2 jurists picked for ex-Pa. judge’s cocaine case

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — The state Supreme Court has picked two judges to handle the criminal case of a former western Pennsylvania judge charged with stealing cocaine f……

UN says Afghan children casualties spike in war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A United Nations agency says the number of children killed and injured in Afghanistan’s war has risen sharply this year. The U.N. Children’s Fund says 414 children have been killed or injured in the…

EU presents post-Fukushima nuclear safety rules

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is proposing tougher nuclear safety rules, amid international debate about the future of nuclear energy and how to secure aging plants. Stress tests on European nuclear plants prompted by the 2011 disaster…

Women in Film turns 40, honors Lucas, Linney

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Women in Film is turning 40, and the organization celebrated its milestone birthday at its annual Crystal + Lucy Awards. But while the night was one of celebration, honorees and guests said women’s…

Feds announce recovery of missing Nazi diary

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal authorities say they have recovered hundreds of pages from the wartime diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a Nazi party official and key adviser to Adolf Hitler. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and…

Toby Keith, Garth Brooks plan Okla. relief concert

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Another star-studded country music concert is planned to benefit victims of the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma last month. Toby Keith announced Thursday that his Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert will be held July 6 at…

Work resumes following death at 49ers stadium

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Employees building a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers are returning to the job, two days after an elevator mechanic was killed in a workplace accident. The San Jose Mercury News (http://bit.ly/10eURHB…

Police: UPMC guard drove others to drug deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A guard for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been arrested on drug charges after suburban police say he drove three others to a drug tra……

G-8 summit to press Russia on Syria

BERLIN (AP) — Britain and Germany aim to use next week’s summit of major economic powers to press Russia’s leader to use his leverage with the government of President Bashar Assad to calm the fighting in Syria. Leaders…

No joke: Jester wanted at Austrian hotel

VIENNA (AP) — Wanted: A jester. Wallflowers need not apply. It’s no joke. An Austrian hotel is advertising for a modern-day court fool, who is communicative, extroverted, musical, creative and imaginative. Applicants are asked to bring — and…

Review: Unsung singers get solos in ’20 Feet’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the span of American pop music, few performers have gone as unrecognized as the backup vocalists who harmonize and contextualize the songs of many a heralded lead musician. With “20 Feet From Stardom,”…

Youngstown State University raises tuition costs

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Trustees at Youngstown State University in northeast Ohio have approved a 2.4 percent tuition increase. The hike approved Wednesday for in-s……

US unemployment benefit applications fall to 334K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000 last week, a hopeful sign that steady job gains will continue. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, decreased 7,250 to…

Russia police: $3M Bolshoi embezzlement inquiry

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police have launched a criminal investigation into the embezzlement of 90 million rubles (about $3 million) of state funds during the refurbishment of Moscow’s legendary Bolshoi Theater. Interior Ministry officials said Thursday a contractor,…

Zimbabwe president says elections set for July 31

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s prime minister says has received a letter from the President Robert Mugabe saying elections will go ahead on July 31. The communication is the latest development in a standoff between the two leaders…

US retail sales jump 0.6 percent in May on autos

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up spending at retail businesses in May at the best pace in three months, fueled by more car purchases. The gain shows consumers remain resilient despite higher taxes and could drive faster growth…

Satellite boost for Greece’s public TV holdouts

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than 10,000 protesters rallied outside Greece’s public broadcasting headquarters Thursday in support of fired staff, who for a third day occupied the building to continue broadcasts in defiance of the government. Unions staged…

Justice Department weighs in on NY stop-frisk case

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department says it would strongly endorse a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes at the New York Police Department if a federal judge were to find its stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. The Justice…

Philly inspector kills self after deadly collapse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A veteran Philadelphia building inspector who apparently committed suicide had inspected the site of a deadly building collapse twice in Februa……