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  • As Belgian pubs shut, brewers warn country is losing love of beer and cannot rely on exports
    Apr 18, 2014 2:42 AM CDT

    DWORP, Belgium (AP) — The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone. Serving local geuze, triples and pils beers for generations, the pub has embodied what the drink means to Belgians — bringing together families and friends with cheers of "sante" and "gezondheid," gulping...

  • Nepal tourism official says 6 Nepalese guides dead, 9 missing in Mount Everest avalanche
    Apr 17, 2014 11:49 PM CDT

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal tourism official says 6 Nepalese guides dead, 9 missing in Mount Everest avalanche.

  • California cross-border airport clears key hurdle with backing from US immigration authorities
    Apr 17, 2014 9:25 PM CDT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday that it has reached agreement with an investor group to clear the way for construction of the nation's first cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. The agreement requires the investor group to pay the salaries of U.S. border inspectors and the cost of inspection facilities on a pedestrian bridge from Tijuana's existing airport into the United States, Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said during a...

  • Rage, grief in town of missing students in ferry sinking - 'My baby's trapped in cold waters'
    Apr 17, 2014 8:56 PM CDT

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles — small bits of ordinary school life now infused with heartbreak. There is fury as parents and students lash out at the swarming news media. Horror, too, as they picture loved ones trapped...

  • Chelsea Clinton announces she's expecting first child this fall
    Apr 17, 2014 8:45 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby. Chelsea Clinton, the 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announced Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child this fall. There has been wide speculation about a future baby in the Clinton family. Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with Glamour magazine last year that she and her husband were hoping to start a family soon,...

  • Vintage-look electric car that could replace horse-drawn carriages goes on display in NYC
    Apr 17, 2014 7:25 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was commissioned by NYCLASS, a group advocating for a ban on carriage horses because they say it's inhumane to have the animals toiling in an urban environment. The prototype car seats eight people and is made to look like it's from the early...

  • Altidore's limited playing time, lack of goal scoring, a concern for Klinsmann
    Apr 17, 2014 5:50 PM CDT

    Jozy Altidore's disappointing first season with England's Sunderland has less than a month remaining, and it appears as though the American's struggles for playing time aren't finished. Altidore, who scored 31 goals in 41 games for AZ Alkmaar in the Dutch league last year, was an unused substitute for last-place Sunderland in a 2-2 tie with Manchester City on Wednesday. Even though he didn't play for the relegation-threatened Black Cats, Altidore's appearance on the bench was somewhat of a mark...

  • Korean Air A380's wing hits 2 light poles while taxiing at Los Angeles airport, no injuries
    Apr 17, 2014 4:55 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Airbus A380 superjumbo jet hit two light poles while taxiing to its gate at Los Angeles International Airport with hundreds of passengers aboard. The Korean Air flight arrived from Seoul on Wednesday afternoon with 384 people aboard and an airport operations vehicle misguided the jet, which caused the incident, said airline spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer. The plane's right wing was scratched, but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent. The A380 is the world's...

  • Obama says 8M signed up for health care through exchanges, contends 'this thing is working'
    Apr 17, 2014 4:40 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections. An impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room offered the president an opportunity to trumpet the new figures, which beat initial projections by 1 million. With...

  • Who says America has lost its muscle? Performance is the theme of New York auto show
    Apr 17, 2014 4:25 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Who says America has lost its muscle? Growling, unapologetic performance is the theme of this year's New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public Friday. Sure, there's something called the EV Pavilion, where visitors can ride around in a plug-in hybrid. But automakers didn't introduce any hybrids or electrics at the show. The focus is on power. Dodge unveiled the 2015 Challenger, which will offer a 6.4-liter, 485-horsepower V8. Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg...

  • Lowe's agrees to $500,000 fine to settle claims of lead paint rules violations
    Apr 17, 2014 4:00 PM CDT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lowe's Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 federal penalty in settling claims that its contractors in at least nine states broke environmental rules for addressing lead paint dust during home renovation projects, two federal agencies announced Thursday. As part of the deal announced by the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency, the North Carolina-based home improvement retailer also pledged to adopt a compliance program for dealing with lead paint during...

