Disney drops bid to trademark Day of Dead name

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Disney Enterprises has dropped an effort to trademark “Dia de los Muertos,” the name of the traditional “Day of the Dead” holiday celebrated by millions in Mexico and the U.S. The Orange County…

Father of Sandy Hook victim faces criminal charges

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man whose 6-year-old son was among those killed in the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre is facing a court hearing on larceny and other charges. Neil Heslin, who has lobbied Congress and the…

‘Miss America’ song cut from pageant over dispute

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The next Miss America won’t hear a familiar refrain when she’s crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., in September. The song, “Miss America,” which starts with the words, “There she is, Miss America,” will…

First lady defends ‘Let’s Move’ exercise campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says her campaign to get young people more into exercise is about the government providing health information, not “telling people what to do.” Mrs. Obama explained her “Get Moving” initiative in…

Friends mourn 5 Calif. nurses killed in limo fire

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the privacy of their bedrooms to the public bustle of busy hospital wards, families and friends Tuesday struggled with the heartbreak of losing five loved ones, all nurses, who died Saturday in a…

Lives on the edge are part of Golden Gate beat

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As he shivered on a narrow iron bar 220 feet above San Francisco Bay, 22-year-old Kevin Berthia heard a voice. It did not belong to the old wounds, crushing worries and inner demons that…

Casey Anthony bankruptcy hearing held in Tampa, Fla.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A bankruptcy hearing is scheduled for today in Tampa, Fla., for Casey Anthony, the woman acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Today’s hearing comes a day after the trustee overseeing Anthony’s bankruptcy withdrew…

Same-sex couples welcome Del. gay marriage law

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Mikki Snyder-Hall married her partner, Claire, in California in 2008, and moved two years ago to Rehoboth, a gay-friendly Delaware beach town. Now they’re looking forward to July 1, when Delaware officially becomes the…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, May 08, 2013. Wet weather conditions continue in the East on Wednesday, while an active weather pattern progresses across the Western and Central U.S. In the East, a slow moving low situated over…

Why stock investors love Tuesdays this year

NEW YORK (AP) — Everybody looks forward to weekends. This year, stock investors should embrace Tuesdays as well. That’s because the Dow Jones industrial average has risen every Tuesday going back to Jan. 18. That’s 17 straight weeks,…

Dow closes above 15,000 for first time; what next?

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 15,000 for the first time Tuesday. An improving outlook for the economy and record corporate earnings are persuading investors to buy stocks. Federal Reserve stimulus is also…

Worcester police: Get suspect’s body out of city

BOSTON (AP) — The father of a student charged with conspiracy in the Boston Marathon bombing case insists his son is not a terrorist and said the 19-year-old believes his friend Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is “not a human” if…

Amanda Berry home after kidnapping

CLEVELAND (AP) — In the years after his friend’s daughter vanished while walking home from school, Ariel Castro handed out fliers with the 14-year-old’s photo and performed music at a fundraiser held in her honor. When neighbors gathered…

In rural W.Va., schools rethink their role

WAR, W.Va. (AP) — When school started here in the fall, 1 out of 7 classrooms was without a teacher; leaders couldn’t recruit enough educators to this sparsely populated rural area at the southern tip of West Virginia.…

Block where women found a friendly, careful place

CLEVELAND (AP) — The block where authorities say three young women who vanished a decade ago were held captive by a man and his two brothers has many faces. On one end, magnificent stained-glass windows rise two stories…