San Francisco socialite found dead in Nevada home

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a San Francisco businesswoman, jewelry designer and socialite whose body was found last week in her Nevada apartment. Authorities on Wednesday said Amber Marie Bently’s body was…

House GOP considers food stamp work requirements

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid. Now, House Republicans are considering…

Blogger who posted Weiner texts: He should quit

NEW YORK (AP) — The blogger who broke the news of Anthony Weiner’s latest round of marital indiscretions said he didn’t go looking for gossip about the former congressman and initially didn’t believe a woman who contacted his…

Feds charge 3 in Kan. sex trafficking conspiracy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged three people in a wide-ranging sex trafficking conspiracy operating at nine Asian massage parlors in Wichita. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court charges owner Gary H. Kidgell, 44,…

Guam still facing ER burden despite public clinics

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Public health officials in Guam say a high number of people are still visiting the emergency room unnecessarily despite laws designed to drive them toward public health clinics. Pacific Daily News reports (http://goo.gl/TJFfov )…

Unhappy returns of shelter pets can satisfy others

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The luckiest day of Niblett’s life had to be when he was returned to the animal shelter in Virginia where he had been adopted. Excessive barking when he was left alone in the yard…
Scrappers youth camp

Scrappers host youth camp

The Scrappers are hosting a three-day youth camp for kids ages 8 to 12. …

Experts: Gas in Gulf blowout is less damaging

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A blown-out natural gas well blazing off Louisiana’s coast poses fewer environmental dangers than past offshore accidents because it appears to primarily involve gas that disperses relatively easily, scientists said Wednesday. “A gas well’s…

Pope Francis speaks against drug liberalization

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis has jumped into a political debate over the liberalization of drug laws in Latin America, saying legalization will not reduce the problems of addiction. In a speech in Rio de Janeiro…
Lake Erie rescue

Man rescued from Lake Erie

Two volunteer firefighters pulled the Butler County man from the lake after he had trouble navigating the high waves. …

Olbermann says he’s all about sports now

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Keith Olbermann isn’t planning to talk politics on his new late-night sports show, although he will make an exception for a certain New York mayoral candidate. Asked about Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal…

Spain official says train accident leaves 35 dead

MADRID (AP) — Spanish official Alberto Nunez Feijoo says that at least 35 people have died after a passenger train derailed in the northwest of the country. Feijoo, regional government president of northwestern Galicia, told Cadena SER radio…

Ships to guard Copacabana Beach for pope’s Mass

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s Defense Ministry says four navy ships will watch over Copacabana beach when Pope Francis celebrates Mass there Friday. The ships will cruise the length of the famed beach checking boats near where Francis…

Kate applauded for not hiding new mommy tummy

NEW YORK (AP) — As Kate and William showed off the royal baby, what caught the eye of many women was not the new heir to the throne but the Duchess of Cambridge’s post-childbirth silhouette: that little bump…

Panel: More than 220,000 dead in Colombia conflict

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A much-awaited report by a Colombian government-created historical commission says the country’s long internal conflict has claimed at least 220,000 lives since 1958, with civilian noncombatants accounting for more than four of every five…
posta service cuts

Postal proposal draws critics

The latest money-saving proposal by the U.S. Postal Service is to eliminate door-to-door delivery by 2015 in favor of cluster boxes. …
Trumbull flooding cleanup

Cleanup begins after flooding

Residents in Trumbull County began the long process of cleaning up after Tuesday’s storms. …

Spain passenger train derails, killing at least 40

MADRID (AP) — A train traveling in northwestern Spain derailed Wednesday night, toppling passenger cars on their sides and leaving at least one torn open as smoke rose into the air. It was not immediately clear how many…

NYC council OKs National Tennis Center expansion

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council has approved plans for a $500 million expansion of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. The council voted 47-1 Wednesday to expand the site of the…