Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4

NEW YORK (AP) — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent…

Mali coup leader parlays power grab into promotion

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Amadou Haya Sanogo’s rise through the ranks in Mali’s military hadn’t exactly been meteoric. He’d failed officer exams, and was living in army barracks with cement walls and a tin roof when he launched…

Sweet-toothed liquor thief tells Pa. clerk: See ya

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Police have been searching for a sweet-toothed, fleet-footed thief who got away with two bottles of flavored vodka after telling a western Pennsylvania state store clerk, “See ya!” The New Castle News (http://bit.ly/1dt6CPR…

Sweet-toothed liquor thief tells Pa. clerk: See ya

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Police have been searching for a sweet-toothed, fleet-footed thief who got away with two bottles of flavored vodka after telling a western Penns……

Pa. Syrian-American leader: more protests to come

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The leader of an eastern Pennsylvania Syrian-American group says they will continue protesting the U.S. taking military action in Syria and urg……

3 plead guilty in $700K NW Pa. school vandalism

WARREN, Pa. (AP) — Three graduates have pleaded guilty to vandalizing a northwestern Pennsylvania high school and have agreed to pay for an estimated $700,000 in dama……

Nobel-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74

DUBLIN (AP) — Seamus Heaney, Ireland’s foremost poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, died Friday after a half-century exploring the wild beauty of Ireland and the political torment within the nation’s soul. He was…

Ill. couple married for 71 years die hours apart

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A man and wife who were married for more than seven decades died hours apart this week at a hospice in northern Illinois. Family members say Robert and Nora Viands were always together during…

Tunisia closes south border regions for security

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s presidency has announced the closure of its southern regions bordering Algeria and Libya to protect against the threat of terrorism. Presidential spokesman Adnan Mancer said the closure would last a year and could…

Amid crackdown, Egypt’s protesters shift tactics

CAIRO (AP) — Several thousand people heeded calls by the Muslim Brotherhood and protested Friday throughout Cairo and other cities against a coup and deadly crackdown as the police and army blocked key roads and beefed up security.…

German ministry bans out-of-hours calls to staff

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s labor ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing staff out of hours except in emergencies. The ministry says the measure is intended to prevent staff from suffering undue stress by being constantly on…

Gov’t reaffirms plans to sell lab island off NY

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government is reaffirming plans to sell Plum Island, though environmental regulators and some lawmakers say there’s not enough information about the effects of selling the animal disease research site off Long Island.…

Mogdishu TEDx talk challenged by security threats

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The short talks by artists and intellectuals at events known as TEDx have been held 7,500 times in more than 150 countries, but there may not be an event more challenging or dangerous as…

Mom finds teenager’s ashes in Wal-Mart bag

AMELIA, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman is upset with a Kentucky funeral home after she opened up her son’s funeral urn to find his ashes placed inside a Wal-Mart bag. Nan……

Portugal asks for 2 more planes to fight wildfires

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Wildfires are scorching large areas of forest in Portugal and the country has asked other European nations to send two more water-dropping aircraft to help battle the blazes. Jorge Dias, spokesman for Portugal’s National…

Gold miners set to go on strike in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A spokesman for a mineworkers’ union in South Africa says gold miners will go on strike next week after talks with South Africa’s Chamber of Mines collapsed Friday. Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesman for the National…

US: Training, testing may kill whales, dolphins

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Navy training and testing could inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins and injure thousands over the next five years, mostly as a result of detonating explosives underwater, according to two environmental impact statements…

Rebels declare ceasefire in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The leader of Congo’s M23 rebels say they are declaring a unilateral ceasefire and pulling out of the area that has seen the heaviest fighting in recent days in order to “give peace a…