Thailand’s king leaves hospital after 4 years

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s 85-year-old king has left the Bangkok hospital where he lived for the past four years and returned to his seaside palace with the queen. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit traveled by car Thursday…

US unemployment claims fall to 326K, 5 ½-year low

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 19,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, the fewest since January 2008. The decline shows the job market continues to strengthen. The Labor Department said…

Opponents file suit against NYC plan for new taxis

NEW YORK (AP) — Opponents of New York City’s plan for a mandatory uniform fleet of yellow taxis have filed a lawsuit to block it. The suit was filed Wednesday by the Greater New York Taxi Association and…

Review: ‘Pikmin 3′ both delights and frustrates

Since the arrival of the Wii U eight months ago, early adopters have been thirsting for a killer app, that one game that shows off the flair and imagination for which Nintendo’s best-loved hits — such as “Super…

Futures rise sharply on steady Fed hand

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are rising sharply on renewed investor confidence in the Fed’s commitment to an aggressive monetary policy, as well as positive manufacturing data from China. Another banner month is expected from automakers as…

Lawyer: Snowden got asylum in Russia

A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden says the National Security Agency leaker has received asylum in Russia for one year and left the transit zone of Moscow’s airport.

Netflix allows 5 viewing profiles on same account

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is introducing a long-awaited feature that will make it easier for the Internet video service to track and analyze the viewing habits of people sharing the same $8-per-month account. The tool coming out…

Obama orders review of chemical plant rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ordering federal agencies to review safety rules at chemical facilities in response to the deadly April explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant. Obama, in an executive order to be announced Thursday,…

Review: Bieber not in pop star form at concert

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For all the negative publicity that’s surrounded Justin Bieber in recent months — the alleged drinking, smoking, spitting, fighting with a paparazzo and more — he entered the stage at the Prudential Center in…

Berlusconi conviction upheld; prison term sticks

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi’s fate is hanging in the balance as Italy’s highest court deliberates his appeal of a tax fraud conviction and sentence of four years in jail and a five-year ban on political office. The…

Police: Woman intended to visit Walking Dead actor

LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Mississippi woman and her three children ended up in west Georgia while on a road trip to find an actor from “The Walking Dead” television show. Police say an officer responding…

Energy giant slammed for oil spill in Thai sea

BANGKOK (AP) — Critics are slamming Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a tourist island. About 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of crude oil spilled into the Gulf…