Philadelphia tries less salt in Chinese takeout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amar Jones knows that high-salt Chinese takeout isn’t good for his high blood pressure. But the lure of shrimp with broccoli is hard to resist. So he was heartened recently to hear that his favorite…

2 dead in bullet-riddled car over W. Pa. hillside

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — Authorities were trying to determine whether gunshots or crash injuries killed two people found dead in a bullet-riddled car that rolled over a……

Beastly fire disrupts Idaho vacation heaven

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) — For rockers Huey Lewis and the News, smoke from the massive Sun Valley, Idaho, wildfire known as “the Beast” had band members who famously worried about the heart of rock and roll worrying…

Lawmakers OK NYPD watchdog, overriding vetoes

NEW YORK (AP) — Levele Pointer has gone to rallies and City Hall to push for changes to police stop and frisks, but he readily explains that the stops he’s experienced personally didn’t always make him angry. Sometimes,…

‘Hyperloop’ travel idea gains fans if not backers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk urged the public to polish sketch plans he released last week for a “Hyperloop” that would shoot capsules full of people at the speed of sound through elevated tubes connecting…

Gypsy king, champion of schooling for Roma buried

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The “King of the Gypsies” is being laid to rest in a ceremony fitting his status. Florin Cioaba was a driven activist who championed education for impoverished Roma children after seeing his own 12-year-old…

Tropical depression moving northwest in Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression is moving northwestward in the Pacific on a path that could take it near Mexico. The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 35 mph (55 kph) and the U.S. National…

Syria ally Russia urges cooperation with UN

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists are reporting fierce battles and shelling in suburbs of the Syrian capital where the opposition claimed a chemical weapons attack this week killed more than 100 people. In neighboring Lebanon, the army said in…

Manning’s gender transition sets up legal showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — By asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea, Bradley Manning has created a host of possible challenges for the military as the soldier began serving a 35-year prison sentence for giving secrets to…

San Diego mayor agrees to resign

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mayor Bob Filner, besieged by sexual harassment allegations, has sat down to the negotiating table with a key bargaining chip: His refusal to resign. Now that a tentative deal aimed at ending one of…

Amid corruption worry, Aquino to reform govt fund

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised Friday to reform a corruption-plagued system that allows lawmakers to allocate government funds for projects in their district after an audit found that millions of dollars were misused.…

Vegas case seen to show ‘sovereign citizen’ threat

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A couple spent hundreds of hours over four months plotting to abduct, torture and kill Las Vegas police officers as a way to attract attention to their anti-authority “sovereign citizens” movement, police said. David…

Villagers unsatisfied by life sentence for Bales

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Raging on steroids, fear and insecurity, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales threw himself into one of life’s great stress-relievers: chopping wood. He sawed and hacked from morning ’til almost dusk, attacking a large…

Night of jazz coming to Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Three Detroit Divas are coming to the Ford House. A concert that’s part of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Community Series is to be held Friday along the Lake St. Clair shoreline. Entitled…

Memorial set for son of ‘The Big Bopper’

HOUSTON (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for the son of J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who spent his life tending the legacy of his early rock-and-roll performing father. The memorial is scheduled in Houston for…

What does Obama want to do with college costs?

President Barack Obama is pitching an overhaul of federal student aid that would link dollars to the Education Department’s ratings of colleges and universities. His proposal would give students at better-rated schools cheaper loans or bigger grants. If…

Chinese citizens movement leader arrested

BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s most well-known civil rights advocates has been formally arrested on charges of disrupting public order, as Beijing cracks down on grassroots efforts to build a civil society that may challenge its rule.…

Obama bus tour rolls through NY, Pennsylvania

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama gets back on the road Friday for the final leg of a two-day bus tour centered on his proposals for cutting college costs. The president will speak at New York’s Binghamton…

US divided over how to respond to Mideast violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Persistent violence in Syria and Egypt has sharply divided senior advisers in the Obama administration over a moral dilemma: How far should the U.S. go to stop the killing when its actions could lead to…

$330 million in cocaine seized on yacht in Vanuatu

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The white yacht seized in Vanuatu had a secret under its worn parquet floor: brick after brick of South American cocaine. The find U.S. and Australian officials announced Friday was part of a collaboration…