The real Capt. Phillips gets hero’s welcome in Vt.

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — The captain of the American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates four years ago returned home from sea to another hero’s welcome — this time for a sneak peak of the Tom Hanks movie…

Fluff buffs celebrate sugary concoction in Mass.

LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Just mention Fluff to people who grew up in New England, and you’ll get lots of smiles and enthusiastic nods. The gooey, sugary marshmallow treat invented almost a century ago is still enormously popular,…

House’s 2 Kings personify GOP split on shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party’s two Kings in Congress both voted against GOP leaders’ latest effort to prevent President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul from becoming entrenched, but for opposite reasons. New York congressman Peter King says…

Sotomayor, Spielberg win Harvard Du Bois medals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and film director Steven Spielberg are among six people set to receive Harvard University’s highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies. Harvard will honor its W.E.B.…

Jury says ex-Guatemala soldier lied about massacre

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — After just a few hours of deliberations, a California jury convicted a former Guatemalan army officer of lying about his role in the massacre of at least 160 people more than 30 years ago…

Oil stays near $102 as US govt in partial shutdown

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil dropped below $102 a barrel Wednesday after scores of U.S. government workers were ordered off the job because of a budget impasse in Washington. Benchmark oil for November delivery fell 44…

‘Breaking Bad’ finale vs. other finales

NEW YORK (AP) — Now that the dust (and ricin) have settled from Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale, it’s worth considering what makes a drama series’ exit good or bad. As much as fans may miss “Breaking Bad,” they…

US, SKorea agree to work more on deterring NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. and South Korea agreed Wednesday to work together to strengthen the South’s ability to deter threats from North Korea, and have endorsed a new military strategy to better coordinate the response…

Markets jittery on US government shutdown

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets on Wednesday dealt calmly with a partial U.S. government shutdown precipitated by the failure of lawmakers to agree on a way to allow the nation to temporarily pay its bills. The shutdown…

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

SEATTLE (AP) — There’s a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it’s not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It’s something more familiar, and might even be just down the street:…

22 dogs will get lucky on new CBS television show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon McMillan has trained as many as 10,000 dogs for television, movies, commercials, videos and people. Then he started saving dogs from animal shelters, training them and finding homes for them. When Litton Entertainment…

Arson probe exposes affair, Calif. DA steps down

YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) — It started with an arson investigation, led to an affair revelation, and finally to the resignation of a longtime Northern California prosecutor. Carl Adams, for three decades the district attorney of Sutter County,…

A bumpy first day for new insurance marketplaces

CHICAGO (AP) — For millions of Americans trying to log in, the online insurance marketplaces created by the new health care law began with a stalled website, an error message or a menu that didn’t work. But the…

Review: New Kindle good contender for Amazon users

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX tablet resembles Google’s Nexus 7 in many ways — from its light weight to its sharp display. Both tablets run a version of Google’s Android operating system, and they…

Dad who saved girl in deadly rock slide remembered

BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — Friends preparing to bury five relatives who died in a Colorado rock slide are remembering the father credited for saving his daughter’s life as a selfless volunteer who probably didn’t flinch to jump…

George Clooney hopes government shutdown ends soon

NEW YORK (AP) — George Clooney knows the country is going through a tough time with the government shutdown. But the actor is optimistic that “cooler heads will prevail” and let things get back to normal. He applauded…

Afghan accused of killing 3 Australians captured

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Afghan soldier accused of shooting dead three Australian comrades in a patrol base in Uruzgan province last year has been captured in Pakistan by security agents, Australia’s defense chief said on Wednesday.…

AP PHOTOS: Farmers market bustles on Havana’s edge

HAVANA (AP) — Trucks crammed with produce travel hundreds of miles from every corner of Cuba each weekday to form long lines at the 114th Street Market — a teeming open-air bazaar on Havana’s outskirts that has become…

How new 7-inch Kindle compares with smaller rivals

Amazon is the latest company to unveil new tablets, including a new 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX and an updated HD model. That screen size has gotten popular because devices are cheaper and easier to carry around. Here’s how…

22 dogs will get lucky on new CBS television show

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon McMillan has trained as many as 10,000 dogs for television, movies, commercials, videos and people. Then he started saving dogs from animal shelters, training them and finding homes for them. When Litton Entertainment…