Tunisian assembly speaker calls for reconciliation

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The speaker of Tunisia’s elected assembly called Wednesday for the country’s political parties to resolve their differences by the end of the week and finish the constitution. Mustapha Ben Jaafar gave an impassioned plea…

Stadium chief: Vikings should be able to pay share

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings shouldn’t have any trouble paying for their share of a new $975 million stadium, the chairwoman of the public authority managing the project said Wednesday. Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen revealed preliminary results…

Spotify’s Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Sept. 1, via Facebook, Tumblr,…

Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, Aug. 26, to Sunday, Sept. 1: UNITED STATES 1. Katy Perry, “Roar” (Capitol) 2. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Universal) 3. Lorde, “Royals” (Republic Records) 4. Jay…

Judge’s son released from Puerto Rico hospital

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The son of a U.S. federal court judge accused of killing his wife has been released from a Puerto Rico hospital to receive physical therapy. Pablo Casellas Toro had been hospitalized for…

Michelle Williams to hit Broadway in new ‘Cabaret’

NEW YORK (AP) — Michelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next year in a role best known by Liza Minnelli — fishnet-and-bowler hat wearing chanteuse Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” The Roundabout Theatre Company confirmed Wednesday that the…

Review: Sturdy Diesel, lousy dialogue in ‘Riddick’

“Somewhere along the way I lost a step,” says Vin Diesel, aka that gravelly voiced, visually impaired, planet-hopping outlaw and badass they call Riddick. “I went and got sloppy.” He’s talking about how he ended up on a…

Education chief: Maybe start school later in day

WASHINGTON (AP) — A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. School districts would…

Vatican abruptly ousts Dominican Republic envoy

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic will look into allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to the Caribbean country following his abrupt removal from his post by the Vatican, the…

Russia’s Putin calls John Kerry a liar on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war. Speaking to his…

Brazil house approves end to secret voting

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s lower house has voted to end the system of secret voting in the national legislature. That’s been a main demand from anti-government protesters who’ve taken to streets since June. And it was one…
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London Film Festival line-up to include ‘Gravity’

This year’s London Film Festival will feature movies ranging from the Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color” to “Gravity,” a sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.…

GOP dreads prospect of new UAW foothold in South

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers. But Volkswagen…

Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a…