Older brides with fancy gowns, garter belts, DJs

NEW YORK (AP) — SherryLynne Heller-Wells always wanted a fairytale wedding. So when she tied the knot last year, she spared no detail. She walked down the aisle in a flowing ivory gown with a long veil and…

Sexual minorities march in Nepal to demand rights

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — About 1,000 gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters, many dressed in colorful clothes and holding banners, marched through Nepal’s capital on Thursday to celebrate and demand rights for their community, in what has…
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YSU student was robbery victim

Four armed robberies have been reported since Saturday night on Youngstown’s North Side, including one just after midnight Thursday.…

Coroner: Mower death of Pa. man, 71, an accident

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The death of an elderly man who fell off a tractor that was pulling a brush mower in western Pennsylvania has been ruled an accident. The Westmorel……

Thai court convicts 2 Iranians in bomb plot

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Iranian men were convicted Thursday of taking part in a botched bomb plot that was exposed last year when an accidental explosion blew apart the Bangkok villa where they were staying. Israeli and Thai…

Group: Egypt’s churches targeted in attacks

CAIRO (AP) — An international human rights group has chronicled attacks on 42 churches, dozens of Christian institutions and schools as well as homes and business owned by Christians amid an intimidation campaign believed to be waged by…

UK insurance customers to be repaid $2 billion

LONDON (AP) — British financial regulators struck a deal Thursday to give consumers as much as 1.3 billion pounds ($2 billion) in compensation after they were improperly sold credit card insurance. The Financial Conduct Authority reached an agreement…

Man sought in 2 Pittsburgh-area slayings arrested

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a man being sought in two slayings about a month apart earlier this year has been taken into custody. Officia……

New Zealand tries to reassure Chinese milk buyers

BEIJING (AP) — New Zealand’s leaders are on a charm offensive to reassure Chinese consumers after a botulism scare threatened sales in a major market for New Zealand milk. China’s demand for imported milk soared after domestic supplies…

Oil creeps above $104 as China factories ramp up

BANGKOK (AP) — A rebound in China’s manufacturing helped boost the price of oil Thursday as traders braced for the Federal Reserve to start phasing out its monetary stimulus. Benchmark oil for October delivery reversed early losses and…

Beau Biden returns to Delaware with father

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden planned to return home with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, aboard Air Force Two following a successful medical procedure at a Houston cancer center. The vice president’s office…

Storm lashes China after killing 17 in Philippines

BEIJING (AP) — Southern China was hit by fresh flooding Thursday as the second storm in a week lashed the region after killing 17 people in the Philippines. Typhoon Trami skirted Taiwan before landing in China’s Fujian province…

China flight delays show military grip on airspace

HONG KONG (AP) — China’s fast growing air travel market is the world’s second biggest. But when it comes to flight delays, it’s No. 1. Shanghai resident Chen Chen learned the hard way on a recent business trip…

Syrian official blames rebels for deadly attack

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad’s forces pressed on with a military offensive in eastern Damascus on Thursday, bombing rebel-held suburbs where the opposition said a chemical weapons attack the day before killed over 100 people. The government…

School employee helped avert tragedy in standoff

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The 911 tapes from a frightening standoff and shooting at an Atlanta-area school show how a school employee’s calm demeanor and kind approach helped end the ordeal without any injuries. Police said Wednesday that…

More couples getting NM same-sex marriage licenses

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Linda Montoya asked her partner to get married when they were vacationing in Hawaii in 2008, but said Catherine Martinez refused. It was not that after 23 years together this New Mexico woman…

Test-tube babies: A simpler, cheaper technique?

LONDON (AP) — Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has evolved into a highly sophisticated lab procedure. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and…

Malaysian gov’t wins right to appeal ‘Allah’ case

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government on Thursday won the right to appeal a court ruling that allows the country’s non-Muslim minority to use the word “Allah” to refer to God. Appeal hearings are scheduled to start…

Wildfire near Yosemite surges, prompts evacuations

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire outside Yosemite National Park — one of more than 50 major brush blazes burning across the western U.S. — raged beyond the control of firefighters, but several days after it started it…