Egypt’s pope in 1st visit to Vatican in 40 years

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian church officials say Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II has left for the Vatican, marking the first such visit in 40 years. Six priests and bishops accompanied Tawadros on his six-day visit, aimed at congratulating…

Emirates reports 52 percent jump in profits

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Dubai-based Emirates airline says its annual net profit rose by 52 percent as the carrier’s fast growth outpaced rising fuel costs. Emirates said Thursday that the airline posted $622 million in…

Kobe: Mom wasn’t given permission to sell my stuff

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Kobe Bryant says in a court filing that he never gave his mother permission to sell mementos from his high school days and early professional basketball career. Bryant is in a court battle over…

Judge revives Pa. college suit over birth control

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge has reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Christian college in western Pennsylvania challenging looming federal health care regulations……

IMS: US medicine spending shows rare dip in 2012

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Spending on prescription medicines in the U.S. fell for the first time in decades last year, slipping as cash-strapped consumers continued to cut back on use of health care services. Patients also benefited from…
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Bertolucci to head Venice Film Festival jury

MILAN (AP) — The Venice Film Festival has announced that Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci will chair the jury for the 70th Venice Film Festival. Bertolucci, 73, headed the jury previously in 1983, when the Golden Lion went to…

Nigeria military helicopter crashes in oil delta

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian military helicopter has crashed in the country’s oil-rich southern delta, just days after one of its jets crashed. A statement from Nigeria’s Air Force said the crash happened Thursday morning at its…

Judge defends Melvin sentence, cuffed photograph

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge is defending his decision to sentence former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin to house arrest and requiring her to send an apology……
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US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits fell by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, a fresh five-year low. The decline signals fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring. The Labor Department…
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Columbia U. student charged with hate crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A Columbia University football player has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly assaulting another student and using racial slurs. Chad Washington was charged with misdemeanor aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Police…

40 years on, fleeing Vietnamese take to seas again

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Nearly 40 years after hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled the country’s Communist regime by boat, a growing number are taking to the water again. This year alone, 460 Vietnamese men, women and children…

The Hollywood Reporter’s best stories of the week

The Hollywood Reporter’s list of its 10 best stories of the week: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’: 5 DRASTIC CHANGES TO SAVE THE SHOW Axing theme nights, replacing judges and producers — all options are on the table as ratings keep…

British director Bryan Forbes dies at age 86

LONDON (AP) — British film director Bryan Forbes, whose work includes the original 1970s horror classic “The Stepford Wives,” has died at age 86 after a long illness, a family spokesman said Wednesday. Matthew D’Ancona said Forbes died…

Fannie Mae posts record $58.7B net income for Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage giant Fannie Mae earned a record $58.7 billion from January through March, benefiting from a one-time accounting move that allowed the company to lower its tax liability. Fannie reported Thursday that $50.6 billion of…

Berlusconi to lead Italy protest over conviction

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi will lead his political party in a rally to protest his tax fraud conviction, which carries a prison sentence and a ban from public office. The four-year prison term for Italy’s former premier…

Berlusconi to lead Italy protest over conviction

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi will lead his political party in a rally to protest his tax fraud conviction, which carries a prison sentence and a ban from public office. The four-year prison term for Italy’s former premier…

Police: Doc attacked girlfriend over Facebook post

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say a plastic surgeon in Miami attacked his girlfriend for several hours over a Facebook posting, forcing her head into a toilet and stuffing a rag in the woman’s mouth at one point. Police…

NE Ohio university tries cut remedial students

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron is taking steps to filter out students who are not ready for college. University trustees have approved a renewed effort to cu……