AP names Moritsugu bureau chief for Japan

BANGKOK (AP) — The Associated Press has named its Asia-Pacific enterprise editor, Ken Moritsugu, as chief of bureau for Japan. The appointment was announced Tuesday by Brian Carovillano, the news organization’s Asia-Pacific news director. As Tokyo bureau chief,…

Honorary feline mayor goes home after dog attack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of an Alaska town, has recovered enough after a dog mauling to be released from the animal hospital. The 16-year-old cat’s owner, Lauri Stec, is making the long drive…

Questions persist about standoff death of man, 107

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — When the time came to move 107-year-old Monroe Isadore to a new home, police say he resisted and barricaded himself inside. Authorities tried using a camera to monitor him, along with negotiating tactics,…

Settlement reached in NJ HS football player death

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The family of a New Jersey high school football player who died in 2008 after suffering a concussion reached a settlement with his school on Monday, according to an attorney for the family. Beth…

Coast Guard: 4 St. Vincent men adrift for 12 days

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Four men from St. Vincent & the Grenadines were rescued at sea Monday after drifting for as long as 12 days on a disabled powerboat, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. In a…

Experts: Climate primary factor on lake levels

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Placing water retention structures in the St. Clair River may not be enough to counteract the effects of a warming climate and raise Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels, experts said Monday. As…

Billionaire fined for trying to undo Kings arena

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento’s efforts to build a new downtown arena, the California Fair Political…

Hawaii gov. calls special session on gay marriage

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is calling for a special legislative session to move forward a bill legalizing gay marriage. Abercrombie announced the special session during a news conference on Monday. The session would begin on…

Court gets sanity report in Colo. theater shooting

DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the Colorado theater shootings are getting their first look at a long-awaited opinion from a state psychiatrist on whether defendant James Holmes was legally insane when he killed 12 people…

Brazil protects Amazon area as big as Lebanon

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Brazilian government has designated nearly 10,000 square kilometers (3,860 square miles) of land in the Amazon rainforest as a protected area. That’s an area slightly smaller than the nation of Lebanon, and the…