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…

Eurozone recovery hopes mount after survey

LONDON (AP) — A closely watched survey has raised hopes that the laggard of the global economy — the 17-country eurozone — may be growing again. Financial information company Markit said Wednesday that its monthly purchasing managers’ index…

Man illegally boards NY-bound plane at Istanbul

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Media reports and officials say a man illegally boarded a New York-bound plane earlier this month after sneaking through security at Istanbul’s main airport. He was discovered before takeoff and detained. The private Dogan…

Man admits embezzling from Dave Matthews violinist

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Richmond man has admitted embezzling at least $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. Court documents show that Getty Andrew Rothenberg pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville.…

Town crier’s royal birth cameo confuses US journos

LONDON (AP) — Well-wishers waiting outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London might have been forgiven for thinking a town crier announcing the birth of the Prince of Cambridge had the royal seal of approval. Bell in one hand,…

NTSB: Southwest nose gear ‘collapsed rearward’

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet collapsed backward and into the body of the aircraft following a hard landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The NTSB…

Opponents attack Montenegro’s first gay pride

BUDVA, Montenegro (AP) — Dozens of extremists shouting “Kill the gays” attacked gay activists as they were gathering on Wednesday for the first ever pride event in staunchly conservative Montenegro. The assailants threw rocks, bottles and various other…

China’s slowdown tests official resolve for reform

BEIJING (AP) — A deepening slowdown is challenging Chinese leaders’ determination to stick with painful economic reforms they say will deliver more sustainable growth in the long run. The latest gloomy data point: A manufacturing survey released Wednesday…

Haze returns in Indonesia amid more fires

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities warned Wednesday that clouds of thick smog from fires set by slash-and-burn farmers could peak next month, with choking smoke increasing this week in western Indonesia and forcing flight delays. Satellite pictures detected…

GSK profits down in first quarter

LONDON (AP) — UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has reported a second-quarter net profit of 1.04 billion pounds ($1.6 billion,) down nearly 16 percent from a year earlier. Revenue rose 2 percent to 6.6 billion pounds. The company said…

Palace: Royal baby named George Alexander Louis

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Kensington Palace Wednesday to see her new great-grandson, who has spent a first night at home with his parents, Prince William and Kate.

Ford raises profit forecast on strong 2Q results

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. reported better-than-expected second quarter earnings and raised its profit and sales forecasts for the year as strong U.S. pickup truck demand and growing sales in China offset persistent — but narrowing…

EU cracking down on card payment fees

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s Commission is proposing legislation to cap some credit and debit card fees. The 28-nation bloc’s executive arm says limiting the fees paid by retailers to banks every time a consumer uses a…