Witness with ‘comfort’ dog in NY court is upheld

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A midlevel New York court has upheld allowing a therapeutic “comfort dog” to help a girl testify about sexual abuse. The Appellate Division rejected Victor Tohom’s appeal of his 2011 convictions for predatory sexual…

Canada premier denounces rail company’s response

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — The premier of the Canadian province of Quebec is denouncing the response of railroad executives in the aftermath of a fiery derailment and explosion that left 50 people dead. Premier Pauline Marois arrived today…

Sam Mendes returning to direct 24th Bond film

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Mendes is coming back to direct another James Bond film with Daniel Craig following the enormously successful “Skyfall.” The British director Mendes had said earlier that “Skyfall” would be his lone entry in…

Members of the Federal Reserve board in Washington

Elizabeth Duke announced Thursday that she will step down from the Federal Reserve’s board in Washington at the end of August. She is one of seven board members. Each member is nominated by the president and confirmed by…

Bull escapes slaughterhouse, hits woman on scooter

GIRARD, Pa. (AP) — State police say a bull that escaped as it was being unloaded at a slaughterhouse instead rammed a woman on a motor scooter in northwestern Pennsylvania. Troopers from the barracks in Girard say 30-year-old…

Bull escapes slaughterhouse, hits woman on scooter

GIRARD, Pa. (AP) — State police say a bull that escaped as it was being unloaded at a slaughterhouse instead rammed a woman on a motor scooter in northwestern Pennsylvan……

Deadly accidents in Canada in the last 150 years

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Police say 50 people are presumed dead following Saturday’s fiery oil train crash that incinerated the downtown area of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, making it Canada’s worst railway crash in nearly 150 years. Here is a…

Portugal crisis abates, but expected to return

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s immediate political crisis is contained but the country’s president, Anibal Cavaco Silva, may have inadvertently pushed it further into political uncertainty and the possibility of another international bailout. Following 10 days of political…

Youth homicide rate hits lowest mark in 30 years

ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say the homicide rate for older children and young adults has hit its lowest point in at least three decades. In 2010, the homicide rate for victims ages 10 to 24 was down…

Union doctor faces challenges in ‘Surgeon in Blue’

“Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pioneered Battlefield Care” (Arcade Publishing), by Scott McGaugh Here’s what a real Washington scandal looks like: Many Union soldiers wounded at Bull Run, the Civil War’s first major…

Gitmo genital searches halted

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the government to stop genital searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees who want to meet with their lawyers. Royce Lamberth, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, on Thursday…

Mich. woman again sentenced to life in dad’s death

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A former honors student who was convicted of plotting to have her father stabbed to death when she was 17 years old was sentenced Wednesday to life in a Michigan prison without parole…

Early Heller story to be published this month

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Joseph Heller satirized the madness of war in “Catch-22,” he told a serious tale about the tragedy of racism. “Almost Like Christmas,” to appear next week in Strand Magazine, is a grim short…
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Arbiter rules cop firing justified

A Warren police officer with a history of domestic violence complaints and who once accidentally shot a fellow police officer will not get his job back after being fired in December, an arbiter ruled Thursday.…

Unusual Minnesota rabbit video attracts attention

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Mankato college student’s spoof video of an apparently tumorous rabbit that he dubbed Frankenstein has attracted hundreds of thousands of Internet viewers. Gunnar Boettcher (BOT’-cher) and his brother put together the video after…

APNewsBreak: Ohio St president slow to apologize

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show that then-Ohio State University President Gordon Gee (ghee) took his time apologizing for remarks critical of Roman Catholics, th……

Judge says Erie must ID officers in Taser lawsuit

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The city of Erie must identify police officers involved in the arrest of a 29-year-old woman who died after she was allegedly shocked with a stun gun. Tal……

Kids go picking cherries, find marijuana plants

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — Some children out picking cherries with their father in southwestern Michigan ended up finding about 50 marijuana plants in a farmer’s field along the way. Lt. Robert Kirk of the Van Buren County…
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NWS: Tornado touched down

A tornado touched down in North Beaver Township on Wednesday, National Weather Service inspectors confirmed Thursday.…