3 children, 1 adult dead in Schenectady, NY, fire

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — An early morning fire swept through a two-story wood frame house Thursday, killing four people, including three children, and injuring a fourth child, authorities said. Officials told local media that the injured child was…

Jet ski drug smugglers busted in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Police say they have arrested 30 suspects who allegedly smuggled drugs into Spain through the southern coast using boats and jet skis. The Interior Ministry said Thursday that the gang used fishing and recreational boats…

Expert: Rhino population wiped out in Mozambique

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Mozambique’s rhinoceros population was wiped out more than a century ago by big game hunters. Reconstituted several years ago, it has again been driven to extinction, or to the brink of extinction, by poachers seeking…

‘Off the charts’: 133k Somalia famine child deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A decision by extremists Islamist militants to ban food aid and international donors numb to a series of unfolding disasters made south-central Somalia the most dangerous place in the world to be a child…

Witherspoon: I lied about pregnancy during arrest

ATLANTA (AP) — Actress Reese Witherspoon recalls that she panicked and said “crazy things” the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge. During an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Witherspoon repeatedly apologized for…

Charges held in deer shooting from Wal-Mart lot

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man who allegedly shot a deer from a busy Wal-Mart parking lot on the first day of rifle season last year has been ordered t……

Charges held in deer shooting from Wal-Mart lot

BLAIRSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man who allegedly shot a deer from a busy Wal-Mart parking lot on the first day of rifle season last year has been ordered t……

Actress apologizes for ‘crazy’ comments to trooper

ATLANTA (AP) — Actress Reese Witherspoon recalls that she panicked and said “crazy things” the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge. During an interview on Good Morning America, Witherspoon repeatedly apologized for her…

Ohio man dies after mower tips into lake

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a western Ohio man died after the riding mower he was operating apparently tipped over into a lake and trapped him. Clark Count……

Deadheads oppose renaming Jerry Garcia venue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Deadheads are uniting in opposition to a proposal to rename a San Francisco venue named in honor of the Grateful Dead founder. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/12r5mlS ) more than 1,100 people have…

Scholarship named in honor of marathon victim

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — A suburban Boston community college has established a scholarship in memory of a marathon bombing victim. MassBay Community College announced Wednesday that the scholarship would go to a business major from Massachusetts in honor…

CMU president apologizes for half-naked ‘pope’

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh has apologized for a student who dressed half-naked as the pope, with her pubic hair shave……

Philly-area man charged with stabbing family dogs

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a 31-year-old man faces charges after stabbing two dogs with a knife at his family’s home outside Philadelphia. The Daily Loc……

UN says 2012 was 9th-hottest year since 1850

GENEVA (AP) — The World Meteorological Organization says last year was the ninth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, despite the cooling effect of the weather pattern called La Nina. The U.N.’s weather agency says this marks the 27th…

DA: Bones, clothing found on man’s Pa. property

HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor says crews have found bones and clothing on a central Pennsylvania tract of land owned by the former father-in-law of a woman report……

US jobless claims fall to 5-year low of 324K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that…

US trade deficit falls to $38.8 billion in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed for a second month in March as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low.…

US worker productivity rises just 0.7 pct. in Q1

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. worker productivity barely grew from January through March after shrinking in the final three months of 2012. Weak productivity growth could prompt employers to hire more if consumers and businesses continue to increase spending.…

Lebanon: Main suspect in 2011 kidnapping arrested

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say they’ve arrested the man behind the 2011 kidnapping of seven Estonian tourists. The officials said Thursday that Hussein Hojeiri was detained two days ago in the eastern Bekaa Valley. They say…