Nicaragua approving massive canal project

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A $40 billion plan to plow a massive rival to the Panama Canal across the middle of Nicaragua is headed for approval by the country’s leftist-controlled National Assembly. It caps a lightning-fast approval process…

Melvin, Pa. ex-justice, suspended as lawyer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is taking action against one of its former members, suspending the law license of former Justice Joan Orie Melvin. Th……

UN: World population to reach 8.1 billion in 2025

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations forecast Thursday that the world’s population will increase from 7.2 billion today to 8.1 billion in 2025, with most growth in developing countries and more than half in Africa. By 2050,…

White House criticizes Republican’s rape comment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says comments by a Republican lawmaker about rape show, quote, an “alarming disregard for women.” Spokesman Jay Carney was talking about Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks and his assertion that incidences of…

May 31 Oklahoma storms death toll rises to 22

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma medical examiner’s office has confirmed a 22nd fatality from the May 31 tornadoes and flash floods after a girl’s body was recovered from the Oklahoma River. The office said Thursday the cause…

Ethan Hawke to play ‘Macbeth’ on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Ethan Hawke is returning to Broadway to play the title role in “Macbeth.” The Shakespeare tragedy will mark a reunion for Hawke with director Jack O’Brien at Lincoln Center Theater, where he starred in…

Nets coach Jason Kidd has pending DWI case in NY

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Kidd, who was hired to coach the Brooklyn Nets just days after retiring as a player, has a court date next week in New York stemming from a drunken driving arrest last year.…

Aberdeen keeping ‘Come as you are’ welcome sign

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — After hearing from Kurt Cobain and Nirvana fans across the United States, the Washington state city of Aberdeen is keeping the words “Come as you are” on a welcome sign. KBKW and KXRO report…

Rupert Murdoch files for divorce from Wendi Deng

LOS ANGELES (AP) — News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999. Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York…

Gov’t: LNG export decisions due by end of year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says he will move “expeditiously” to review about 20 applications to export liquefied natural gas and will make decisions by the end of the year. Moniz, who took office last month,…

US Senate confirms 2 federal judges for Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Eastern Pennsylvania’s federal courts are getting two new judges following unanimous approval by the U.S. Senate. The Senate on Thursd……

Ohio officer’s sexting sentencing rescheduled

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has rescheduled sentencing for a former Ohio school resource officer convicted of coercing sexual behavior from minors. Todd Smith coul……

Health care law’s employer requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — Requirements that medium-sized and large employers offer insurance coverage or face fines are one of the most complicated parts of President Barack Obama’s health care law. While most of the estimated 160 million Americans with…

Obama meets with relatives of Newtown victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet Thursday with relatives of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting. Friday marks six months since the shooting that killed 20…

Husband says ricin case ‘like a really bad dream’

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — The Texas man whose wife is accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in an attempt to frame him says the experience has been “like a…

Cyprus court hands life sentence to ex-TV host

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ criminal court has sentenced a former television presenter, her brother and two other men to life in prison after finding them guilty of premeditated murder in the execution-style killing of the country’s most…

Feds: Traditional probe used in Ill. terror case

CHICAGO (AP) — A defense attorney says prosecutors haven’t denied that an expanded U.S. phone and internet surveillance program triggered an investigation that led to terrorism charges against a Chicago-area teenager. Thomas Durkin has told a federal judge…

‘Modern Warfare’ mastermind introduces ‘Titanfall’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vince Zampella is back at E3. After spending the past three years engaged in both legal battles and work on a new game, the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” co-creator has returned to the…

Sportscaster Al Michaels working on memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — The sportscaster who once asked “Do you believe in miracles?” has a book deal. Al Michaels, the longtime television play-by-play man, is working on a memoir that will be released by HarperCollins imprint William…

Caterpillar drops Boy Scouts support over gay ban

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization doesn’t allow homosexuals to serve as adult leaders. Caterpillar spokeswoman Rachel Potts says Thursday that the…