Budget fashion chain H&M opens US online store

STOCKHOLM (AP) — After several delays, Swedish budget fashion chain Hennes & Mauritz AB says it has launched its online sales operations in the United States. H&M opened its U.S. online store Thursday, saying it will sell everything…

Greece: Teaching union leader victim of new cuts

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leader of Greece’s National Union of Teachers has been suspended from his job as an Athens high school teacher as part of mass public sector staff cuts. Themis Kotsifakis, the 55-year-old leader of…

Officials seek owner of 5-foot gator found in Pa.

SHADE GAP, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is looking for the owner of a 5-foot alligator found in by some men fishing in central Pennsylvania over t……
Conneuat Lake Park fire

Fire destroys park buildings

A Thursday morning fire destroyed the Dockside Banquet facility and Beach Club Restaurant at Conneaut Lake Park. …

NW Pa. woman jailed in $35K theft from cemetery

TITUSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania woman already charged with stealing $2,000 from a Cub Scout pack has now been jailed on charges she stole more than $……

UK to Kelly Clarkson: Hands off Jane Austen’s ring

LONDON (AP) — The British government has stepped in to stop singer Kelly Clarkson taking a ring once owned by Jane Austen out of the country. The “American Idol” winner bought the gold and turquoise ring at auction…

Chaplin cane, ‘Sound of Music’ clothes auctioned

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Chaplin’s cane, costumes from the “Sound of Music” and a jacket worn by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt” have sold for several million dollars at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia. The Los Angeles Times…

Snowden walks free in Russia to US anger

MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden left transit zone of a Moscow airport and entered Russia after authorities granted him temporary asylum, his lawyer said Thursday. Anatoly Kucherena said that Snowden’s whereabouts will be kept…

2 soldiers in hospital after Colo. lightning hit

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — A soldier is in critical condition after a lightning strike injured 12 soldiers at Fort Carson in Colorado. Officials at the Army post near Colorado Springs say lightning struck south of the Butts…

Futures rise sharply on steady Fed hand

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures rose sharply on renewed investor confidence in the Fed’s commitment to an aggressive monetary policy, as well as some big sales numbers from automakers and an improving jobs picture. Dow Jones industrial…

German news sites opt for Google exposure for now

BERLIN (AP) — Major German publishers gave Google permission to keep using their content on its news page as tighter online copyright rules came into force Thursday. However, they insisted that their dispute with the search giant over…

Model of house where women held captive unveiled

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors have unveiled a model of the Cleveland house where convicted kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro imprisoned three women for a decade. The model was wheeled into a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County courtroom Thursday ahead of…

Bus drivers begin strike in some Phoenix suburbs

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of bus drivers are on strike in the Phoenix area, shutting down service that serves some 57,000 riders daily within several suburbs and on routes to other cities. The Valley Metropolitan regional Transit Authority…

Chrysler July US sales up 11 percent

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler’s U.S. sales rose 11 percent last month for the automaker’s best July in seven years. The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker said it sold just over 140,000 cars and trucks last month, led by strong…