NBC show will send someone into space

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC says it will air a competition show with an out-of-this-world prize: a ride into space. The network said Thursday that TV producer Mark Burnett is teaming with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic on “Space…

Portugal passes bailout test, gets more funding

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese officials say the country has passed its latest bailout test and qualified for around 5.5 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in further funding from creditors. Deputy Prime Minister Paulo Portas said Thursday that bailout…

Ex US Navy officer wanted for murder dies in Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A former U.S. military officer wanted on murder charges in the 1973 killing of two Americans has died in Chile, but the wife of one of the victims is demanding further proof. Former Navy…

Islamic fighters connect in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Westgate Mall attack in Kenya threw the spotlight on al-Shabab, a Somalia-based group of Islamic militants that claimed responsibility. But its relationship with al-Hijra, a relatively obscure cell of extremists in Kenya, represents what…

Iraq officials say bombing at soccer field kills 5

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a bomb has exploded near a soccer field while teenagers were playing south of Baghdad, killing at least five people. Police say the blast struck Thursday evening in the town of Madain,…

Cash-strapped Ireland asks voters to close Senate

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish government leaders have issued final appeals to voters to back the abolition of the country’s Senate, an upper parliamentary chamber long decried as elitist and ineffective, in a cost-cutting move. Most opposition lawmakers support…

Scientists to explore Caribbean faults, volcanoes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The man whose research team discovered the Titanic shipwreck is now leading a mission to investigate major faults and underwater volcanoes in the northern and eastern Caribbean to collect information that could…

Russian Embassy in Libya evacuated after attack

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday evacuated all of its diplomats and their families from Libya, the day after a mob attack on the Russian Embassy, and issued a warning to its citizens against visiting the country. The…

UK teenager tried to copy Columbine massacre

LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors in Britain say a 17-year-old boy accused of planning a series of gun and bomb attacks on his former school was inspired by mass shooting sprees, including the one at Colorado’s Columbine High School…

In rare case, Palestinians reclaim settlement land

BURKA, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian farmers on Thursday reclaimed lands they had lost decades earlier to an Israeli settlement, celebrating a rare legal victory their lawyer said illustrates that Israel’s settlement enterprise is reversible. In the 1970s,…

Bucharest’s biggest-ever classical music festival

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s Queen Marie believed that life is a glorious celebration of music and song. A century later, the country’s capital city of Bucharest, once known as the Paris of the East, has lived up…

Musical ‘Kinky Boots’ finds itself in the black

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s nothing kinky about the bottom line at “Kinky Boots.” Producers of the Tony Award-winning musical said Thursday it has recouped its $13.5 million capitalization in 30 weeks. “Kinky Boots” is based on a…