  • First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students
    Apr 17, 2014 3:51 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation. The first lady told a group of students Thursday that a high school diploma is not enough in today's global economy. "No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough," Mrs. Obama told the crowd. "You have got to go to college or get some kind of professional...

  • Report: No change for most kinds of food poisoning last year; salmonella cases drop
    Apr 17, 2014 3:26 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: WHAT'S MAKING US SICK? Salmonella remains at the top of the chart, far ahead...

  • Scientists: Mercury found in game fish from remote lakes, streams of Western states
    Apr 17, 2014 3:24 PM CDT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday. Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service said that most fish they caught had acceptable levels of mercury, but 4 percent exceeded healthy levels. Mercury occurs naturally, but scientists say its presence in national parks, which are supposed to leave wildlife unimpaired for...

  • State launches largest-ever tourism ad campaign by highlighting 'Only in Minnesota' getaways
    Apr 17, 2014 3:08 PM CDT

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Say goodbye to "More to Explore." Minnesota tourism promoters ushered in a new slogan Thursday that focuses on "Only in Minnesota" experiences as part of their largest-ever advertising campaign. The revamped message kicks off a major push to get vacationers to spend their time and dollars in Minnesota. Lawmakers significantly boosted the state's tourism promotion budget. New television ads make up $3.7 million of the effort and run through June. They're paired with billboards...

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS
    Apr 17, 2014 2:02 PM CDT

    1. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 2. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Dutton's Children) 3. "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 4. "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 5. "Heaven Is for Real" by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson) 6. "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton) 7. "Carnal Curiosity" by Stuart Woods (Putnam Adult) 8. "The Fixed Trilogy" by Laurelin Paige (Published via Kindle Direct...

  • USA TODAY BEST-SELLERS
    Apr 17, 2014 2:02 PM CDT

    1. "Divergent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 2. "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (Dutton's Children) 3. "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 4. "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books) 5. "Heaven Is for Real" by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson) 6. "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton) 7. "Carnal Curiosity" by Stuart Woods (Putnam Adult) 8. "The Fixed Trilogy" by Laurelin Paige (Published via Kindle Direct...

  • Food Network's 'Unwrapped' begets 'Rewrapped,' which begats cherry pie eggroll, with sauce
    Apr 17, 2014 1:48 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Consider the simple but beloved chocolate chip cookie. Now imagine that cookie encrusting a brioche roll tucked around a turkey meatball. Or turn your thoughts to a mass-produced cherry pie transformed into an eggroll with dipping sauce. Or the prospect of potato chip soup. Such is the culinary fallout from "Rewrapped," a new Food Network series that builds on the tradition of "Unwrapped," a longtime channel staple that also airs on the Cooking Channel. "Unwrapped," now in...

  • Hail wreaks Easter travel havoc, blocking major highway out of Mexico City
    Apr 17, 2014 1:39 PM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A freak spring hailstorm has caused havoc for thousands of people trying to leaving Mexico City for Easter weekend. The heavy storm hit Wednesday evening on the mountain pass west of Mexico City, halting all movement on the main highways toward cities such as Toluca, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. Thousands of people spent the night trapped in their cars before officials finally opened the road after dawn on Thursday. Many missed flights from Toluca's international airport....

  • Pope washes feet of women, non-Catholics in pre-Easter rite that in 2013 helped define papacy
    Apr 17, 2014 1:16 PM CDT

    ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave." Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy Thursday ritual on women and Muslim inmates at a juvenile detention center helped define his rule-breaking papacy just two weeks after his election. It riled traditionalist Catholics, who pointed to the Vatican's own regulations that the ritual...

  • Hot cars debuting at this year's New York auto show
    Apr 17, 2014 1:06 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday. SUBARU OUTBACK: The newly redesigned 2015 Outback is the fifth generation of the popular crossover, which debuted 20 years ago at the New York show. The new Outback has a sharper, more premium design and more interior room. Fuel economy is improved by...

  • After years of enforced separation, some Israeli visitors return to Palestinian towns
    Apr 17, 2014 11:40 AM CDT

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world. Since a major round of Israeli-Palestinian fighting more than a decade ago, Israelis have been kept out of Palestinian cities by the Israeli military and their own fears. But after several years of relative calm, a few have begun trickling back in tours led by Palestinian guides and guarded by plainclothes Palestinian...

