Old Torah scroll found in Italy university library

ROME (AP) — An Italian expert in Hebrew manuscripts said Wednesday he had discovered the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225. It was right under his nose, in the University of Bologna library,…

Congressmen in Russia to investigate Boston attack

MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S. congressional delegation is spending a week in Russia meeting with high-level government and security officials to investigate whether more could have been done to prevent the Boston Marathon bombings. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the…

Puerto Rico governor signs bills for gay rights

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a bill that prohibits employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said Wednesday that he met his obligations as a Christian by signing…

Cuban blogger returns home to unknown future

HAVANA (AP) — One of Cuba’s most famous names is returning from a prolonged global tour on Thursday, but don’t expect well-wishers, flowers or marching bands. Most islanders won’t even know about it. When Yoani Sanchez touches down…

Ringo Starr has a new book: ‘Photograph’

NEW YORK (AP) — Never-before-seen photos of the Beatles by Ringo Starr will be included in a new book titled “Photograph.” An e-book will be published June 12 in conjunction with the upcoming Grammy Museum exhibit, “Ringo: Peace…

Iran leader not backing presidential candidate

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader says he is not backing a particular candidate among the eight running for president. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told lawmakers Wednesday, “Nobody knows for whom the top leader votes.” It’s the third…

More violent storms possible in Southern Plains

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of possible severe weather in the southern Plains today. The Storm Prediction Center says storms could bring baseball-size hail, wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour and tornadoes to…

France’s first gay marriage is broadcast to nation

MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — A gay couple in the southern French city of Montpellier was preparing to make history Wednesday by tying the knot in France’s first same-sex marriage. The ceremony was being held under tight police surveillance…

Lebanon parliament set to extend term amid turmoil

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament speaker moved Wednesday to extend the term of his legislature because elections cannot be held on schedule, a sign of growing turmoil as the country gets increasingly pulled into the civil war raging…

Larry King to host a new political talk TV show

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry King is returning to TV with a political talk show beginning next month. The new program, “Politics With Larry King,” will air on the RT America network, a global, English-language channel based in…

Iran seeks tighter control of foreign journalists

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s culture minister is seeking to tighten rules to supervise visiting foreign journalists. A Wednesday report by the semi-official Mehr news agency quotes Mohammad Hosseini as saying tighter measures are being sought after an…

UK police: Man charged in UK soldier’s murder

LONDON (AP) — British police say that an off-duty soldier killed in a suspected Islamic extremist in London attack died from multiple cuts and stab wounds. Lee Rigby, 25, was killed last week near his barracks in southeast…

Israeli committee approves proposed draft reforms

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli government committee has approved a proposal that would reform Israel’s military draft and enlist thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews to military service. Ultra-Orthodox Jews have for years been exempt from military service, which is…

Colony of ants jam bell, keep German woman awake

BERLIN (AP) — Disturbing the peace in a provincial German town: a colony of ants. A 75-year-woman in the southwestern town of Offenburg called police at 3 a.m. Wednesday complaining that she couldn’t sleep because her doorbell was…

Switzerland takes step to end tax dispute with US

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government announced Wednesday that it will let banks circumvent the country’s strict client secrecy laws as part of an effort to end a long-running tax evasion dispute with the United States. Finance Minister…

Italy tries to reduce violence against women

ROME (AP) — Violence against women in Italy has been thrust into the spotlight with a raft of headline-grabbing murders of women by their lovers — a trend the U.N. has flagged as a particular problem in a…