Panel: UN reliance on private security firms grows

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An expert panel called Thursday for more transparency surrounding the deepening reliance of the United Nations on private security companies for services from armed guards to police training. The Working Group on the Use…

YouTube star pushes high frame rate format online

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Movie fans who were intrigued by director Peter Jackson’s use of high frame rates in “The Hobbit” are now getting a chance to see the super-clear format online. The second season of the YouTube…

Spanish PM denies party ran slush fund

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told Parliament on Thursday that he was wrong to trust his former party financial chief for so many years, and repeated his vigorous denials of the ex-treasurer’s allegations the party…

Spanish train driver can’t explain why he crashed

MADRID (AP) — The driver of the train that derailed in northwestern Spain, killing 79 people, has said he was traveling at twice the speed limit when he approached a treacherous turn. But, sitting uneasily before a judge,…

UN weapons experts to depart for Syria in days

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chemical weapons experts are gathering in the Netherlands and will depart “within days” for Syria to investigate three allegations of alleged chemical weapons use, the United Nations said Thursday. U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said…

Group: Jamaica must probe transgender teen slaying

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A New York-based human rights group on Thursday calling for Jamaican police to conduct a full investigation into the mob killing of a transgender teenager. Dwayne Jones was found dead on July 22 near…

Rockets fired on area south of Lebanese capital

BEIRUT (AP) — At least two rockets slammed Thursday night into an area south of the Lebanese capital that houses the Defense Ministry and presidential palace, Lebanon’s state-run news agency said. There were no casualties from the rockets…

Renovations at NY Public Library strike a nerve

NEW YORK (AP) — Like the famous marble lions out front, the New York Public Library’s flagship building has long symbolized serene endurance in the service of knowledge. But plans for a major change within the landmark have…

UN peacekeepers enforce security zone in Congo

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A new effort by U.N. peacekeepers to disarm fighters in volatile eastern Congo is now in effect. The U.N. mission known as MONUSCO on Thursday said it had established a security zone in the…

Washington, Carroll ‘thrilled’ for ‘Raisin’ return

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award winners Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington will play mother and son on Broadway in a spring revival of the classic American play “A Raisin in the Sun,” an opportunity that has left…

Fox animated shows loaded with celebs this fall

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Rachel Maddow and Daniel Radcliffe are among the celebrities lending their voices to a new season of “The Simpsons” this fall on Fox. Wiig will be heard in the…

Shark found at door of ‘Sea Dog’ pub on Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A cleaning crew has found an unexpected mess after arriving at Sea Dog Brew Pub on Nantucket: a 5-foot-long shark blocking the door. Pub manager Jimmy Agnew says he doesn’t know why anyone would…

Fox: ‘Glee’ Monteith tribute to address addiction

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Cory Monteith’s addiction-related death will be addressed in the “Glee” episode bidding farewell to his character, Finn Hudson, a Fox executive said Thursday. Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly declined to specify how the…