Caitlin Strong returns in ‘Strong Rain Falling’

“Strong Rain Falling” (Forge), by Jon Land The first four novels in Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong series read like episodes from the “Die Hard” franchise, with the swaggering, trigger-happy female Texas Ranger standing in for the preposterously heroic…

Judge upholds verdict in ex-cheerleader’s case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday upheld a $338,000 verdict against the website thedirty.com, saying the operator of the site “played a significant role” in developing the content that libeled a former Cincinnati Ben-Gals cheerleader.…

Mexico proposes private firms in oil industry

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is making the most daring gamble yet of his 8-month-old presidency with a proposal to lift a decades-old ban on private companies investing the state-run oil industry, a cornerstone…

Funeral set for victims of Conn. plane crash

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A funeral is scheduled for Friday for two children who were killed when an airplane crashed into their Connecticut home. A relative says the service for 13-year-old Sade Brantley and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell…

Mob boss ‘Whitey’ Bulger guilty in 11 killings

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been convicted in a string of 11 killings and other underworld crimes. The 83-year-old Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted Monday of committing or playing…

Manning defense keys on mental health, leadership

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — Lawyers for U.S. soldier Bradley Manning on Monday attacked his commanders’ decisions to send the young intelligence analyst to Iraq and maintain his top-secret security clearance despite his emotional outbursts and concerns about…
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New gym coming to school for autism

Thanks to the generosity of a local charity, a local school for autistic children will soon have new gym space for the youngsters to use. …

Miners, deal stocks, Apple rise on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Mining companies and news of several corporate deals were in focus Monday on an otherwise quiet day on the stock market. Newmont Mining and Cliffs Natural Resources were among the biggest gainers in the…

Key events in Egypt’s uprising and unrest

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Monday postponed plans to disperse two Cairo protest camps demanding the return of ousted President Mohammed Morsi after thousands of his supporters reinforced the sit-ins when news leaked to the press. Here…

Singer Darius Rucker has street named for him

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Darius Rucker has hit the top of the charts both as frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish and as a country artist. And now, he has a street named after him. The street…

US budget deficit down 37.6 percent through July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government has reported a $97.6 billion deficit for July but remains on track to post its lowest annual budget gap in five years. July’s figure raises the deficit so far for the 2013 budget…

Main issues behind Egypt’s political stalemate

The main issues behind Egypt’s political stalemate that threatens to spiral into more violence: ELECTORAL LEGITIMACY Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, including members of his Muslim Brotherhood, are rallying behind the motto of “Return of legitimacy,” referring…

Suspected gunman dies after Seattle bus shooting

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a Metro bus driver who was shot in downtown Seattle is in satisfactory condition at a hospital. Spokeswoman Leila Gray also says a suspect wounded by police is in critical condition after the…

Greece holds suspect in Pakistan building collapse

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have detained an architect sought on an international arrest warrant over a building collapse in Pakistan that killed 78 people. A police statement Monday says the man, who has Pakistani…

Official: US, Germany to negotiate ‘no spy’ pact

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United States will begin negotiations this month on an agreement not to spy on one another in wake of the revelations by NSA leaker Edward Snowden about massive electronic surveillance by the…

Woman missing after Colo. mudslide is found safe

DENVER (AP) — A woman reportedly rescued after a deadly mudslide and flood in Manitou Springs was being treated at a hospital Monday, and authorities were investigating whether she is the last person unaccounted for after the storm.…

Dominican traffic death rate among world’s highest

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — High school student Adonis Tineo lay motionless in an overflowing emergency room on a recent afternoon after slamming his motorcycle into a truck laden with rice as he tried to pass a…

Celeb birthdays for the week of Aug. 18-24

Aug. 18: Movie director Roman Polanski is 80. Actor Robert Redford is 77. Actor Christopher Jones is 72. Singer Sarah Dash of LaBelle is 70. Actor-comedian Martin Mull is 70. Comedian Elayne Boosler is 61. Country singer Steve…

Museum hopes to buy Jane Austen’s ring from singer

LONDON (AP) — A Jane Austen museum said Monday it has received 100,000 pounds ($155,000) from an anonymous benefactor to help it buy the writer’s ring back from singer Kelly Clarkson. Earlier this month, the British government placed…