Beetle Bailey creator honored on 90th birthday

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Beetle Bailey was known to be a lazy Army private, but the creator of the popular comic strip is getting accolades from top military brass and others as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Mort…

Grave excavation continues at reform school site

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — On the second day of an excavation project, University of South Florida researchers worked Sunday on two graves at a former reform school in the Florida Panhandle where students say they were abused decades…

Opposition: Ethiopia police block rally, beat some

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An opposition leader in Ethiopia says police have prevented his group from staging a rally to demand the release of jailed activists. Yilkal Getnet, who heads the opposition Blue party, said Sunday that…

Correction: Sewage Spill Lawsuit story

ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) — In a story Aug. 31 about a sewer system spewing waste in rural Georgia, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the attorney for the residents suing the city of Rochelle. The attorney’s…

Mass. reeling from drug lab scandal a year later

BOSTON (AP) — The state is still reeling a year after a scandal at a drug lab threw the legal system into turmoil: More than 330 prison inmates have been released from custody and at least 1,100 cases…

Grave excavation continues at reform school site

MARIANNA, Fla. (AP) — Researchers are working on two graves at a former Florida reform school where students say they were abused. On Sunday, the University of South Florida researchers continued for a second day attempts to unearth…

Egypt’s Morsi to be tried for inciting violence

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s interim president has appointed a 50-member committee, dominated by secular politicians and public figures, to review proposed amendments to the country’s Islamist-drafted constitution. Presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi said Sunday the committee will meet Sept.…
education

At Kan. school, teacher sheds pen and paper

PERRY, Kan. (AP) — In with classroom technology. Out with paper. That’s the mantra of a seventh-grade language arts class at Perry-Lecompton Middle School, wh……

Landmark gay marriage hearing approaches in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For two months, an elected court clerk in the Philadelphia suburbs has been giving something to same-sex couples they have not been able to get anywhere else: a Pennsylvania marriage license. Now a court…

Pittsburg reporter honored for arts coverage

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A longtime reporter for the Pittsburg Morning Sun has been honored by the local theater community for her coverage of the arts. Nikki Patrick beg……

Descendants of slaves hold out against coal mining

DIRGIN, Texas (AP) — Ida Finley smiles wistfully, recalling how she used to cook for an entire East Texas community — nearly all descendants of slaves. The children would grab cornbread, greens and cookies from her kitchen while…

Where’s Rudy? Giuliani is scarce in mayor’s race

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudolph Giuliani, whose endorsement of Michael Bloomberg after the Sept. 11 attacks is viewed as a key factor in the political novice’s eventual upset victory in the New York City mayor’s race, has been…

Syria says US delaying strike because it lacks evidence

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A top Syrian government official is dismissing the Obama administration as confused and hesitant, even as Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington has evidence of sarin (SA’-rihn) gas use by Syria and that…

Congo opposition parties to boycott unity event

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The leaders of three opposition parties in Congo say they will boycott upcoming talks this week that are aimed at national reconciliation. The decision is a blow to unity efforts by Congolese President Joseph…

Nyad makes it through 1st night of Cuba-Fla. swim

HAVANA (AP) — U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad’s team says she made it through her first night in the Straits of Florida with almost no sightings of poisonous jellyfish. A post on Nyad’s blog says she’s doing well…