Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, fun. lead Billboard awards

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s a three-way tie: Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and fun. are finalists in 11 categories at the Billboard Music Awards. Billboard announced the finalists Monday. Rihanna, Carly Rae Jepsen and One Direction are up…
Squirrel

Squirrels Not Cruelty Victims

Liberty police said Monday they believe the five baby squirrels found with their tails entangled on Sunday was the result of a common nesting procedure and no animal cruelty is suspected. …

6 dead in shooting in southwest Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities say a man opened fire in a southwestern town, killing at least six people before fleeing. Officials at the city hall in Belgorod said Monday that the man opened fire outside a department store,…

Stocks mixed as major companies report earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening little changed on Wall Street as investors get ready for earnings news from major U.S. companies. Nearly one-third of the 30 companies in the Dow Jones industrial average report first-quarter results…

Court won’t stop judges from getting raises

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t stop some federal judges from getting cost-of-living increases promised to them by Congress but never paid. The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal of a decision ordering the…

Libyan officers demand dismissal of military chief

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan military officers are demanding the dismissal of the army chief of staff, pledging to go on strike if he is not replaced. Hundreds of officers met late Sunday in the eastern Libyan city…

High court rejects tobacco marketing appeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a First Amendment challenge by tobacco companies to a 2009 law that restricts how they can market their products. The justices on Monday left in place a ruling by the…
Boston Marathon Explosions

Week Since Bombing Marked

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has asked residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 p.m. Monday, the time the first of the two bombs exploded near the finish line. Bells will ring across the city and state after the minute-long tribute to the victims.…

Campbell ends touring career, to release new album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring. Instead, he’ll spend his 77th birthday on Monday in Washington as an advocate for Alzheimer’s research. The trip includes a…

Kuwait ex-MP freed to fight emir insult sentence

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A defense lawyer in Kuwait says a former parliament member was granted bail and will remain free while fighting a five-year sentence for a speech considered insulting to the Gulf nation’s emir. Monday’s court…

Miss. River closed after barges hit bridge

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi River remains closed as authorities work to determine whether a sunken barge was a navigation hazard. The Coast Guard closed the river Sunday after the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge was…

China says new North Korea nuclear test possible

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top general said Monday that a fourth North Korean nuclear weapons test is a possibility that underscores the need for fresh talks between Pyongyang and other regional parties. Chief of the General Staff Gen.…
Combined Tactical Systems

One Injured at Greene Plant

Update One person was injured Monday in a fire and possible explosion at Combined Tactical Systems in Greene Township. …

Kerry to host Afghan, Pakistan talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior American official says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will host a meeting of top Afghan and Pakistani officials this week in Brussels to discuss reconciliation with the Taliban and other issues. Afghan…

Aunt: Boston bombings suspect struggled with Islam

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — An aunt of the elder Boston bombing suspect says he struggled to find himself while trying to reconnect with his Chechen identity on a trip to Russia last year. Tamerlan Tsarnaev “seemed to be…

Security at Ohio races ramped up in wake of Boston

CINCINNATI (AP) — Organizers of Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon plans to discuss their plans for security and safety in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon blasts. Officials planned a news media briefing Monday. They say in a press…

Google fined by German data protection agency

BERLIN (AP) — A German data protection agency fined Google Inc. 145,000 euros ($189,000) for illegally recording information from unsecured wireless networks — an amount it acknowledged is “totally inadequate” as a deterrent to the multinational giant. Hamburg’s…

Body of missing fisherman found at NE Pa. lake

LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — A search is set to continue for a fisherman believed to be missing on a lake in northeastern Pennsylvania. Fire officials in Paupack Township say the man is believed to have been lost…

Hagel: US committed to Israel’s military edge

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel assured Israel on Monday that the Obama administration is committed to preserving and improving the Jewish state’s military edge in the Middle East. Hagel, on his first visit…