Actor John Goodman receives honorary degree

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Actor John Goodman says he’s learned to be grateful for his blessings, rather than always striving for more. Goodman was awarded an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters Sunday during at the convocation at…

Futures almost a standstill ahead of Fed minutes

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are almost at a standstill as markets await any hint of changes in Fed thinking in minutes from its July economic policy meeting. The U.S. Federal Reserve releases those minutes Wednesday. There…

NJ governor signs ban on gay conversion therapy

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie plans to sign a bill Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, making New Jersey the second state to ban so-called conversion therapy, along with California. The…

Afghan officials say 32 dead in clashes in west

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan marked its 94th independence day from Britain on Monday with a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital. President Hamid Karzai and Cabinet members attended a parade to mark the event,…

Snowden reporter: Won’t be silenced by detention

LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker on Monday called for police to explain why the partner of a journalist who received classified information from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was detained for nearly nine hours at…

Assault trial delayed for Bengals’ ‘Pacman’ Jones

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is scheduled to go on trial Monday on an assault charge after police say he hit a woman at a nightclub. Jones pleaded not guilty and was released on…

French government predicts rosy future (in 2025)

PARIS (AP) — No unemployment, plenty of cheap housing, a new Industrial Revolution and Police 3.0. Those are the French government’s predictions for the year 2025. Leaders in the Socialist administration, who are under criticism for the struggling…

EU diplomats discuss response to Egypt violence

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior diplomats from the European Union debated a response Monday to a week of bloody violence in Egypt that has left nearly 900 people dead, including proposals to halt aid programs and suspend arms shipments.…

Ashes of Richie Havens scattered at Woodstock site

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — The ashes of Richie Havens have been scattered across the site of the 1969 Woodstock concert. Havens was the first act at Woodstock and his performance of “Freedom” was a highlight of the concert.…

12-year-old girl describes frightening bear attack

CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — The grandfather of a 12-year-old girl mauled by a bear says she’s sore but smiling after returning home from a hospital. Dave Wetherell tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/1cZfSe7 ) that Abigail Wetherell is…

Officials discover Asian carp DNA in NW Ohio river

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — State officials say DNA from Asian carp was found in one water sample among hundreds from northern Ohio rivers feeding into Lake Erie. The Blade in To……
FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZE

Crews battle 2 fires

Fire heavily damaged a two homes in Youngstown early Monday.…

Pa. man killed using tractor to collect firewood

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Officials in northwestern Pennsylvania say a man died while using a tractor to collect firewood. Emergency responders in Crawford County told the Eri……

Man wanted in Pa. car wash slaying turns self in

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a man being sought in the stabbing death of his girlfriend at a western Pennsylvania car wash has turned himself in to face charges. The (……

German police arrest hostage-taker, free captives

BERLIN (AP) — A man took several people hostage at the city hall in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt on Monday, police said. It wasn’t clear what weapons the man might have or what he wanted, police spokesman…

Turkey slams Islamic bloc ‘inactivity’ over Egypt

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s leaders have criticized the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the group’s Turkish secretary-general for not taking a stance against the violence in Egypt. Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday that Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu…

New Zealand gay weddings begin, 1 at 39,000 feet

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP) — When Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau walked down the aisle to exchange vows Monday, the fasten-seatbelt signs were off. The couple celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in New Zealand by getting hitched…