Review: Kerouac’s ‘Mexican Girl’ brought to life

“Manana Means Heaven” (University of Arizona Press), by Tim Z. Hernandez As Jack Kerouac described her, she was “the cutest little Mexican girl” who happened across his path at a bus stop in Bakersfield, Calif., and became “Terry”…

Ohio woman gets life sentence in poisoning death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland woman has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of killing her fiancé by putting antifreeze in his iced tea. A Cuyahoga (ky……

UN helicopters fire on M23 rebels in east Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A military spokesman for the United Nations peacekeeping mission in eastern Congo says U.N. helicopters have fired on M23 rebels. The helicopters are backing Congolese troops as they battle rebels Wednesday outside Goma, a…

Jordan: No attack on Syria from our soil

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan’s government spokesman says the pro-U.S. kingdom will not be a launching pad for attacks on Syria. Mohammad Momani, who is also information minister, says Jordan prefers a “diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis.”…

New book sheds light on pioneering female aviator

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new book retells the story of a Flint woman who attempted to fly from California to Hawaii in 1927. The Flint Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1dOMJ49 ) Tuesday the book is written by the nephew…

Nicklaus golf course in Ohio tweaks fence design

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus is making changes to a surrounding iron fence to minimize injuries to animals that jump it. Muir……

UN envoy: Syria ‘substance’ may have killed 1,000

GENEVA (AP) — Evidence suggests that some kind of chemical “substance” was used in Syria that may have killed more than 1,000 people, but any military strike in response must first gain U.N. Security Council approval, the U.N.’s…

Officials: Extinguisher flies into Conn. home

PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials say part of a fire extinguisher flew nearly a quarter-mile through the air into a house after a workplace accident. No one was injured. Plainville firefighters say a machine operator cutting beams…

Marking 50 years since 'I Have a Dream'

President Barack Obama won’t need to mention race — a subject he doesn’t talk a lot about in public — when he stands at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of the March on Washington.

Drug task force rounds up 32 Ohio suspects charged

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Several dozen people have been charged or arrested in a roundup by a drug task force in northern Ohio. WBNS-TV in Columbus reports 32 of 46 people indi……
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Local events planned for MLK march

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. …

Town limits development of NY’s Plum Island

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York town approved new zoning laws that would prevent any significant development of Plum Island, home to a government laboratory studying infectious animal diseases since the 1950s. Newsday (http://bit.ly/1dOGMEm ) says the…

China general’s son on trial for alleged gang rape

BEIJING (AP) — The son of a well-known Chinese general has gone on trial over an alleged gang rape that has focused attention on the sometimes outrageous behavior of the offspring of the country’s elites. A group of…

Maine ‘hermit’ pleads not guilty to theft charges

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly three decades has pleaded not guilty to seven burglaries and six thefts. Authorities say Christopher Knight may be responsible for 1,000 burglaries in…

Spanish town charges fee for annual tomato fight

BUNOL, Spain (AP) — Thousands of people are splattering each other with tons of tomatoes in the annual “Tomatina” battle in recession-hit Spain, with the debt-burdened town charging participants entry fees this year for the first time. Bunol…

US envoy says no guarantee NKorea will free Bae

TOKYO (AP) — A senior U.S. envoy who will travel to North Korea later this week said Wednesday that he plans to strongly appeal for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by…

Fonterra resumes operations in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Zealand diary giant Fonterra said Wednesday that it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of concern for the safety of its staff. Operations in Colombo were…