Affleck to play Batman in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Affleck will don Batman’s cape and cowl. Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together.…
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Newton Falls seeks flood aid

The village of Newton Falls is trying to declare a state of disaster to get FEMA to help with all the flooding…

Televised debate for NYC comptroller airs on CBS

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Time Warner have temporarily lifted a New York City television blackout so viewers could watch the Democratic candidates running to become the city’s next comptroller square off in a debate. Former Gov.…

Sicily, Cleveland museum agree over exhibition

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Art Museum and the government of Sicily have resolved a dispute over a touring exhibition of Sicilian antiquities. That means the long-……

Ex-convict sentenced for sneaking into NYC jails

NEW YORK (AP) — A convicted sex offender who repeatedly used phony correction department credentials to gain entry into New York City jails has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Matthew Matagrano was sentenced Thursday. The 36-year-old…

Tour bus overturns on California freeway; 52 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tour bus carrying gamblers to an Indian casino overturned along a Southern California freeway after sideswiping a car, injuring more than 50 people on board Thursday, authorities said. The driver made an “unsafe…

Doctor: US man revives 45 mins after heart stops

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — U.S. doctors say they’re stunned by a man who revived 45 minutes after his heart stopped beating and he was declared dead. Doctors say presumed-dead diesel mechanic Tony Yahle was being prepared by…

$330 million in cocaine seized from Vanuatu yacht

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. and Australian agents have seized 750 kilograms (1,650 pounds) of cocaine from a yacht in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Australian Federal Police have collaborated with…

Doctor: Ohio man revives 45 mins after heart stops

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — Southwest Ohio doctors say they’re stunned by a man who revived 45 minutes after his heart stopped beating and he was declared dead. Doctors say presumed-dead diesel mechanic Tony Yahle (YAY’-lee) was being…

In rare openness, China microblogs Bo Xilai trial

BEIJING (AP) — Much of China was riveted to the stream of microblog updates from the trial of disgraced politician Bo Xilai — even a TV anchorwoman on a live national program checked her cellphone for the latest…

Aziz Ansari writing book on modern courtship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A publisher says it’s acquired actor-comedian Aziz Ansari’s first book. The Penguin Press said Thursday that the untitled book by the “Parks and Recreation” star will focus on how technology has changed the lives…

US pressed to react to violence in Syria, Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is poised to suspend another major weapons shipment to Egypt amid sharp divisions within the Obama administration over whether to cut off aid to the military-backed government. The debate mirrors similar disagreements over…

Judge hears challenges to Guantanamo court

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers began arguing challenges Thursday to holding the trial for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for the…
GE Workers in Warren Reject Contract

GE adding jobs at 3 plants

GE officials said there is an increased demand for alternatives to traditional incandescent light bulbs, and part of the expansion involves a new deal with Walmart.…

Significant wildfires burning in the western US

Fifty large wildfires burned uncontained Thursday in the U.S. Notable fires, with location, containment, size, fuel, personnel and cost to date: —Rim, Stanislaus National Forest, Calif.; 2 percent contained, 84 square miles, timber and brush, 1,356 personnel, $2.8…

Hacked Colo. road sign shows support for Snowden

TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) — A portable, electronic road sign that was supposed to alert drivers to delays on a southwest Colorado road got changed to say something completely different. For roughly a day, it read, “SNOWDEN IS A…

Journalists jumping ship at Venezuela TV channel

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — An exodus of top journalists from Globovision appeared to dim all hope Thursday for preserving editorial independence at what had been Venezuela’s last nationally broadcast opposition TV channel. At least a dozen journalists quit…