Rebels free 9 hostages in southern Senegal

ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal (AP) — An official in southern Senegal says rebels have freed nine employees of a South African bomb disposal company who were taken hostage in May. Cheikh Tidiane Dieng, governor of the Ziguinchor region, says the…

Construction halted on $75M VA outpatient center

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has halted construction on a $75 million outpatient center in western Pennsylvania while they investigate the m……

Rain creates flooding in Vegas-area wildfire area

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather and clouds helped crews increase containment to 43 percent on a wildfire that has burned for 10 days in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas, blowing smoke into the city for several…

Crane to clear train tracks in deadly French crash

PARIS (AP) — A packed passenger train derailed and crashed into a station outside Paris on Friday on the eve of a major holiday weekend. At least seven people were believed killed and dozens were injured, authorities said.…

Friday is payday for World Series of Poker players

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Friday divides the players with bragging rights from those with none at the World Series of Poker. Of the 666 remaining players at the year’s biggest poker event, most will reach the money, taking…

Weather helps firefighters on Vegas-area fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet and cloudy weather is helping firefighters battling a mountain blaze that has charred almost 44 square miles near Las Vegas. Containment on the Carpenter 1 wildfire increased to 43 percent. But U.S. Forest…

India’s legendary actor Pran dies at 93

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood’s legendary actor Pran, who played both heroes and villains in several Hindi film classics over six decades, died of pneumonia at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Friday, his doctor said. He was 93. Pran…

Istanbul police block journalists’ protest

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police have blocked hundreds of journalists from marching in Istanbul to demand press freedoms and denounce the harassment of colleagues during a spate of anti-government demonstrations last month. Journalists were detained or targeted by police…

Defense lawyer says ex-Albuquerque cop is victim

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — After getting nearly 200 phone calls from his estranged wife in one day, Albuquerque police officer Levi Chavez went to her house while she was asleep, shoved his department-issued gun in her mouth and…

Could rap lyrics shift after Wayne, Ross mishaps?

NEW YORK (AP) — Since it began, rap has found ways to offend. Whether for political content, sexual imagery, misogyny, violence or coarse humor, rappers have found themselves having to defend their words on a regular basis, no…

Volcanic ash shuts small Mexico airport 7 hours

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An airport serving Mexico’s fourth-largest city has suspended operations due to volcanic ash from the Popocatepetl volcano. The international airport in Puebla was temporarily closed as a precautionary measure. The airport is east of…
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Hero wins place at MLB game

A resident of Shepherd of the Valley in Howland will represent the Cleveland Indians during the People Magazine Tribute to Heroes at the All Star Game in Chicago. …

Opponents want Calif. court to stop gay weddings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opponents of same-sex marriage say they are asking the California Supreme Court to order county clerks to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The group that sponsored the 2008 ballot measure banning gay marriage…

Tens of thousands march for ousted Egyptian leader

CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood massed in main squares in several cities on Friday, waving pictures of Mohammed Morsi and chanting that the head of the military is a “traitor,” stepping…

Iran calls on UAE not to deport its nationals

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian news agency says the foreign minister has called on the United Arab Emirates not to deport its nationals. The Iranian media has reported that the UAE has repatriated an unspecified number of…

Fire officials: Bug bombs caused NY building blast

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen bug bombs may have been set off at once inside a Chinatown beauty salon, leading to an explosion and fire that injured a dozen people, fire officials said Friday. Three people remained…

AP source: Gov’t tightening up reporter guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department official says the law enforcement agency is toughening up its guidelines for subpoenaing reporters’ phone records by increasing the likelihood that news organizations will receive advance notice so that they can challenge…

Suspect in Pa. wedding crasher theft surrenders

SPRING HOUSE, Pa. (AP) — A man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in gifts from a suburban Philadelphia wedding reception has turned himself in. Joseph Patric……

Owners call off Hulu sale, to inject cash instead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The on-again, off-again sale of Hulu is off again. The parent companies of ABC, NBC and Fox said Friday that they would stay owners of Hulu, while providing a cash infusion of about $750…