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…

PBS: Acting like a network as well as service

NEW YORK (AP) — Honey Boo Boo, the management at PBS wants to thank you. You, too, real housewives. And naked castaways, Long Island princesses, breakaway Amish, storage warriors, pawn stars and pickers. People at public television may…

‘Who am I to judge?’ pope says of gay priests

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRCRAFT (AP) — Pope Francis reached out to gays on Monday, saying he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation in a remarkably open and wide-ranging news conference as he returned from his first foreign…

Hudson’s Bay buying Saks for about $2.4 billion

NEW YORK (AP) — Luxury retailer Saks is being purchased by the parent of Lord & Taylor for approximately $2.4 billion. The news comes a little over a month after reports surfaced that Hudson’s Bay Co. was interested…

Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber

UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a customer at a Waffle House outside Atlanta shot and wounded a suspect who was trying to rob the restaurant. Police say the shooting happened early Monday, when a gunman tried…

Afghanistan: Late night, morning bombings kill 14

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say a late night bombing and an early morning explosion have killed 14 people in the country’s south. The first bombing occurred in Zabul province late Sunday, killing 11 people. The deputy…

Angelina Jolie speaks out against rape in war

TOKYO (AP) — Angelina Jolie has made her directorial debut in Tokyo and urged the Japanese audience to join her fight to stop sexual violence at war zones. Jolie said she hoped “In the Land of Blood and…

Chandra Levy case transcripts made public

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorneys are returning to court for a hearing in the case of murdered Washington intern Chandra Levy. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected in court Monday for additional post-trial proceeding in the case of Ingmar…

All of Hawaii on tropical storm warning

National Weather Service officials said they expect people on the Big Island and Maui to see the brunt of the storm on Monday morning, with wind gusts up to 60 mph, possible flooding and waves up to 18 feet high.

Witness: Paterno said Penn St. erred on Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State’s then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia’s most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how…

Philadelphia sees record rain; airport loses power

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has set a record for one-day rainfall as strong storms rolled through the region. The National Weather Service says 8.02 inches of rain fell in the city Sunday, shattering the previous record of 6.63…