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…

Female Air Force trainer sentenced in sex scandal

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A female training instructor at a Texas Air Force base has been ordered to serve three months in jail after pleading guilty to having sex with a male student. A military judge in San…

Cameras in planes show Italy thieves

ROME (AP) — Italian police have arrested 29 airport baggage handlers accused of stealing cameras, cellphones and other loot from passengers’ luggage, a bust made possible after hidden cameras were installed in airplane cargo holds where the thefts…

Fire shuts down Labor Dept. building

WASHINGTON (AP) — An overnight fire at the Labor Department’s headquarters has shut the building down for most employees. Spokesman Carl Fillichio says the agency’s monthly employment report will be released as scheduled Friday. Department employees and members…