  • Obama tells wounded veterans biking around the White House their resolve is an inspiration
    Apr 17, 2014 11:07 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the site of wounded veterans biking at the White House is a mark of how far they've come. With a blast from an air horn, Obama set off cyclists Thursday in the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride. It's one of many such events around the country to raise money and attention. Many at the White House were in specially built bikes that could accommodate amputations or other injuries. They pedaled laps on the road around the South Lawn while a military...

  • Lawyer who defended Proposition 8 at Supreme Court says his views on gay marriage evolving
    Apr 17, 2014 11:00 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman. Attorney Charles Cooper says his view of same-sex marriage is evolving after having argued in court that gay unions could undermine marriages between a man and a woman. The revelation is an unexpected footnote in the years-long debate over Proposition...

  • Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to rat poison, suffering from mange
    Apr 17, 2014 10:35 AM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said. Scientists noticed the big cat known as P-22 was sickly when they recaptured it last month to replace batteries in its GPS tracking collar, National Park Service spokeswoman Kate Kuykendall said Thursday. The 4-year-old cougar probably ate animals exposed to poison from...

  • Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 4.27 pct.; 15-year loan down to 3.33 pct.
    Apr 17, 2014 9:48 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage eased to 3.33 percent from 3.38 percent. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. Many analysts have been expecting an improving...

  • 5 free things to do in Maryland's historic state capital
    Apr 17, 2014 9:03 AM CDT

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — This picturesque state capital near the Chesapeake Bay is known for its history, sailing and seafood. Annapolis served as the capital of the United States for nine months in 1783 and 1784. The city also is known for its colleges — both the U.S. Naval Academy, and St. John's College, founded in 1696 as King William's School. The city's historical ambience is a big draw, as well as its restaurants, shops and taverns. Some of the city's main attractions can be visited for free....

  • Fight Schedule
    Apr 17, 2014 7:47 AM CDT

    April 18 At Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, N.Y. (ESPN2), "Boxcino" middleweight tournament semifinals: Vitalii Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr.; Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica (8 rounds). At Monroeville (Pa.) Convention Center (SHO), Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka, 10, lightweights. At Illusions Theater, San Antonio (FS1), Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva, 10, welterweights; Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales, 10, lightweights. April 19 At Manchester, England, Scott Quigg vs....

  • Easter butter lamb gets 'pardon' at Buffalo market; food sculpture is a Polish tradition
    Apr 17, 2014 7:39 AM CDT

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — There's at least one butter lamb in Buffalo that won't be going under the knife this Easter. Butter sculptures in the shape of a lamb are a traditional part of Easter meals among Buffalo's large Polish-American population. Butter lambs are sold this time of year at western New York delis, Polish markets and supermarkets. On Wednesday, an elected official went to Buffalo's Broadway Market to "pardon" a butter lamb, much in the way U.S. presidents issue pardons for a turkey...

  • Classmates celebrating 60th birthday with trip to SKorean island among missing in ship sinking
    Apr 17, 2014 4:57 AM CDT

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days. The 60-year-old Kim took it in good spirits and washed his face. After all, they were traveling together on a reunion voyage aboard The Sewol, celebrating their birthdays and remembering good old days from their elementary school in Incheon city, where the ferry departed Tuesday evening. Within hours, the...

  • Chinese auto brands losing ground to aggressive global rivals
    Apr 17, 2014 1:18 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — China's automakers are the underdogs heading into next week's Beijing auto show, where foreign and domestic brands will jostle for attention in a market that is increasingly difficult for homegrown models. Facing intense competition from General Motors, Volkswagen and other global rivals, local brands such as Chery, Geely and SUV maker Great Wall have suffered shrinking sales and market share this year while China's overall auto market has grown. That is a blow to Chinese leaders...

  • Owners end legal fight, sell mountain land to Summit County for open space
    Apr 16, 2014 11:09 PM CDT

    BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A Breckenridge couple have agreed to sell a 10-acre parcel in the Colorado mountains to Summit County for open space after a months-long court battle. The Summit Daily News reports (http://tinyurl.com/qxfsovw) Andy and Ceil Barrie reached a $115,000 settlement on Friday after court-ordered mediation. County authorities moved to seize the land by eminent domain in October, saying water quality and wildlife habitat were threatened because the Barries wanted to use a motorized...

