US stocks rise, led by technology companies

NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging economic reports are sending stock prices higher on Wall Street. Wages and spending rose in the U.S. last month, and pending home sales hit a three-year high. The Dow Jones industrial average was…

Karzai: US gives funds to national security team

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his national security team has been receiving payments from the U.S. government for 10 years. Karzai confirmed the payments on Monday when he was asked about a story published…

Key figures on Superstorm Sandy, 6 months later

Superstorm Sandy, a hybrid of a hurricane and two cold-weather systems, struck six months ago on Oct. 29, concentrating most of its fury on New Jersey, New York and Connecticut and becoming one of the most expensive storms…

Israel OKs barrier in Palestinian Christian area

JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawyer for a convent in a Palestinian Christian town near Bethlehem says she will appeal an Israeli court ruling allowing construction of a segment of Israel’s separation barrier through properties owned by the Vatican…

Trial hinging on dying Ohio man’s blinks begins

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jury selection got under way Monday in the trial of an Ohio man charged with murder in the shooting of a man authorities say identified his assailant by blinking his eyes while paralyzed and hooked…
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KU making plans for online work

University of Kansas officials admit the school has not been aggressive in offering online education options, but that is changing. …

Ivory Coast: We are “open” to investigating crimes

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Ivory Coast’s justice minister says the government is open to investigating top security officials accused by United Nations experts of raking in millions of dollars through “warlord-style predatory economic activities.” Gnenema Coulibaly said…

Euro mayors try to keep youths from going to Syria

MECHELEN, Belgium (AP) — From his city hall under Belgium’s most imposing cathedral, Mayor Bart Somers is wracking his brains trying to figure out how to keep young Muslims from going to fight “holy war” in Syria against…

Virgin Galactic spaceship makes 1st powered flight

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A spaceship bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson made its first powered flight Monday in a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year. While SpaceShipTwo…