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……

2nd theater nearly ready for Traverse City fest

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Efforts to have a second theater ready for Traverse City’s annual film festival are nearly finished. The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/15MgZHk ) final inspection is this week for the new theater, dubbed…
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Pa. court rejects AG appeal in boy’s slaying case

A state appeals court rejected the state Attorney General's request to reargue the case of a New Beaver boy who was just 11 when he was charged with fatally shooting his father's pregnant fiancee in 2009.…
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70th Venice films take bleak view of world today

ROME (AP) — The techno-thriller “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space will open the 70th Venice Film Festival. Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorom” starring Christoph Waltz and Matt Damon, and Jonathan…

Cool ride? German police seize car with pool

BERLIN (AP) — A car caught cruising the streets of a sleepy east German village on a sweltering summer’s day sported a decidedly unorthodox feature: a pool filled to the brim with water. German police say a motorcycle…

Gosling wrote emasculating lines for movie scene

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to conjuring up the most mean-spirited insults a mother could hurl at her son, leave it to Ryan Gosling. In his latest film, “Only God Forgives,” the Canadian actor plays a…