Italian film fetes dignity of manual work

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The star of a new film celebrating the dignity of manual labor is lamenting that many of his fellow Italians shun traditional trades like carpentry, leaving such jobs to immigrants even during stubborn economic…

Daphne Oz of ‘The Chew’ reveals she is pregnant

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s one kid who’ll be guaranteed to have healthy baby food. Daphne Oz, a host of ABC’s daytime program “The Chew” and daughter of talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, announced her pregnancy Thursday…

‘Blurred Lines’ named Billboard song of the summer

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one’s surprise, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is Billboard’s song of the summer. Billboard announced the list Thursday. Rock outfit Imagine Dragons is second with “Radioactive,” followed by Daft Punk with “Get Lucky.”…

Preview of spring styles at NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK (AP) — Previews of spring styles officially started Thursday at New York Fashion Week, but the crowd here always likes to get a jump on things, so the stylists, editors, retailers, models and celebrities were drawn…

Romania plans referendum on killing stray dogs

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The mayor of the Romanian capital says there will be a referendum on whether thousands of stray dogs should be euthanized after a 4-year-old boy was killed by a stray this week. Sorin Oprescu…

Better economic reports, sales send stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street after some positive news about the U.S. jobs market and higher sales from major store chains. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 51 points, or…

Germany pessimistic on world agreement over Syria

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is doubtful that world leaders can agree on what to do about Syria’s civil war, despite frenzied diplomatic efforts following a chemical weapons attack. Merkel told reporters Thursday at…

Applications for US jobless aid near a 5-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, near the lowest level since June 2008. The figure shows employers are laying off fewer and fewer workers, an…

National Zoo: 2-week-old panda cub is female

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a girl! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo announced Thursday that its 2-week-old giant panda cub is female and her father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN). Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) was artificially…

Typewriters of famous, infamous displayed in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) — Typewriters that belonged to notable 20th century people are on display in a Northeastern University gallery. Machines once owned by Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon, Jack Kevorkian, and “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski are among those…

Glance: Key ECB measures to calm eurozone crisis

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank and its president, Mario Draghi, have played a key role in fighting the government debt crisis afflicting the 17 European Union member countries that use the euro. The ECB is…

Quake hits off Costa Rica coast; no damage reports

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Seismologists say a magnitude-6.0 earthquake has struck off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, but there are no reports of damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at…

ADP: Businesses added 176,000 jobs in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — American businesses added 176,000 jobs in August, a private survey showed Thursday. That was fewer than in June and July but roughly in line with the monthly average for the year. The payroll company ADP…

Body found near site being searched for student

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working to determine the identity of a burning body found near a Southern California lake where authorities had been searching for a missing college student. Firefighters called to the scene of a…

Futures mixed in light trading amid data trove

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures were mixed in very light trading amid a flurry of reports on jobs, retail sales and the industrial and services sectors. The numbers that roll out Thursday and Friday may determine if…