  • Sales of homes for more than $10M increase in Greenwich, Connecticut; 1 goes for $120M
    Apr 16, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million. Five homes sold this year for more than $10 million in Greenwich, the assessor's office said. Another home just sold and four others listed above $10 million are under contract, compared with only one under contract by this time last year and none sold, said Mark Pruner, a sales executive...

  • Appeals court sides with consumer groups in Company Doe case linked to infant death
    Apr 16, 2014 6:08 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., sided with consumer groups Wednesday in their fight to reveal the identity of the manufacturer. The court reversed part of a lower court ruling and sent the case back to the district court in Maryland with instructions to "unseal the case in its entirety." "We hold that...

  • Popular Philadelphia chocolate store shut down days before Easter in $12,000 tax bill dispute
    Apr 16, 2014 5:55 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. WPVI-TV (http://bit.ly/1l42Hhe) said Wednesday the Department of Revenue revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory in the city's Kensington neighborhood. The small company has been hand-making chocolates since the 1920s. It's noted for its buttercreams and giant Easter eggs. City officials say the business was delinquent in paying taxes. The city says...

  • Hot models debuting at this year's New York Auto Show
    Apr 16, 2014 4:48 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the U.S. auto industry. Here are some of the vehicles debuting this year. The show opens to the public Friday. ACURA TLX: Honda's luxury Acura brand calls the new TLX midsize sedan a "red carpet athlete" for its blend of elegance and sportiness. The TLX — which replaces the TL and the TSX for the 2015 model year — has two new engine options: A 2.4-liter four-cylinder...

  • Seeger will be celebrated at this summer's Hudson River festival he helped start in 1960s
    Apr 16, 2014 4:33 PM CDT

    BEACON, N.Y. (AP) — Folk singer Pete Seeger's life will be celebrated at the annual Clearwater Festival this summer. Seeger died in January at age 94, after surviving his wife Toshi by about seven months Clearwater Festival organizers say the two-day show at Croton-on-Hudson starting June 21 will celebrate the couple's legacy. The couple founded the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and the annual music and environmental festival in the 1960s. Performers this year include Lucinda Williams, Norah...

  • In second round of challenges, federal appeals court takes up Oklahoma gay-marriage ban
    Apr 16, 2014 4:28 PM CDT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lawyers for a couple challenging Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage and the clerk who refused to grant them a license head to a federal appeals court Thursday with the rare opportunity to build on arguments the judges heard in a similar case just a week earlier. Judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver heard arguments last week about Utah's gay-marriage ban, and on Thursday will take up the Oklahoma case with the same key issue: Did voters single out gay people...

  • Alfa Romeo returns to the US in June with sporty 4C that will start around $54,000
    Apr 16, 2014 2:44 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — After a nearly 20-year absence, Italian car maker Alfa Romeo is returning to the U.S. market. Alfa CEO Harald Wester said Wednesday the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June. Alfa expects to ship a total of 800 cars to the U.S. this year, including 500 limited edition 4C models. Wester expects 4C shipments will grow to 1,200 to 1,300 per year in 2015 and beyond. "It's just an appetizer," Wester said at the New York auto show, where the 4C is displayed...

  • The new SAT: College Board offers a glimpse at the types of questions students might face
    Apr 16, 2014 2:40 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students. The College Board released the sample test questions on Wednesday, offering clues to how the revised college entrance exam, taken last year by 1.7 million students, will look when...

  • Trying to shed its vanilla reputation, Toyota gives the Camry a top-to-bottom makeover
    Apr 16, 2014 2:08 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation. The redesigned 2015 Camry, unveiled Wednesday at the New York International Auto Show, is longer and wider, with a large, aggressive grille and chiseled sides. Toyota says it changed every exterior piece but the roof. The Camry has been the best-selling car in the U.S. for the last 12 years, supported by loyal buyers wedded to a dependable family car. But Toyota acknowledges...

  • Toddler unharmed after getting stuck inside claw crane machine at Nebraska bowling alley
    Apr 16, 2014 1:41 PM CDT

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. Lincoln police say a 24-year-old woman called 911 Monday afternoon because her 3-year-old son was missing from her apartment. Employees at the bowling alley across the street meanwhile called police to say a small boy was playing with stuffed animals inside the coin-operated machine. It was unclear how the boy ended up inside...

