Brazil: Thousands urge return of pet monkey Chico

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When two police officers tore little Chico from the arms of Elizete Carmona, they said it was for his own good. After all, 71-year-old women aren’t meant to live with endangered tufted capuchin…

Tagliani pays off wager with beaver-suit stunts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani has made good on a bet he lost to fellow driver Scott Dixon by wearing a beaver costume while riding a tricycle and milking a cow at the Indiana State Fair.…

Defiant A-Rod gets 211-game ban, will appeal case

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case — the…

Investigators question Filner’s ex-flack

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County Sheriff’s investigators on Monday will question Bob Filner’s former communication director about allegations she made in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor, her lawyer said. Attorney Gloria Allred said she…

10 stranded as LA Transformers ride stops

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — It was a heart-stopping moment on the Transformers 3D thrill ride, but don’t blame the Decepticons. Authorities say the motion simulator ride at Universal Studios Hollywood stopped unexpectedly Monday, temporarily stranding 10 passengers.…

Murder trial for ex-Phoenix officer begins

PHOENIX (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for a former Phoenix police officer charged with murder and animal cruelty in the fatal shootings of an unarmed man and his dog during a domestic dispute call. Authorities say then-Officer…

South Americans alarmed at alleged US spying

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Foreign ministers from the South American trade bloc Mercosur are expressing their indignation to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at alleged U.S. spying in the region and throughout the world. Venezuela Foreign Minister Elias Jaua,…

Man fights to take license test in Hawaiian

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who speaks Hawaiian wants to be able to use the language to take his driver’s license exam. Hawaiian is considered one of the state’s official languages, yet Daniel Anthony says he’s unable to…

Service academy chiefs scrutiny on sex assaults

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Sen. Barbara Mikulski is calling attention to a new commission that would focus on how well military service academy superintendents are working to fight sexual assault. Mikulski announced Monday that language to create a…

Time Warner Cable: CBS should be sold ‘a la carte’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt has offered to end a four-day blackout of CBS stations, saying the cable operator would allow CBS to sell its stations’ signal “a la carte” to consumers instead…

Feds act to stem growth in pedestrian deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are taking action to stop a rise in pedestrian deaths around the country. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a $2 million grant program to improve pedestrian safety through education and enforcement. He…

White House to announce Russia trip plans soon

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is saying it will announce in the coming days whether President Barack Obama is going to cancel a visit to Moscow. Obama’s plan to visit Russian President Vladimir Putin has been up…

Boat stuck off Senegal capital spills diesel fuel

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A boat that ran aground off the coast of Senegal’s capital is now leaking diesel fuel into the ocean near some scenic islands. Senegalese Environment Minister Haidar El Ali said Monday the accident took…

List of the Top 20 party, sober schools in the US

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Princeton Review released its 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges” book Monday, which includes the lists of the Top 20 party schools and the Top 20 sober schools. TOP 20 PARTY…

Chile judge rejects charging candidate’s father

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean judge has decided not to charge the father of one presidential candidate with the torture and murder of her rival’s father in 1974. Judge Mario Carroza’s decision Monday is the second time…