Bullock calls ‘Gravity’ her ‘best life decision’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sandra Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie “Gravity” with director Alfonso Cuaron was “the best life decision I think I ever made.” Cuaron coaxed Bullock into playing an astronaut coping with disaster at the…

Guinea postpones release of election results

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s electoral commission said Tuesday it could be days before provisional results are available from the West African nation’s first legislative elections in more than a decade, drawing criticism from the opposition. Results had…

Mall attack to cost Kenya $200 million in tourism

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When Ohio resident Bill Haynes heard about the shooting at Westgate Mall by Islamic extremist gunmen last month, he considered canceling his upcoming 17-day safari to Kenya and Tanzania. “You can’t help but be…

Legal challenges of new Ohio execution drug likely

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s imminent announcement of a new lethal injection drug is likely to be followed by legal challenges, if past experience in the state and across the country is any judge. That same experience also…

IRS: No tax refunds during government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service says you must pay your taxes during the government shutdown. But don’t expect any refunds. The IRS said Tuesday it will gladly accept tax returns and payments during the shutdown. In…

Lesbian sues Miss. town for denying gay bar permit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman is suing the leaders of a north Mississippi town, accusing them of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying her a business license. Pat “PJ” Newton filed the…

UN finds torture widespread in Libya

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Torture is widespread in Libyan jails since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in late 2011, United Nations investigators said. The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and the U.N. Support…

Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Online document-sharing site Scribd is taking a page from Netflix’s success story as it sets out to create the world’s largest subscription service for digital books. The opening chapter in Scribd’s quest begins Tuesday…

Ex-Miss Russia’s NY drug case dropped after rehab

NEW YORK (AP) — The case against a former Miss Russia charged with forging prescriptions to get painkillers in New York has been dismissed after she spent two sometimes rocky years in drug treatment. Anna Malova (mah-LOH’-vah) said…

Netanyahu: Israel won’t let Iran get nuclear arms

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu played the spoiler Tuesday to any easing of Iran’s relations with the West, telling world leaders his country will do whatever it takes to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear…

Lostprophets splits in wake of sex charges

LONDON (AP) — British rock group Lostprophets has announced it is disbanding, months after its lead singer was charged with sex offenses against children. Frontman Ian Watkins was arrested in December and charged with more than 20 offenses…

Jordan: In his prime, he could beat LeBron, others

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NBA legend Michael Jordan believes he could beat LeBron James in a one-on-one basketball game when he was in his prime. He’s not sure about Kobe Bryant. In a video promoting the NBA 2K14…

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…