Jurors hear voicemail saying Jackson was sick

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five days before Michael Jackson died, his manager called the singer’s doctor and said Jackson was sick. A voicemail from the manager was played Thursday for a Los Angeles jury in the lawsuit by…

Hagel: US rethinking possibly arming Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Obama administration is rethinking its opposition to arming rebels opposed to the Syrian government. Hagel told a Pentagon news conference that the administration is considering a range of options.…

Oil drilling technology leaps, clean energy lags

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…

A visual glance at energy terms and technologies

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a look at some key energy terms and technologies. HORIZONTAL DRILLING: Companies used to drill wells straight down into the earth to tap pools of oil and gas that had formed over millions…

Sore thumbs? US text messaging declines

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are saying goodbye to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple’s Messages are starting to taking over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies.…

Vegas taxicab strike ends as new contract signed

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 2-month-old taxicab strike has ended in Las Vegas after management with the Yellow-Checker-Star cab company agreed to pay drivers a larger share of the meter revenue and allow more flexible scheduling. A contract…

Grand jury backs NJ pol’s claim of bogus arrest

WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — It sounded like an excuse from a politician who had been caught doing something wrong: When New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty was accused of driving drunk last year, he said he had been set…

Battery maker to expand in eastern Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration says it is offering taxpayers’ money to help to finance the construction of a new battery manuf……
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Fats Domino’s Katrina-damaged grand piano restored

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white Steinway grand piano salvaged from musician Fats Domino’s home after Hurricane Katrina has been restored and will be the centerpiece of an exhibit in New Orleans’ French Quarter. The piano was damaged…

As US drone strikes rise in Yemen, so does anger

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The cleric preached in his tiny Yemeni village about the evils of al-Qaida, warning residents to stay away from the group’s fighters and their hard-line ideology. The talk worried residents, who feared it would…

Pa. school: more women to get engineering degrees

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Carnegie Mellon University says more and more women are graduating with degrees in a field once dominated by men. The Pittsburgh-based school says i……

Fresh off victory, NRA holds convention in Houston

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association has spent much of the past year under siege, ardently defending gun rights following mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut and fighting back against mounting pressure for stricter laws in…

‘Lucky Guy’ recoups investment on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Newcomer Tom Hanks has led “Lucky Guy” into the black. Producers said Thursday that Norah Ephron’s final work has recouped its $3.6 million capitalization only eight weeks after performances began. “Lucky Guy,” one of…

Pharma company Teva to close Pa. plant by 2017

SELLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A pharmaceuticals manufacturer says it will close an eastern Pennsylvania plant that employs nearly 500 people. Teva Pharmaceutical Indus……

Pharma company Teva to close Pa. plant by 2017

SELLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A pharmaceuticals manufacturer says it will close an eastern Pennsylvania plant that employs nearly 500 people. Teva Pharmaceutical Indus……
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DA crosses W. Pa. man in murder of mom, sis, aunt

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man on trial for charges that he murdered his mother, sister and elderly aunt at his automotive glass shop told a district……

Clean technology investors shift focus to drilling

NEW YORK (AP) — A decade ago, large investors in so-called clean technology had a straightforward goal: finance companies that would help eliminate the world’s dependence on oil, natural gas and coal. But as profits from wind, solar,…

EU, Iran to consult on Tehran’s nuke program

VIENNA (AP) — The European Union says its senior diplomat will meet Iran’s top nuclear negotiator on May 15 as a follow-up to the last round of six-power negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program. That meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan,…

Israeli leader heads to China with economic agenda

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister is heading to China next week for meetings with political and business leaders. Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Thursday that he will spend two days in Shanghai promoting economic cooperation and then two…