Maine teens wary of social media after homicide

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mother of a 15-year-old girl allegedly killed by a man who used Facebook to lure her into a trap says she wants to do what she can to make sure it never happens…

Hagel visits troops in Hawaii on first Asia trip

HONOLULU (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with troops at Hickam Field in Hawaii. It’s the first stop on Hagel’s first visit to Asia as defense chief. The weeklong trip will take him to Singapore and…

Prosecutor discusses next steps for Arias case

PHOENIX (AP) — The top prosecutor in Phoenix says he’s confident an impartial jury can be seated to determine the punishment for Jodi Arias if his office doesn’t reach a deal to end the case first. Maricopa County…

Stocks rise as lackluster reports ease Fed concern

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market rose Thursday after a pair of lackluster economic reports convinced traders that the U.S. central bank will continue to boost the economy with its stimulus program. The number of Americans filing…

Bad weather possible in Oklahoma and other parts of Midwest

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say nasty weather is possible over portions of Oklahoma and adjacent parts of Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri today. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., warns there is a moderate risk of severe…

Russians find mammoth carcass with liquid blood

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian researchers say they have discovered a perfectly preserved woolly mammoth carcass with liquid blood on a remote Arctic island, fueling hopes of cloning the Ice Age animal. They say the frozen remains of a…

Suit filed over copter crash during reality shoot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a man killed when a helicopter crashed during a shoot for a reality television show has claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit that the aircraft’s operators and producers negligently operated the…

Giants, Jets sue again over NJ megamall plans

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Giants and New York Jets have refiled a lawsuit seeking to block developers from expanding a planned megamall near the northern New Jersey stadium where they both play. The move comes…

US: Iran support for global terror surged in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is accusing Iran of increasing support for global terrorism to levels not seen for two decades. The administration also says core elements of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan are headed for defeat,…

Venezuela police seize 2,500 rolls of toilet paper

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Police in Venezuela say they have seized nearly 2,500 rolls of toilet paper in an overnight raid of a clandestine warehouse storing scarce goods. The Thursday announcement on Twitter said that the officers raiding…

Spelling Bee: 11 finalists compete for trophy

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The semifinal round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway, with 42 youngsters vying for the title of champion spellers. The contenders took the stage Thursday afternoon near Washington, D.C., amid hopes…

NY memorial recalls ‘redeemed’ Malcolm X grandson

NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm X’s grandson has been remembered at a New York memorial service as a young man who “redeemed himself” after a troubled past. The memorial for Malcolm Shabazz was held Thursday at First Corinthian…

Tesla promises to add charging stations

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is promising to boost the number charging stations during the next year so its customers can drive across North America. The company says it will triple the number of…

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…