No charges in helmeted man’s shooting in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — A grand jury has declined to charge a Cincinnati store clerk in the shooting death of a man who walked in wearing a motorcycle helmet. Hamilton County P……

Intruder breaks into German chancellor’s jet

BERLIN (AP) — An intruder managed to break into German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s jet at Cologne Airport for several hours last month, playing around with buttons in the cockpit, activating the escape slide and using fire extinguishers before…

10 things to know about Elmore Leonard

DETROIT (AP) — Ten things to know about Elmore Leonard, the acclaimed crime novelist who died Tuesday at age 87. ___ 1. HE WROTE ON PAPER Leonard wrote longhand on 63-page unlined yellow pads that were custom-made for…
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700 backpacks to be delivered

Huntington Bank and the United Way are ready to hand out 700 backpacks to students in the Mahoning Valley and Mercer County, Pennsylvania. …

The ‘Today’ Show launches new book club

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s “Today” show is investing in readers. The morning program announced Tuesday that it is starting a new book club. Its first club pick is “The Bone Season,” the debut novel of 21-year-old Samantha…

Prosecutors to attack Pistorius’ story, character

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Neighbors, an ex-girlfriend, a member of a firearms club and a former soccer player who claims Oscar Pistorius threatened him are all named among the 107 potential state witnesses for the double-amputee Olympian’s murder trial.…

Accused female drug trafficker returns to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says that convicted drug trafficker Sandra Avila Beltran, known as the “Queen of the Pacific,” has returned to Mexico from the U.S. and has been handed over to authorities. The official…

Swedish museum to recover lost scientific artifact

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A rare 16th-century scientific instrument used by early astronomers that has been missing from a Swedish museum for around a decade has been recovered and will be returned this week, the London-based Art Loss Register…

Kennedy cousin, prosecutors argue murder appeal

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Prosecutors and Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s attorney have filed court papers in his 2002 murder conviction appeal in which they disagree about the strength of the government’s case and the effectiveness of his…

Egypt aid to be reviewed at White House meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has halted military aid to Egypt, a Senate aide said Tuesday, describing what would be a rebuke of the once stalwart U.S. ally’s crackdown on Islamist opponents and the military ouster of…

Kagan: Justices not tech savvy, send paper memos

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elena Kagan says she and her fellow Supreme Court justices aren’t very tech savvy and still communicate with each other the same way they did when she was a clerk in 1987: with paper…

Doctor: Fort Hood suspect didn’t want deployment

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A doctor who worked with the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage says he told her that the Army would “pay” if he were ever deployed overseas. Dr. Tonya…

Tunisian activist quits feminist group Femen

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A women’s rights activist who shocked Tunisians by posting topless photos of herself online says she is quitting the Ukrainian feminist group Femen because of what she calls its anti-Islam outlook. Amina Sboui told…

High demand as World Cup ticket sales begin

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tickets for next year’s World Cup went on sale online on Tuesday with 16 of the 64 matches immediately seeing a high number of applicants, including the opening match in Sao Paulo and the…

Key events in life of indicted Pakistani ex-leader

ISLAMABAD (AP) — — Aug. 11, 1943: Pervez Musharraf born in New Delhi in what is now India. — Oct. 7, 1998: Musharraf becomes chief of the army. — Oct. 12, 1999: Musharraf ousts Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif…

‘Free at last,’ Mandela said, quoting King

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The speaker, one of the world’s most recognizable black leaders, was addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress when he quoted America’s top civil rights leader: “Free at last, free at last, thank God…

Dad of Chechen shot in Fla. meets with prosecutor

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Chechen man who was shot to death during questioning about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect is meeting with the Florida prosecutor reviewing the case. Ibragim Todashev’s father was meeting with…

Ex-wife testifies in murder trial of Ariz. escapee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say this is a case that started with two separate trips: one from a modest country home in Oklahoma; the other from a medium-security prison in the desert just outside Kingman, Ariz.…

Conn. clerk injured in David Hasselhoff sign theft

SHELTON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police say a convenience store clerk has been critically injured trying to stop the theft of two signs featuring images of actor David Hasselhoff. Authorities say the 36-year-old clerk at a Cumberland Farms…