Restaurant damaged in marathon bombings reopens

BOSTON (AP) — The restaurant at the epicenter of the Boston Marathon bombings is reopening. The second of the two pressure cooker bombs that went off at the marathon’s finish line on April 15, killing three and injuring…

‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’: 5 ways it’s different

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is conjuring new ways to play online. Female characters, interactive maps, canine sidekicks and a knuckle-biting intense mode dubbed “cranked” are among the new additions deploying to the multiplayer mode…

Class act? ‘Downton Abbey’ enters merchandise fray

LONDON (AP) — Forget “Mad Men” modernism. This season’s style is all about “Downton Abbey”’s Edwardian opulence. Millions around the world have been seduced by the straight-laced but stylish world of the British historical drama. Soon they’ll be…

Turkey urges UN Security Council to meet on Egypt

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused the West of ignoring bloodshed in Egypt and called on the United Nations Security Council to meet urgently to discuss the situation in the country…

Afghan officials say female MP kidnapped

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A female member of Afghanistan’s parliament has been kidnapped by the Taliban in eastern Ghazni province and is being held in exchange for four insurgents detained by the government, provincial officials said Thursday. Amanullah…

British stuntman dies in wingsuit mishap in Alps

GENEVA (AP) — The British stuntman who parachuted into the London Olympics opening ceremony as James Bond has been killed in an accident in the Swiss Alps while flying a special wing suit. Online extreme sports broadcaster Epic…

Reactions to Egyptian crackdown on pro-Morsi camps

Official reaction Thursday to clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi: ___ RUSSIA Russia’s foreign ministry has urged citizens to refrain from traveling to Egypt. The Russian Tourism Board had estimated that up…

Syria activists say al-Qaida executed 2 Shiite men

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say al-Qaida militants in northern Syria have executed two young Shiite men. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the men were shot dead and came from the besieged Shiite-majority towns of…

Cops, owner seek boa that slithered from Pa. home

SWARTHMORE, Pa. (AP) — A seven-foot boa constrictor has slithered away from the home of the eastern Pennsylvania veterinarian who owns it. Police in the Philadelphia suburb of Swarthmore and the snake’s owner, David Spiegel, say the snake…

Zimbabwe’s opposition leader demands vote tallies

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Attorneys for Zimbabwe’s opposition leader say they have filed a court suit to try to compel the state election commission to release full details of the disputed July 31 election. Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan…

NASA, US Navy to test space capsule recovery

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — The U.S. Navy and NASA are testing out how they’ll recover astronauts once they splash down in the ocean following future missions to deep space, something a Navy crew hasn’t had to do in…

India asks Pakistan to rein in Islamic militants

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s prime minister on Thursday asked Pakistan to prevent Islamic militants from using its territory as tensions rise between the longtime rivals following the recent killing of five Indian soldiers in fighting along the…

Former Nepal PM Shrestha dies at age 71

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The last Nepalese prime minister to serve before protests ushered in the Himalayan country’s first democratic elections in the early 1990s died Thursday, family members said. Marich Man Singh Shrestha died of lung cancer…