Beverly Hills eatery gives no-shows Twitter roast

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When 20 percent of your dinner reservations don’t show, what’s a restaurant owner to do? Usually nothing; it’s an unsavory fact of restaurant life that not everyone who says they’ll be there, will. But…

Arizona AG to sue to block civil unions in Bisbee

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will go to court to block the artists’ community of Bisbee from implementing a newly approved ordinance recognizing civil unions for same-sex couples, his office said Wednesday. Horne’s office will…

Argentina: flooding from torrential rains kill 41

LA PLATA, Argentina (AP) — At least 35 people were killed by flooding overnight in Argentina’s Buenos Aires province, the governor said Wednesday, bringing the overall death toll from days of torrential rains to at least 41 and…

Egypt court stops extradition of top Gadhafi aide

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s state news agency says an Egyptian court has ruled against the extradition to Libya of a former close aide of ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Ahmed Qaddaf al-Dam, a relative of Gadhafi who for decades…

In 1 part of UK, Goths can be hate crime victims

LONDON (AP) — If you punch a punk in Manchester, it could be a hate crime. Police in the English city announced Wednesday that they will begin recording offenses against members of alternative subcultures in the same way…

France to tighten TV rules over “Survivor” deaths

PARIS (AP) — France’s broadcast regulator says it’s taking steps to tighten safety rules for TV reality shows, following two deaths on the French version of adventure show “Survivor.” In a statement Wednesday, the Higher Broadcasting Council expressed…

Tweet about ‘Daily Show’ boomerangs on US Embassy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yikes! It seems “The Daily Show” and diplomacy don’t mix. That’s the lesson the U.S. Embassy in Cairo is learning the hard way after being rebuked by both the Egyptian government and the State Department…

Elaine Stritch movingly says goodbye to New York

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway legend Elaine Stritch kicked off a final series of concerts to bid farewell to New York, but refused to be maudlin about it, instead displaying her typical brand of sass and feistiness. The…

Swift, Bieber, Mars to perform at Billboard Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber will hit the stage at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19. Billboard announced Wednesday that Bruno Mars and R&B singer Miguel will also perform at…

3 Pakistani security officers killed in attack

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected militants threw a grenade at a vehicle carrying paramilitary security officers in southern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing three and wounding three others. Police spokesman Imran Shaukat said the attack took place as the…
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Former KHP trooper killed in helicopter crash

A former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper has been identified as one of two people killed in a helicopter crash in Alaska on Saturday. Alaska state trooper Tage Toll died a……
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Bill bars wage rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill barring cities and counties from requiring their contractors to pay union-scale wages.……

Israel, Gaza launch heaviest strikes since truce

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian militants launched several rockets into southern Israel and Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip Wednesday in the heaviest exchange of fire between the sides since a cease-fire ended a major flare-up last…

Amazon offers digital songs to vinyl record buyers

SEATTLE (AP) — In an odd combination of old and new, Amazon says that every time a person buys a vinyl record from its online store, it will give that customer a digital version of the songs for…

NKorea warns military cleared to wage nuke attack

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ratcheting up the rhetoric, North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using “smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear” weapons. The Pentagon, meanwhile, said…

Scientists find hint of dark matter from cosmos

GENEVA (AP) — A $2 billion cosmic ray detector on the International Space Station has found the footprint of something that could be dark matter, the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the cosmos together but has…