Rarely seen copy of Magna Carta coming to Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Nearly 800 years after the king of England tried to avert a civil war by issuing the Magna Carta, a rarely seen version of the document is coming to the United States, which enshrined many…

Israel airlifts 450 Ethiopians to the Jewish state

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities have completed what they say is the final large airlift of Ethiopian immigrants, ending decades of efforts to bring the remnants of an ancient community to the Jewish state. Tali Aronsky, spokeswoman for…

Convict says bunkmate lied to captives

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona inmate says his former bunkmate killed an Oklahoma couple they had carjacked after breaking out of prison because he didn’t want any witnesses. In his third day on the stand in the…

Study: Marijuana top illegal drug used worldwide

LONDON (AP) — Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse. In addition…

Unemployment rates fall in two-thirds of US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates fell in two-thirds of large U.S. metro areas in July, a sign of widespread improvement in the job market. The Labor Department says unemployment rates fell in 239 of the nation’s 372 largest…

Woman in ricin case found competent for trial

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A federal judge says a northeast Texas woman accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is competent to stand trial. U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Craven said…

Proposal gives banks more leeway on mortgage bonds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Banks may be allowed to hold a smaller stake in the mortgage investments they sell if those loans are made to homebuyers with stronger finances. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve and other…

Acupuncture helps ailing alligator in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) — Bino’s back was killing him. He was suffering from scoliosis. He couldn’t move his legs, two of them anyway, and his tail just wouldn’t swish. What’s an albino alligator in that sort of health…

Clooney: Satellite over Sudan curbing fighting

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Actor George Clooney says a satellite project over Sudan that he helped found has curbed violence, at least during daylight. Clooney said Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival that the Satellite Sentinel Project, which…

At least 20 killed in Kenya clan violence

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan official says at least 20 people were killed in violence among rival clans in Kenya’s north. Ukur Yattani, the governor of Kenya’s Marsabit county, said Wednesday that automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades…

Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Ala

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A dozen men indicted in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment Wednesday in Alabama. All 12 men are charged with conspiring to sponsor dog fights or training animals for…

Dog-fighting defendants plead not guilty in Ala

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A dozen men indicted in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation say they are not guilty. The men entered their pleas Wednesday in federal court in Montgomery. A magistrate judge set a Feb. 10 trial date…

Agreement ends fight over Somali port city

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials say Somalia’s government has signed a deal over the administration of a southern port to end months of dispute that threatened wider conflict in the region. The city of Kismayo, which has a…

A rough road back to ‘Riddick’ for Diesel

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — Thump. Thump. That’s the sound the golf cart makes each time it strikes the uneven pavement as it transports Vin Diesel across the Universal Studios backlot. He’s traveling from his bungalow office to…

Court tackles boys playing girls’ sports in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state judge is declining to intervene in the growing issue of boys playing in sports traditionally reserved for girls, saying a previous court……

NBC trying to create big event with game

NEW YORK (AP) — A giant hourglass structure being built on the rooftop of an abandoned Manhattan car dealership may look like Godzilla’s futuristic toy but instead represents NBC’s hope for the television event of the season. It’s…

Zeta-Jones and Douglas ‘taking some time apart’

NEW YORK (AP) — A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress and her husband, Michael Douglas, “are taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” Publicist Cece Yorke said in an email to The…
Jerry Arnal with Judy Jones

Abuse alleged at St. Christine

A Youngstown man said Wednesday he was abused in 1976 by a teacher and deacon while he was a student at St. Christine’s school.…

Hildesheim treasures to be featured at NY’s Met

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will be holding an exhibition of medieval treasures from Germany’s Hildesheim (HIHL’-deh-shym) Cathedral. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO (yoo-NEHS’-koh) world cultural heritage site in 1985. It contains…