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.…

State police: W. Pa. man ran Camp Cadet fund scam

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A man has been jailed on charges he went door-to-door pretending to collect money for the Pennsylvania State Police Camp Cadet program. Troopers a……

3 divers killed over weekend off California coast

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Three recreational abalone divers died in separate incidents over the weekend in Northern California, where powerful rip currents were reported. A low tide drew the divers to the beaches looking for the mollusks…

Ohio girl, 8, gets kidney donation from teacher

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio girl is recovering after getting a critical kidney transplant — with the organ donated by her former kindergarten teacher. Nicole Miller, an 8-year-old first-grader at Mansfield Christian School, got the kidney last week…

APNewsBreak: Report: 260,000 died in Somali famine

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The 2011 Somali famine killed an estimated 260,000 people, half of them age 5 and under, according to a new report to be published this week that more than doubles previous death toll estimates,…

Pa. sheriff heading to trial on threat charges

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — A judge says a western Pennsylvania sheriff accused of threatening to cut a political campaign worker’s hands off and shoot an online news rep……

1st female Iraq war resister to be court-martialed

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A court-martial got underway Monday for the first female U.S. Army soldier to flee to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in the Iraq war. Army Pfc. Kimberly Rivera is charged…

Mother in UK forced 14-year-old to get pregnant

LONDON (AP) — A woman desperate for another child forced her 14-year-old daughter to get pregnant using syringes of donor sperm, a British judge said. In a ruling reported for the first time Monday, High Court judge Peter…

School, church official pleads in Pa. fetish case

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A former southwestern Pennsylvania school board member and church official has pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and unlawful conduct with……

Ohio authorities say 1 killed in apartment blaze

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters say one person has died in an early morning apartment complex fire in southwest Ohio. Investigators say several other families ha……

Watchdog: 5 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria coast

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An anti-piracy watchdog says five sailors have been kidnapped off the coast of Nigeria’s oil-rich southern delta. The International Maritime Bureau said in a note Monday that the five sailors had been kidnapped Thursday…

Body found in NW Pa. ID’d as missing Scout leader

WARREN, Pa. (AP) — A coroner says a body found in a northwestern Pennsylvania creek over the weekend has been identified as that of a missing pastor and Boy Scout leader.……

Man found shot dead on street near Harrisburg bar

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Harrisburg are searching for a suspect after a man was found fatally shot on a street near a bar where he had been involved in an altercati……