Conn. prison officials reverse ban of Lamb book

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Correction on Thursday reversed its decision to remove a 21-year-old novel written by internationally known author Wally Lamb, a volunteer at one of the state’s prisons. The agency said “She’s Come…

UN rights inquiry aims to raise pressure on NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Testimony by North Korean defectors at U.N. hearings this week in Seoul has produced chilling accounts of systematic rape, murder and torture — but it’s also a poignant reminder of past, toothless U.N.…

Pa. man goes to prison for assaulting 3 Mennonites

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man convicted of robbing and assaulting three elderly Mennonite sisters has been sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison. The Lancaster County sentencing judge Thursday said 22-year-old Dereck Taylor Holt…

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…