Vatican official: Romero saint effort ‘unblocked’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican official spearheading the case to make slain Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador a saint said Tuesday the process is moving forward under Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff, after years…

Diaz, Erdrich among finalists for Carnegie prize

NEW YORK (AP) — Junot Diaz and Louise Erdrich are among the finalists for a literary prize chosen by the American Library Association. Diaz’s “This Is How You Lose Her” and Erdrich’s “The Round House” are nominees for…

Bikini ban: Emirate sets fines for skimpy swimwear

RAS AL-KHAIMAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bikinis and briefs are no longer welcome on some sands in the United Arab Emirates. Authorities in Ras al-Khaimah, the northernmost emirate in the UAE, have posted signs on public beaches…

Pa. students moved to different school after fire

LANSDOWNE, Pa. (AP) — Students in a suburban Philadelphia district will finish the year in a different building after a fire seriously damaged their high school. The William Penn School District says students at Penn Wood High School…

Kosovo, Serbia close to deal but questions remain

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s prime minister summed up sentiment on both sides: “Don’t expect us to start loving each other.” Hashim Thaci spoke days after he reached a deal with his Serbian counterpart to normalize ties —…

Fiction and nonfiction works honored in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Fiction works “Kind One” by Laird Hunt and “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers have been honored in Cleveland for contributions to understanding of racism and cultural diversity. The Anisfield-Wolf book award winners were announced…

Lauryn Hill tax evasion sentencing delayed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill faces sentencing Monday in New Jersey on tax evasion charges. Hill pleaded guilty in June to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. She…

Ex-bishop’s widow wants optional priestly celibacy

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — She uses a wheelchair and carries the weight of her 87 years, but Clelia Luro feels powerful enough to make the Roman Catholic Church pay attention to her campaign to end priestly celibacy.…

Plane crash survivor Hannah Luce working on memoir

NEW YORK (AP) — The sole survivor of a plane crash last year in Kansas is working on a memoir. Publisher Atria/Howard Books has told The Associated Press that Hannah Luce has a deal for “Fields of Grace.”…

NH killer apologizes to machete victim’s family

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man convicted of hacking a woman to death with a machete and maiming her daughter during a home invasion has ordered his lawyers not to argue for a reduced sentence, and said in…

Mont. man reunited with bird he lost in a divorce

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Great Falls man who lost his macaw in a divorce more than five years ago has been reunited with the bird, thanks to an observant friend. Mike Taylor picked up the 25-year-old bird…

Doctors: All Boston bomb patients likely to live

BOSTON (AP) — In a rebuttal to the terrorists and a tribute to stellar medical care, all of the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts one week ago who made it to a hospital…

NYC proposes raising age for cigarette purchases

NEW YORK (AP) — No one under 21 would be able to buy cigarettes in New York City, under a new proposal announced Monday that marks the latest in a decade of moves to crack down on smoking…

Number-saving comes to Nigeria mobile phone market

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — To know what it is like to make a mobile phone call in Nigeria, ask anyone to turn out their pockets or upend their purses. One, two, three and sometimes even four phones tumble…

Trial begins in Texas courthouse shooting

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A man meticulously planned before he opened fire on his daughter and her mother outside of the Jefferson County courthouse last year, wounding them both and killing a 79-year-old woman, a prosecutor said Monday…

Flight delays pile up Monday after FAA budget cuts

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as federal budget cuts led to cascading delays along the East Coast Monday morning. Some flights out of New York and Washington…

Mourners say final goodbyes to marathon victim

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of family and friends packed a church in Medford, Mass., for the funeral of a Boston Marathon bombing victim, while dozens more waited outside after being turned away. Gov. Deval Patrick and Cardinal…

Architect Gehry to be honored at Cleveland campus

CLEVELAND (AP) — Famed architect Frank Gehry will receive an honorary degree from Case Western Reserve University, marking the 10th anniversary of a swirling Gehry-……