NYC tunnel to become temporary art installation

NEW YORK (AP) — Vehicles will be temporarily banned from a New York City tunnel so an artist can turn it into an interactive light and sound installation. Instead, pedestrians will be allowed into the 1,300-foot-long Park Avenue…

Review: Mom’s troubled waters swirl novel

“Sea Creatures” (Harper), by Susanna Daniel There’s a charmer at the heart of “Sea Creatures,” and it’s not the novel’s narrator, Georgia, who is plenty likable in her own admittedly stumbling, searching way. It’s her 3-year-old son, Frankie,…

W. Pa. house fire victim had been shot in head

BUNOLA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities were working to confirm the identity of a man who was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head inside a burning home in western Pennsylva……
marijuana found in springfield township

Marijuana plants seized

Springfield police are looking for the people responsible for planting and maintaining more than100 marijuana plants seized by police from a wooded area.…

W. Pa. man charged with shooting stepdad over TV

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 19-year-old man has been jailed on charges he fatally shot his stepfather during a dispute over a television at a Pittsburgh residence. Online cour……

BMW pulls wraps off i3 electric car

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW AG is showing off the production model of its new i3 electric compact that uses carbon-fiber materials to keep the weight down and improve driving performance. CEO Norbert Reithofer stressed at a New…

Princesses in north India win a royal fortune

NEW DELHI (AP) — It has all the makings of a best-selling novel. An Indian maharaja crowned as a toddler and rich beyond imagination falls into a deep depression in old age after losing his only son. After…

Fog, storms reported at Pa. helicopter crash site

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) — Moments after a pilot told air traffic controllers he was losing altitude, his helicopter crashed in a rugged, wooded area of northeastern Pennsylvania, killing five people including a child. Wyoming County coroner Thomas Kukuchka…

Sri Lankans protest alleged Indian intervention

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Protesters in Sri Lanka have accused India of interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs by criticizing Colombo’s plans to withdraw powers from provincial councils set up to share power with ethnic Tamils. About…

Some flights cancelled to Egypt, others half-empty

CAIRO (AP) — Cairo airport officials say seven flights to Egypt have been cancelled and that others are arriving with less than 50 percent occupancy following weekend clashes that killed 84 people. Passengers from Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan…

Ariel Castro’s son say life sentence ‘appropriate’

CLEVELAND (AP) — The son of the Cleveland man who admitted kidnapping, raping and enslaving three women for about a decade said Monday his father belongs in prison for the rest of his life. In an interview on…

Pfizer sells key vaccine cheaply to poor countries

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. has agreed to provide hundreds of millions of doses of its lucrative vaccine against pneumonia and meningitis at a fraction of the usual price for young children in poor countries.…

Pioneering ‘Avenue Q’ celebrates 10th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — Theater producer Robyn Goodman walked into the popular Broadway restaurant Angus McIndoe in mid-2003 and bumped into Nathan Lane, sipping wine. He told her that he’d just seen her raunchy new downtown musical. “You’re…

EU says China deal will survive challenge

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s Trade Commissioner says the settlement with Beijing over Chinese solar panels exports will easily survive a court challenge from EU producers. Karel De Gucht on Monday defended the weekend agreement that ended…

Fire brigade to handcuffs users: Don’t get stuck

LONDON (AP) — London firefighters say they have freed hundreds of people with body parts trapped in household objects in the last three years, including 18 children with heads stuck in potties or toilet seats and 79 people…

Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops.…

Excerpts from pope’s first news conference

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis gave a wide-ranging news conference on his trip back to Rome from Brazil, candidly responding to some of the touchiest issues facing the Vatican during an hour and 22-minute long…

Bus crash in Italy kills 38 people

An Italian tour bus plowed through several cars before it crushed through a sidewall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people, authorities said Monday.

Wave of car bombings in Iraq kills at least 51

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. envoy in Baghdad says “Iraq is bleeding from random violence” after another wave of car bombings pushed the death toll since April past 3,000, including more than 500 hundred this month. Officials say…