Ex-governor’s jibe may become Wis. capital’s motto

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The mayor of Wisconsin’s capital city is proposing it adopt its first official motto: 77 square miles surrounded by reality. The phrase is a take on former Republican Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus’ jibe that…

Cyprus: ECB to help after top bank restructured

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says the European Central Bank will help prop up the country’s hard-hit banking sector once its largest lender, Bank of Cyprus, is restructured. Nicos Anastasiades said Friday that ECB Chief Mario Draghi…

Viewers get in the swim to tweet about ‘Sharknado’

NEW YORK (AP) — What happens when a tornado whips up hundreds of sharks and hurls them at Los Angeles? Syfy network’s “Sharknado” suggests that such a siege can take a big chomp out of social media. Aired…

Egypt’s media embrace military after Morsi ouster

CAIRO (AP) — When autocrat Hosni Mubarak fell after popular protests in 2011, journalist Sabah Hamamou hoped for change at her newspaper, Al-Ahram, the state-owned media flagship with an editorial line firmly controlled by the regime. Hamamou and…

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…