Astronauts face radiation threat on long Mars trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much cosmic radiation as they’d get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported Thursday. That dose…

Boy, 10, finds $10,000 in Kansas City hotel room

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy found $10,000 in a drawer at a Kansas City hotel room and turned the money over to police. Tyler Schaefer found the money Saturday in the room at the Hilton…

The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week

The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week: HOW ‘THE KILLING’ CAME BACK TO LIFE Television’s new math revived the canceled series as Fox, DirecTV, Netflix and AMC jumped in to fight for it.…

Chicago Sun-Times lays off photography staff

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire full-time photography staff. Sun-Times Media released a statement Thursday to The Associated Press confirming “the very difficult decision” to do away with the positions at the city’s…

Health groups protest new Camel magazine ads

The American Heart Association, American Lung Association and other health groups are asking at least two state attorneys to investigate a new Camel cigarette ad campaign. The group says the Camel Crush cigarette ads ran in 24 magazines…
Russian Adoptions

US Urges Russia to Allow Adoptions

Members of a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Moscow have urged Russian officials to allow the completion of U.S. adoptions of Russian children, which were caught in limbo by the Russian ban.…

Cover songs: Homage or irksome marketing ploy?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are about 600 versions of Adele’s Oscar-winning song “Skyfall” on the Spotify subscription music service. Not one of them features Adele. Adele’s label, XL Recordings, keeps her music off of all-you-can-listen subscription plans…

Poll: 2 in 5 women would consider parenting solo

As Christy Everson was nearing age 40, she made a decision: She wanted to have a child, even though she was single and it meant doing it all alone. Her daughter, conceived via a sperm donor, is now…

Mass. AG sues feds over fishing rules

BOSTON (AP) — The state attorney general of Massachusetts filed suit against federal fishing regulators Thursday in an attempt to block new rules that she called a “death sentence” for New England’s fleet. The filing by Attorney General…
Barack Obama

Secret Service: Letter to White House Intercepted

The Secret Service said Thursday that a suspicious letter addressed to President Barack Obama and similar to ricin-laced ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been intercepted by a White House mail screening facility.…

Student says his tip led to Ore. bomb plot arrest

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — When 17-year-old Truman Templeton didn’t want to go to an assembly at his Oregon high school, his mother knew something was wrong. She asked, and he said that a classmate had started talking about…

Ill. SupCo takes pass, ends student threat case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An aspiring rapper freed from prison after his conviction of attempting to threaten a murderous rampage got tossed out said Thursday he’s ready to put the six-year legal saga over free speech behind him…

US delegation to Russia: allow adoption completion

MOSCOW (AP) — Members of a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Moscow have urged Russian officials to allow the completion of U.S. adoptions of Russian children, which were caught in limbo by the Russian ban. The ban on adoptions…

Cheap leases offered to spur electric car sales

DETROIT (AP) — Auto companies are hoping lower lease prices can put a charge into sluggish sales of electric cars. Honda announced Thursday that it’s slashing the monthly lease cost of its tiny Fit EV by one third,…

La. inmates sentenced to life in 2011 kidnapping

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Louisiana inmates were sentenced to life in prison on Thursday in the kidnapping death of an Ohio businessman abducted from a hotel in Mississippi during a 2011 crime spree. Darian Pierce and Ricky…

McDonald’s CEO: I lost weight by being more active

NEW YORK (AP) — They might start calling it the McDiet. McDonald Corp.’s CEO Don Thompson revealed at an analyst conference this week that he shed about 20 pounds in the past year by getting his “butt up”…

Cuban blogger Sanchez back after world tour

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez is heading back to the island after a more than three-month globetrotting tour that analysts say significantly raised her international profile. Sanchez has traveled to more than a dozen countries…

How the AP-WE tv poll was conducted

The Associated Press-WE tv poll on the changing American family and having children was conducted May 15-23 and is based on interviews of 1,277 adults 18-49, including 298 women ages 18-49 who have never married and have children…
FILE: The gardens at Stambaugh Auditorium

New Garden Dedicated

A recent addition to Stambaugh Auditorium has made the treasured landmark even lovelier. …

US VP Biden wraps up first leg of Brazil visit

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up his visit to Rio de Janeiro with a visit to a slum before traveling to Brasilia for a Friday meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.…