Innovative NY program picks up college tuition

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When 18-year-old Cheyenne Ketter-Franklin begins classes at the University at Buffalo next week, she will be spared at least one anxiety — the prospect of being saddled with a mountain of higher-education debt. An…

Going bananas: Pa. city gearing up ‘split’ bash

PITTSBURGH (AP) — People are going nuts in one western Pennsylvania city that claims to be the birthplace of the banana split. The residents of Latrobe, a city of 9,000 some 40 miles east of Pittsburgh, are poised…

Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak released

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s deposed autocrat Hosni Mubarak is expected to be freed from prison and placed under house arrest on Thursday after being ordered released the previous day, following more than two years in detention. The development…

Renoir’s personal items coming to NYC auction

NEW YORK (AP) — Billed as the single-largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s personal property, an upcoming auction of hundreds of personal letters, photos and other memorabilia offers a candid look inside the master painter’s life as an artist,…

Solid figures from China, Europe shore up markets

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets fell Thursday after the Federal Reserve made it known that its top officials were leaning toward phasing out its massive stimulus program. The Fed released minutes of its July policy meeting Wednesday…

Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for passing an unprecedented trove of government secrets to the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks — the stiffest punishment ever…

Uneasy partners SKorea, Japan join US air drills

WASHINGTON (AP) — Japan and South Korea’s unprecedented joint participation in air force exercises over Alaska shows that America’s two staunchest Asian allies are willing to cooperate on security despite their political differences. Their aircraft have been flying…

NSA reveals more secrets after court order

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it…

AAA says public less worried about dangerous driving

WASHINGTON (AP) — New survey data suggests that Americans are much less worried about drunk, aggressive and drowsy driving than they were four years ago, even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up. The percentage of…

AAA: Public less worried about dangerous driving

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy and aggressive driving than they were four years ago even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up, according to a national survey released by AAA.…

Metallica to headline at the Apollo

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be a different type of Sandman featured at the Apollo next month. Metallica is set to rock the legendary Harlem venue on Sept. 21. They will promote their 3D concert-action film “Metallica…

New Zealand law change bolsters spy agency powers

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand passed a law Wednesday that strengthens the powers of its foreign spy agency to operate domestically. The law now explicitly allows the Government Communications Security Bureau to spy on New Zealanders…

Photographer sues Kanye West over LAX scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer who claims he was attacked by Kanye West at Los Angeles International Airport sued the rapper Wednesday, claiming assault, battery, negligence and violation of his civil rights. Daniel Ramos claimed his right…

Chile OK’s extradition of Argentine judge

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s Supreme Court has approved the extradition of a former Argentine judge who fled his home country to avoid trial on charges of crimes against humanity. The court said late Wednesday that Otilio Romano…

NZ opposition leader quits ahead of ’14 elections

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s political opposition leader said Thursday he’s leaving the top job because he doesn’t think he has the support of his colleagues ahead of national elections next year. David Shearer led the…

Thai court convicts 2 Iranians for bomb plot

BANGKOK (AP) — Two Iranian men accused of a botched bomb plot that officials believe was aimed at Israeli diplomats in the Thai capital were in court Thursday awaiting the verdict in the case. The men were detained…

Chile ex-army chief quits electoral post

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s former army chief is quitting his post as head of the country’s electoral service after acknowledging that he handed over to nuns the child of two left-wing activists killed after the 1973 military…

Peru town buries bishop with town square service

HUANCAVELICA, Peru (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered on Huancavelica’s main square Wednesday to say goodbye to their longtime Roman Catholic bishop with a memorial service that included a color guard of students and a contingent of police…