Obama enrolling star power to promote health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is enrolling some star power to promote health care. Obama stopped by a private White House meeting Monday with celebrities including singer Jennifer Hudson and actors Amy Poehler, Michael Cera and Kal…

Authorities begin to clear W. Pa. homeless camps

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Authorities have begun to clear camps used by homeless people in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Public Works employees began clearing two camps Monday mor……

Latest swimwear trends have wild side this season

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Welcome to the jungle. The latest swimwear trends have a wild side this season, with animal and tropical foliage prints seen on the runways at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2014 at the…

Romania suspect’s mom says she didn’t burn art

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The mother of a man charged with stealing works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse has apparently backtracked on a confession that she burned the paintings in order to protect her son. Olga Dogaru told…

Spike Lee launches Kickstarter campaign for film

NEW YORK (AP) — The next Spike Lee joint will be a Kickstarter production. Following in the footsteps of “Veronica Mars” and Zach Braff, Lee has launched an online campaign to help fund his next feature film. The…

Prosecutor: Man confessed to son’s slaying in call

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Washington state man told his father during a jailhouse phone call that he killed his 3-year-old son after taking pills and running out of gas on a remote road in southwestern Montana, prosecutors…

Man accused in church shooting felt ‘disrespected’

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors say a Utah man accused of nearly killing his father-in-law in a Father’s Day church shooting pulled the trigger because he felt disrespected. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/17yMOom ) Weber County deputy…

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott welcomes daughter

NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Antebellum’s leading lady has given birth to a little lady. Hillary Scott’s representative says the country singer gave birth to Eisele (Eyes-lee) Kaye Tyrrell on Monday in Nashville, Tenn. Scott is married to…

San Diego mayor accuser comes forward

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A lawyer says a woman who alleges she was sexually harassed by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will break her silence amid growing calls that the leader of the nation’s eighth-largest city resign. Attorney…

Rockwell exhibit marks tie between Mormons, Scouts

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Twenty-three original, Boy Scout-themed Norman Rockwell paintings are on display in Salt Lake City to celebrate the 100-year relationship between Scouting and the Mormon church. The Rockwell exhibition that opened over the weekend…

Brazilian crowds delight pope, frustrate security

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis returned Monday to the warm embrace of Latin America, landing in Brazil to begin his first international trip as pontiff. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waited on the tarmac for the pontiff…

Michelle Obama shines new light on gun debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is speaking out about the toll that gun violence is taking on young people, in a shift that shows the first lady’s willingness to tackle new and polarizing issues as she shapes her…

Police: Baby’s ashes taken in Ala purse snatching

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A purse snatched from the arms of a young woman in Montgomery, Ala., contained the ashes of her deceased newborn baby. Police spokeswoman Martha Earnhardt said Monday that Monica Thomas of Montgomery was carrying…

Md. judge won’t dismiss college beating lawsuit

BALTIMORE (AP) — A lawsuit accusing a Maryland college of ignoring signs that a student was violent will go forward after a judge refused Monday to dismiss it, saying there were warnings before the student attacked a visitor…

Ariz. bomb suspect charged with previous murder

MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — An Iraqi man charged with detonating a homemade explosive device outside a federal building in Arizona now faces additional charges, including first-degree murder in a previous killing. Authorities say Abdullatif Ali Aldosary is charged…

Officials: Zimmerman helped 4 out of wrecked SUV

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials say George Zimmerman helped rescue four people from an overturned vehicle last week, just days after he was cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Seminole County Sheriff’s spokeswoman…

Judge sets first hearing for Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — The federal judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy will hear arguments Wednesday on the city’s request to freeze lawsuits by retirees who claim their pensions are protected by the state constitution. It will be the first hearing…

NASA wants spacesuit repair kit on Russian launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — NASA is rushing to get spacesuit repair tools on a launch to the International Space Station this weekend. Last week, an Italian astronaut almost drowned in his flooded helmet while performing a spacewalk.…

Jackson’s mother tearfully concludes testimony

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s mother testified Monday that she does not believe her son had any responsibility for his own death. Katherine Jackson was responding to a question from attorney Marvin Putnam, who represents AEG Live…