House passes pro-business cybersecurity bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pro-business legislation aimed at helping companies fend off sophisticated foreign hackers sailed through the House on Thursday despite a White House veto threat and an outcry from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups that say…

5-year-old Boston bomb victim no longer critical

BOSTON (AP) — One of the youngest victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is improving and no longer in critical condition. Dr. Peter Burke, chief of trauma surgery at Boston Medical Center, said Thursday the 5-year-old boy is…

Keystone XL backers, foes convening in Nebraska

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Opponents and supporters of a massive Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline converged on a snowy Nebraska town Thursday for what could become a pivotal moment for the project. Despite a spring storm that brought sleet…

Texas gov.: Plant explosion a ‘nightmare scenario’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in his state “a truly nightmare scenario.” Authorities have said as many as 15 people are feared dead and more than 160 others…

President: Israel to release ailing Palestinian

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s president says he has approved the release of an ailing Palestinian prisoner on humanitarian grounds. Shimon Peres noted in a statement that Mohammed al-Taj has served two-thirds of a 14-year sentence. It described al-Taj…

AP Interview: Warsaw ghetto survivor recalls hell

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Jakub Gutenbaum still squirms at the thought of scalding-hot walls in the basement where he hid while houses burned overhead during the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Talking to The Associated Press on Thursday, the 83-year-old…

Egypt’s opposition preparing to contest elections

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s leading liberal opposition group says it is preparing to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections expected later this year — a move that some members say is a step back from its earlier call for…

Newman, Adler inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the singers set to pay tribute to this year’s eclectic group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Aguilera and Hudson are scheduled to perform in…

Mandela art event in NYC seeks public’s quotes

NEW YORK (AP) — The public is invited to share their own inspirational quotes at a Times Square event tied to a video installation of Nelson Mandela’s speeches. Organizers say the leader’s grandsons, Kweku (KWAY’-koo) and Ndaba (nehn-DAH’-bah)…

Actor Wes Studi to be in Western ‘Hall of Greats’

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Wes Studi is set to become the second Native American inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma City. The Santa Fe New Mexican…

Food poisonings up from raw milk, poultry bacteria

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are seeing more food poisonings caused by a bacteria commonly linked to raw milk and poultry. A study released Thursday said campylobacter (camp-eh-lo-BACK’-ter) cases grew by 14 percent over the last five…

Belarus court says book of news photos ‘extremist’

ASHMYANY, Belarus (AP) — A court in Belarus has branded a book of news photographs “extremist,” agreeing with the state security agency that the book set out to humiliate the country. The work consists of photos taken in…

Family: 24-hour delay to report US pilot missing

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Aviation officials on Sao Tome island waited 24 hours before reporting the disappearance of an American pilot and his small aircraft off the coast of West Africa, the missing man’s family said on Wednesday. Officials…

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s collection…