Dan Lauria to rejoin ‘A Christmas Story’ musical

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Lauria will once again lead the cast of the Tony Award-nominated musical based on the film “A Christmas Story” when it tours the Northeast this winter. Producers on Wednesday announced that “The Wonder…

Allegretti, ‘Captain Kangaroo’ character, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children’s television show “Captain Kangaroo,” has died. He was 86. Allegretti, who had homes in Hampton Bays, N.Y.,…

Argentine gas workers held in deadly blast

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine firefighters have found signs of life as they search a huge pile of rubble for more than a dozen people still missing in after a gas explosion destroyed a 10-story apartment building.…

Attempted murder charge in alleged tattoo war

COQUILLE, Ore. (AP) — The owner of a tattoo shop in North Bend, Ore., is accused of trying shoot the owner of another tattoo parlor to eliminate his competition in the coastal town. Bay Area Ink owner David…

S. Sudan leader petitions against president orders

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s suspended ruling party secretary-general petitioned the Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn and declare unconstitutional an order by the president that restricted him from movement outside of the capital and speaking…

Amazon launches site for purchase of fine art

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon.com is getting into the fine art arena. Customers can buy original and limited edition works of art from more than 150 prominent galleries and dealers via Amazon Art. The announcement came Tuesday, a…

Weak earnings tug stocks lower on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing results from big companies and a slump in bank stocks tugged the stock market lower early Wednesday, putting major indexes on track for their third straight daily drop. The Standard & Poor’s 500…

Hotshot survivor ‘numb’ after hearing of deaths

PHOENIX (AP) — The surviving member of a firefighting crew that lost 19 members to the Yarnell Hill Fire says he was devastated and went “numb” after learning that men he considered his brothers were dead, and he…

Discovery hammered for shark special

NEW YORK (AP) — A Discovery network special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist has drawn a passionate response from viewers and starkly raised the question about the worth of big ratings. The…

Lynde, creator of ‘Rick O’Shay’ comic strip, dies

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Western cartoonist and author Stan Lynde, creator of the nationally syndicated “Rick O’Shay” comic strip, died of cancer in Montana. He was 81. His “Rick O’Shay” comic strip began in 1958 and ran for…

2 Pa. township officials to resign over thefts

COMMODORE, Pa. (AP) — Two elected supervisors of a rural western Pennsylvania township will resign as part of a pending agreement to settle criminal charges that they……

Pittsburgh Zoo fails to get mauling lawsuit tossed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit in the fatal mauling death of a 2-year-old boy who fell into a wild African dogs exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo &a……

Pilot dodged signs, traffic to land on W. Pa. road

CENTERVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A pilot says he dodged a highway sign, power lines and vehicle traffic in order to safely land his small plane on a western Pennsylvania toll road……

W. Pa. highway remains closed after syrup spill

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) — A stretch of highway in western Pennsylvania remained closed as crews struggled to clean up a sticky, gooey mess left behind when a tractor-traile……

Injured SC man trapped in car after Mont. crash

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A South Carolina man was trapped in a rental car with a broken neck and other injuries for more than a day after the vehicle went off a forest road and rolled down an…

Futures dip on weak corporate earns, Fed speak

NEW YORK (AP) — Weak earnings and what appears to be a growing consensus that the government can ease back on economic stimulus programs are pushing futures lower. Dow Jones industrial futures gave up 47 points to 15,427.…