Giant rubber duck makes splash in Hong Kong harbor

HONG KONG (AP) — A six-story-high rubber duck is making a big splash in Hong Kong. Crowds watched the inflatable duck being pulled by tugboat across Victoria Harbor in front of Hong Kong’s signature skyscraper skyline. Tourist Zhang…

Gelding whose mother was rescued wins horse race

CICERO, Ill. (AP) — He may never run for the Kentucky Derby roses, but Illinois race horse Magna Fortuna and his owners are celebrating a victory none-the-less — his survival. The 3-year-old gelding’s name means “great luck,” and…

Sectarian killings reported in Syrian village

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s main opposition group says President Bashar Assad’s regime was behind an attack on a Sunni village near the Mediterranean coast that killed at least 50 people, according to activists. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for…

Chicago terror suspect won’t be released to home

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. district judge in Chicago is scheduled to hear the government’s appeal of a decision to release an Illinois teenager accused of seeking to join al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria. The hearing in Abdella Ahmad…

Ohio lawmakers to hold hearing on Medicaid future

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers will hold a hearing next week looking at ways to help people move off Medicaid and into private health care plans. The hearing will f……

Quotations of the day

“Arming the rebels — that’s an option. You look at and rethink all options. It doesn’t mean you do or you will. … It doesn’t mean that the president has decided on anything.” — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

Oil tank explodes in Louisiana; homes evacuated

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — An oil tank has exploded in Louisiana in an area outside Baton Rouge, prompting the evacuation of 30 to 35 homes. The explosion happened late Thursday night near Denham Springs. No injuries had…

Free Comic Book Day finds print, digital in demand

When the doors open for Free Comic Book Day publishers and purveyors of tales of fantastic heroes and nefarious villains will court new readers who are making time for and spending money on comics printed on paper. The…

That’s the spirit: Booze from local crops booming

GARDINER, N.Y. (AP) — Brian Lee and Ralph Erenzo (uh-REHN’-zoh) cook up hand-crafted whiskey, vodka and gin in a stretch of New York’s Hudson Valley patchworked with apple orchards and corn fields. They don’t have to look far…

Casinos brace for impact of Internet gambling

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gambling is moving beyond the casinos, onto the Internet and into American homes. Three states, Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, have legalized online gambling so far, and others are expected to follow shortly.…

Belgian mystery: Who is hiding the stolen money?

ZEDELGEM, Belgium (AP) — On a Saturday evening two weeks ago in Zedelgem, townsfolk were disturbed by the wail of a siren and the shriek of tires, the din of a high-speed car chase that broke the tranquility…

RI now 10th state to allow gay marriage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ten U.S. states — including a long uninterrupted swath from New York to Maine — now allow gay and lesbian couples to marry now that gay marriage legislation has been signed into law in…

Newtown board to mull plans for Sandy Hook school

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Newtown officials are meeting to debate what to do with the Sandy Hook Elementary School building, where 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down in a December massacre. The Sandy Hook School Building…

Disabled Gaza baby lives in Israel hospital

RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — In his short life, Palestinian toddler Mohammed al-Farra has known just one home: the yellow-painted children’s ward in Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital. Born in Gaza with a rare genetic disease, Mohammed’s hands and…

Hip-hop producer AraabMUZIK is shot, hospitalized

Abraham Orellana, the hip-hop producer known as AraabMUZIK, has been shot and is hospitalized. Orellana’s publicist said in a statement late Thursday that he is “currently alive and well” after being shot Wednesday night, noting he was in…

Boston Marathon suspect’s remains claimed

BOSTON (AP) — A funeral home has claimed the body of the 26-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect who died in a gunbattle with police. A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety says the remains of Tamerlan Tsarnaev…

April report to show whether weak hiring persisted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most analysts say the employment data due out Friday will show an uptick in job creation last month over March’s meager 88,000, but it won’t be a big increase. The data could be an indicator…

Indonesia says 2 arrested for Myanmar Embassy plot

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s elite anti-terror squad seized five homemade bombs and arrested two suspected militants who allegedly planned to attack the Myanmar Embassy to protest that country’s treatment of Muslims, police said Friday. The two men…

Copying Warren Buffett harder for investors today

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Many investors want to copy Warren Buffett’s moves because he makes it sound simple and has accumulated billions in the process. But in recent years, copying Buffett has become harder because many of his…

Copying Warren Buffett harder for investors today

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett has a knack for explaining what he does in simple terms that sound easy to follow, and his ranking as one of the world’s richest men inspires many to copy his…