Guilty plea for NYC man who smuggled rhino horns

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City antiques dealer has pleaded guilty to smuggling artifacts made from rhinoceros horns from the U.S.to China. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) says Qiang Wang, known as Jeffrey Wang, pleaded guilty…

Emails: Private funds eyed for Schilling’s RI firm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state economic development official discussed private financing for former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s now-defunct video game company a day after the state’s $75 million loan guarantee was approved for it, emails…

Fashion blogger sues BET over attire clash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A transgendered style correspondent who says BET made him tone down his feminine look on the network’s pre-awards show last month has filed a lawsuit against the network’s parent company for discrimination, wrongful termination…

3 hurt, homes burn in huge S. Calif. wildfire

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire broke out Wednesday in a rural area in Southern California and grew with extreme speed, threatening three communities where people were evacuated and apparently burning at least two homes. The fire…
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Car goes over embankment

Update A car traveling northbound went over an embankment between the Bella Vista and Route 7-11 exits. …

Guatemala: ‘Extraordinary’ Mayan frieze found

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The Guatemalan government says archaeologists have found an “extraordinary” Mayan frieze richly decorated with images of gods and governors and a long dedicatory inscription. A statement issued Wednesday by the government and Mayan archaeologist…

Man sentenced in NY in Taliban drug plot case

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who admits taking part in a plan to sell drugs to people who purported to represent the Taliban has been sentenced in New York. Prosecutors say Francis Sourou Ahissou (SOW’-row aw-HEE’-sow) was…

Work on new railway line digs up London history

LONDON (AP) — Jewelry, pieces of ships, medieval ice skates, centuries-old skulls — some incredible pieces of London’s history aren’t in museums, they’re underground. More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line…

Mexican activists released from custody in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Nine activists arrested after attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. in protest of American immigration policy were released Wednesday from federal custody in Arizona. The National Immigrant Youth Alliance announced…

UN proposes actions to aid needy Syrians

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief is proposing wide-ranging actions to protect civilians caught in Syria’s conflict, deliver aid to millions in desperate need and alleviate the spillover into neighboring countries. Valerie Amos said in a…

Florida teen dies after being shocked by police

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Miami Beach police say an 18-year-old died after being shocked with a stun gun as he resisted arrest for spraying graffiti. Chief Ray Martinez told the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/19bL8Wz ) that officers spotted…

CCA warden says he didn’t know about understaffing

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former warden for private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America says he didn’t know that mandatory posts at the Idaho prison he led were chronically unstaffed. Tim Wengler, the former warden at the…
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Bar owner files lawsuit

A Warren woman is seeking at least $2.5 million in a federal lawsuit filed against the city of Warren over the closure of her business, the Olympic Inn, following a shooting one year ago that injured a neighbor.…

Obama talks Syria, Egypt with Turkey’s leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama and Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn), have discussed ongoing unrest in Syria and Egypt. The two leaders on Wednesday discussed foreign extremists fighting in…

Japan gov’t to help stop radioactive water leaks

TOKYO (AP) — The government said it will step in and take “firm measures” to combat leaks of radioactive water at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant, including possibly funding a multibillion-dollar containment project. The announcement Wednesday came a…

APNewsBreak: Pentagon may revise same-sex benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners…

Biker gang leader convicted of murder in NV

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A biker gang leader was convicted of murder Wednesday in the 2011 killing of a Hells Angels member at a Nevada casino that authorities said was part of an orchestrated assassination plot to take…

Botulism scare shows NZ reliance on dairy monopoly

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When dirty pipes at a rural New Zealand milk factory put the entire nation on high alert, it was an unsettling reminder for many New Zealanders that their prosperity is tied to a…

Man finds maggots on sandwich at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA (AP) — A restaurant executive said Wednesday that the company switched bread vendors after a customer found a cluster of maggots on his sandwich at Atlanta’s airport. Weekly traveler Joel Woloshuk told WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/1895s6l) that he bought…

NYC becomes archaeological site covering centuries

NEW YORK (AP) — The city has become an archaeological site, with thousands of artifacts such as an 18th-century bone toothbrush with animal hair bristles and wine and champagne bottles corked centuries ago unearthed to prove it. A…