Alarm grows as Iraqi forces fail to stem violence

BAGHDAD (AP) — A series of morning bomb explosions in Baghdad and the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Thursday killed at least 13 people and wounded dozens in the latest eruption of violence rattling the country, officials…

Pakistani Taliban withdraw peace talks offer

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban’s deputy leader was buried hours after he was killed in a U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials and militants said Thursday. The death of Waliur Rehman has not been…

Paterno family, others at PSU sue NCAA

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A lawsuit planned by the family of the late Penn State coach Joe Paterno, former players and others connected to the school seeks to overturn the NCAA’s swift and strict sanctions against the…

Motorcycle injuries worsen with weaker helmet law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the…

Terror fears keep toxic plants hidden from public

WASHINGTON (AP) — Until the local fertilizer company in West, Texas, blew up last month and demolished scores of homes, many in that town of 2,800 didn’t know what chemicals were stored alongside the railroad tracks or how…

Would-be Chicago backpack bomber to be sentenced

CHICAGO (AP) — The defense depicts Sami Samir Hassoun as a uniquely gullible youth sucked into a terrorist plot during an alcohol-addled stretch of his life by an informant eager to please his FBI handlers. Prosecutors, though, say…

DOJ report shows spike in reservation crime cases

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — American Indian leaders who criticized the federal government for years over the way authorities handled major crimes on reservations will soon mark progress with the release of newly tracked statistics from the U.S. Justice…

AP PHOTOS: Seoul music rivals soul for some Latins

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Teenagers throughout Latin America have long looked north for pop music inspiration. Now the East is rising, with a large and enthusiastic cult of fans in some countries following the K-pop music from Korea.…

Acclaimed Indian film director Ghosh dies at 49

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh, whose work includes award-winning films in the Bengali language, died of cardiac arrest at age 49, news reports said Thursday. Ghosh died Thursday at his home in the eastern…

Sentencing for would-be Chicago backpack bomber

CHICAGO (AP) — The defense depicts Sami Samir Hassoun as a uniquely gullible youth sucked into a terrorist plot during an alcohol-addled stretch of his life by an informant eager to please his FBI handlers. But prosecutors say…

Obama drawing attention to new student loan debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s subsidized student loan program, a marquee issue for President Barack Obama last year as he courted young voters on the campaign trail, is back on the White House agenda one month before a…

AP sources: Obama to name ex-Bush aide to head FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is prepared to nominate James Comey, a former Bush administration official with bipartisan credentials, as the next FBI director. In a possible warning sign, the top Republican on the Senate committee that…

Quotations of the day

“It’s a very delicate situation. I am concerned there could be a backlash. My personal goal is to save Bob from the death penalty.” — John Henry Browne, attorney for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who says his…

Navy ships form first line of missile defense

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — In the operations center on board the USS Stethem, sailors keep watch on a dizzying array of maps, graphics, sensors and radar data — all focused on North Korea. The Stethem, a destroyer, is…

Diplomas for everyone: Winfrey speaking at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is the featured speaker during afternoon exercises at Harvard University’s commencement. Harvard’s 362nd commencement begins Thursday morning with the annual conferring of degrees and honorary degrees. Winfrey and Harvard President…

In Vietnam, a Cuban rat poison finds new market

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — His wares banned in much of the world, the Vietnamese salesman hawking a rat poison laced with salmonella sought to prove the bait was as safe as claimed. He sliced open a packet with…

Ariz. mother of 7 fights drug allegation in Mexico

PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for an Arizona woman being held on drug charges in Mexico says he’s confident the mother of seven could be released by Friday. Forty-two-year-old Yanira (yah-NEE’-ah) Maldonado appeared for a court hearing Wednesday,…

Sentence due in NY ambassador plot case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Texas man who admits plotting to kill Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States is facing sentencing. Manssor Arbabsiar is due in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday. The 58-year-old Arbabsiar pleaded guilty…

Local music acts set for Boston benefit show

BOSTON (AP) — Aerosmith, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are joining other artists for a benefit concert for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Tickets for the show scheduled for Thursday at the TD Garden sold out in…