Quotations of the day

“She lived through a nightmare.” — Jose Francisco Benitez Paz, attorney for Yanira Maldonado, after the Arizona woman facing drug smuggling charges in Mexico was freed after security footage found no evidence she attempted to do so. ___…

Some Wash. police dogs not smelling pot anymore

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped. The newest drug-sniffing dog on…

Group fails in bid to recall Ariz. sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — A campaign to force a recall election against the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has failed. Recall organizers said Thursday that they couldn’t collect enough voter signatures to bring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to…

APNewsBreak: Ore. Muslim sues FBI, claims torture

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture…

Social Security, Medicare still face big challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House —…

Social Security and Medicare trustees report due

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trustees for Social Security and Medicare will release their annual report Friday on the state of finances for the government’s two biggest benefit programs. The report will give the latest assessment of when the trust…

Commander says the Army is back in the Pacific

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (AP) — The outgoing top Army commander in the Pacific says his service is back in the region after more than a decade of deploying soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq. Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski says…

Obama: Rising college costs hold back middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — College students are joining President Barack Obama at the White House as he calls on Congress to keep federally subsidized student loan rates from doubling on July 1. Friday’s White House event marks the beginning…

Fast-moving New Mexico blaze causes evacuations

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire that broke out north of Los Angeles burned out of control and threatened homes and power lines, but improved firefighting conditions after nightfall slowed its growth and residents who had evacuated…

Gotcha Guide: How Washington investigates itself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of what Americans know about their government’s crimes, misdeeds and foul-ups comes from the government itself. Washington’s investigation machine never quits. Thousands of federal workers spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year checking…

‘Truly Boston Strong’ at show for marathon victims

BOSTON (AP) — The song “Come Together” their rallying cry, performers at a benefit concert for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing had thousands of people cheering for a city that has pulled together to overcome adversity.…

Gay rights cases could trail Obama in Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa next month may result in a stark juxtaposition between the growing power of the gay rights movement in the U.S. and the criminalization of homosexuality throughout the African continent.…

Legendary, China Film teaming on big-money flicks

HONG KONG (AP) — Legendary Entertainment, maker of the “The Hangover” franchise, is teaming with state-owned China Film Group to produce more global blockbusters as the Hollywood studio expands into the rapidly growing but tightly controlled Chinese movie…

Dallas house where Oswald lived to go up for sale

DALLAS (AP) — A small nook off a dining room with just enough space for a twin bed has made a Dallas boarding house a point of fascination for the last 50 years, because of one man who…

USSR’s old domain name attracts cybercriminals

MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union disappeared from the map more than two decades ago. But online an ‘e-vil empire’ is thriving. Security experts say the .su Internet suffix assigned to the USSR in 1990 has turned into…

1930s subway train makes rare uptown trip in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of lucky New York City commuters got a surprise trip back in time when eight 1930s-era subway cars were briefly returned to service offering woven wicker seats, ceiling fans and rusted metal exteriors.…

Zumba instructor gets 10 months for prostitution

ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Zumba fitness instructor who pleaded guilty to using her Maine studio as a front for prostitution is due to be sentenced, bringing to an end a scandal featuring sex videos, exhibitionism and pornography.…

Reprimand underscores Ohio St president’s mistake

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University is taking a narrow view of the latest verbal gaffes by school president Gordon Gee. Gee is participating in a remediation plan created by trustees who met with Gee at length…

NYC’s Bloomberg: ‘I feel perfectly safe’

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a public face of gun control for years. But he’s in a new, unsought spotlight after ricin-laced letters were sent to him and a group he helps…

NY’s Arvind Mahankali wins National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali (AHR’-vihnd mah’-hahn-KAHL’-ee) triumphed Thursday night in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The 13-year-old from Bayside Hills, N.Y., correctly spelled “knaidel KNAY’-duhl),” a German-derived Yiddish word…