Measure to extend visas for Iraqis advances

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure to provide relief for Iraqis who risked their lives to help the United States may be advancing in Congress despite the government shutdown. The special visa has allowed more than 12,000 Iraqi contractors,…

‘Welcome to the Family’ creates blended family

NBC’s new comedy “Welcome to the Family” starts with an unfortunate image problem. The series, which debuts Thursday (8:30 p.m. EDT), is about an aimless California girl from a middle class white family who is impregnated by the…

Poe Museum in Va. seeks to preserve illustrations

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Edgar Allan Poe Museum is starting a fundraising effort to preserve illustrations of the American writer’s famous 1845 poem, “The Raven.” Museum officials hope to raise $60,000 for the nearly 130-year-old illustrations by…

Court: Is anonymous tip enough for traffic stop?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will weigh whether a motorist’s anonymous tip about reckless driving is enough for police to pull over a car, without an officer’s corroboration of dangerous driving. The issue has…

Brazil judge dismisses case against Chevron

SAO PAULO (AP) — A federal judge in Brazil has dismissed a civil lawsuit against Chevron Corp. and driller Transocean Ltd. filed in connection with a 2011 oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A federal…

Justices to hear appeal over ‘Raging Bull’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The daughter of the man whose work was the basis of the Oscar-winning movie “Raging Bull” is hoping the Supreme Court will give her a final second TKO against a movie studio for ownership of…

Jailed Pussy Riot member ends hunger strike

MOSCOW (AP) — An imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot ended her nine-day hunger strike on Tuesday but her husband said she has vowed to restart it if she is not moved to another prison. Pyotr…

Memoir by ’60s Dylan tour manager out in 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A posthumous memoir by Bob Dylan’s tour manager during the 1960s is due out next September. St. Martin’s Press announced Tuesday that it had acquired “Another Side of Bob Dylan,” by Victor Maymudes (may-’MOO-dess),…

Sinn Fein leader’s brother convicted of child rape

DUBLIN (AP) — The brother of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was convicted Tuesday of raping his daughter in a case that highlighted how the Irish nationalist political party long discouraged the reporting of crimes within its own…

Pa. student’s Spider-Man robbery charge dropped

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a robbery charge against a college student who dressed as Spider-Man after a convenience store owner testified he believes the incident was just a “silly mistake.” The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1bqjkvl) 21-year-old…