Briton kidnapped near Nigeria’s Lagos airport

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A British national has been kidnapped near Lagos international airport, in Nigeria’s commercial capital, the British Consulate-General reported Friday. Diplomats are working with Nigerian authorities on the kidnapping, which took place earlier this week,…

War march: Video shows S Sudan’s cyclical violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A chilling video apparently shot by a United Nations peacekeeper shows a seemingly unending column of men in South Sudan walking among tall green grass in what the cameraman says is the march…

UK bans Syria’s al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front

LONDON (AP) — The British government says that it has banned Syria’s al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, a move which makes membership in the extremist rebel group a criminal offense. Britain’s Home Office says the Nusra Front, also known as…

Pirate drama ‘Black Sails’ launches at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Black Sails” pushed out into the open waters of Comic-Con. Starz isn’t premiering the mature pirate drama until next year, but the first episode was screened for hundreds of fans at a movie theater…

‘Bridezillas’ ending a decade of wedding terror

NEW YORK (AP) — They’re often drunken and controlling, weepy and abusive, but you won’t have all those bridezillas to kick around come November. The cranky grande dame of reality wedding TV, “Bridezillas” is ending its decade-long run,…

Snyder: Some Detroit creditors may never be paid

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says some Detroit creditors are not sure they will be repaid. Snyder was speaking Friday, a day after Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the biggest ever U.S. city to…

UK revokes export licenses for Egypt’s military

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Friday it has revoked five export licenses for equipment destined for Egypt’s military and police in light of recent unrest in the country that has led to the deaths of civilians.…

Tech slump holds back US stocks; S&P 500 edges up

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged back from record levels in early trading Friday, led by a slump in the technology sector after Microsoft and Google reported disappointing earnings. Microsoft fell sharply after the company wrote off $900…

A year later, survivors recall Aurora shooting

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — It is not a small club, the survivors of the shootings at Theater 9. The Century 16 auditorium was packed — 421 men, women and children who had turned out for a midnight showing…

More evacuate, weird weather fears at Calif. fire

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California wildfire that destroyed seven homes and cabins in the mountains above Palm Springs grew overnight and continued to threaten the town of Idyllwild Friday as crews kept an eye on an…

Hepatitis C lawsuit against UPMC dismissed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of negligence for failing to report a former employee̵……

Boston bomb photos shed light on end of manhunt

BOSTON (AP) — A state police sergeant who released striking photos of the capture of the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings faces a hearing to determine if he will be suspended until an internal investigation is…

White lion dies at Ohio zoo after surgery

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A white lion on loan from Siegfried and Roy has died at an Ohio zoo. Toledo Zoo officials say the lion died following surgery Thursday. The zoo says the……

Iran’s Ahmadinejad visits Shiite sites in Iraq

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad traveled to southern Iraq on Friday to visit two of the most sacred cities for Shiite Muslims amid tight security on the second day of his two-day visit to the…

Whately’s giant milk bottle gets a makeover

WHATELY, Mass. (AP) — The iconic giant milk bottle in downtown Whately (WAYTE’-lee) has been given a face-lift. The Whately Historical Society recently restored the large concrete milk jug that’s nearly 20 feet tall with $650 in donations.…

Spencer in Oscar hunt again with ‘Fruitvale’

CANNES, France (AP) — Octavia Spencer almost passed on one of the most acclaimed movies of the year so far — “Fruitvale Station.” The film, released in select theaters last week and opening wide this weekend, tells the…

2 Pa. workers charged with stealing inmate labor

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two maintenance workers at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania have been suspended after being charged with using state money to buy pers……

W. Pa. man guilty of raping, holding woman hostage

WORTHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been convicted of raping a woman held hostage in her home, before holding police at bay with a bomb. The (Kittanni……

Rihanna sues owner of Topshop over T-shirt

LONDON (AP) — Racks of T-shirts bearing Rihanna’s image have been on display at London’s High Court, where the singer is suing a British retailer for using her image. Lawyers for the star seek damages from Arcadia Group…

Pope OKs indulgences for the Tweeting classes

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is offering indulgences for “virtual” participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro — but there’s a hitch. The Vatican’s social media guru, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, warned Friday…