Cuba’s Fidel Castro: didn’t expect to live to 87

HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro says he never imagined when grave illness forced him from office in 2006 that he would still be alive seven years later. The retired Cuban leader’s comment comes in a long essay published…

Review: Phantom quadcopter a fun consumer drone

SIMRISHAMN, Sweden (AP) — Unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, are revolutionizing warfare. Now, some of that technology is coming home from the war, to amuse us and give us an aerial perspective on our surroundings. I’ve been…

2 ex-JPMorgan employees charged in NY in $6B loss

NEW YORK (AP) — Two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders were accused of trying to conceal the size of the investment bank’s $6 billion trading loss last year in criminal conspiracy charges unsealed Wednesday that raised fresh…

US: Egypt violence ‘serious blow’ to peace efforts

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The White House on Wednesday condemned the violence sweeping across Egypt, as well as the resumption of emergency law there, warning Egypt’s military-backed interim government that “the world is watching.” At least 149 people…

Spoilers threaten Pakistan-India peace process

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Deadly violence over the last week along the disputed Kashmir border between Pakistan and India threatens to sabotage recent efforts by the nuclear-armed rivals to improve ties, illustrating how vulnerable the normalization process is to…

Review: ‘Coming Clean’ is a window into hoarding

NEW YORK (AP) — “Coming Clean: A Memoir” (Amazon Publishing/New Harvest), by Kimberly Rae Miller What’s it like to live with hoarder parents? In Kimberly Rae Miller’s memoir, “Coming Clean,” the writer doesn’t minimize the destruction the disorder…

Trial set for country singer in Ga. threats case

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A judge Wednesday scheduled an Oct. 4 trial date for country singer Billy Currington, who was charged in the spring with threatening a 70-year-old tour boat captain who cruised past the dock of a…

Berlusconi allies happy president might pardon him

ROME (AP) — A pledge by Italy’s president to consider any request to pardon former Premier Silvio Berlusconi has buoyed his allies. Berlusconi faces a one-to-three-year ban on holding public office after Italy’s supreme court on Aug. 1…

NY prosecutor, Judge Judy’s son, sues sheriff

CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) — A New York prosecutor who is the son of TV’s Judge Judy is suing the local sheriff for $5 million. Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy says Sheriff Donald Smith defamed him with false…

Larry Kramer, Frank Deford among PEN award winners

NEW YORK (AP) — Playwright Larry Kramer and sportswriter Frank Deford are among this year’s winners of awards given by the PEN American Center, the literary and human rights organization. Sergio De Le Pava, author of “A Naked…

McCartney added to iHeartRadio festival lineup

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul McCartney will perform at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas next month. Clear Channel said Wednesday that the former Beatle will perform on the second night of the two-day festival, which kicks…

Police: Girl, 15, driving when brother, 8, died

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a 15-year-old girl was driving a sport-utility vehicle that rolled over, killing her 8-year-old brother and injuring three other teenage p……

Man chosen as honorary starter

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — A U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient from Ohio has been selected as the honorary starter for the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR race after his……

Newest Wiggle inspires an army of mini-mes

NEW YORK (AP) — A little girl growing up today has no shortage of strong female role models — senators and presidential candidates, CEOs and astronauts, governors and secretaries of state. And now, a female Wiggle. Emma Watkins,…

Corbett, others eulogize Pa. ex-Gov. Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The state’s political elite turned out Wednesday to pay respects to William Warren Scranton, a former Pennsylvania governor, presidenti……