Stocks edge lower on manufacturing, jobs slowdown

NEW YORK (AP) — More evidence of a slowing economy pulled the stock market lower early Wednesday. U.S. factory activity in April dropped to its slowest pace this year as manufacturers pulled back on hiring and cut stockpiles,…

Montana hospital says woman posed as nurse

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Health care officials in Montana say a woman posing as a nurse at a Billings hospital accompanied doctors on patient checks. Yellowstone County’s public-health agency says the Billings Clinic notified the agency Thursday of…

Housing rebound is facing obstacle: Too few homes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Beth Heinen Bell and her husband, Christian, are sick of renting. They want more space. They’d like to host friends for dinner. And now, having seen the real estate market start to rebound,…

Friends of bombing suspect in immigration court

BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for two men friendly with the Boston Marathon bombing suspect say their clients have been extensively interviewed by federal investigators. Azamat Tazhayakov (AHZ’-maht tuh-ZAYE’-uh-kov) and Dias Kadyrbayev (DYE’-us kad-uhr-BYE-ev), both originally from Kazakhstan, appeared…

House committee to hold hearing on marathon attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee will hold a hearing next week on the bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed three and wounded more than 200 others. Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis is among those invited to…
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Ohio coroner: kayaking dad, daughter drowned

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A coroner in northern Ohio says a father and daughter who went missing while kayaking on Lake Erie died from drowning. The bodies of 30-year-ol……

Sony settles lawsuit by lawyer for gospel artists

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut lawyer who accused Sony BMG Music Entertainment of retaliating against him for winning higher pay for gospel music artists says the company has settled a lawsuit he filed. Stamford-based attorney James Walker…

Feds to uphold Calif. tribal recognition decision

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Interior will uphold a decision to add a Central California Native American tribe to a list of federally recognized tribes despite a critical assessment of the move by a government…
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UK police to track dementia patients using GPS

LONDON (AP) — A British police force is hoping to save time and money by giving a few dementia patients GPS tracking devices, a move condemned by some campaigners as “barbaric.” Last week, Sussex police announced a plan…

Islamist preacher arrested in Egypt over slander

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says a hard-line Islamist preacher has been arrested for slandering a famous actress by accusing her of “practicing prostitution.” In December, Abdullah Badr was sentenced to a year in prison and…

Search on for Los Angeles driver in deadly crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are searching for a driver who caused a deadly nine-vehicle pileup while apparently fleeing after a drive-by shooting. Officer Lyle Knight says it happened shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday when someone…

No remains found near suspected 9/11 airplane part

NEW YORK (AP) — Police used a pulley system on Wednesday to remove a suspected 9/11 plane part from between two buildings near the World Trade Center site, and the medical examiner said no potential human remains had…

‘The Young and the Restless’ top Emmy nods

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS’ soap “The Young and the Restless” has a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by ABC rival “General Hospital” with 19. Nominations for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards were announced on Wednesday…

US construction spending down 1.7 percent in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in March as the biggest drop in government projects in more than a decade overwhelmed strength in home building. Construction spending fell 1.7 percent in March, compared with February,…

Paramilitary soap opera stirs dispute in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Cutting through the shadows of moonlight, three brothers climb out of a truck and trudge slowly, silently toward a dark hill. There, wrapped in a blanket, they find the body of their father. At…

US manufacturing grows in April at slower pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower pace in April compared with March as manufacturers pulled back sharply on hiring and cut their stockpiles. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its index of…

Valley fever hits 28 at Calif. solar plant sites

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a valley fever outbreak that sickened 28 workers at solar power plants under construction in Central California. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/10TMNwA ) reports public health and work safety…

Turkmen leader’s horse fall hidden from nation

MOSCOW (AP) — Seeing the president slam face-first into the ground after falling from a speeding horse would be a shock to any nation. In authoritarian Turkmenistan, many residents didn’t even get the chance. President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov apparently…

Guantanamo strike still on despite new Obama vow

MIAMI (AP) — The Guantanamo Bay hunger strike is apparently still on despite President Barack Obama’s renewed vow on closing the prison on the U.S. base in Cuba. A U.S. military spokesman says there are still 100 prisoners…

SW Pa. hospital seeks partnership with network

WINDBER, Pa. (AP) — A rural southwestern Pennsylvania hospital says in a letter to employees that it is seeking a “strategic relationship” with a larger……