  • Judge puts on hold Ohio gay marriage ruling for all but 4 couples
    Apr 16, 2014 1:19 PM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio officials must immediately recognize the same-sex marriages of four couples who sued over the state's gay marriage ban, a federal judge said Wednesday, while staying the broader effects of his ruling to avoid "premature celebration and confusion" in case it's overturned on appeal. Judge Timothy Black stayed his ruling ordering Ohio to recognize the marriages of gay couples who wed in other states pending appeal in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. The...

  • What should students wear? Who decides? Dress codes can be a real minefield for schools
    Apr 16, 2014 12:49 PM CDT

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They're called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. Younger girls often wear them as pants with little fuss. But as those same girls approach middle school, leggings have become a clothing accessory that's increasingly controversial — and seemingly, the favorite new target of the school dress code. Some schools have banned leggings outright. Others have set limits. Haven Middle School in Evanston, just north...

  • Labor pains? More like labor of love: Silverstone has 'Kind' approach to pregnancy and babies
    Apr 16, 2014 12:11 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — She's famous as an actress for "Clueless." But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she's put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, "The Kind Mama" (Rodale). Silverstone, 37, whose son Bear Blu is almost 3, says she had a wonderful pregnancy and wants other women to feel as good as she did. "I knew there was another way and it would be a more enjoyable, lovely way," said Silverstone in a recent...

  • Buenos Aires zoo presents baby white Bengal tiger triplets
    Apr 16, 2014 12:02 PM CDT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Buenos Aires Zoo is showing off its latest brood of white tigers — Bengal triplets with piercing blue eyes and a playful attitude. The two female cubs have prominent black stripes and tawny white coats, while the male is nearly pure white. Zoo veterinarian Guillermo Weimeyer says they were born three months ago following a labor that lasted more than four hours, and will keep breastfeeding until they reach five months old, even though they are already eating...

  • North Korea asks British government to act over barber's Kim Jong Un 'Bad Hair Day?' poster
    Apr 16, 2014 11:57 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair. The country's diplomats have complained to the Foreign Office about a hairdressing salon that put up a poster poking fun at distinctively coiffed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The Foreign Office confirmed Wednesday it had received a letter from the North Korean embassy objecting to the poster, and was considering its response. The Evening Standard newspaper reported the...

  • Bill Nye tells why he agreed to Creation Museum debate, says he underestimated its popularity
    Apr 16, 2014 11:54 AM CDT

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye said he underestimated the impact of a February debate in Kentucky on evolution and creationism that drew a massive online audience. When Nye agreed to the debate at The Creation Museum with its founder Ken Ham, he said he believed it would draw about as much attention as presentations he makes on college campuses. But the Feb. 4 event was widely promoted by the museum, "and soon it seemed like everyone I met was talking about it," Nye wrote...

  • High jet fuel prices have protected existing airlines from startups, prevented fare wars
    Apr 16, 2014 11:51 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they operate to adjust to this new reality. They've shown more discipline by offering fewer seats, which ensures airfares are high enough to cover costs. Unprofitable routes have been eliminated. And every expense has been scrutinized. These changes, along with high oil prices, have created an insurmountable...

  • Fact sheet: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line
    Apr 16, 2014 11:38 AM CDT

    2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line with Sunroof, Sound and Navigation BASE PRICE: $20,295 for base 2.5L model manual; $21,395 for 2.5L automatic; $22,895 for 2.5L manual with sunroof; $23,995 for 2.5L automatic with sunroof; $24,595 for TDI manual; $24,895 for 2.5L manual with sunroof, sound and navigation; $24,995 for R-Line manual; $26,095 for R-Line automatic; $27,495 for TDI with sunroof, sound and navigation; $27,895 for R-Line manual with sunroof and sound; $28,995 for R-Line automatic with sunroof...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Beetle: Sprightly and roomier than you think
    Apr 16, 2014 11:38 AM CDT

    Sixty-five years after the first Volkswagen Beetle arrived in the United States as a distinctively shaped, little car, the Beetle keeps attracting buyers with its more-spacious-than-ever, flexible interior, turbo engine power and modernized iconic look. For 2014, the Beetle lineup gets a new, performance-oriented trim name — R-Line — with beefier bumpers and a limited-edition, bright yellow GSR model. In addition, all Beetles now have independent rear suspension for an improved ride. The 2014...

