NY man questioned for computer search history

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say they have questioned a former employee of a New York computer company after his workplace computer search history revealed inquires for “pressure cooker bombs” and “backpacks,” but no criminality was found. The…

Wife of Conn. home invasion survivor pregnant

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut doctor whose wife and two daughters were killed in a 2007 home invasion says he and his new wife are expecting a baby. Dr. William Petit and his wife Christine told WFSB-TV…

Legislation introduced in House to reform NCAA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from Pennsylvania and Ohio introduced legislation in the House of Representatives that would require NCAA schools to guarantee four-year scholarships to athletes who play collision sports and due process for schools accused of breaking…

Obama nominates James as Air Force secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating a former assistant defense secretary and House staffer as secretary of the Air Force. The White House said Thursday that Deborah Lee James is Obama’s pick to replace Michael Donley,…

911 response questioned in fatal NJ bus crash

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Bystanders who called 911 after a commuter bus hit a pole that fell onto a stroller, killing an 8-month-old, wondered why the emergency response took so long. On 911 tapes obtained by the…

Ramsay holds his tongue working with kid chefs

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Gordon Ramsay’s softer side comes out when the chef presides over aspiring kid cooks on a new reality show. Ramsay said Thursday at the Television Critics Association meeting that kids between 8 and…

First African woman vp is new UN HIV/AIDS envoy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Africa’s first female vice president, Speciosa Wandira-Kasibwe as his special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. A surgeon with a doctorate in public health and population from Harvard, Wandira-Kasibwe was…

Panel: UN reliance on private security firms grows

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An expert panel called Thursday for more transparency surrounding the deepening reliance of the United Nations on private security companies for services from armed guards to police training. The Working Group on the Use…

Spanish PM denies party ran slush fund

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Parliament on Thursday that he was wrong to trust his former party financial chief for so many years, and repeated his vigorous denials of the ex-treasurer’s allegations the party…

Spanish train driver can’t explain why he crashed

MADRID (AP) — The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people, has said he was traveling at twice the speed limit when he approached a treacherous turn. But, sitting uneasily before a judge,…

UN weapons experts to depart for Syria in days

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chemical weapons experts are gathering in the Netherlands and will depart “within days” for Syria to investigate three allegations of alleged chemical weapons use, the United Nations said Thursday. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said…

Group: Jamaica must probe transgender teen slaying

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A New York-based human rights group on Thursday calling for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a transgender teenager. Dwayne Jones was found dead on July 22 near…

Rockets fired on area south of Lebanese capital

BEIRUT (AP) — At least two rockets slammed Thursday night into an area south of the Lebanese capital that houses the Defense Ministry and presidential palace, Lebanon’s state-run news agency said. There were no casualties from the rockets…