US unemployment aid applications drop to 334K

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 24,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, a sign that steady job gains should continue. The Labor Department says the four-week average, which smooths out…

2 Malaysians charged over photo that riled Muslims

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday charged two Malaysians with sedition and inciting religious enmity after they posted a photograph on Facebook considered an insult to the Muslim holy month of fasting. They face up to…

Indian gov’t forces kill 4 protesters in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Thursday fatally shot four villagers and wounded 25 others who were protesting the alleged desecration of the Muslim holy book by border guards, police said.…

UN: Syria’s war children will grow up illiterate

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s devastating civil war will force a generation of children to grow up illiterate and filled with hate, a U.N. envoy warned Thursday as fighting raged on around the country. Leila Zerrougui, the special representative…

Indonesia questions why cafe has Nazi-themed decor

BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Authorities in central Indonesia will ask a restaurant owner to explain his reasons for opening a Nazi-themed cafe that has sparked controversy among locals and tourists, an official said Thursday. Soldatenkaffee includes a red…
Salem train accident

Driver struck by train ID'd

A man who police say was running late for work tried to get around a train crossing in Salem and was hit Thursday morning.…

Pa. county guard charged with raping co-worker

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A guard at the Allegheny County Health Department building in Pittsburgh has been jailed on charges he raped a female guard after she met him for a late……

US futures mixed ahead of jobs report

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are mixed ahead of a report expected to show that fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week. UnitedHealth, Morgan Stanley and Fifth Third Bancorp also reported strong quarterly earnings Thursday. Dow…

Officer shot in marathon showdown condemns cover

BOSTON (AP) — The transit police officer who was shot during a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he hopes the Rolling Stone cover story on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) doesn’t glorify him in readers’ eyes.…

Investment banking lifts Morgan Stanley 2Q earns

NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley says that second-quarter earnings beat analysts’ expectations, fueled by gains in its investment bank. The bank says it earned $898 million after excluding the benefit of an accounting gain, a leap from…

Prosecutor: No foul by Va. AG for late reports

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli won’t face charges for failing to promptly report thousands of dollars in personal gifts he received years earlier on his required state economic interest statements. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike…

Israel president urges EU to reconsider funds ban

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president has called on the European Union to reconsider its new ban on funding Israeli institutions operating in territories Palestinians claim for their future state. Shimon Peres’ statement on Thursday came as U.S. Secretary…

Son of Jerry Sandusky seeks to have name changed

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seeking to have his name changed more than a year after his adoptive father was convicted of child sexual abuse. Matt Sandusky…

NY art dealer indicted; suspected of selling fakes

NEW YORK (AP) — A Long Island art dealer suspected of selling millions of dollars in counterfeit paintings has been indicted on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. Federal authorities say Glafira Rosales of Sands Point sold…

EU official: China can curb pollution, still grow

BEIJING (AP) — The European Union’s environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China’s serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up…