Benedict XVI returns to Vatican Thursday

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Retired Pope Benedict XVI is coming home. The Vatican says the 86-year-old emeritus pontiff will move into his new retirement home in the Vatican gardens Thursday. Benedict has been living at the papal residence…

‘House of Cards,’ Frank Ocean top Webby Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix’s groundbreaking “House of Cards” may be the first digital series nominated for a best drama Emmy. But it will start with a Webby. The Webby Awards are honoring “House of Cards” producers Kevin…

Arab League sweetens Israel-Palestinian peace plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Arab League’s decision to sweeten its decade-old proposal offering comprehensive peace with Israel has placed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a bind and swiftly exposed fissures in his new government. Netanyahu’s chief peace negotiator…

Another Ohio hospital won’t hire smokers

CLEVELAND (AP) — A third major hospital system in northeast Ohio has decided not to hire smokers. The new policy begins June 1 at MetroHealth System. It mirrors a nation……

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…

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…

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…