Syrian prime minister escapes bombing in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the heart of the heavily defended capital Monday, state media said, laying bare the vulnerability of President Bashar Assad’s regime. The bombing, which killed several…
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Brownback delivers second budget amendment to legislature

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback delivered his second Governor’s Budget Amendment (GBA) for Fiscal Years 2013, 2014 and 2015 to the Kansas Legislature Monday. Total adjustments reduce spending approximately $102 million. …

Grammy-winning cellist Janos Starker dead at 88

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Grammy Award-winning cellist Janos Starker has died after months of declining health. He was 88. Alain Barker, a spokesman for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, said Starker died Sunday at his…

Mexican official’s daughter gets restaurant closed

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official’s daughter has caused a scandal by sending inspectors to shut down a restaurant that didn’t give her the table she wanted. It’s the latest of several cases of seeming arrogance by…

Beastie Boys memoir scheduled for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Beastie Boys want it all on the record. The iconic hip-hop group has a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House Inc., for an illustrated oral history. The currently untitled…

Obama meets Neb boy who won hearts in spring game

The 7-year-old cancer patient who became an Internet sensation for his touchdown run in Nebraska’s spring football game has yet another fan — President Barack Obama. Jack Hoffman, his family and former Cornhuskers running back Rex Burkhead visited…

Woman finds newborn left on sand at Hawaii beach

HONOLULU (AP) — Police believe a baby found on an Oahu beach was abandoned. Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu says a woman parked at a beach late Sunday heard several people screaming. A few minutes later the screaming stopped,…

Legal fight settled over Chicago parking meters

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Monday that he was able to tweak a deal to privatize the city’s parking meters that has proven to be a national embarrassment even as he acknowledged that the city…