Soft-spoken Virginian holds sway on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Depending on whom you ask, Rep. Bob Goodlatte is either trying to stand in the way of landmark immigration legislation or he illustrates the new face of the GOP trying to find common ground on…

Rod Stewart, T.I. set for ‘Voice’ performances

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says it’s lining up musical artists including Rod Stewart to perform on “The Voice” in May. The network said Monday that Stewart, CeeLo Green, Lady Antebellum, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. will…

S&P 500 reaches new high, led by tech

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading the stock market higher, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to another record high. A pair of strong economic reports also encouraged investors Monday. Wages and spending rose in…

US urges NKorea to release detained American

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is calling on North Korea to immediately release on humanitarian grounds an American citizen facing charges that carry the death penalty. North Korea announced Saturday that Kenneth Bae (BAY) will be tried in…

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…