Lance Bass, Stoudemire among Miss America judges

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Former ‘N Sync singer Lance Bass and New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire (ah-MAR’-ay STOW’-duh-my-ur) highlight the list of judges for next month’s Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. Joining them will be…

Corn harvest lowered, still on track for a record

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture again lowered its estimate of this year’s corn and soybean harvest in its latest crop update, assessing the impact of the wet spring in many states that delayed…

Lifetime renews ‘Devious Maids’ for 2nd season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Lifetime channel says it’s renewing “Devious Maids” for a second season. Lifetime says the series about the lives of domestic workers and their wealthy bosses has proved the network’s fastest-growing drama since its…

Michelle Obama in hip-hop healthy eating video

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — Michelle Obama is making a cameo appearance in a video for a hip-hop song recorded to encourage kids from minority groups to take care of their bodies. The song, “Everybody,” is one of…
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Sinkhole opens up in Niles

People living in a Niles neighborhood said they are concerned about a sinkhole that opened up on Hyde Avenue.…

Judge orders $9M bond in cancer doc’s fraud case

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a $9 million bond in the case of a Detroit-area cancer specialist who is accused of intentionally misdiagnosing patients. Judge Sean Cox made the ruling Tuesday, following a hearing in…

Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sentencing

CHICAGO (AP) — The genesis of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s decline dates to when he chose to forgo divinity studies and enter the world of politics instead, or so says the ex-congressman’s sister. Other supporters suggest it was when…

Rubio warns Obama could act to legalize immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is warning that if Congress doesn’t pass immigration overhaul legislation, President Barack Obama may act on his own to legalize the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally. Rubio…

50th anniversary of Pa. mine rescue to be marked

SHEPPTON, Pa. (AP) — The plight of a pair of coal miners trapped in a collapsed Pennsylvania mine, and their dramatic and unlikely rescue after 14 days underground, riveted the public’s attention in August 1963. “MINE MIRACLE,” read…

Wind farm coming to Texas nuclear weapons plant

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — America’s only plant for disassembling and assembling nuclear weapons will soon be home to the largest federally owned wind farm. Ground was broken Tuesday for a wind farm that will have five turbines located…

Gov’t uses airline executives’ words against them

NEW YORK (AP) — In making its case against an American Airlines-US Airways merger, the government relies heavily on an unusual source of evidence: the airlines’ own executives. Throughout the 56-page lawsuit filed Tuesday, Department of Justice lawyers…

Hand grenade attacks kill 2, wound 30 in Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a pair of hand grenade attacks on minority Ismaili prayer houses in southern Pakistan have killed two people and wounded 30 others. Police officer Amir Farooqi says the attacks occurred 30 minutes…

Owner of Ind. house that blew up claims abuse

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for an Indianapolis woman whose home exploded say she was abused by her co-defendant boyfriend and powerless to stop the blast that killed two neighbors. WTHR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/16NV3y7 ) attorneys for Monserrate Shirley have…

The top 10 books on Apple’s iBooks

The iBookstore’s Official Book Charts for the week ending Aug. 12, 2013: 1. “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith & J.K. Rowling (Little, Brown & Company) 2. “Burn,” by Maya Banks (Penguin Group US) 3. “Mistress,” by James…

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

App Store Official Charts for the week ending Aug. 12, 2013: Top Paid iPhone Apps: 1. Words With Friends (Zynga Inc.) 2. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang) 3. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.) 4. AfterLight (Simon Filip) 5. Pixlgun 3D –…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Aug. 12, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 2. “Holy Grail (feat. Justin Timberlake),” JAY Z 3. “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus 4. “Radioactive,”…

Bahrain on edge ahead of opposition-called protest

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Inspired by the movement behind Egypt’s military coup, anti-government activists seeking more influence in Bahrain are hoping to gain new momentum by calling for nationwide protests Wednesday. Authorities warned they will “forcefully confront” any…

Republic Steel faces $1.1M in fines for violations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republic Steel faces more than $1.1 million in federal fines for serious safety violations at its manufacturing plant in Canton, Ohio. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the company failed to provide workers enough…