adjusting to school

Getting back into the swing of things

It's tough for adults to get back in the swing of things after a long Labor Day Weekend, and it's often even tougher for kids because it changes their school routine. …

Julie Andrews, Tina Fey to salute Carol Burnett

WASHINGTON (AP) — Julie Andrews, Tony Bennett, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will honor Carol Burnett as she receives the nation’s top humor prize in Washington. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is awarding Burnett the Mark…
Diana Nyad

Nyad isn’t planning to slow down after Cuba swim

Diana Nyad may have finally completed her long-held dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida, but even at an age where many people are thinking about retirement, she isn't planning to slow down.…

Dr. Seuss books coming out as e-books

NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of Dr. Seuss classics, including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” will be available this year as e-books. Random House Children’s Books announced Wednesday that the first 15 will…

Mass. court hears Pledge of Allegiance challenge

BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for an atheist family has asked Massachusetts’ highest court to ban the practice of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in state public schools. In arguments before the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday, a…

Dr. Seuss books coming out in e-editions

NEW YORK (AP) — Make that the e-Cat in the Hat. Dozens of Dr. Seuss classics, including “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” will be available this fall for the first time as e-books.…

‘The Maid’s Version’ is superbly textured novel

“The Maid’s Version” (Little, Brown and Company), by Daniel Woodrell It’s been several years since the publication of Daniel Woodrell’s slim, harrowing and much-celebrated “Winter’s Bone.” Now “The Maid’s Version” has finally hit the bookstores, and it’s even…

Survivor of Boston Marathon attacks has book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon bombings but managed to help identify the perpetrators is working on a memoir. Jeff Bauman has a deal with Grand Central Publishing for “Stronger,”…

NY judge beaten with toilet lid after arraignment

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a judge in an upstate New York village has been choked and hit on the head with a toilet tank lid as he locked up court after an arraignment. Police in the…

Goodell: Settlement ‘significant amount of money’

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is disputing assertions that the league’s $765 million settlement with former players is a paltry sum compared to the sport’s revenues. In his first public comments since the settlement to…

German leader visits site of French WWII massacre

ORADOUR-SUR-GLANE, France (AP) — Holding hands in quiet tribute, the presidents of Germany and France are visiting the scene of the largest massacre in Nazi-occupied France nearly seven decades ago. Wednesday’s visit by German President Joachim Gauck to…

Syria’s neighbors seek more help for refugees

GENEVA (AP) — Top officials from four nations harboring more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees say they badly need outside help to care for those fleeing the violence. In a joint statement Wednesday, the foreign ministers from Iraq,…

Report: Pakistanis stuck in limbo in Afghan prison

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani legal aid group says dozens of Pakistani prisoners held by the U.S. at an Afghan prison are at risk of falling into indefinite detention because negotiations have stalled between the U.S. and Pakistan…

Many vets’ caregivers cut out from federal benefit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it supports expanding a caregivers benefit for grievously wounded veterans but only if Congress comes up with the billions needed to pay for the expansion. Congress created the…