Central African Republic to collect guns

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic on Wednesday launched a program to collect unauthorized weapons in response to rampant violence and petty crime in the chronically unstable nation. Security Minister Jose Binoua announced the program…

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

iTunes’ Official Music Charts for the week ending Sept. 2, 2013: Top Songs: 1. “Roar,” Katy Perry 2. “Berzerk,” Eminem 3. “Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell),” Robin Thicke 4. “Applause,” Lady Gaga 5. “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus…

Real estate mogul to give $200M to U. of Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — New York real estate magnate and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is donating $200 million to the University of Michigan for its business school and athletics programs, the largest single donation to the school and…

NY judge: Researcher to lead stop-frisk meetings

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has appointed the leader of a justice policy research center to organize public meetings to ensure New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy is carried out in a constitutional manner. Judge Shira Scheindlin…

Mexican president calls NSA spying illegal

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto says reported surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency would constitute an illegal act. Pena Nieto demanded the United States investigate the allegations aired in a report Sunday night…

McDonald’s exploring changes to Dollar Menu

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it has been testing versions of…

Teen dead, more hurt in Texas high school stabbing

SPRING, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old student has been stabbed to death and three others are injured after a fight at a Houston-area high school. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia says a confrontation around 7 a.m. Wednesday at…

Key events in the case of 3 kidnapped Ohio women

Ariel Castro, who kidnapped two teenagers and a young woman in Cleveland and repeatedly raped them for about a decade, apparently committed suicide in his prison cell Tuesday. A timeline of key events in the case: — Aug.…

Steven Tyler sings at tiny Nashville club

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made a surprise appearance in Nashville and performed two songs before the audience was ushered out for the next show. Tyler was in the audience Tuesday night at the Bluebird…
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Kansas tightens eligibility for food stamp program

Kansas officials say the state will join several others in letting a federal waiver that allows an estimated 20,000 Kansans to receive food assistance without keeping a job expire.…

Auctioneer shows off 118-carat diamond in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York auction house is showing off a 118-carat white diamond that’s the size of an egg. The oval stone was highlighted at a Manhattan media event Wednesday. It will be auctioned in…

Adam Levine is fashion’s next pop star

NEW YORK (AP) — Shawl-collar cardigans and sweatshirt blazers? You’ve got to be as cool as a rock star to pull off this stuff as trendsetting style. Of course, Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 and a mentor…

Crews begin razing massive Detroit housing project

DETROIT (AP) — City and federal officials are making good on promises to raze a vacant Detroit housing project once home to the Supremes before the trio became vital voices of “the Motown sound.” Mayor Dave Bing and…
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Kan. trio to join talks on future of Amtrak line

Community leaders from Kansas are meeting with their counterparts from Colorado and New Mexico next week to look for ways to save an Amtrak route through Kansas and Colorado.…