Lubbock police investigating teenage abduction

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Police in Lubbock, Texas, are investigating a teenage runaway’s report that she was abducted, sexually assaulted and held captive in a house for the past six weeks. The girl told officers she was abducted…

A look at recent notorious cases in Cleveland area

A suspect is in custody after three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags in an East Cleveland neighborhood, and a police chief says he believes one or two more victims could be found. Here is a look…

Vt., 8 states allow hemp growth; fed law conflicts

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont farmers want to plant hemp now that the state has a law setting up rules to grow the plant, a cousin of marijuana that’s more suitable for making sandals than getting high.…

Superman’s past, future takes Comic-Con spotlight

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The cape, the curl, the S on the chest. Superman is among comics’ most recognizable characters, and 75 years after Cleveland teenagers Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster’s Kryptonian made his debut in the pages…

Resurgent Newport Folk Festival hits 54th year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Tickets for the main two days of this year’s Newport Folk Festival sold out five months early and before anyone knew who was playing — another indication of how the 54-year-old event is staying…
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Poker Run aides former racer

Bikers participated in a Poker Run to help raise money for a former Motocross racer who was involved in a life-changing injury at last year's Columbiana County Fair.…

‘The Conjuring’ scares up $41.5M to top box office

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Moviegoers were ready for a fright this weekend, sending “The Conjuring” into first place at the box office. The Warner Bros. haunted-house horror — based on a true story — debuted with $41.5 million…

Rain helps firefighters make gains on SoCal blaze

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California aided by heavy rain in the mountains above Palm Springs were starting to turn the tide Sunday on a stubborn wildfire that has burned across more than 40 square miles,…

Report: Limo driver on phone before fatal fire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper has reported that shortly before fire engulfed the back of a stretch limousine and killed five Northern California women in May, the driver had turned up the music in the vehicle…

Tina Turner celebrates her wedding in Switzerland

GENEVA (AP) — Tina Turner is celebrating her wedding to Erwin Bach with a party at her Swiss lakeside estate near Zurich. Swiss media are reporting that pop stars David Bowie, Sade and talk show impresario Oprah Winfrey…
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Gamblers seek tips before help

The hotline said that callers frequently wanted winning lottery numbers or information about casinos and horse tracks. …

Seen and heard at Comic-Con

Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego: ___ STYLE AND TECHNIQUE MAKE AND BREAK PERCEPTIONS Artist J.H. Williams III says that the artists who illustrate comic books can help change the way…

Pope’s Brazil trip spurs security, protest worries

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Since taking the helm of the world’s biggest church in March, Pope Francis has waded into massive crowds with minimal protection to hug children and wash the feet of the faithful. He has…

Treasury secretary in Greece for talks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Greece to continue its efforts to stabilize its debt-ridden economy. Lew is on a one-day visit to Greece after attending a Group of 20 summit in Russia. He…

APNewsBreak: Ohio zoo tries to mate rhino siblings

CINCINNATI (AP) — With the survival of a species on the line, Cincinnati Zoo scientists are hoping to mate their lone female Sumatran rhino with her little brother. The desperation breeding effort with the rhino siblings follows a…

Ex-priest seeks $450,000 from Wis. archdiocese

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The list of creditors for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee includes hundreds of child sexual abuse victims, along with a bank, pension funds and others typical in bankruptcy cases. It also includes one less usual: a…

Autos troubles, race at root of Detroit collapse

Blue-collar workers poured into the cavernous auto plants of Detroit for generations, confident that a sturdy back and strong work ethic would bring them a house, a car and economic security. It was a place where the American…

Despite outcry, stand-ground law repeals unlikely

MIAMI (AP) — Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor’s office, the jury’s verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in…

3 Iranian mountaineers missing in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of a mountaineering club says rescuers have called off their search for three Iranian mountain climbers who went missing in northern Pakistan. Manzoor Hussain, president of Pakistan’s Alpine Club, said Sunday his outfit…