Jury rejects case against Jackson promoter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury reached a verdict on Wednesday in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson’s comeback concert was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed him. The panel of six men and six…

Gene scans solve mystery diseases in kids, adults

They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were able to crack…

Egypt: Disrespecting flag can lead to prison

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interim government decided Wednesday that insulting the flag and refusing to stand for the national anthem is an offense punishable by law. The decree follows a media fracas sparked by reports that an ultraconservative…

Man pleads guilty to assault in toddler slap case

ATLANTA (AP) — A man who slapped a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound plane has pleaded guilty to simple assault. Joe Rickey Hundley appeared in federal court Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta. Authorities have said Hundley used a racial…

Firefighters say Tesla car fire involved battery

SEATTLE (AP) — Shares of electric car company Tesla sank more than 6 percent Wednesday after an Internet video showed flames spewing from one of the company’s vehicles following a crash near Seattle. Shares of Tesla Motors Inc.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, October 02, 2013. Showers and thunderstorms continued to move through parts of the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, and a ridge of high pressure provided cool, dry conditions along the Eastern Seaboard. A…

Cuban’s lawyers attack credibility of key witness

DALLAS (AP) — Lawyers for Mark Cuban attacked the credibility of the government’s key witness in the insider-trading lawsuit against the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Jurors saw video testimony Wednesday from the CEO of Canadian search-engine…

Veterans visit WWII Memorial despite shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access despite the government shutdown, while the Republican National Committee offered Wednesday to pay for guards to…

Study: Most twins can be born without a C-section

New research suggests that moms pregnant with twins do not need to schedule a cesarean section because most can safely give birth without surgery. It is the latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are done…

Gene scans solve mystery diseases in kids, adults

They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were able to crack…

Gene scans solve mystery diseases in kids, adults

Texas scientists using gene sequencing were able to solve about a quarter of mystery diseases plaguing some children and adults. The study is the first large-scale effort to use gene sequencing in ordinary medical care, not just lab…

Glencore to close Dominican Republic nickel mine

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Mining group Glencore Xstrata PLC says it will temporarily close the Falcondo nickel mine in the Dominican Republic that it had been seeking to expand amid environmental opposition. Falcondo mine spokesman Alain…

Mali releases 23 prisoners affiliated with rebels

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s justice minister says the government has released 23 prisoners of war affiliated with a movement of separatist Tuareg rebels who announced last week they were pulling out of a peace accord. Mohamed Ali…

Conor McPherson’s ‘The Night Alive’ jumps to NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s latest play “The Night Alive” will leap from the Donmar Warehouse in London to the Atlantic Theater Company in New York next month with the same cast led by Jim…

Egypt’s Tahrir Square spruced up for rallies

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s army-backed interim government is sprucing up Cairo’s famed Tahrir Square ahead of planned celebrations in honor of the military this weekend. Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are also planning counter-rallies in the square,…

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan a Hollywood hit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Ryan is the sort of American hero that’s been a screen staple since the silent era. Harrison Ford, Alec Baldwin and Ben Affleck have all played the fictional CIA analyst, and Chris Pine…

Rio de Janeiro police blamed for slum killing

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Investigators in Rio de Janeiro are asking that 10 police officers be charged in the torture and killing of a slum dweller. Police investigators said Wednesday that the officers are suspected of torturing…

Mia Farrow: ‘Possible’ son is Sinatra’s

NEW YORK (AP) — Mia Farrow says in an interview with Vanity Fair that it’s possible her son with Woody Allen is instead Frank Sinatra’s. Farrow told the magazine that she and Sinatra “never really split up” and…

AP names Josh Goodman bureau chief for 3 countries

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Associated Press has named Joshua Goodman as chief of bureau for Colombia, Venezuela and Panama. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Marjorie Miller, the news organization’s regional editor for Latin America and the…