Western Pa. officer killed in crash during chase

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a woman who crashed into a western Pennsylvania police cruiser killing one officer inside told investigators she “did so……

US military plane carrying 3 crashes in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — The emergencies ministry in Kyrgyzstan says a U.S. military plane has crashed in the country. Kyrgyzstan hosts a U.S. base that is used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan and for C-135…

SAfrica: officials suspended over wedding scandal

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s government says five high-ranking officials have been suspended after a chartered plane carrying about 200 guests from India to a lavish family wedding was allowed to land at a South African air force…

Reward up to $18K in Philly-area high school fire

LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — The reward for information in an arson that severely damaged a Philadelphia-area high school last month has grown to $18,000. Authorities say so……

Cameron’s Conservatives suffer in UK local votes

LONDON (AP) — David Cameron’s Conservative Party has taken a drubbing in local elections amid a surge of support for an anti-European Union and anti-immigration party. The early results show that the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party, or…

Pa. teacher goes up in chopper for egg experiment

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania middle school teacher has gone to great heights to show her students the value of physics and engineering. D.H.H. Lenge……

Ohio school prayer effort sidetracked by flaw

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A technical flaw in a petition is delaying efforts to try to give Ohio students the right to pray in school. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine rejec……

Witherspoon pleads no contest, fined after arrest

ATLANTA (AP) — A dash-cam video of actress Reese Witherspoon’s recent disorderly-conduct arrest provides a rare glimpse of one of Hollywood’s best-known actresses unfiltered as she takes on a no-nonsense Georgia state trooper following a traffic stop. In…

1 hurt in shooting near central Ohio college

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Students at a central Ohio college were warned to stay inside after a shooting wounded one person. Police in Delaware, north of Columbus, said the……

Report: SAfrica losing battle against corruption

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The author of a new report says South Africa is fighting a losing battle against corruption, with graft costing taxpayers nearly 1 billion rand ($111 million) last year. Lawyer Peter Allwright of law firm Edward…

Israeli ultra-Orthodox party reinstates leader

JERUSALEM (AP) — A spokesman for Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Shas party says it has reinstated Arieh Deri as party leader. Deri last held the post in 1999, the year he was convicted of accepting bribes and went to prison.…

Calif. may speed inmate releases to ease crowding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California may speed up the release of some inmates while allowing other inmates with a violent history to become firefighters, under a proposal to cut crowding in state prisons filed by Gov. Jerry Brown…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, May 03, 2013. A winter storm will persist for the center of the nation on Friday, as a cold front slows and becomes a stationary front stretching from Michigan through the Lower Mississippi…

Winds ease but Calif. wildfire threat remains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire burned across a Southern California region, flaring up amid strong winds in the morning and cutting a 10-mile path to the Pacific by nightfall. By the time it reached Pacific Coast Highway…

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure at…

Family: Utah ref in coma had been assaulted before

MURRAY, Utah (AP) — A longtime Utah soccer referee in a coma after being punched by a teenager during a weekend game had been attacked by other angry players before, but he continued refereeing because he loved the…

Lawyer for Jodi Arias makes closing arguments

PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias’ defense attorneys are set for closing arguments in a case that has captured headlines worldwide with tales of sex, lies and a bloody killing. Arias faces a potential death sentence if convicted of…

Drought across the West spurs resurgence of faith

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Congregations across eastern New Mexico and West Texas are planning a special day Sunday to pray for rain. It’s a reaction to a relentless drought that afflicts much of the western U.S. From the…

China emerging as new force in drone warfare

BEIJING (AP) — Determined to kill or capture a murderous Mekong River drug lord, China’s security forces considered a tactic they’d never tried before: calling a drone strike on his remote hideaway deep in the hills of Myanmar.…