Floods in NM washes up mysterious casket

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — Flooding in New Mexico washed up an unexpected item in one small city — a casket. The Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/15Lk9xV) that the rusty casket washed up in an arroyo near Aztec Speedway during…

BackPack program helps feed Rapides students

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is using backpacks to fight child hunger in local schools. The nonprofit agency works with school districts in Central Louisiana to fill backpacks with nonperishable food items for…

Latest tip on Pa. DA’s ’05 disappearance unfounded

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police chief says the latest reported tip about the whereabouts of a missing prosecutor connected to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case has turned out to…

Victims of the Kenya mall attack

LONDON (AP) — The attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital has killed 59 people and wounded at least 175. The dead include Africans, Europeans, Asians and North Americans. Here are details about some of the…

Small plane lands on main Chicago roadway

CHICAGO (AP) — The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing early Sunday along Chicago’s main roadway because of mechanical issues. John Pederson told the Chicago Sun-Times he was flying over the lakefront about 6 a.m.…

Egypt draft constitution seen ready in November

CAIRO (AP) — A 50-member panel tasked with amending Egypt’s Islamist-tilted constitution will complete its work by early November, wrapping up the first phase of a road map announced by the country’s military chief when he ousted Islamist…

US Navy helicopter crashes; search on for 5 crew

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — The U.S. Navy says a helicopter has crashed in the Red Sea and a search is underway for five crew members aboard. A statement from the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet says the MH-60S Knighthawk went…

Parts of Nebraska see record flooding

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Record flooding continues in western and central Nebraska as the water that inundated Colorado flows east. But it appeared to cause few major problems because communities were able to prepare. The National Weather…

Higher shrimp import duties from 5 countries nixed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shrimp processors have lost a call for higher duties on frozen shrimp imported from five countries — China, Vietnam, Ecuador, India and Malaysia. The U.S. International Trade Commission rejected the proposal 4-2 Friday, saying…

Surf industry hopes surf parks will expand sport

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Some of surfing’s biggest names aren’t just catching waves. They’re also talking about making them. Surf parks — massive pools with repeating, artificial waves — are the latest buzzword in the surf community,…

Intercontinental missile test-launched from Calif.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force has launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from the California coast in a test flight. The Minuteman 3 blasted off around 3 a.m. Sunday from an underground…

Migrants’ DNA could help ID missing Guatemalans

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Aracely Garrido returned to her native Guatemala last month to bury one of 13 family members who disappeared during the country’s decades-long civil war and was identified years later through DNA from surviving…

Governor open to using National Guard to fight gun violence

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s open to sending National Guard troops or state police to assist Chicago police with curbing violence if city officials want the help. He says state police have helped in…

Small plane lands on major Chicago roadway

CHICAGO (AP) — The pilot of a single-engine plane has made an emergency landing along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive because of mechanical issues. John Pederson told the Chicago Sun-Times he was flying over the lakefront about 6 a.m.…

Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be…

NYC neighborhood of dismembered boy to get cameras

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city that’s ramped up surveillance since the 9/11 attacks, the next big installation of security cameras is not in the bustle of midtown Manhattan or near a well-known tourist attraction but in…

Hollywood honors British influence before Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey’s star turn in the Emmy-nominated series “House of Cards” actually had its beginnings on British television. So it was no surprise when the Oscar winner and Emmy nominee walked the red carpet…