Popular singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit…

Religious family abandons US, gets lost at sea

PHOENIX (AP) — A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday. Hannah Gastonguay, 26,…

Funeral held for Pa. boy who was parents’ best man

JEANETTE, Pa. (AP) — In his short life, a 2-year-old Pennsylvania boy who died days after he served as best man at his parents’ wedding touched the hearts of many people. The Rev. Jan Zotter told a funeral…

Religious family survives being lost at sea

PHOENIX (AP) — A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday. Hannah Gastonguay, 26,…

Young driver hits transit bus in La., injuring 12

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Police say a 13-year-old boy driving a pickup truck ran a stop sign and then cut off a city bus in Shreveport, La., causing a collision that left him and 12 others injured, some…

US senators object to NH swimmer being ineligible

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are objecting to a decision not to allow a New Hampshire record-setting swimmer to participate in the International Paralympic World Swimming Championships next week in Montreal, saying…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, August 10, 2013. Wet weather activity in the Northeast tapered off through early Saturday morning as the northern portion of a cold front extending through the East moved offshore into the Atlantic…

SC authorities issue warrant in adoption case

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The father of a Cherokee Indian girl at the center of an adoption dispute that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court faces arrest because he hasn’t turned over his 3-year-old daughter to the South…

More than 1,000 attend A&M player’s funeral

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — More than 1,000 people, including players from the Texas A&M football team, attended Saturday’s funeral of a teammate who died in a car accident in New Mexico. The service for 19-year-old Polo Manukainiu (mah-NOO’-ky-uh-noo),…

Obama: Progress made on disability claims backlog

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — President Barack Obama assured disabled veterans Saturday that his administration is making progress on reducing a backlog of disability claims and said the number of requests for assistance has fallen by nearly one-fifth since…

When mental hospital closes, towns ask what’s next

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — When a small technology firm sets up next month on the grounds where thousands of mentally ill patients used to be treated, it will be a watershed moment in efforts to redevelop Georgia’s Central…

NTSB: Helicopter pilot in Pa. crash not certified

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) — The pilot of a helicopter that crashed in rural northeastern Pennsylvania last month, killing all five people on board, wasn’t certified to fly using only on-board instruments, according to federal investigators. A preliminary report…

Fort Hood victims want shooting designated terror

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan admits pulling out a pistol, shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and opening fire on unarmed people, killing 13 of them. All, he says, in an effort to stop them from going to…

Mystery of Texas grave next to Oswald’s solved

NEW YORK (AP) — For years, curiosity seekers visiting the Fort Worth, Texas, grave of Lee Harvey Oswald have wondered about the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef. It turns out Nick Beef is alive and living…

A look at the US electric grid and who oversees it

The U.S. electrical grid is a complex system of power plants, transmission lines, and local distribution networks that deliver power to homes and businesses. It comprises three major grids — Eastern, Western and Texas — which are divided…

The day the lights went out: The blackout of 2003

A power blackout beginning the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2003, cascaded from northeast Ohio to seven other states and parts of Canada, reaching 50 million people. Some of the immediate and long-term effects: ___ THE DARK SIDE: Outages…