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…

Rwandan official hints troops could enter Congo

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rwanda’s foreign minister has indicated in social media that Rwandan troops could enter Congo. Louise Mushikiwabo said on Twitter late Thursday that Rwandan troops are not currently in Congo, and added the word “yet”…

UK govt offers explanation on seized documents

LONDON (AP) — The Guardian newspaper and Britain’s government have agreed to allow the authorities to keep sifting through documents seized from the partner of one of the paper’s journalists until a full hearing on the issue in…

Ohio policeman working as guard kills armed man

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say an officer from another department fatally shot a man in an altercation at an apartment complex while working as a private securi……

Foul-mouthed Pa. chief could learn fate Friday

GILBERTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania police chief suspended for posting videos in which he fired borough-owned automatic weapons while shouting obscenities could soon learn whether he’ll be fired. The Gilberton Borough Council plans to meet Friday…

Bank of America to lay off 1,100, close Ohio sites

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Bank of America Corp. will lay off more than 1,100 employees as it closes two suburban Cleveland offices and one in Cincinnati while shrinking it……

RI bus monitor suspended after girl left stranded

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials in Providence, R.I., say they’ve suspended a school bus monitor after a 5-year-old girl was dropped off with no one waiting for her and she roamed city streets for more than an hour.…