Justices dismiss La. case over trial delays

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court dismissed an appeal Monday from a Louisiana man who claimed that most of a seven-year delay between his arrest and murder trial was the result of a breakdown in the…

Utah police: Man shot talked of suicide before

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) — A man shot and wounded Monday morning after pulling a gun in a police station lobby in suburban Salt Lake City told officers months ago that he wanted to be killed by…

Pending US home sales reach 3-year high in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in March to the highest level in three years, pointing to higher sales this spring. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its…

S&P 500 reaches new high, led by tech

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies led the stock market higher Monday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index above the all-time closing high it reached earlier this month. A pair of strong economic reports also encouraged investors.…

Kosovo: 3 get jail time in organ trafficking case

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A court in Kosovo found two citizens guilty of human trafficking and organized crime Monday in a major trial against seven people suspected of running an international organ trafficking ring that took kidneys from…

Court: State can block out of state use of FOIA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that it’s legal for a state to limit use of its Freedom of Information Act to its own residents. The court unanimously upheld a federal appeals court decision validating Virginia’s…

Pa. man told to install $20,000 septic system

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man is being told to oust his outhouse. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster Sunday News (http://bit.ly/189e0c4) repo……

Google’s virtual assistant invades Siri’s turf

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The duel began Monday with the release of a free…

Pa. man jailed after chase in stolen truck tractor

DUNCANSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges he stole a truck tractor then led police on a high-speed chase into a neighboring county.……

NY, Israel museums jointly buy Hebrew manuscript

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem have jointly acquired a 15th-century illuminated Hebrew manuscript, they announced Monday. The Mishneh Torah is a rare manuscript with text…

Authorities: Student shoots self in Ohio classroom

CINCINNATI (AP) — A student at an Ohio Catholic high school is in critical condition after police say he pulled out a gun and shot himself in his classroom. A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman reported the…

Mandela appears an ailing man in video

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela “in good shape and in good spirits” Monday but a video of his encounter with the ailing anti-apartheid icon belies those cheery words, showing him…

Pending US home sales reach 3-year high in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes rose in March to the highest level in three years. The National Association of Realtors says that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales…

EU aims to better protect bees from pesticides

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to restrict the use of three pesticides to better protect dwindling bee populations. The announcement Monday was cheered by environmentalists, disappointed chemical companies and came after the bloc’s 27 nations failed…

Court rejects Alabama appeal over immigration law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An attorney for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center says he’s not surprised the U.S. Supreme Court has turned down a request to revive portions of Alabama’s immigration law. Supreme Court justices on Monday…

Mom, son charged with copper from Pa. nuke plant

SHIPPINGPORT, Pa. (AP) — A man who used to work as a contractor at a western Pennsylvania nuclear power plant has been charged with stealing more than 1,400 pounds of scr……

Hubble snaps image of approaching comet

BALTIMORE (AP) — The operators of the Hubble Space Telescope say the orbiting observatory has snapped photos of an approaching comet. The Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute says the Comet Ison is being called the “comet of the…

Stocks open higher as consumer spending rises

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street as investors were encouraged by an increase in consumer spending last month. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 17 points at 14,730 shortly…

40 ex-LAPD officers seek reviews of dismissals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of fired Los Angeles police officers are taking up the chief’s offer to re-examine their dismissals since a deadly rampage by Christopher Dorner, who claimed that he was wrongly expelled from the force.…