Amid scandal, Va. governor drawing on real estate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has refinanced his private residence and restructured loans on other properties as he repays a businessman and donor who showered him and his family with gifts. Court and government records…

White supremacists sentenced for hate crime

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two members of a white supremacist group were sentenced to prison for their roles in a New Year’s Eve attack on two men of Egyptian descent in central New Jersey. Michal Gunar, of East…

Pa. faith-healing dad loses bid to end murder case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge is refusing to dismiss murder charges against a fundamentalist Christian couple in the faith-healing death of their son, noting that another child had died in similar fashion four years ago. Terms of their…

No bomb found on Philly plane despite threat call

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities are at Philadelphia’s airport because of an apparent bomb threat made in connection with an incoming flight from Ireland. USAirways Flight 777 from Shannon landed at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Law…
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Boys killed by python died from asphyxiation

The mother of two small boys strangled by a 100-pound (45-kilogram) python in their sleep earlier this week in Canada had posted photos on Facebook last year of the boys playing in and cleaning her neighbor’s snake enclosure.…

Boat overturns at Austrian opera fest, singers wet

VIENNA (AP) — A Mozart opera performed at one of Austria’s premier music festivals has made an unscheduled splash after a boat carrying three singers overturned and dumped them into a lake. The Bregenz Festival features an open-air…

Dead shark is found in NYC subway car, disposed of

NEW YORK (AP) — Did a fan of “Shark Week” get carried away? New York City’s transit authority says a conductor found a small dead shark aboard a subway train in Queens on Wednesday. The conductor asked passengers…

Minor league team faked rejected marriage proposal

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A minor league baseball team acknowledged Wednesday that it staged a rejected marriage proposal during a recent game as a publicity stunt. The Double-A New Britain Rock Cats, an affiliate of the Minnesota…

Pope greets Argentines on St. Cayetano feast day

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pope Francis is asking fellow Argentines to reach out to the poorest, not only through charity but by showing them compassion and affection. Francis’ prerecorded message was broadcast early Wednesday as thousands lined…

Bulger trial jurors ask about aiding and abetting

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in the racketeering trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger asked the judge for clarification on the culpability of someone who helps in the commission of a crime as they started their second day…

US institute: NKorea expanding nuclear plant

VIENNA (AP) — A U.S.-based institute tracking North Korea’s nuclear weapons program says recent satellite photos show the country is doubling the size of its uranium enrichment plant. In March, North Korea said it was “readjusting and restarting”…