‘Dark Knight Returns’ No. 2 cover sells for $478K

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Heritage Auctions says the original pen and ink cover of “The Dark Knight Returns” No. 2 drawn by artist and writer Frank Miller has sold for $478,000 at auction. A near-mint copy of “Batman” No.…

Time Warner Cable drops CBS in NY, LA, Dallas

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three million Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas are losing the CBS channel, as the cable provider says it is dropping the network in a dispute over fees. The…

Senators offer plan to save cash-strapped USPS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday mail delivery would be ended in a year and the Postal Service could start shipping alcoholic beverages under a plan offered Friday by two key senators seeking to turn around the struggling agency’s finances.…

Bus carrying deaf children overturns in Missouri

DANVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say 15 children were taken to a hospital after a charter bus carrying students from the Missouri School for the Deaf overturned in eastern Missouri. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman Sarah…

NC challenges Alcoa’s property rights for dams

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials filed a lawsuit Friday in a long-running fight with Alcoa Inc. over who will control the water and electric power that comes from the state’s second-largest river system for the next…

Associate: Hernandez put guns in box in basement

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — New court records say that an associate of Aaron Hernandez told police the former New England Patriot put guns in a box in his basement after returning from the industrial park where his friend…

Alaska city experiences first sunset in months

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — For the first time since May, the sun has set in what is billed as the northernmost city in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, the first sunset in Barrow, Alaska,…

Uruguay president to defend marijuana plan at UN

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan President Jose Mujica plans to defend his government’s groundbreaking marijuana licensing plan in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly in September, his spokesman said Friday. By then, the marijuana proposal is…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, August 02, 2013. More showers and thunderstorms developed across much of the nation on Friday as multiple weather features moved over the country. In the East, a low pressure system in eastern…

High court rebuffs Cherokee dad in adoption case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has denied a plea from the Cherokee father of the girl at the center of a drawn-out custody fight to step back into the case. The court issued a brief order Friday…

US employers add 162K jobs; rate falls to 7.4 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in July, a modest increase and the fewest since March. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell from 7.6 percent to a 4½-year low of 7.4 percent. The rate…

New Zealand botulism scare triggers global recall

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra says tests of some infant formula ingredients have turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism. The country’s largest dairy company says it’s told eight of…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Saxby Chambliss,…

Officials: Attacks kill 8 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say shootings and bombings targeting security forces have killed eight people in northern Iraq. Police officials say that the deadliest attack occurred Friday afternoon when gunmen opened fire on an army checkpoint…

What happens next to Italy’s celebrity convict?

ROME (AP) — Now that Silvio Berlusconi’s tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence have been upheld by Italy’s highest court, key questions remain about what will happen next to the former Italian premier. At his age, how…