8 die, hundreds evacuated in Romania flooding

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Eight people have died and hundreds have been evacuated in remote eastern Romania as torrential rains caused flash flooding, officials reported Thursday. Authorities said some 700 houses were flooded after 12 villages were hit…

Egypt court acquits police over protester deaths

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has acquitted 10 policemen and four civilians of the killings of several protesters during the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak. Nearly 200 policemen and Mubarak-era officials have been charged with…

‘The Fantasticks’ reaches mind-boggling milestone

NEW YORK (AP) — The opening night of the musical “The Fantasticks” wasn’t so fantastic. The reviews were decidedly mixed, with the New York Herald Tribune critic only liking Act 2. The New York Times grudgingly enjoyed just…

Mass. school district closed due to slick floors

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts school district has canceled classes for the day because floors are too slippery. The Amherst Regional School District announced on its website that all six of its schools are closed Thursday because…

Prosecutors seek 50-year sentence for Mo. priest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Missouri are seeking a 50-year prison term for a Roman Catholic priest who admitted taking pornographic photos of children. The Rev. Shawn Ratigan faces sentencing Thursday in U.S. District Court…

Milwaukee’s latest de-icing strategy: Cheese brine

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee has literally been down this road before. What could the city’s Department of Public Works mix with rock salt to deice its streets in the winter? Rock salt is plentiful and inexpensive, but concerns…

Kerry testing Russia on Syria weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Thursday morning to test the seriousness of a Russian proposal to secure Syria’s chemical weapons.

‘Walking Dead’ actor struck by military vehicle

SENOIA, Ga. (AP) — An actor playing a zombie on the set of the hit cable show “The Walking Dead” is recovering after reports that he was struck by a military vehicle during filming in Georgia. A police…

American jihadi slain in Somalia by rivals

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A rapping jihadi from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked militant group high enough to attract a $5 million U.S. government bounty was killed Thursday in an ambush ordered by the militant…

Palace: Prince William ends active military career

LONDON (AP) — Royal officials say Prince William has finished his tour of duty as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter pilot and has left operational service with the British military to focus on royal duties and charity…

Bulgaria closes probe in Cold War umbrella killing

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor has closed a probe into one of the most notorious killings of the Cold War, saying that after 35 years a dissident’s murder with a poison-tipped umbrella has reached the statute…

China bans new coal-fired plants in 3 regions

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Thursday that it will ban new coal-fired power plants in three key industrial regions around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in its latest bid to combat the country’s notorious air pollution. The action plan…

Over 2M dehumidifiers recalled, reports of fires

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2 million dehumidifiers are being recalled after dozens of reports of fires and more than $2 million in property damage. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the dehumidifiers can overheat, smoke and catch…