Stocks rise, oil falls as Syria threat fades

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising on Wall Street and the price of crude oil is falling after Syria agreed to give up its chemical weapons. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 81 points, or 0.5…

Britain considers swapping paper money for plastic

LONDON (AP) — Britain is pondering plastic pounds. The Bank of England is considering replacing paper money with polymer bank notes which are billed as cleaner, stronger and more secure. The bank said Tuesday it will hold a…

What is the Dow Jones industrial average?

NEW YORK (AP) — The most famous stock index in the world, the Dow Jones industrial average, is getting a makeover. Alcoa, Bank of America, and Hewlett-Packard will be removed from the index of America’s 30 top companies…

Bach elected IOC president, gets call from Putin

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thomas Bach has been elected president of the International Olympic Committee. Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer, succeeds Jacques Rogge, the Belgian who is stepping down after 12 years as head of the Olympic…

Hunter gores himself on antler of elk he killed

VERNAL, Utah (AP) — An elk slain in Utah had its last revenge when its antler punctured the neck of the hunter who’d brought him down. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/15L3B5p ) the 51-year-old hunter snagged the…

3 die in Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crash

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian Coast Guard says one of its helicopters has crashed in the Arctic and three people are dead. The coast guard said Tuesday the aircraft operating from the icebreaker Amundsen crashed Monday night in…

Wisconsin golf club offers, retracts 9/11 special

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin golf course owner who advertised nine holes of golf for $9.11 to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks apologized Tuesday and said he might temporarily close the club following…

Pakistan to release top Afghan Taliban prisoner

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has decided to release the most senior Afghan Taliban prisoner it is holding and could do so as soon as this month to jumpstart the struggling peace process, a senior Pakistani official said Tuesday.…

Date set for new indictment in Blackwater shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has given federal prosecutors until next month to present a new indictment against ex-Blackwater Worldwide security contractors accused in a 2007 shooting of Iraqi civilians. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth on Tuesday set…

1 Klansman survives Ala church bombing cases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The last surviving Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls 50 years ago spends nearly all his time in a one-person prison cell, apparently too wary of other inmates to…