Jury to hear closing arguments in Bulger trial

BOSTON (AP) — After listening to nearly eight weeks of testimony, jurors in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger are set to hear closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys as each side lays out its view…

Bradley Manning’s mother: My son is ‘Superman’

LONDON (AP) — In a rare interview, the British mother of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning has urged her son not to give up hope, even as he faces up to 136 years in prison for disclosing hundreds of…

’2 Guns’ shoots to No. 1 at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “2 Guns” is No. 1 at the weekend box office. The Universal action film starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg pulled the trigger in the top spot with $27.4 million, according to studio estimates…

Photos of Marilyn Monroe’s last sitting for sale

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A rare portfolio of photographs from Marilyn Monroe’s last sitting is up for grabs to the highest bidder. Freeman’s auction house in Philadelphia estimates the limited-edition portfolio of 10 photos, made from fashion photographer Bert…

Sikh temple attack united victim’s son, ex-racist

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — After a white supremacist killed Pardeep Kaleka’s father and five others at a Wisconsin temple last year, Kaleka was skeptical when a self-described former skinhead reached out and invited him to dinner. But…

After turmoil, Texas cancer agency gets 2nd chance

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gone are the large conferences, big pharma funding, Nobel laureates and lavishly paid state officials who vowed scientific breakthroughs from Texas’ unprecedented $3 billion crusade against cancer. What’s left of the Cancer Prevention and…

Moderate quake rattles Canada’s Vancouver Island

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A moderate earthquake struck off Canada’s southern Pacific coast early Sunday, rattling parts of Vancouver Island. There were no reports of damage or injuries. Earthquakes Canada said the 5.7-magnitude quake hit about 6:20…

Box set recalls Elvis Presley’s sessions at Stax

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — It was 1973, and Elvis Presley’s comeback was in fifth gear. After years of making mediocre movies, he had returned to touring and performing in Las Vegas. In January of that year, he staged…

Tawana Brawley begins making defamation payments

NEW YORK (AP) — A black woman who set off a racial firestorm after claiming she was raped by a gang of white law enforcement officials in 1987 has begun making defamation payments to a man she falsely…

Ohio killer set for execution found hanged in cell

CLEVELAND (AP) — A man condemned to death for fatally stabbing a neighbor during a Cleveland burglary was found hanged in his cell Sunday just days before his Wednesday execution. Billy Slagle, 44, was found hanging in his…

New Iranian president vows support for Assad

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran’s new president has expressed his country’s support to Syria’s embattled leader Bashar Assad’s regime, saying no force in the world will be able to shake their alliance. Syria’s state-run news agency SANA says Hasan…

Congo rebels threaten main eastern city

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The M23 rebel group in eastern Congo has said it will not rule out retaking the city of Goma unless there is progress on negotiations with the government. A statement signed Saturday by M23…

Zimbabwe churches urge peace after disputed poll

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean church leaders across the Christian nation say worshippers should pray for peace after disputed elections gave longtime President Robert Mugabe a landslide victory in the presidential and parliamentary vote. The Evangelical Fellowship of…

Zeppelin takes to skies near Paris

PARIS (AP) — Tourists seeking an original way to take in France’s famed countryside have a new way to do it — in a helium-filled Zeppelin. On Sunday Airship Paris’ 250-foot-long, 5-story airship began flights over the forests…

6 alleged coup plotters in UAE on hunger strike

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A rights group says six people convicted of allegedly plotting an Islamist coup in the United Arab Emirates are staging a hunger strike. The Emirates Centre For Human Rights said Sunday the…

Kuwait emir endorses new cabinet

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s ruler has endorsed a new cabinet that includes two women and seven members of the ruling al-Sabah family. The official Kuwait News Agency announced Sunday that Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah had…