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Pa. slots revenue down for 5th straight month

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania gaming regulators say gross revenue from slot machines at the state’s 11 casinos fell 4 percent last month compared to April 2……

Decades-old question: Is antibacterial soap safe?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a chemical that’s been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby’s basinet.…

Buffett says women key to nation’s prosperity

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America’s economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women. Buffett’s views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he…

Iran detains senior diplomat for unknown reasons

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister says authorities have detained a veteran Iranian diplomat, but describes the incident as a potential “misunderstanding.” No other details were given in Thursday’s report by the semi-official ISNA news agency. It…
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British soap opera star denies child sex charges

LONDON (AP) — A longtime star of British soap opera “Coronation Street” has vowed to fight charges he raped a 15-year-old girl in 1967. William Roache said in a statement Thursday he is “deeply horrified” by the charges…
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Gov: W.Va. to expand Medicaid, cover 92K uninsured

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia will expand Medicaid as called for by the federal health care overhaul. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Thursday the plan would extend coverage to an about 91,500 low-income residents. Tomblin was one…

2 workers removed from Saudi-owned Va. residence

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Immigration officials have removed two domestic workers from a northern Virginia home owned by the government of Saudi Arabia as they investigate a report of human trafficking. Agents went to the home in McLean…

Pa. college student died of irregular heartbeat

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The Lancaster County coroner has ruled that a Franklin & Marshall College student who collapsed in his dorm in February died of an irregular h……

C. African Republic leader calls for public order

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic’s leader is calling on his fighters to restore public order as anger mounts over pillaging in the capital more than a month after they seized power. In an address…

Horton Foote play replaces Albee one at Signature

NEW YORK (AP) — Albee is out at the Signature. Foote is in. The Signature Theatre said Thursday it is replacing the much-anticipated world premiere of Edward Albee’s new play “Laying an Egg” with one by Horton Foote.…

Feds: Many causes for dramatic bee disappearance

A new federal report blames a combination of problems for a mysterious and dramatic disappearance of U.S. honeybees since 2006. The factors cited include a parasitic mite, multiple viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition and pesticides. Experts say having so…

Guatemala cracks down on anti-mine protests

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency and banned public gatherings Thursday in four townships east of the capital following clashes between police and anti-mining protesters. Several days of violent clashes between local…

Activist to be tried for insulting Egypt president

TANTA, Egypt (AP) — An Egyptian prosecutor says prominent activist Ahmed Douma has been arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country’s president in comments he made on TV. There are a myriad of complaints…

Pa.’s housing agencies cutting staff, rent aid

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s city and county housing authorities say they are absorbing federal funding cuts of about 10 percent, prompting them to s……

Juror: Landmark EEOC verdict in Iowa sends message

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A juror says she hoped to send a message by supporting a $240 million verdict in favor of 32 mentally disabled men who were abused by a Texas company. Robin Griebel of Davenport…

Ohio foreclosures down again in ’12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court says the number of new mortgage foreclosures in the state was down in 2012 for the third consecutive year. The court said Thu……

Kane: Lottery deal likely to need legislative OK

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she’s unlikely to approve any proposal to privatize management of the Pennsylvania Lottery u……

US rate on 15-year mortgage at record 2.56 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The average U.S. rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to a new record low last week, and the rate on the 30-year fixed loan declined. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home-buying and refinancing. Mortgage…

Studios go direct to fans for social-media boost

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sometimes you just can’t wait for Comic-Con — whether you’re a fan or a filmmaker. With the summer movie season now beginning in early May (“Iron Man 3″ opens Friday), studios are co-opting the…

AP Interview: New job for son of toppled shah

PARIS (AP) — The son of Iran’s toppled shah has a new job as spokesman for a nascent movement to press for free and fair elections in his homeland. Reza Pahlavi said Thursday that his Paris-based collective, the…