NY court: Marvel can keep Spider-Man, X-Men comics

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with Marvel in a dispute about who owns the rights to popular comic heroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of…

Report: Climate change is impacting California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coastal waters off California are getting more acidic. Fall-run chinook salmon populations to the Sacramento River are on the decline. Conifer forests on the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada have moved to higher…
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Man charged with fighting

A Youngstown man was charged late Wednesday with trying to slash a man dating his ex-girlfriend in front of a police officer.…

‘Wizard of Oz’ Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini dies

PHOENIX (AP) — Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” has died. She was 89. Pellegrini suffered a stroke Monday at her Glendale home and died Wednesday at a…

Queer marriage for the straight couple? I do!

NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn’t just an excuse to avoid getting hitched: Some heterosexual couples who postponed their weddings until gay couples had the right to marry are now making plans to say “I do.” And…

Man who held 3 captive in Ohio moved to 2nd prison

CLEVELAND (AP) — The man who held three women captive in his Cleveland home for a decade has been moved to another state prison. A prison spokeswoman said Thursday that 5……

Tom Hanks films to open, close London Film fest

LONDON (AP) — The London Film Festival is getting a double dose of Tom Hanks. Organizers announced Thursday that the festival will close on Oct. 20 with “Saving Mr. Banks,” which stars Hanks as movie mogul Walt Disney.…

Romania museum: Ash may hold stolen art’s secret

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian museum official says some of the paint pigments recovered from an oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings in the Netherlands contain chemicals from colors used…

Cedar Fair attendance flat in first half of year

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Amusement park operator Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. says attendance has been down just a bit in the first half of this year. The company whose par……

Group aims to save NY home with ‘Wizard of Oz’ tie

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — If it weren’t for one home in Syracuse, there would be no Wizard of Oz. That’s the contention of the Lyman Frank Baum Foundation, named for the central New York native who wrote “The…

This boy just wants to have fun: Thicke loosens up

NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Thicke is enjoying a pop culture moment with the upbeat Marvin Gaye-esque single “Blurred Lines,” but the song didn’t click with his record label when he previewed it last summer. “The record company…

2 charged in deadly Canada cyberbullying case

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Police in Canada said Thursday they have made two arrests in the case of a 17-year-old who died after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was shared online. The death of…

India accuses Pakistan of killing 5 of its troops

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s defense minister directly accused Pakistan on Thursday of killing five Indian soldiers in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and suggested it could hurt peace efforts by the two countries. Defense Minister A.K.…

Shells hit Damascus as Assad attends prayers

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian rebels say they’ve fired rockets and mortar rounds today, hitting an upscale district of Damascus where President Bashar Assad attended prayers to mark the start of a major Muslim holiday. At least two…

California wildfire destroys at least 10 homes

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — A thousand firefighters battled a growing wildfire in the inland mountains of Southern California early Thursday, trying to save small communities where some home have been lost and an estimated 1,500 residents were forced…

US average rate on 30-year loan at 4.40 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages barely changed this week, giving prospective homebuyers time to lock in relatively low rates. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average on the 30-year loan edged up…

Building burns, 2 homes damaged in Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a five-story apartment building under construction and heavily damaged two homes in a northeast Portland neighborhood, but no one was injured. Portland Fire and Rescue Lt. Rich Chatman says the building…

Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season

NEW YORK (AP) — The important back-to-school shopping season has started slowly for many retailers. Shoppers, worried about their finances, showed they were more interested in buying discounted summer merchandise in July than in picking up new fall…

Asian stocks rise on China recovery hopes

LONDON (AP) — Solid Chinese trade data underpinned most global stock markets Thursday, though Japanese shares underperformed for the second day running as the yen rallied again. China’s exports and imports both increased in July, beating expectations and…