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…

NJ trooper’s killer named a most wanted terrorist

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The decades-old international case of a convicted cop killer is getting new attention in New Jersey. The FBI is scheduled to make an announcement Thursday regarding Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey state…

Violence mars May Day rally in Seattle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Supporters of immigration reform rallied across the nation on May Day in lively gatherings that were marred by a burst of violence in Seattle, where police fired pepper spray at rock-throwing protesters in clashes…

2 plead guilty after Ohio Internet cafe raids

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two weeks after a raid on Cleveland-area Internet cafes, two cafe owners have taken plea agreements that include testifying against others accused o……

2 plead guilty after Ohio Internet cafe raids

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two weeks after a raid on Cleveland-area Internet cafes, two cafe owners have taken plea agreements that include testifying against others accused o……

Afghanistan’s Karzai urges closure of Guantanamo

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday pressed for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison as President Barack Obama mulls a renewed push before a reluctant U.S. Congress. “I have from the very beginning…