‘Drunk History’ puts intoxicated twist on history

NEW YORK (AP) — To hear comedian Derek Waters tell it, the idea for “Drunk History” came about when “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson had a few drinks and was trying to tell him a passionate anecdote about…

China indicts ex-politician Bo Xilai for graft

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are expected to issue formal charges against ousted politician Bo Xilai as early as this week, according to a person familiar with the case, bringing the Communist Party leadership closer to the conclusion…

Ohio judge ruled in contempt for barring newspaper

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio appeals court has ruled a juvenile court judge in contempt for barring Cincinnati Enquirer reporters from covering the cases of six teens cha……

Pope urges Catholic faithful to shun materialism

APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — A crowd roared and church bells rang as Pope Francis’ helicopter arrived Wednesday in Aparecida for the first full day of activities on his inaugural international trip as pontiff. Tens of thousands of faithful…

Moldova: probe into doctor using ‘household’ drill

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials at a hospital in Moldova are investigating a surgeon’s claim that he had to use a handyman’s drill to perform an operation because proper equipment was unavailable. Grigore Rusanovschi, a doctor at the…

‘Blackfish’ doc looks at SeaWorld’s captive whales

LOS ANGELES (AP) — What the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove” did for dolphin slaughter in Japan, “Blackfish” may do for killer whales living in captivity while performing at marine parks. “Blackfish,” explores what may have caused Tilikum,…

Ohio kidnap suspect in court, plea talks ongoing

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade have told a judge that plea negotiations in the case are still ongoing. As in previous…

Ohio kidnap suspect in court, plea talks ongoing

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for a Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade have told a judge that plea negotiations in the ca……

Personal data briefly exposed at NYC bike share

NEW YORK (AP) — Operators of New York City’s bike-sharing program say a software glitch accidentally revealed personal and financial information of more than 1,000 of its account holders. The Citi Bike program notified affected members of the…

Russian court rejects Pussy Riot member parole bid

PERM, Russia (AP) — A Russian court has turned down an appeal by a member of Pussy Riot against a previous court ruling that denied her an early release. Maria Alekhina has served a year and a half…

Former Calif. news chopper pilot arrested

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former Northern California news helicopter pilot has been arrested for flying without a proper license and lying to officials. The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/15HuTdZ ) John Michael Dial worked under the fake…

Futures rising on strong US earnings

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are rising with some major U.S. corporations topping expectations and raising outlooks. Dow Jones industrial futures are up 30 points to 15,543. S&P futures have added 5.2 points to 1,693.50. Nasdaq futures…

Man swims across Detroit River, prompts rescue

DETROIT (AP) — A man who wanted to prove he could swim across the Detroit River from Canada to the U.S. ended up prompting an international rescue operation. John Morillo told The Windsor Star that he was drinking…

Brooks weaves strong themes into ‘Witch Wraith’

“Witch Wraith: The Dark Legacy of Shannara” (Del Ray), by Terry Brooks Terry Brooks has written a slam-bang conclusion to his “The Dark Legacy of Shannara” trilogy with the stellar “Witch Wraith.” The magical barrier that keeps hideous…

Beatles tribute band comes together on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — Reuven Gershon and James Fox have some insanely daunting shoes to fill: Every night, they’re asked to impersonate John and Paul on Broadway. Yes, that John and Paul. Gershon and Fox portray, respectively, John…

Spain police arrest 25 Hells Angels in Mallorca

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 25 members of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang on the Mediterranean resort island of Mallorca. A police statement issued Wednesday said the group’s alleged European leader, German citizen Frank…

Probe links lithium battery to Dubai UPS crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Civil aviation investigators in the United Arab Emirates say the crash three years ago of a United Parcel Service plane was caused by a fast-moving fire that began in cargo containing lithium…

India police arrest principal after 23 pupils die

PATNA, India (AP) — A police official says authorities have arrested the principal of a school in eastern India where 23 children died last week after eating lunch prepared with contaminated oil. Superintendent Sujit Kumar said a police…