Egypt authorizes police to use deadly force

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday authorized police to use deadly force to protect themselves and key state institutions from attacks, after supporters of the deposed Islamist president torched two local government buildings near the capital. The…

Complaint filed on judge who changed baby’s name

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based nonprofit association of atheists and agnostics says it has filed a complaint against a Tennessee magistrate for changing a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin. The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a…

SC couple says they haven’t seen 3-year-old

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A South Carolina couple said Thursday they’ve yet to meet or talk to their 3-year-old adopted daughter as well as her biological father, despite their pleas and an ultimatum from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.…

NYC bus drivers plead for protection from assaults

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City bus drivers are facing a spate of assaults from passengers while on the job. And they are calling for more to be done to protect them. According to the Metropolitan Transportation…

High-profile task force backs path to citizenship

WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-profile task force is endorsing a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. It’s an attempt to influence debate with Congress on its summer recess and Senate-passed legislation stalled in the House.…

Powerful car bomb kills 18 in south Beirut suburb

BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful car bomb ripped through a southern Beirut neighborhood that is a stronghold of the militant group Hezbollah on Thursday, killing at least three people and trapping others in burning buildings, the media said.…

MLK memorial work to be finished for anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say refinishing work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial should be complete by the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. There had been concerns that work wouldn’t be done in time.…

Woman loses arm in shark attack off Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A German tourist swimming off a Maui beach has lost an arm in a shark attack. Hawaii media report the woman, who was in her 20s, was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center in…

South Africa closes 16 schools amid gang violence

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Education officials in a province in South Africa closed 16 schools, affecting 12,000 students, Thursday in an impoverished area near Cape Town because of a spike in gang violence that has left teachers too afraid…

Russell Simmons sorry for Harriet Tubman sex video

NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Simmons is apologizing for a parody video of Harriet Tubman in a sex tape that appeared on his All Def Digital YouTube channel. The clip features an actress portraying Tubman having sex with…

NY court rejects S. Korean vs. Yale lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York has rejected a lawsuit against Yale University by a South Korean university that claimed the Ivy League school damaged its reputation, costing it tens of millions of…

Washington Post website hacked

NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Post says its website has been hacked. The newspaper says in a note on its website that readers of some of its stories are being redirected to the website of the Syrian…

US: Iraq must stop weapons from flowing into Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says Iraq must do more to stop weapons from flowing into and out of Syria for use against Iraqi citizens. Kerry met Thursday with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (HOH’-shayr…

NY transit impostor sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man who has been arrested 29 times for transit crimes has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to 5 years in prison for his latest caper. Darius McCollum was sentenced Thursday…