Serbian leader to oust finance minister in shakeup

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s prime minister says he is ousting the finance and economy minister as part of a government reshuffle designed to speed up the Balkan country’s economic recovery. Ivica Dacic said Tuesday that Mladjan Dinkic…

Crash kills Texas A&M lineman, Utah recruit, teen

Texas A&M said Tuesday that redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a teenager joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico, just…

Kids’ network launches online hunt for host

NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to speak to thousands of preschoolers in the morning without worrying about fixing breakfast or calming tantrums, the Sprout TV network is offering an opportunity. The cable network that tries to…

Stocks rise modestly as company earnings increase

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose modestly in midday trading on Wall Street Tuesday after several big companies turned in solid earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 32 points, or 0.2 percent, to 15,554 as of…

Q&A: ‘Soup’ host dishes on his show, new movie

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s no stopping Joel McHale this summer. The 41-year-old actor is busy with his E! reality spoof “The Soup” and preparing for the fifth season of the NBC comedy series “Community,” which starts shooting…

Cuba criticizes US embargo fine for AmEx, bank

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba on Tuesday criticized recent U.S. government sanctions against American Express Co. and an Italian bank for apparent violations of the 51-year-old economic and financial embargo against the island. A Foreign Ministry statement published in…

Pie company: rebirth hope in penguin name

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans snack pie company says it’s honored to have an endangered penguin chick named “Hubig” after the company. The chick is one of three that had to be helped out of their…

Outcry over Kenya govt’s $30 million party plan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A government proposal to spend nearly $30 million celebrating the country’s 50th year of independence is causing an outcry among civil society groups who say the country does not have any reason to celebrate…

Stocks rise on Wall Street, led by technology

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher in midday trading on Wall Street after several big companies turned in solid earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 23 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,544 shortly before…

Senate panel approves 2014 defense spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Tuesday approved a defense spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year that seeks to reverse the most severe impacts of the across-the-board budget cuts on the armed forces by adding nearly…

Rio governor urges end of protests against him

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Rio de Janeiro has appealed “as a father” to critics to call off the protests they’ve been staging in front of his beachfront apartment on and off since June. Sergio…

Ohio man sued over death of woman who answered ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of an expectant mother has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the former doctor accused of raping and killing her, the Ohio hospital where he worked and Craigslist, where they met. The…

Ohio man sued over death of woman who answered ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of an expectant mother has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the former doctor accused of raping and killing her, the Ohio hospital wh……

MIT review says school didn’t target Aaron Swartz

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says an internal review of its actions in the investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz had found no wrongdoing on the school’s part. The 26-year-old hanged himself in January as…

Conn. lawsuit over summer camp kiss withdrawn

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — Court records indicate the parents of a 15-year-old Connecticut girl have withdrawn their lawsuit that claimed their daughter was kicked out of summer camp after a boy kissed her. The lawsuit, filed Monday in…

Zoo temporarily closing part of panda house

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has closed part of its panda house because its female giant panda may be pregnant. Spokeswoman Devin Murphy said Tuesday that Mei Xiang is starting to show some behavioral changes and…
Campbell teachers vote

Campbell pact approved

Campbell teachers voted Tuesday to approve what was a tentative two-year contract agreement with the school district.…

Black Italy minister demands stop to racist taunts

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s first black minister has demanded that the leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League political party put “a clear and sharp” stop to racist remarks directed at her by members of his party. Integration Minister…

Germany to Bieber: Pay monkey bill, or else

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have posted a public notice urging Justin Bieber to get in touch with them about an unpaid bill for his former pet monkey Mally. Bieber failed to produce the necessary vaccination and import…