Man acquitted of Real IRA murder of 2 UK soldiers

DUBLIN (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in the Real IRA faction’s killing of two British soldiers in Northern Ireland in 2009 has been acquitted of murder charges after a judge dismissed the forensic evidence and ruled…

Pressure on Bangladesh, retailers to fix factories

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — In the aftermath of a building collapse that killed more than 500 people, Bangladesh’s garment manufacturers may face a choice of reform or perish. Home to five factories that supplied clothing to retailers in…

Sole opposition TV channel in Venez makes changes

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s only opposition television channel says it is bringing in new management after its sale to new owners, but pledges to maintain its critical line against the government. Leopoldo Castillo is Globovision’s main news…

Stocks open sharply higher after US hiring surges

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are soaring in early trading after hiring surged in the U.S. last month and unemployment hit a four-year low. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index crossed 1,600 for the first time. In the…

Wife pleads to lesser charges in Pa. fight death

TIONESTA, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the fatal shooting of her husband during a domestic dispute. The (Oil City) D……

Small Wash. school closes because of nice weather

SEATTLE (AP) — In sun-deprived Washington state, the promise of nice spring weather has prompted a small private school to give students a day off to enjoy the sunshine. Friday will be a “sun day” of sorts for…

Calif. wildfire burns 15-mile path to Pacific

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California wildfire cutting a path to the sea has grown to more than 15 square miles, and crews are preparing for another bad day of gusting winds and hot weather. The fire…

Catholic bishops condemn Irish abortion bill

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s Roman Catholic bishops say the public should lobby lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow abortions to save the life of the mother. The bishops in a statement Friday say the bill represents…

Detectives study knives in Calif. girl’s stabbing

VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A potential witness in the killing of an 8-year-old California girl has recanted her statements about seeing a possible suspect running from the girl’s home and “is no longer credible,” a sheriff’s department…

Judge allows Pa. borough council to shrink to 3

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a borough council in northeastern Pennsylvania can shrink from five members to three. The Republican-Herald reports (h……

US employers add 165K jobs; rate falls to 7.5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than first thought. The gains trimmed the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent. The Labor…

Head of Marathon bombing fund to meet victims

BOSTON (AP) — The lawyer overseeing the Boston Marathon bombings victims’ fund says the families of three people who died could each receive more than $1 million. Kenneth Feinberg says he plans to unveil a tentative compensation proposal…