Review: Court Yard Hounds return with ‘Amelita’

Court Yard Hounds, “Amelita” (Columbia) The Court Yard Hounds open their second album, “Amelita,” with a portrait of a friend who wallows in negativity. But the arrangement and lyrics of “Sunshine” express how this sisterly duo isn’t going…
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Heat wave poses risk

Temperatures in the Valley are expected to soar into the 90s this week. The heat wave could put young children, the elderly and pets at risk. …

Review: Tango meets salsa in New York on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — It may not please the most purist tango lovers — it may even scandalize them. But the affair going on between “Forever Tango” and salsa star Gilberto Santa Rosa may be one of those…
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Thieves target dealerships

Dozens of catalytic converters were stolen from trucks at two dealerships, and the owner is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest. …

Expert: Jackson would have earned $1B on comeback

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson could have earned $1.1 billion or more if he had performed a worldwide concert tour and created a Las Vegas show before his death, an accounting expert familiar with the singer’s earning…

Hundreds protest Israeli Bedouin resettlement plan

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of protesters have staged demonstrations in Israel against a plan to resettle nomadic Bedouin Arabs in the southern Negev desert. Arab rights groups called the protests. They are fighting a bill that would move…

Chris Brown probation revoked; he remains free

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors have moved to revoke probation for singer Chris Brown, who was charged last month with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license. Brown has been on felony probation in the…

Rebel infighting in Syria undermining revolt

BEIRUT (AP) — On Syria’s front lines, al-Qaida fighters and more mainstream Syrian rebels have turned against each other in a power struggle that has undermined the effort to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad. After violent clashes and…

Chile court rules for Indians against Barrick Gold

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean appeals court ruled against the world’s largest gold mining company on Monday, favoring Chilean Indians who accuse Barrick Gold Corp. of contaminating their water downstream. The judges in the northern city of…

NH woman gets 10 years in Rwanda fraud case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who lied about her role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, a fate her lawyers say is tantamount to a death sentence. Rwanda…

Wal-Mart faceoff with DC fuels minimum wage debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C. officials over the city’s effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate about how far cities should go in trying…

Mexico sets $100 billion rail, ports, roads plan

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has announced plans to invest about $100 billion in rail, road and port projects over the next five years, including Mexico’s first high-speed rail links. Mexico abandoned all regular passenger train…

More tests needed for cause of Monteith’s death

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — With no obvious cause of death for “Glee” star Cory Monteith, the British Columbia Coroners Service says it will do further testing to determine how the 31-year-old died. The autopsy was taking place…

Bitten by hungry T. rex, this dinosaur got away

NEW YORK (AP) — The fearsome bite of a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex left behind new evidence that the famous beast hunted for food and wasn’t just a scavenger. Researchers found a part of a T. rex tooth wedged…

Jamaica adopts smoking ban in public places

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — People caught lighting up in bars, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces now face hefty penalties in Jamaica. The new law also prohibits smoking in outdoor public spots such as bus stops and open-air…

France confirms body found in Mali is hostage

PARIS (AP) — The office of President Francois Hollande has formally confirmed the death of a French hostage in Mali, one of six French citizens captured by al-Qaida’s North African arm. A statement from the president’s office on…
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Directors unveil film in Vienna

“The American Made Movie” focuses on U.S. manufacturing and its directors stopped Monday in Vienna. …
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Toll increase approved

Ohio Turnpike tolls will rise 2.7 percent next year, or a minimum of 25 cents for drivers going the length of the 241-mile turnpike. …

C. African Republic leader says security improving

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The transitional leader of Central African Republic says the security situation is improving in his coup-plagued country, despite reports to the contrary from aid groups. During a visit to Burkina Faso on Monday,…