Dominican church: Envoy not accused of sex abuse

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Catholic Church officials in the Dominican Republic say there is no evidence of any sexual abuse by the papal ambassador who was abruptly recalled from his post by the Vatican. Two church…

Calif. inmates end hunger strike after 2 months

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California inmates on Thursday ended a nearly two-month hunger strike to protest policies that can keep some gang leaders isolated for decades, after lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on complaints about the treatment. More…

USFS: Hunter caused huge wildfire near Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A gigantic wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park began when a hunter allowed an illegal fire to escape, the U.S. Forest Service said Thursday. The agency said there is no indication…

Motive ‘up in the air’ in Ohio mom’s shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — The mystery surrounding the shooting death of a pregnant woman and the wounding of her toddler in their car in southern Ohio’s Appalachian country deepened Thursday after authorities held a news conference releasing few details…

Lawsuit filed in Naval Academy sex assault case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A midshipman accusing three former U.S. Naval Academy football players of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus toga party has asked in a federal lawsuit for the school’s superintendent to remove himself from deciding whether…

Amid tensions, Obama, Putin put on a happy face

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — If there are any additional talks between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Russia, they’ll be private ones. Obama and Putin shook hands, smiled and made…

Govt to declassify some secret court opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is declassifying portions of some secret court orders concerning the government’s authority to seize records under the Patriot Act. The department revealed its decision to declassify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions…

Lorna Luft, Liza Minnelli reunite for concert

NEW YORK (AP) — Judy Garland’s talented daughters Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli will perform together for the first time in 20 years during two concerts next month to raise money to fight breast cancer. The concerts will…

Brazil cancels advance team’s trip to US

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a trip to Washington by a team of aides preparing for her scheduled visit to the U.S. next month and was expected to discuss the matter with President…

Elephant born for the 1st time using frozen sperm

VIENNA (AP) — Vienna’s Schoenbrunn Zoo is reporting the first live birth of an elephant through artificial insemination using frozen sperm. Zoo veterinarian Thomas Voracek calls the birth of the female calf on Wednesday evening “a milestone.” It’s…