snag holding up the trial in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage: the former defense attorneys’ objections to helping the suspect as he represents himself…

Ohioan passes POW bracelet to Vietnam veteran, 91

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohioan who wore a bracelet engraved with the name of a prisoner of war from Vietnam is passing it on to that Florida veteran on the 48th anniversary o……

German ministers quiz web firms on US surveillance

BERLIN (AP) — German ministers have questioned major Internet companies about U.S. tracking of web activity, days before a visit to Berlin by President Barack Obama. Officials said Microsoft and Google representatives attended a meeting Friday along with…

Pa. truck driver faces charges over damaged bridge

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a northeastern Pennsylvania truck driver after police say he struck and damaged a busy traffic bridge last ye……

Ribbon cut for new convention center in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Community leaders have cut the traditional ribbon to dedicate the new Cleveland Convention Center. Top city and county elected officials took part i……

AP IMPACT: Commander of Nazi-led unit lives in US

BERLIN (AP) — A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since…

Russia disputes US claim on Syria chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin’s foreign affairs adviser says Moscow is not convinced with Washington’s claim that Syrian regime had used chemical weapons against the opposition. Yuri Ushakov told reporters Friday that the information provided by U.S.…

Actress Johansson sues over French book

PARIS (AP) — Actress Scarlett Johansson is suing a French publishing house over a novel that uses her name and image and explores the challenges of being beautiful. The JC Lattes publishing house said Friday that a lawsuit…

Jailed Nobel’s wife pens open letter to China’s Xi

BEIJING (AP) — The wife of China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner has written an open letter to new Chinese leader Xi Jinping to protest an 11-year prison term given to her brother, the family’s lawyer said Friday.…

Obama to take advantage of advances in wireless

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is taking advantage of new advances in the wireless industry to help create jobs. Obama is expected to announce Friday that he’s directing federal agencies to be more…

23 possible jurors to return in Zimmerman case

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — The six jurors and four alternates who eventually will decide whether George Zimmerman committed murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin will have limited contact with the outside world during the two weeks…

British man charged with defacing queen’s portrait

LONDON (AP) — Police say a man has been charged with allegedly spraying paint on a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II that is hanging in Westminster Abbey. Tim Haries is due to appear in a London court Friday…

Former Pa. tax collector sentenced for theft

MOHNTON, Pa. (AP) — A former tax collector in a small eastern Pennsylvania borough has been sentenced to three years of probation for stealing $19,000 in public money.……

Arizona Gov. Brewer secures Medicaid expansion

PHOENIX (AP) — Ending a six-month legislative session, Arizona lawmakers endorsed a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law in a huge political victory for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after a lengthy fight over Medicaid expansion…

Pa. officer slain in Sept. named officer of year

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suburban Philadelphia police officer who was fatally shot during a traffic stop in September has been named officer of the year. Plymouth Town……

Authorities probe deck collapse at Fla. sports bar

NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. (AP) — The outdoor deck at a popular Miami-area sports bar partially collapsed during the NBA Finals, sending dozens of people into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay. The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m.…

Early vote count in Iran gives Rowhani wide lead

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader gave a salty rebuke Friday to U.S. questions over the openness of the presidential contest in the Islamic Republic, telling Washington “the hell with you” after casting his ballot in a…