Pakistan bans condom commercial for being too racy

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s media regulatory agency has banned a condom commercial starring a sultry Pakistani model after it received hundreds of complaints the ad was too racy, a senior official said Thursday. The 50-second television commercial shows…

Togo votes in twice-delayed legislative election

LOME, Togo (AP) — Togo has begun voting in twice-delayed legislative elections that are a test of whether mounting discontent with the West African nation’s long-ruling family dynasty will translate into electoral gains for the opposition. Eyadema Gnassingbe…

Pa. worker sentenced for rifle incident at work

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to three to 23 months in jail for bringing an assault rifle to a western Pennsylvania foundry after……

Tunisia: Opposition leader shot dead

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Gunmen shot dead the leader of a leftist Tunisian opposition party outside his house Thursday morning, according to a member of his party. Mohammed Brahmi, 58, of the Arab nationalist People’s Party was standing…

Rich in music history, NYC building lacks tenants

NEW YORK (AP) — A new owner is seeking tenants for a landmark New York City building where generations of songwriters peddled their wares to music publishers. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/19jXwDg ) that the Brill Building…

Police: Nearly $90K missing at Penn State frat

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say they’re investigating nearly $90,000 reported missing from a fraternity at Penn State University. State College police say someone at the Theta Delta Chi fraternity reported the missing money. According to a…

Police: Nearly $90K missing at Penn State frat

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say they’re investigating nearly $90,000 reported missing from a fraternity at Penn State University. State College police s……

Orders for US durable goods rise 4.2 pct. in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in June, bolstered by a surge in aircraft demand and more spending that signals businesses growing confidence in the economy. The increase suggests manufacturing could help the economy…

Pittsburgh PTA leader charged with $8,500 theft

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The president of a Pittsburgh school Parent-Teacher Association has been charged with stealing more than $8,500 earmarked for anti-bullying prog……

US unemployment aid applications rise 7K to 343K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose by 7,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 343,000. The increase in the week ending July 20 follows a drop of 22,000 the previous week. But…

Giant rooster perches in London’s Trafalgar Square

LONDON (AP) — This might ruffle a few feathers. A giant blue rooster was unveiled Thursday next to the somber military monuments in London’s Trafalgar Square. German artist Katharina Fritsch’s 15-foot (4.7 meter) ultramarine bird, titled “Hahn/Cock,” is…

Pa. judge fines woman who cursed at jury selection

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been fined $500 for cursing because she was frustrated with being picked to serve on a jury. The Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/1bQA4hF ) reports Erie County Judge Ernest DiSantis levied the…

Pa. judge fines woman who cursed at jury selection

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been fined $500 for cursing because she was frustrated with being picked to serve on a jury. The Erie Times-News (http://bit.l……

Rare, stolen books returned to Sweden

NEW YORK (AP) — Two rare, stolen books have been returned to Swedish authorities during a repatriation ceremony in New York City. According to court papers, they were among 56 antique books discovered stolen from the National Library…

Ex-pro wrestler arrested in fatal stabbing

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former professional wrestler whose Facebook page showed a photo of a bloody body part Wednesday evening faces murder charges in the stabbing death of a woman at a Tampa apartment complex, authorities said.…

Rabbi shot and wounded in Russia’s Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — A gunman shot and wounded a rabbi in Russia’s predominantly Muslim province of Dagestan in what officials on Thursday described as a hate crime. Rabbi Ovadia Isakov was shot by the unknown gunman late…

Furniture company sticking with Paula Deen

HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina-based home furnishings company that markets Paula Deen’s furniture line is sticking with the embattled celebrity chef. The High Point Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1c5x4fY ) reports that Universal Furniture International will continue to…

Review: J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’

“The Cuckoo’s Calling” (Mulholland Books), by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) Full disclosure: I never would have guessed. I’ve read every book J.K. Rowling has published, some of them several times over. OK, all of them several times over.…

Hot weather, algae kills fish at Ohio lake

ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) — High temperatures have contributed to the growth of toxic blue-green algae that has killed scores of fish in Ohio’s largest inland lake. A……