Model of Chicago’s Picasso statue to go to auction

CHICAGO (AP) — A model of Pablo Picasso’s famed Chicago statue will be auctioned next month. Christie’s estimates it will sell for as much as $35 million. The piece is a sheet metal model of the sculpture that…

NYC Sandy refugees say they need hotel program

NEW YORK (AP) — A few hundred New Yorkers still homeless nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy are asking the city for more time to find shelter before they’re evicted from their hotel rooms. Federal funding for the…

Victim rescued in rubble of collapsed wall in Pa.

READING, Pa. (AP) — Rescue crews have managed to free a person trapped beneath the rubble of a cinderblock wall on a residential street in Reading. The call came in to pol……

‘Red October’ novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1985, a year after the Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October” came out, author Tom Clancy was invited to lunch at the Reagan White House, where he was questioned by Navy…

Questlove, Meek Mill headline A3C Hip-Hop Festival

ATLANTA (AP) — The Roots band leader Questlove, Meek Mill, Bun B and Talib Kweli are headlining the ninth annual A3C Hip-Hop Festival in downtown Atlanta. The five-day festival, which kicked off Wednesday, includes musical performances, an art…

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

Expecting twins? You probably don’t need to schedule a cesarean section. Most moms can safely give birth without surgery, a big study finds. It’s the latest research to question the need for C-sections, which are done in one-third…

Authorities: 8 killed in church bus crash in Tenn.

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — A church bus blew a tire, veered across a highway median and hit a sport utility vehicle and tractor-trailer Wednesday in a fiery wreck that killed eight people, authorities said. Fourteen other people were…

Obama seeks to strike a balance during shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attend a black-tie gala? No. Meet with business leaders who oppose a government shutdown? Yes. Jet off to Asia for a four-country tour? Maybe, but shorten the trip and keep the option to cancel. President…

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…