More rain expected for already swollen rivers

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Communities along the Mississippi River and other Midwestern waterways are vigilantly eyeing — and in some cases hastily fortifying — makeshift levees to hold back floodwaters that meteorologists say could worsen or be prolonged…

Trade group says Ohio home sales up nearly 12 pct

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio trade group’s report shows statewide home sales rose nearly 12 percent in March compared to a year ago. Ohio Association of Realtors President Thomas Williams says in a statement that the state’s…

Federal contractor fraud case wrapping up in Ohio

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The government may be close to wrapping up its case against an Ohio man charged with defrauding more than $225,000 from contractors involved in FBI building projects in Indianapolis and Knoxville, Tenn. An Akron…

Car bomb targets French embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A car bomb targeted the French embassy in the Libyan capital early on Tuesday, wounding two French guards in an attack that President Francois Hollande denounced as an assault not only against France but…

Gay marriage faces pivotal vote in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s long-simmering debate on gay marriage heads to a pivotal vote when a legislative committee decides whether to forward the legislation to the full Senate for a final vote. The entire Senate could…

Boston bombing could prompt US, Russia cooperation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings could provide an opportunity for the U.S. and Russia to find some common ground for cooperation as authorities investigate the two ethnic Chechens accused of carrying out the attack. Ties between…

NYC proposes raising age for cigarette purchases

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may set a new bar by becoming the most populous place in America to raise the minimum age for…

Tax-free Internet shopping jeopardized by bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for…

6 NY pols being arraigned on corruption charges

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Amid a growing perception that corruption is a serious problem in New York, six politicians are up for arraignment in a case that alleges an audacious plot to buy a line on New…

More details sought on mute Boston bomb suspect

BOSTON (AP) — The 19-year-old charged with the Boston Marathon bombing, his throat injured by a gunshot wound, wrote down answers to the questions of investigators about his motives and connections to any terror networks. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s answers…

Woman injured in marathon blast faces challenges

BOSTON (AP) — As this shocked city observed a moment of silence, Heather Abbott was following through on a difficult decision — allowing doctors to amputate her left foot, which was mangled in the bombings that shattered the…

Lawyer: Palestinian hunger striker to end fast

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who refused food for months is expected to end his hunger strike on Tuesday after a deal was reached with Israeli authorities for his early release, his lawyer said. Samer Issawi began…

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel winner: I’m not free

BEIJING (AP) — Liu Xia, under house arrest in China’s capital since her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, made a rare appearance Tuesday at a trial, yelling out a car window: “I’m not free.”…

Witherspoon’s clean image should fully recover

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reese Witherspoon’s professional image is so squeaky clean that she got laughs on a late-night show earlier this year for pretending to buy bottles of cognac and tequila. Her recent arrest and admission that…

Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report suggests teens and parents aren’t talking about prescription drug abuse as much as they should. The report, being released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, says that when teens were asked about the…

Streisand feted by Clinton, Minnelli and friends

NEW YORK (AP) — “Ever since I can remember,” Barbra Streisand told a crowd at Lincoln Center Monday night, “people have been calling me bossy and opinionated.” She continued: “Maybe that’s because I am. Three cheers for bossy…

Study: Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) — More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use. When teens were…

Police seek suspect in off-duty DC officer slaying

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Authorities in a Maryland suburb of Washington are searching for the suspect in the slaying of an off-duty D.C. police officer in what they say may have been a “domestic-related homicide.” Prince George’s…

Kim Kardashian says she’s ready for childbirth

NEW YORK (AP) — Kim Kardashian says she’s gotten more used to pregnancy, is more comfortable in her skin and is no longer feeling the aches and pains of expectant motherhood. “Now I think I’m past all the…