UN leprosy ambassador upset at pope’s remarks

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The U.N. goodwill ambassador for eliminating leprosy has written to Pope Francis complaining about his recent comment that careerism among Catholic Church officials was “a leprosy.” In a letter to Francis released Thursday, Ambassador…

SW Ohio attorney with gambling problem suspended

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati attorney who has acknowledged a longtime gambling problem has been suspended indefinitely from the practice of law. The Ohio Supreme C……

Swift not worried about connecting with fans

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift shares her feelings and personal experiences on her hit records, but the 23-year-old Grammy winner isn’t worried about losing intimacy with her fans on a stadium tour. “I find that you have…

Senate roll vote on border security amendment

The 57-43 roll call Thursday by which the Senate killed an amendment by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, to the immigration bill. The amendment would have required the U.S.-Mexico border to be under control for six months before any…

San Francisco parking spot sells for $82,000

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It seems parking spots aren’t immune from the recent surge in San Francisco real estate prices. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday (http://bit.ly/175w2RE ) that a spot in the city’s trendy South Beach…

Jury urged to convict Detroit cop in death of girl

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a young girl has told jurors that he didn’t intentionally kill the 7-year-old. Officer Joseph Weekley paused and looked at the ceiling, seemingly to control…

Int’l court case against ex-pope fizzles

NEW YORK (AP) — The International Criminal Court has thrown out a longshot bid by clergy sex abuse victims to investigate former Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials. The Netherlands-based tribunal says the victims’ complaints about church…

NJ authorities investigate fatal dirt track crash

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Police are trying to determine the cause of a dirt track crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler. Leffler died after the crash at southern New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway on Wednesday.…

La. state police: Blast, fire at chemical plant

GEISMAR, La. (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a reported explosion has started a fire at a chemical plant. Capt. Doug Cain says the fire broke out Thursday morning at The Williams Companies Inc. plant in the town…

W. Pa. senior graduates with perfect attendance

COMMODORE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania student has graduated from high school without missing a day of school in 13 years, including kindergarten. Purchase Lin……

NY librarian back on job after storm-forced firing

ROUND LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — A librarian in a small upstate New York village is back on the job two weeks after she was fired for closing the library 40 minutes early amid a tornado warning. Theresa Marchione…

DC circuit reviewing judge’s alleged misconduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — A council of federal judges in Washington will look into a misconduct complaint against a conservative judge who’s alleged to have made racially discriminatory comments. Judge Edith Jones of the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit…

US stock market moves sharply higher

NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of better economic reports helped nudge the U.S. stock market up in early trading Thursday, even as global markets headed lower. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up four points, or…

Court says human genes cannot be patented

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says companies cannot patent human genes, a decision that could profoundly affect the medical and biotechnology industries. In a unanimous decision, the court struck down patents held by Myriad Genetics Inc. on…

Senate votes down GOP border amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to kill a GOP measure preventing immigrants here illegally from taking the first steps toward citizenship until the U.S.-Mexico border has been under control for six months. The vote was 57…

Putin says dispute over Jewish manuscripts over

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he considers a dispute with the United States over an archive of Jewish manuscripts to be a dead issue. A U.S. judge in January ordered that Russia pay $50,000 a…