US detains 84 Haitians abandoned off Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says smugglers abandoned 84 men and women from Haiti on a deserted island off the west coast of Puerto Rico. Jeffrey Quinones says the…

Bills passed by Congress this year

Major bills passed by Congress so far this year: — Disaster aid totaling $50.5 billion for victims of last fall’s Superstorm Sandy. — Expanded Violence Against Women Act. — Omnibus spending legislation to keep the government going in…

France’s top cop assures tourists Paris is safe

PARIS (AP) — Visitors to Paris take note: Interior Minister Manuel Valls assures you that the City of Light is dealing with the pickpockets and petty criminals that have recently targeted tourists. France’s top cop toured some major…

Jury recommends life sentences for Somali pirates

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — A U.S. jury has recommended that three Somali pirates be sentenced to life in prison in the killing of four Americans aboard their yacht off the east coast of Africa. Prosecutors had sought the…

High court won’t delay release of Calif. inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday refused to delay a court order for California to release nearly 10,000 inmates by year’s end to improve conditions in state prisons. The court rejected a plea from Gov. Jerry…

Choices: Closer look at 2 plans for Dell’s future

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dell Inc. delayed Friday’s vote on founder Michael Dell’s plan to take the computer maker private. The postponement came after Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners added a special dividend of 13 cents per…

Health care fix spares insurance hike for Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under a forthcoming fix from the Obama administration, American taxpayers will continue paying for most of the health benefit costs for members of Congress and their aides who are being marshaled into new insurance exchanges.…

Jury recommends life sentences for Somali pirates

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A jury recommended Friday that three Somali pirates be sentenced to life in prison in the slayings of four Americans aboard their yacht off the coast of Africa. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.…

Jackson Jr. gets more time to pay restitution

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has given former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. additional time to pay $750,000 in restitution. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., issued an order Friday. It grants a request from prosecutors…

Martin’s parents taking no stance on Fla. boycott

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The parents of Trayvon Martin said Friday that they are taking no stance on a proposed boycott of Florida following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of their son. Martin’s mother,…

DA: Death of potential witness unrelated to Bulger

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts man is charged with attempted murder for allegedly poisoning the iced coffee of a man who had hoped to testify at James “Whitey” Bulger’s trial. A jogger found Stephen Rakes’…

Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green expecting 2nd child

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Less than a year after giving birth to her first child, Megan Fox is pregnant again. A spokeswoman for the actress said Friday that Fox and her husband, Brian Austin Green, are expecting their…

Transcript of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s remarks

Transcript of the exchange Friday between Judge Denise Casper and reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger: Casper: OK, Mr. Bulger, I just want to address you directly. You understand that this is the juncture of the case at which…

Ohio kidnapper moved to correctional institution

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland man sentenced to life in prison for holding three women captive over a decade and raping them repeatedly will start his term isolated from other inmates. A spokeswoman for Ohio’s prisons department says…

UK Conservatives hire Obama campaign strategist

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservatives have hired Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, to advise them ahead of the 2015 general election. Messina was the president’s campaign manager in 2012, and his organizational flair and…

Walk for water charity cut short after 5,000 miles

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After 5,000 miles and 18 months, Amy Russell is done walking. The 24-year-old Manchester native and founder of the charity Walking4Water has ended her trek through Africa, six months and 2,000 miles earlier than…