Philly schools begin rehiring after $50M promise

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The nearly broke Philadelphia schools will open on schedule next month thanks to $50 million in emergency aid. But will they be worth going to? That’s the question parents are asking as the district begins…

Theft of 840K coins sends NY meter-man to prison

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Buffalo, N.Y., parking meter mechanic has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars in quarters while on the job. Prosecutors say it was James Bagarozzo’s idea…

Divers search Philippine ferry for dozens missing

CEBU, Philippines (AP) — Divers combed through a sunken ferry Saturday to retrieve the bodies of more than 200 people missing from an overnight collision with a cargo vessel near the central Philippine port of Cebu that sent…

Fort Hood suspect kicked gun from officer’s hand

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A police officer who responded to the 2009 Fort Hood shooting has testified that she remembers trying in vain to fire her weapon as she laying bleeding on the ground with the gunman…

Flight scrapped, plane returns to NJ airport

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A United Airlines spokesman says a flight to Germany has returned safely to Newark-Liberty International Airport after the crew suspected a problem with the aircraft’s cabin pressure. Spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said United Flight 74…

EU asks WTO panel to rule on China’s steel duties

BEIJING (AP) — The European Union on Friday asked the World Trade Organization to rule in a dispute over Chinese anti-dumping duties imposed on steel pipes imported from EU countries. The EU said in a news release that…

Judge says Manning’s actions were ‘heedless’

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — A military judge, in a document explaining why she found U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning guilty of 20 counts including six violations of the federal Espionage Act, said the enormous leak of classified…

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2013. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as…

2 police killed days after Indonesian terror raids

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities say unidentified gunmen have killed two police officers near Indonesia’s capital, days after security forces made multiple arrests and killed suspects in anti-terrorism raids. Maj. Gen. Ronny Frengky Sompie says two men on…

Asylum seekers at Southwest US border double

PHOENIX (AP) — Requests for asylum in the United States along the Southwest border with Mexico have more than doubled over the last three years as immigrants seek legal entry into the country by claiming fear of persecution…

Vietnam frees dissident on appeal

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese appeals court overturned a six-year prison sentence against a dissident and halved the jail term of another in a rare show of leniency by the country’s Communist authorities. The decision followed meetings…
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Railroad club has open house

The Riverside Railroad Club was robbed in late July when thieves stole $3,000 to $4,000 worth of model train engines and tracks.…

Former Kings suitor funds drive to defeat arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Seattle billionaire Chris Hansen, who tried to move the Kings NBA franchise from Sacramento, is behind a secretive effort to thwart the city’s efforts to build a new downtown arena for the professional basketball…

Judge: Hollister must redesign store entrances

DENVER (AP) — An advocacy group for the disabled says a federal judge is giving Hollister Co. until Jan. 1, 2017, to modify the entrances of its stores so they are wheelchair accessible. Some Hollister stores have entrances…

2 NYC men who ran illegal poker games plead guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — Two men have pleaded guilty to operating high-stakes illegal New York City poker games with pots regularly reaching tens of thousands of dollars. Prosecutors say Kirill Rapoport pleaded guilty Friday to conducting an illegal…

Egypt street battles leave at least 82 dead

CAIRO (AP) — Fierce street fights and other violence have pushed this week’s death toll in Egypt well past 700. Officials say Friday’s “Day of Rage” called by the Muslim Brotherhood has resulted in least 82 deaths, including…

US judge refuses to block NV tribe’s mustang sale

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Friday for a Nevada tribe to sell hundreds of mustangs that critics say were gathered illegally from public rangelands and likely will end up at foreign slaughterhouses after…

Lawyer: Gang forced women to carry drugs in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The lawyer for a young Irish woman arrested in Peru for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine to Spain says she was forced to carry the drugs by a gang that threatened her and her…

Arizona sheriff opposes appointment of monitor

PHOENIX (AP) — Outspoken Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is opposing the appointment of an independent monitor and other moves to address a judge’s finding that his agency racially profiled Latinos, according to a court filing on Friday. The…

No charge for Kanye West in LAX paparazzi scuffle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kanye West won’t face felony charges after being accused of attacking a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport. But he’s not completely off the hook. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Friday…