Philly-area sheriffs to auction off AR-15 rifle

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A sheriff’s group in suburban Philadelphia is planning a charity raffle in which it will auction off an AR-15 rifle similar to the one use……

Congo’s M23 rebels threaten new UN brigade

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Rebels in eastern Congo said Tuesday they are getting ready to fight a new United Nations brigade that will be allowed for the first time to pursue armed groups. The U.N. peacekeepers are set…

SPCA investigating kitten found burned in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward as they try to find the person who severely burned a kitten found in a Philadelphia neighborhood last week……

Cameroon’s ruling party wins Senate election

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The party of Cameroon’s entrenched ruler Paul Biya won 56 of the 70 contested seats in the nation’s first-ever senatorial election, the Supreme Court announced. Supreme Court President Alexis Dipanda Mouelle said Monday that…

Dubai fines British widower after bride’s death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai court has fined a grieving British widower who allegedly arrived drunk to sign police paperwork to release the body of his wife. She had died in a balcony fall on…

Roadside bomb kills 2 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan has killed two people, including a local police commander credited with reducing the number of insurgent attacks in his area. Abdul Nazar, a local council member,…

As gender equity rises, more Ugandan women divorce

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — More women are initiating divorces in Uganda, a conservative East African country where women are becoming empowered to leave a bad marriage in a way their mothers could not, rights activists and legal experts…

Feds involved as Ohio school gets 2nd bomb threat

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say the FBI and U.S. Secret Service have gotten involved in a bomb-threat investigation at a northeast Ohio high school. The Akro……

Jordan: More than 45,000 refugees return to Syria

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says that more 45,000 refugees in its territory who fled Syria’s civil war have chosen to return since last August. Col. Zaher Abu Shihab, who directs Jordan’s largest refugee camp at Zaatari near…

Pa. councilman pleads guilty to heroin possession

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A borough councilman in northeastern Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to heroin possession and been fined $2,500. The Pocono Record reports (……

Rule change grounds Ohio pension plan officials

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio panel wants to ground those who oversee the state’s pension plans. State officials were frustrated by two board members of the Scho……

Zimbabwe PM’s party: Voters’ lists being inflated

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean state election officials are dramatically inflating the numbers of electors on new voters’ lists months ahead of crucial polls, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party alleged Tuesday. It said lists in some voting districts…

Judge postpones hearing over Penn State lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge has postponed a hearing on the NCAA’s request to dismiss Gov. Tom Corbett’s antitrust lawsuit over sanctions college spor……

Ohio man gets 3 years in drugged-driving death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to three years in prison for being under the influence of prescription drugs when he caused a crash that kil……

Egypt investigates new student food poisoning case

CAIRO (AP) — A security official says that Egyptian authorities are investigating a new case of food poisoning at Al-Azhar, Cairo’s centuries-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning. The official says the investigation opened Tuesday. Some 160 university students…

Saudi authorities detain wanted Shiite

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A Saudi official says police have detained two men, including a Shiite Muslim accused of instigating violence, after a firefight in a restive eastern region. Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour al-Turki claimed…

Storming ministries, Libya’s militias put pressure

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Gunmen swooped in on trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns and surrounded Libya’s Justice Ministry on Tuesday, cutting off roads and forcing employees out of the building in the latest instance of powerful militiamen showing…

Questions remain about Cincinnati streetcar

CINCINNATI (AP) — The hundreds who turned out for a public hearing on the controversial Cincinnati streetcar project still didn’t hear how the city plans to pay……

Inmate hangs himself in central Pa. prison

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A coroner has released the name of an inmate in central Pennsylvania who committed suicide in his cell. Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamant……

Former Ohio ‘pill mill’ owner gets prison

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials say the former owner of an Ohio “pill mill” has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison. A federal judge in Cincinnati sent……