Study: MERS virus match seen in Saudi Arabian bat

ATLANTA (AP) — Scientists have found the mysterious MERS virus in a bat in Saudi Arabia. An international research team said the bat virus is an exact match to the first known human case of Middle East respiratory…

Mali president-elect vows national reconciliation

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian president-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita vowed Wednesday to focus on national reconciliation once he takes office next month in this country wracked by a rebellion, a coup and an Islamic insurgency. Keita won Mali’s…

‘Partridge Family’ star Cassidy charged with DWI

SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say former teen heartthrob David Cassidy was pulled over for failing to dim his headlights in upstate New York and charged with DWI after tests showed his blood-alcohol content at .10, higher than…

Russia questions claims on Syria toxic gas attack

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says the accusations that the Syrian government carried out a toxic gas attack seem aimed at undermining efforts to convene an international peace conference. Syrian anti-government activists blame President Bashar Assad’s…

UN holds emergency meeting on Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled emergency consultations Wednesday on the latest alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is determined to ensure a “thorough investigation” of all reported…

75 Puerto Ricans charged in Social Security fraud

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities are serving warrants on 75 people accused in a multimillion-dollar Social Security fraud case in Puerto Rico. Those charged include three doctors and 71 Social Security claimants. Authorities say they…

French police arrest Pink Panther prison escapee

PARIS (AP) — Police stormed a villa in southeast France and arrested a member of the notorious Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves who had escaped from a Swiss prison earlier this year, officials said Wednesday. During the…

James Franco gets artsy with Ovation channel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Franco is coming back to TV, but this time it’s not for a soap opera or the Academy Awards. The Ovation channel said Wednesday that it’s joining with the actor-writer-filmmaker on a new…