Senegal probes drug claims against police director

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal says it is investigating allegations that the national police director has been involved in drug trafficking. A government statement published Thursday says President Macky Sall wants an investigation of Abdoulaye Niang to be…

Innovative Pakistani mosque takes on sectarianism

ISLAMABAD (AP) — In a country where sectarian violence is spiking, Zahid Iqbal is playing an innovative role in trying to bring peace to Pakistan’s competing Islamic sects by simply not taking sides. His mosque in the capital…

Ex-U of Wyo. student accused of fabricating threat

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming investigators traced a sexually, potentially threatening online Facebook comment to the personal computer of a former student who was the supposed victim of the attack, according to court documents. Meghan Lanker-Simons,…

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…

Zimbabwe: first independent TV station on air

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s first independent television station says it is going on air to challenge the 30-year state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President Robert Mugabe. The new station is to begin broadcasting Friday evening. Mugabe’s party…

Fort Bliss: Contaminated bunker not a threat

FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) — Army officials are downplaying the threat to Fort Bliss personnel exposed to radiation detected in a bunker at the West Texas military post. Leaders at Fort Bliss said Friday that testing shows contamination…

Insufficient brake force blamed in Canada crash

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Insufficient brake force was applied before an oil train slammed into a town in Quebec on July 6 and killed 50 people, officials said Friday. Donald Ross, chief investigator for the Transportation Safety Board…

SEC rejects $18M deal with Falcone, hedge fund

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected an $18 million settlement that would have banned billionaire hedge-fund manager Philip Falcone from the securities industry for two years. Falcone and Harbinger Capital Partners were told Thursday…

ICC tries to strengthen case against Gbagbo

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A top International Criminal Court says she traveled to Ivory Coast to strengthen her office’s case against former President Laurent Gbagbo, who has been accused of crimes against humanity in the country’s 2010-11…

More than 1,000 show up for Haiti anti-gay protest

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 1,000 people in Haiti are participating in a rare demonstration to protest homosexuality. Eddy Jean-Pierre, who says he’s a Protestant, is among demonstrators in the capital of Port-au-Prince. They are urging lawmakers…
Niles raid child porn arrest

Niles home raided

A man who neighbors said told children he was Santa Claus was taken into custody Friday after law enforcement raided his home. …

Record number of climbers summit Mount McKinley

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A record number of climbers summited North America’s highest peak this season. The National Park Service said 787 of the 1,151 registered climbers reached the summit of Mount McKinley in Alaska this year. That’s…

Protests for Egypt’s ousted leader amid tension

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of protesters calling for the return to power of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president demonstrated in Cairo Friday as the military warned it will crack down on any violence, underlining the point with a show…

Earth prepares for glamour shots from space

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smile Earth! You’re on camera. NASA is inviting the public to look skyward and wave at Saturn and Mercury in what is billed as an interplanetary photo op. The Cassini spacecraft in orbit around…

Woman settles lawsuit against ex-Nevada governor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former cocktail waitress is settling a federal lawsuit that accused former Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons of orchestrating a cover-up of allegations that he grabbed her outside a Las Vegas restaurant when he was…

Oil falls after topping $109

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil fell back Friday after crossing $109 a barrel for the first time since early last year. By midday in New York, benchmark crude for August delivery was down 3 cents…

Senators suggest moving G20 summit over NSA leaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators are urging President Barack Obama to consider a new location for the September international summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, if Moscow continues to allow NSA leaker Edward Snowden to remain in Russia. Democratic…

Judge: US position in drone suit ‘disconcerting’

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge finds “disconcerting” the Obama administration’s position that courts have no role in a lawsuit over drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen. U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer made the comment…