Futures pointing higher after previous day’s rout

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rebounded after a triple-digit sell-off on the Dow as the central bank in Europe cut interest rates again Thursday and the U.S. deficit with China hit a three-year low. The number of…

‘Billy the Exterminator’ drug charge: guilty plea

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — William “Billy” Bretherton, star of the A&E reality TV show “Billy the Exterminator,” has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of possessing synthetic marijuana, his attorney said. Bretherton was put on probation for a…

Obama nominates Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating longtime fundraiser and philanthropist Penny Pritzker to run the Commerce Department and economic adviser Michael Froman to be the U.S. Trade Representative. The president announced the nominations Thursday in a…

Police: Northeast Pa. doctor threatened officer

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania doctor has been ordered held for trial on charges that he fired gunshots in his neighborhood and threatened a pol……

2 new Ohio ‘racinos’ approved by commission

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Racing Commission has given the green light to new “racinos” in Dayton and in the Youngstown area. The commission on W……

Jon Bon Jovi to watch signing of NJ overdose law

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi, whose daughter suffered an apparent drug overdose last year, plans to join Gov. Chris Christie when he signs into law Thursday a good Samaritan bill intended to assure that a fear…

NYC man who dressed as Cookie Monster rejects deal

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who dresses up as Cookie Monster in Times Square turned down a plea deal in a New York City case accusing him of shoving a 2-year-old after his mother refused to tip…

BBC sportscaster Hall admits 14 indecent assaults

LONDON (AP) — BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has pleaded guilty to 14 indecent assaults on young girls, prosecutors said Thursday. The 83-year-old sports broadcaster was arrested in January for questioning about alleged crimes committed between 1967 and 1986.…

ECB cuts benchmark interest rate to 0.5 percent

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank president Mario Draghi says the bank is working with other European institutions to find a way to get more credit to small and medium size companies — and spur a lagging…

Bittersweet end for missing in Bangladesh collapse

JURAIN, Bangladesh (AP) — As she knelt beside the linen-wrapped body and looked at the dress that she herself had purchased, Farida’s sobs of sorrow turned to tears of painful relief. She called her husband to speak the…

2 airplanes about to take off clip at NJ airport

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two airplanes taxiing while preparing for takeoff at Newark Liberty International Airport clipped each other, leaving one of the planes with a portion of its left wing ripped away. No one was injured when…

Cleveland casino owners to buy building

CLEVELAND (AP) — The owners of the downtown Cleveland casino are planning to pay $79 million for their building on Public Square. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http:/……

Overdose suspected in death of Kris Kross rapper

ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo behind one of the decade’s most memorable songs, “Jump,” has died at an Atlanta hospital of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said. He was 34. Kelly,…

UK man jailed for selling fake bomb detectors

LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Thursday sentenced a businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to 10 years in jail, saying the millionaire had shown a cavalier disregard for potentially fatal consequences. James McCormick made an estimated…

Gadhafi’s son appears in Libya court; case delayed

ZINTAN, Libya (AP) — The imprisoned son of Libya’s slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi appeared in court on Thursday on charges of harming state security, but the judge adjourned his hearing until Sept. 19 to allow defense lawyers time…

Kenya court: 2 Iranians guilty of terror plot

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two Iranian nationals, whom officials accused of planning to attack Western targets inside Kenya, were found guilty Thursday by a Kenyan court of terror-related charges. Officials in Kenya say the two suspects may have…

Afghan policeman killed in Pakistan border clash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan border policeman was killed in an exchange of fire with Pakistani troops along the country’s contested eastern border, an Afghan security official said Thursday, in an incident that threatens to further inflame…