NY woman accused of One Fund scam due in court

BOSTON (AP) — A New York woman accused of scamming almost half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims is due in Boston Municipal court today for an arraignment. Audrea Gause (ah-DRAY’-uh gows) had…

Jury awards $37.5M to family of Fla. smoker

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — R.J. Reynolds says it will appeal a Florida jury’s decision to award $37.5 million in damages to the family of a smoker who died of lung cancer in 1995. Laura Grossman of South…

Bus drivers begin strike in some Phoenix suburbs

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Some 60,000 bus riders in the suburbs of Phoenix are without rides to work because of a strike by employees for the area’s regional transit system. They’re in a dispute with the company that…

Officials prepare for NJ-NYC bridge work

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — One of the most heavily-traveled bridges in the country is getting a face-lift, which might leave motorists traveling between New Jersey and New York City little to smile about. The Port Authority of…

Japan’s Aso refuses to resign over Nazi comment

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso refused Friday to resign or apologize over remarks suggesting Japan should follow the Nazi example of how to change the country’s constitution stealthily and without public debate. Following protests by…

African observers signal approval of Zimbabwe vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The African Union says it is reserving its judgment on whether Zimbabwe’s elections were systematically flawed until details of the disputed vote are clarified. The head of the AU’s 70-member observer mission, Olusegun Obasanjo,…

‘Breaking Bad’ thanks Albuquerque on billboards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The AMC hit television series “Breaking Bad” is thanking the city of Albuquerque for playing host through the filming of the show’s five seasons. Producers of the show have purchased advertising on billboards around…

Spain’s jobless figure drops 5th month in a row

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Labor Ministry said Friday the number of people registered as unemployed dropped for a fifth consecutive month in July as the busy summer tourist season continued to create jobs. A ministry statement said the…

Mumbai’s venerable ‘Fiat taxis’ begin to disappear

MUMBAI, India (AP) — To anyone who’s ever visited Mumbai, they are as evocative a symbol as the Gateway to India. The boxy, black-and-yellow Premier Padmini taxis have plied the city’s streets for nearly half a century, defying…

US official: Human rights deteriorate in China

BEIJING (AP) — A senior U.S. official says that China’s human rights situation continues to deteriorate and that the latest round of dialogue with Chinese officials on human rights fell short of U.S. expectations. Acting Assistant Secretary of…

Exhibit recalls Bob Hope, who made troops laugh

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bob Hope entertained 11 presidents at the White House, hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and told thousands of jokes to some 10 million U.S. troops over the course of four wars. Now the…

Iranian news agency says it misquoted Rouhani

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s new president has called Israel an “old wound” that should be removed in comments published just two days ahead of his inauguration. Hasan Rouhani’s remarks about Israel — his country’s archenemy — echo…

IAG says restructuring at Iberia taking hold

LONDON (AP) — International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, has reported a second-quarter net income of 127 million euros ($168 million) as restructuring at the Spanish airline begins to take hold. The profit,…

Hearing for woman charged in monument vandalism

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint is due in court. Jiamei Tian faces a preliminary hearing in D.C. Superior Court on Friday. The 58-year-old has been charged with damaging…

NM exhibit shines light on rare Beatles photos

TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Snow and frigid temperatures didn’t stop thousands of screaming teenagers from crowding into the Washington Coliseum in the nation’s capital for the Beatles first live concert on American soil. And not having a flash…

Bay Area transit workers give strike warning

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two transit unions issued a 72-hour strike notice, alerting the more than 400,000 San Francisco Bay area commuters that the system could be shut down during Monday’s commute if labor issues aren’t resolved. Union…

Attorneys in horse slaughter case cite hazards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge in Albuquerque is expected to decide Friday whether companies in New Mexico and Iowa can begin legally slaughtering horses, for the first time in the country since it was effectively banned…

Evidence of damage from Manning leaks to be shown

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The government’s contention that Pfc. Bradley Manning harmed national security by leaking U.S. secrets is getting a more public airing. Three of the four witnesses who have testified so far at his sentencing…

House debates 40th effort to repeal health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe the 40th vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law will be a charm for opponents of the overhaul. House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would prevent the…