Hundreds flee drug violence in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartel violence has forced hundreds of people to flee their villages in the mountains near Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. The government of the Pacific coast state of Guerrero says it provided shelter, food…

Judge grants injunction in Hobby Lobby case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hobby Lobby Inc. was given a temporary exemption Friday from a requirement in the new federal health care law to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency birth control methods or…

Pegg, Frost, Wright: ‘World’s End’ wraps trilogy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been making movies together for years, but the longtime friends and collaborators say their latest film concludes a trilogy. The trio presented “The World’s End,” at…

8 Puerto Ricans charged in endangered turtle case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Eight people have been arrested in Puerto Rico on federal charges of illegally trading endangered sea turtles for human consumption. The U.S. Justice Department said Friday that the suspects were arrested in…

Russian lawyer: Snowden will keep his pledge

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer advising Edward Snowden said Friday that the National Security Agency leaker has agreed to fulfill his pledge not to hurt U.S. interests if he is granted asylum in Russia. Anatoly Kucherena said…

Norwegian alleges rape, fights Dubai jail sentence

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said Friday she decided to speak out in hopes of…

Judge finalizing deal in Toyota acceleration cases

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California judge says he is finalizing a settlement worth more than $1 billion in cases where motorists say the value of their Toyotas plunged after recalls over claims they unexpectedly accelerated. U.S.…

Mini-cow born at Roy farm looks like panda bear

ROY, Wash. (AP) — John Bartheld has been breeding miniature cows on his farm for seven years, hoping to recreate black and white markings in the pattern of a panda to make a “panda cow.” He succeeded on…

DNA links Boston Strangler suspect to last victim

BOSTON (AP) — DNA tests confirm that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler did kill the woman believed to be the serial killer’s last victim and was likely responsible for the deaths of the…

Judge dismisses Faulkner heirs’ suit against Sony

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge in Mississippi has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that Woody Allen’s 2011 film “Midnight in Paris” improperly used one of William Faulkner’s most famous lines. Faulkner Literary Rights LLC sued Sony Pictures…

SEC files charges against hedge fund founder Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday filed civil charges against Steven A. Cohen, accusing the billionaire hedge-fund manager of failing to prevent insider trading at the fund he founded. Cohen founded and runs SAC…
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Spa bribery attempt failed

UPDATE The owner of a Niles massage parlor was charged Friday with trying to bribe a fire inspector.…

Ohio lawmaker indicted on 16 felony charges

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has been indicted on 16 felony charges accusing him of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and misusing……

Collins writing prequel to Santangelo series

NEW YORK (AP) — Jackie Collins’ next “Lucky Santangelo” novel will cover the early years. St. Martin’s Press announced Friday that Collins’ “Confessions of a Wild Child” will come out in February 2014. The book is a prequel…

Cops: 4 held in 'deplorable' Texas home

Four homeless men were found Friday in “deplorable conditions” at a Houston home and may have been being held so a captor could cash checks the men were receiving, according to police.

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Man indicted for 8th OVI

A Boardman man is facing felony charges after he was arrested for drunken driving for the eighth time since 1986.…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Steve…
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Drinking water safe in fracking

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.…

Teen in Asiana crash killed by vehicle

A teenager survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle rushing to fight a blaze that broke out on the plane, authorities said on Friday.

Jackson’s mother says concert schedule worried her

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s mother told jurors Friday that she is suing the promoter of her son’s ill-fated comeback concerts to find out the truth about his death. Katherine Jackson, 83, said it’s been difficult to…