Hospice forum

Prayers change for terminally ill

SouthernCare hospice held a luncheon and symposium on Tuesday to help educate local clergy and others dealing with terminally ill patients.…
Dead kittens in Warren

Vet: Kittens killed by animal

Four dead kittens were found outside a house in Warren on Monday and although at first it appeared they were shot, a local vet said it looks like they were killed by a large animal. …

Austria: Catholic church fined for phone texting

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s Roman Catholic church has learned its lesson. Mass is OK. Mass texting is not. A diocese in the southern city of Graz says it has been found guilty of contravening Austria’s telecommunications law by…
Northside nurses strike

Sides at odds over language

Fraught with accusations of unfair labor practices on both sides and back and forth debates on “patient advocacy," a one-day strike at Northside Medical Center draws mixed opinions.…

Miss Piggy joins Kermit in Smithsonian collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated…

Review: Kings of Leon get back in the saddle

Three years after the Kings of Leon’s last record, the edgy, gravely rock foursome return in top shape with “Mechanical Bull.” The album takes the band’s unique sound — the recognizable longing guitars and Caleb Followill’s growl —…

Miss Piggy joins Kermit in Smithsonian collection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets. Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too. Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more…

Wendell Pierce sparks new Michael J. Fox sitcom

NEW YORK (AP) — “I’ve always wanted one thing,” says Wendell Pierce. “To have a diverse career, to be a journeyman actor.” Mission accomplished this fall. With no fewer than four projects in release, Pierce will meet himself…

Peru now No. 1 in coca leaf, displacing Colombia

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The U.N. says Peru has reversed seven years of continuous growth of coca cultivation even though it now surpasses Colombia as top producer of the crop, which is the basis of cocaine. The U.N.…

Egypt: No immediate move to dismantle Brotherhood

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces raided a village near the Giza Pyramids on Tuesday hunting for suspects in the brutal killing of 15 policemen last month, the latest move by authorities to assert state control over Islamist…

99-year-old Iowa woman gets high school diploma

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school in 1932 has finally received her diploma. Audrey Crabtree was surrounded by family and friends on Monday as Waterloo Community Schools presented her…

Gunmen attack Sunni town in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen on Tuesday tried to take over a small Sunni town in Iraq’s west, sparking battles that left 11 people including six attackers dead, said an official. The assault on Ana, some 330 kilometers (200…

Victims’ lawyers want answers on Italian shipwreck

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — The Italian captain whose cruise ship wrecked off the Tuscan coast is getting some support during his trial from an unexpected corner: representatives of the tragedy’s many victims. Capt. Francesco Schettino, who faces 20…

Court: Applicants wrongly denied US citizenship

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials wrongly denied U.S. citizenship to a man who spent more than two decades trying to prove he was an American. The case revealed a 1978…

Man accused of plot to shoot up Salt Lake mall

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 42-year-old Salt Lake City man faces a terrorism threat charge after police say he plotted a mass shooting at the City Creek Center mall. Jail records show Jack Harry Stiles was booked…

Lebanon president laments burden of Syria refugees

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is praising Lebanon’s generosity in welcoming refugees fleeing the crisis in Syria. Obama met with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman (su-LAY’-mahn) Tuesday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The…

Brazil speech at UN lashes out at US spy program

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Brazil’s president delivered a stinging rebuke Tuesday to the United States over its surveillance program that has swept up data from billions of telephone calls and emails that have passed through Brazil —including her…

Hebron settlers pitch hut, claim contested house

HEBRON, West Bank (AP) — Israeli settlers on Tuesday pitched a Sukkah, or makeshift hut marking a Jewish harvest festival, outside a contested house in the West Bank city of Hebron in a new claim to ownership. A…

Cherokee girl transferred to adoptive parents

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The South Carolina couple who adopted a Cherokee girl at the center of a yearslong custody dispute came to Oklahoma last month vowing not to leave without the child. On Monday night, Matt and…

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas to open new theater

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas Strip’s newest concert space will open its doors just before the new year with a performance by pop star Bruno Mars Mars will play shows on Dec. 29 and 31 at…