High-profile task force backs path to citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-profile task force is endorsing a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. It’s an attempt to influence debate with Congress on its summer recess and Senate-passed legislation stalled in the House.…

MLK memorial work to be finished for anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say refinishing work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial should be complete by the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. There had been concerns that work wouldn’t be done in time.…

Woman loses arm in shark attack off Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A German tourist swimming off a Maui beach has lost an arm in a shark attack. Hawaii media report the woman, who was in her 20s, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in…

NY court rejects S. Korean vs. Yale lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York has rejected a lawsuit against Yale University by a South Korean university that claimed the Ivy League school damaged its reputation, costing it tens of millions of…

Washington Post website hacked

NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post says its website has been hacked. The newspaper says in a note on its website that readers of some of its stories are being redirected to the website of the Syrian…

US: Iraq must stop weapons from flowing into Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Iraq must do more to stop weapons from flowing into and out of Syria for use against Iraqi citizens. Kerry met Thursday with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (HOH’-shayr…

NY transit impostor sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who has been arrested 29 times for transit crimes has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison for his latest caper. Darius McCollum was sentenced Thursday…

Auction house seeks meeting with Detroit museum

DETROIT (AP) — A mock “sale” sign was attached for a short time on Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the Detroit Institute of Arts, while others were left on prominent statues downtown at a time when the city tries…

Police: Remains may be from missing Ariz. student

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of law enforcement officers on Thursday searched through the Arizona desert after badly decomposed human remains that may be those of a missing college student from Tempe were found in a dry…

Lawyer: Wrong man arrested in missing Va teen case

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The man accused of abducting a Virginia teenager was with her the night of her disappearance, but his lawyer says authorities arrested the wrong man. Randy Allen Taylor’s court-appointed lawyer, Michael Hallahan, maintained his…

Text of President Obama remarks on Egypt

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s statement Thursday in response to the security situation in Egypt, delivered from his vacation home in Massachusetts, as transcribed by Federal News Service. Obama announced that the U.S. is canceling a joint…

Adorable new mammal species found ‘in plain sight’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine a raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it’s hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new…

DC fire dept. strains to provide emergency care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Greg Maddock knew it was time to quit his job as a District of Columbia firefighter-paramedic when he was called to the home of a woman in labor with twins and he was the only…

Obama cancels US-Egyptian military exercise

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama has scrapped joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises scheduled for next month, saying American cooperation with the Egyptian government cannot continue when civilians are being killed in the streets. He directed his national…

Free flow of racy content a headache for parents

Comedian George Carlin joked about the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” a social commentary back in the 1970s about the pitfalls of censorship. Singling out those words seems quaint today, when just about any kind…

Prowling Pa. ninja says he was trying to help cops

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 19-year-old western Pennsylvania man who dressed up as a ninja and lurked near homes says he meant no harm and was just trying to help police catch bad guys. But neighbors who saw…