HBO’s VICE crew surprised by North Korean leader

NEW YORK (AP) — The documentary crew that accompanied Dennis Rodman to North Korea over the winter says it had no idea it would meet the reclusive country’s young leader, Kim Jong Un, until he showed up at…
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Meat Prices on the Rise

The cost of beef is on the rise as the number of cattle across the country is at the smallest it’s been in almost 60 years. …

The new drama at Egypt’s opera: A political fight

CAIRO (AP) — The Cairo Opera House has become a new battleground between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist president, this time fighting over the direction of the Middle East’s oldest music institution. The new culture minister fired…

Terror remains for Salvadorans despite gang truce

ILOPANGO, El Salvador (AP) — Young men come around once a week to collect $20 from store owner Carlos Tevez, the “tax” he pays to continue operating his business and to keep his family safe. The routine hasn’t…

A look at the latest Syria developments

BEIRUT (AP) — Here are the latest developments in the Syria crisis: — Syria’s foreign minister and the main Western-backed opposition group issue terms that would make it difficult for U.S.-Russian sponsored peace talks on ending Syria’s civil…
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Hubbard Schools Holding Drive

The Hubbard School District is collecting items to send to families in Oklahoma affected by last week's tornado. …

G4 to relaunch as Esquire Network in September

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The geek-flavored G4 channel will become the Esquire Network in September. NBCUniversal on Wednesday announced the rebranded channel’s Sept. 23 launch date. The channel is the namesake of Esquire magazine and is aiming to…

Italian actress Franca Rame dies

MILAN (AP) — Franca Rame, an Italian actress and wife of Nobel laureate Dario Fo, died Wednesday at the age of 84 after a long illness. Rame’s death was marked with a moment of silence in Parliament, where…

Midwest braces for another round of flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rivers in the nation’s heartland are rising again, and with heavy rain in the forecast, parts of Iowa, Missouri and Illinois are bracing for yet another round of flooding. The National Weather Service said…

Liberace movie is HBO’s biggest since 2004

NEW YORK (AP) — A healthy number of HBO subscribers were curious about Michael Douglas’ performance as Liberace in the TV movie “Behind the Candelabra.” The Nielsen company said the 2.4 million people who tuned in to the…
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Co. Reacts to Fatal Crash

Two people that lost their lives in a fiery crash in Berlin Township Tuesday were employees of Bonnie Plants, Inc., based out of Union Springs, Alabama and were working for the company at the time of the accident. …

US troubled by verdicts in Tunisia embassy attack

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia said Wednesday it is “deeply troubled” that the 20 people convicted of attacking the embassy last year only received suspended sentences. A mob of some 2,000 people, mostly religious…

Barbara weakens to tropical storm, kills 2 people

OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Barbara drenched a sparsely populated stretch of Mexico’s southern Pacific coast with rain Wednesday after making the second-earliest landfall since reliable record-keeping began in 1966. It quickly lost strength over land but not…

Five Stairsteps singer Clarence Burke Jr. dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64. Burke died on Sunday — a day after his birthday —…

New Jack Welch book coming next year

NEW YORK (AP) — The themes of Jack Welch’s next book: clarity and change. The former General Electric CEO and his wife, Suzy Welch, have a deal with Harper Business for a book to come out in May…

French president’s wine on sale

PARIS (AP) — In headier times, some of these wines were served at dinner for French presidents and their guests — kings, queens, other heads of state. In today’s times of austerity, the Elysee Palace is selling these…
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2 Plead Guilty in Feds’ Probe of Pilot Flying J

Two employees of the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam have pleaded guilty in a federal probe of the company's business practices.…

Neil Patrick Harris returning to host Emmycast

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys again. It’s the second go-around for the TV, film and stage star. He last did the honors at the “Prime Time Emmy Awards” in 2009.…