Photos: Meet the prince

Britain’s Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge make first appearance with their newborn son.

True-crime writer Ann Rule sues Seattle newspaper

SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime author Ann Rule is suing a weekly Seattle newspaper, claiming she was defamed by a 2011 article written by the fiance of a convicted killer. The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, says…

NBC to take over part of NASCAR TV package in 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR will return to NBC in 2015, ending its eight-year partnership with both ESPN and Turner Sports. The 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group announced Tuesday begins in 2015 and gives the network the…
Painted snow plow

Artwork graces plow blades

Colorful works of art will grace the blades of snow plows in Ohio this winter thanks to some students in Mahoning County.…

Pope visiting Brazil’s shrine to ‘black Mary’

APARECIDA, Brazil (AP) — The image of Brazil’s patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida, emblazons bumper stickers, presides over shops and dangles from gold chains around women’s necks all over this continent-sized country. Replicas of the thin…

Court: Passport law on Jerusalem unconstitutional

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court Tuesday declared unconstitutional a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace on their U.S. passports, the latest ruling in a case that stretches back a decade.…

Obama congratulates Louisville for bracket bust

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama congratulated the University of Louisville men’s basketball team on working toward a single goal — “to bust my bracket.” Obama picked Indiana to win the 2013 NCAA tournament, but Louisville came out…

Baby fever caps image turnaround for UK royals

LONDON (AP) — A crowd cheered, hundreds of cameras clicked and an image of familial perfection was beamed around the world. Prince William, his wife Kate and their infant son, the Prince of Cambridge, emerged Tuesday from London’s…

Minor charges dropped in Chris Brown traffic case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Singer Chris Brown’s lawyer has entered a not-guilty plea for him to a hit-and-run charge that led to his parole being revoked. A spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office says charges of…

House panel wants deep cut in Great Lakes program

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal programs aimed at some of the Great Lakes’ most longstanding ecological problems would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel. The…

Document: Teen’s DNA linked him to girl’s death

SAGINAW, Texas (AP) — A police officer was shot Tuesday when gunfire erupted as law enforcement tried to serve arrest and search warrants on a suspect in the killing of a 6-year-old girl whose naked, bound body was…

Havana airport to get $10.2 million upgrade

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s main international terminal is getting a $10.2 million overhaul to improve operations at the overcrowded facility, according to state-run media. The Havana Reporter, an English-language semi-weekly newspaper that hit kiosks Tuesday, said the Terminal…

NY to refund gay couples forced to pay estate tax

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Same-sex spouses forced to pay high New York estate taxes upon the death of their partner will get refunds from the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the refunds are being issued as…

Lawmaker urges steps to open Japanese markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House Democratic leader on trade policy on Tuesday said the time is right to press Japan on its closed markets as Japan formally joins the United States and 10 other Asia-Pacific nations in negotiations…

S. Sudan’s political shakeup: 29 ministers fired

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir has dismissed his first vice president and 29 government ministers. In a decree read on national television Tuesday evening, Kiir also suspended Pagan Amum, the secretary general of…

Taxi driver apologizes for killing DEA agent

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A taxi driver jailed in the stabbing death of a U.S. drug agent in Colombia has tearfully confessed in a radio interview, saying the American fought back with his hands after an attempt to…

Va. governor apologizes, repays loans to donor

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Bob McDonnell says he has repaid a major political donor more than $124,000 in loans to the governor’s wife and a business McDonnell owns with his sister. In a statement from McDonnell’s private…

Illegal pipeline taps double in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of illegal taps drilled into Mexican oil and gas pipelines to steal fuel has doubled so far in 2013, one of the few crime-related statistics the administration of new President Enrique Pena…

Texas attorney general campaigns from wheelchair

HOUSTON (AP) — The stage at a Houston honky-tonk has a wheelchair ramp. At another rally, Greg Abbott’s aides lay plywood boards on the ground to make a smooth path over wet grass. Other stops have no speaking…