Country star Jason Aldean files for divorce

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Aldean has filed for divorce. The country music star filed the complaint for divorce against his wife Jessica on Friday afternoon in Williamson County, Tenn., citing irreconcilable differences. The two met in high…

Gay Catholic school teacher in Ohio fights firing

A gay teacher who said she was fired by an Ohio Catholic school after her mother’s published obituary included the name of her partner is fighting to get her job back. Carla Hale, 57, said she was told…

Official: 17 killed in northern Nigeria violence

BAMA, Nigeria (AP) — A military official says at least 17 people have been killed in fighting between Islamic extremists and security forces in northeastern Nigeria. The fighting happened in Bama, a town in northeastern Borno state where…

Pro-gun Native American billboard draws criticism

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Two Colorado billboards in which images of Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument are causing a stir with some residents who say the image is offensive and insensitive. The billboards…

Young European royals winning fans for monarchy

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch Queen Beatrix is abdicating after a 33-year reign and her newly popular son is becoming king. He is highlighting a new generation of young royals waiting in the wings across Europe. Some are more…

Putin, Japanese leader step up peace treaty effort

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Japan have instructed their diplomats to intensify efforts to work out a peace treaty between the two nations. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a formal peace treaty ending…

Debris believed to be from 9/11 plane is from wing

NEW YORK (AP) — The rusted metal aircraft part believed to be from one of the hijacked jetliners that slammed into the World Trade Center in the Sept. 11 attacks came from a wing, not landing gear, police…

Red River crest prediction in ND lowered again

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Preparations for a major Red River flood may be all for naught. The National Weather Service on Monday lowered the expected crest forecast in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to 35.5 feet on Wednesday. That’s…

Obama: Cuts means US could lose years of research

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. could lose years of scientific research as a result of automatic spending cuts that have hit federal agencies. He says instead of racing ahead to the next cutting edge,…

US stocks rise, led by technology companies

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging economic reports are sending stock prices higher on Wall Street. Wages and spending rose in the U.S. last month, and pending home sales hit a three-year high. The Dow Jones industrial average was…

Karzai: US gives funds to national security team

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Monday that his national security team has been receiving payments from the U.S. government for the past 10 years. Karzai confirmed the payments when he was asked about a…
Superstorm Sandy

Key figures on Superstorm Sandy, 6 months later

Superstorm Sandy, a hybrid of a hurricane and two cold-weather systems, struck six months ago on Oct. 29, concentrating most of its fury on New Jersey, New York and Connecticut and becoming one of the most expensive storms…

Israel OKs barrier in Palestinian Christian area

JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawyer for a convent in a Palestinian Christian town near Bethlehem says she will appeal an Israeli court ruling allowing construction of a segment of Israel’s separation barrier through properties owned by the Vatican…

NBA veteran center Jason Collins comes out as gay

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as…
Portman Protest

Group Protests Portman Visit

A small group of advocates for tougher gun laws protested Sen. Rob Portman's Boardman visit on Monday. …

Trial hinging on dying Ohio man’s blinks begins

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an Ohio man charged with murder in the shooting of a man authorities said identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked up to…

Trial hinging on dying Ohio man’s blinks begins

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jury selection got under way Monday in the trial of an Ohio man charged with murder in the shooting of a man authorities say identified his assailant by……