US, Puerto Rico sign deal to reform police agency

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged $10 million on Wednesday to the Puerto Rican government as it finalized a deal to reform the U.S. territory’s police agency, which has long been accused…

Buy-America snag stalls Vegas high-speed rail plan

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has suspended its review of a $5.5 billion loan request that is essential for building a private bullet train between a Southern California desert community and the Las Vegas…

Bomber as rock star? Rolling Stone cover outrage

NEW YORK (AP) — Sultry eyes burn into the camera lens from behind tousled curls. A scruff of sexy beard and loose T-shirt are bathed in soft, yellow light. The close-up of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of…

Disputes between Morsi, military led to Egypt coup

CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt’s military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, sat with a polite smile in the front row listening to President Mohammed Morsi give a 2 1/2-hour speech defending his year in office. El-Sissi even clapped…

EPA building named for former President Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — The headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency has been renamed to honor former President Bill Clinton. Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California hosted the dedication ceremony Wednesday and sponsored the legislation that changed the building’s…

Appeals court delays Gitmo genital search ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court is allowing the U.S. government to continue genital searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees — at least temporarily. A three-judge panel of the court Wednesday granted the Obama administration’s emergency motion for…

Slow negotiations could hasten bankruptcy filing

DETROIT (AP) — After several weeks of talks, only one deal has been reached between the state-appointed emergency manager hired to fix Detroit’s finances and more than 50 creditors, two public pension funds and unions jockeying for their…

Va. appeals court invalidates NLRB appointments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A third federal appeals court has declared President Barack Obama’s recess appointments of three members of the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional. A divided three-judge panel of the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of…

Texas horse breeders take clone battle to court

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The nation’s pre-eminent quarter horse association, trying hard to safeguard a prestigious registry that adds financial value to listed animals, faced off in court Wednesday against two breeders who claim the organization is wrongly…

Report: Pentagon must overhaul its MIA effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon’s efforts to find and identify troops missing in action from past conflicts are undermined by leadership weaknesses, infighting and other problems that jeopardize the mission, according to a new audit released Wednesday. In…

Memory decline may be earliest sign of dementia

BOSTON (AP) — Memory problems that are often dismissed as a normal part of aging may not be so harmless after all. Noticing you have had a decline beyond the occasional misplaced car keys or forgotten name could…

Mom begs for help in finding missing Mich. woman

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Friends and relatives of a missing Detroit-area woman made a tearful appeal to the public Wednesday for information about their “shining star,” two days after the 20-year-old was abducted from a discount store and…

Brother of Randy Travis arrested on meth charge

MARSHVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in Union County say a brother of country singer Randy Travis has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies found a methamphetamine lab inside his home. Investigators with the sheriff’s office searched the home of…

NASA still perplexed by astronaut’s flooded helmet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — The spacewalking astronaut who came close to drowning in a flooded helmet searched for clues in his spacesuit Wednesday, in hopes of understanding the unprecedented water leak. Engineers in Houston, meanwhile, conducted their…

Trayvon Martin’s friend gets scholarship offer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner is offering help in attending college to the young woman who was the last to speak to Trayvon Martin. Joyner addressed Rachel Jeantel and other young people in what he…