5 people shot to death in small Illinois town

MANCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the slayings of five people whose bodies were found in a house in the tiny Scott County community of Manchester. A suspect is in custody. Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond…

Greek finance minister rejects tax relief call

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Finance Minister has rejected a called from the government’s Socialist coalition partners to add tax relief measures to a new austerity bill due to be voted by parliament at the weekend. Yannis Stournaras…

Fed says redesigned $100 bill ready by October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says it will begin circulating a redesigned $100 bill this fall, more than two years after its initial target. The Fed has set a new target date of Oct. 8. The redesigned…

2 teens charged with murder in Mo. cabin deaths

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Two teenagers are accused of escaping from a juvenile rehabilitation camp then fatally beating and stabbing an elderly couple at a vacation cabin in southwest Missouri. Seventeen-year-old Anthony Zarro of Spring, Texas, and 16-year-old…

Fonda to add prints by dad’s at Chinese Theatre

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Fonda is planning to shed a few tears on Saturday. That’s when the 75-year-old Oscar winner will place her hand and footprints next to her father’s in the concrete shrine to celebrity outside…

NBC plans a 12-day-long, 24/7 quiz show this fall

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says it’s planning a 12-day-long, around-the-clock competition show to air this fall. The network said Wednesday that the trivia-based game show, “The Million Second Quiz,” will air live in prime time from a…

NFL group, company teaming up for brain drug test

NEW YORK (AP) — A potential treatment for traumatic brain injuries may be tested in retired professional football players, who are the focus of concern over blows to the head. Neuralstem, Inc., of Rockville, Md., said Wednesday it…

Stocks open little changed on mixed earnings news

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes are little changed in early trading on Wall Street following mixed earnings results from Apple, Ford, Boeing and other major U.S. companies. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s…

Marathon bombing suspects had been on welfare

BOSTON (AP) — The suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings killed in a shootout with police received welfare benefits from the state up until last year, when he became ineligible based on family income. A spokesman for the…

Kerry seeks to boost Afghan, Pakistan ties

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has brought senior Afghan and Pakistani officials together for security talks aimed at improving relations between the two nations ahead of next year’s withdrawal of NATO combat forces from…

Nicole Kidman and Ang Lee join starry Cannes jury

PARIS (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival says Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Christopher Waltz and Ang Lee will join this year’s competition jury. Steven Spielberg will lead 2013′s jury that will also include Romanian director Cristian Mungiu, who…

Police probing whether body is missing RI student

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island medical examiner’s office is trying to determine whether a body found in Providence is a Brown University student who went missing last month. City police say members of the Brown crew…

Donald Trump’s anti-wind farm ad banned

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that Donald Trump’s anti-wind farm advert should be withdrawn in its current form. The independent advertising regulator said Wednesday that the ad from Trump International Gold Club Scotland is…

Calif. judge says combat school must name trainees

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California has ordered the government to disclose the names of Latin American military leaders who attended a Defense Department facility where protesters say the U.S. has trained notorious human rights…

Metallica to debut new film on IMAX in September

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Metallica already planned to go big with its new 3D film. IMAX is helping make the debut for “Metallica Through The Never” giant-sized. The film that mixes concert footage with a dramatic narrative and…

Ohio zoo’s baby monkey named for CBS TV character

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Zoo says its most recent additions include a monkey that was born last month and is named after a quirky scientist character on the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” The zoo…