Ga. governor, Atlanta mayor forge rare partnership

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor and Atlanta’s Democratic mayor have forged a powerful political alliance that appears to be paying dividends. Major corporations have announced moves to Atlanta and neither Gov. Nathan Deal nor Mayor Kasim Reed…

Storm shatters rainfall record in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season brought record rainfall for the date to eastern and southeastern Pennsylvania, shatterin……

What to look for in Senate immigration debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Memo to supporters of bipartisan legislation moving to the Senate floor: Make sure you stress that immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally would have to work, learn English, pass a background check and, especially,…

Plan to tax online hotel bills stalls in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposal to tax the booking markups of online travel companies — including Expedia and Travelocity — has stalled at the Ohio Statehouse. The sta……

State laws varied on gun, abortion laws

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Exactly how you can exercise your constitutional rights depends on where you live. That’s because an increasing number of states have established their own laws on abortion and guns. Alabama Republicans this year have…

Woman waives hearing in Pa. baby kidnap case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has waived her right to a preliminary hearing on charges of having abducted a newborn from a Pittsburgh Hospital last su……

Judge weighs voice experts in Zimmerman trial

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge is listening to a third day of testimony that will help her decide if voice-recognition experts should be allowed at George Zimmerman’s trial. Testimony was continuing Saturday, only two days before…

On guns and more, NH Sen. Ayotte backs GOP leaders

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (AY’-aht) has taken a sustained political beating on New Hampshire television for voting with her Republican Party and against universal background checks on gun purchases. Republicans close to the first-term…

How did secret phone program help foil NYC plot?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s broad programs to collect U.S. phone records and Internet traffic helped disrupt a 2009 plot to bomb the New York City subways, a senior U.S. intelligence official said. But the assertion raises as…

Wizz Air jet makes safe emergency landing in Rome

ROME (AP) — Officials at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport says a Wizz Air jet has made a safe emergency landing there after reporting a landing gear problem. Wizz Air and airport officials say no injuries were reported,…

Man faces manslaughter over Paris activist’s death

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor said Saturday he is seeking an investigation for murder against a 20-year-old far-right militant suspected of being involved in the killing of an anti-fascist activist in Paris this week. Prosecutor Francois Molins…

Pakistan summons US envoy over drone strike

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Just days after taking power, Pakistan’s new government has lodged a protest with the U.S. and summoned a top American envoy to vent its frustration following a U.S. drone strike that intelligence officials say killed…

China IDs suspect, says he set bus fire in anger

BEIJING (AP) — A Communist Party news site says the suspect in a deadly bus fire killed himself in the blaze on an elevated road in the prosperous port city of Xiamen. The fire on a commuter bus…

Car bombs kill 5 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities say two car bombs, one in a Baghdad Shiite neighborhood and the other targeting an Iraqi police convoy, have killed five people. Police officials said that the deadlier of the two attacks occurred Saturday…

Insider attack kills 3 Americans in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Italy’s government says an enemy attack has killed at Italian soldier in western Afghanistan. The Defense Ministry said three other soldiers were wounded in the attack Saturday morning in Farah province as they were…

Obama: Congress can finish immigration this summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there’s no reason Congress can’t pass an immigration overhaul by the end of summer. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama pushes a bipartisan bill the Senate is debating that…

Floods in central Europe continue to create havoc

BERLIN (AP) — More than 70,000 fire fighters and 11,000 soldiers are on duty fighting the most dramatic floods in Germany in more than a decade. Thousands of residents were still unable to return to their homes, and…

Some 1,000 volunteer painters expected in Ohio

NORWOOD, Ohio (AP) — As many as 1,000 volunteers from a young professionals organization are expected to help paint nearly three dozen homes in the southwest Ohio city……

Sweden’s royal wedding at a glance

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Princess Madeleine weds New York banker Christopher O’Neill in a grand ceremony in Stockholm Saturday. Here’s a look at what to expect. THE COUPLE Princess Madeleine, 30, is the youngest of King Carl XVI…