  • Roger Federer prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when they have their 3rd child
    Apr 16, 2014 11:02 AM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer still does not know the exact date. "So we're just waiting. It's a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife," Federer said Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. "I've...

  • Roger Federer prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when they have their 3rd child
    Apr 16, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer says on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters that he still does not know the exact date. But asked if he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25-June 8, the...

  • Roger Federer prepared to skip tournaments to be with his wife when they have their 3rd child
    Apr 16, 2014 10:42 AM CDT

    MONACO (AP) — Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments — including possibly the French Open — to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on Dec. 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer says on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters that he still does not know the exact date. But asked if he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25-June 8, the...

  • Ford to offer 1,964 limited-edition Mustangs to celebrate pony car's 50th anniversary
    Apr 16, 2014 10:39 AM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building. At the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday, the company revealed the 50 Year Limited Edition. The company will only build 1,964 special cars, honoring the year when the Mustang first went on sale. "If you don't like this car, you don't like cars," said Executive Chairman Bill Ford, whose first car was an electric green 1975 Mustang. Earlier...

  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga National Park shot, seriously wounded but condition improving
    Apr 16, 2014 9:58 AM CDT

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said. Three gunmen ambushed Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park, on Tuesday, according spokeswoman Joanna Natasegara. A statement on the park's website said he was traveling between Goma, a main city in the east near Rwanda's border, and Rumangabo at the time. Natasegara...

  • Concession stand closures eyed for 'Good Friday' El Santuario de Chimayo pilgrimage
    Apr 16, 2014 9:48 AM CDT

    CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is asking law enforcement agencies to stop all concession and roadside stands along the annual Good Friday pilgrimage route to the El Santuario de Chimayo. The state agency said Tuesday to move to close concession stands is a safety measure aimed at protecting crowed walking areas. Beginning Thursday through Good Friday, crews will work around the clock to provide the various accommodations for pilgrims. Some pilgrims will make...

  • More than mosques and bazaars: Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods
    Apr 16, 2014 9:06 AM CDT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of Karakoy, Balat and Kuzguncuk will peel back the surface to reveal the city's multilayered history, and the lifestyles of those who've lived it. And while headlines persist on Turkey's uneasy political situation, which included a recent government shutdown of Twitter...

  • US home building up in March, led by 6 percent gain in single-family home construction
    Apr 16, 2014 7:31 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — US home building up in March, led by 6 percent gain in single-family home construction.

  • Fight Schedule
    Apr 16, 2014 7:22 AM CDT

    April 18 At Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, N.Y. (ESPN2), "Boxcino" middleweight tournament semifinals: Vitalii Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr.; Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica (8 rounds). At Monroeville (Pa.) Convention Center (SHO), Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka, 10, lightweights. At Illusions Theater, San Antonio (FS1), Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva, 10, welterweights; Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales, 10, lightweights. April 19 At Manchester, England, Scott Quigg vs....

  • AP PHOTOS: Adventurous climbers take to New Hampshire's White Mountains to keep winter going
    Apr 16, 2014 5:55 AM CDT

    MOUNT ADAMS, N.H. (AP) — Joe Murdzek was leading a group of friends when he encountered a short, steep snowfield about a mile and a half below the summit of Mount Adams, the Northeast's second-loftiest peak. It was a clear day with unusually light winds, mild enough to go gloveless. It took two attempts, but he finally made it across the snow by scrambling on all fours, digging his fingers into the snow for better traction. After a winter marked by the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms,...

  • A good read: Bucks backup F Epke Udoh draws following after starting online book club
    Apr 16, 2014 2:13 AM CDT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball. Few, if any, NBA players can say they've started a book club over Twitter. Fewer still probably cite entertainment magnate Oprah Winfrey as a role model. Udoh, a four-year NBA veteran, is thinking big. "I want to be like Oprah. I want to be like Oprah's book club," the Bucks forward said Tuesday. "I'll get there. It might take me a couple...

  • Chevrolet bringing tiny Trax to US and China as demand for compact SUVs grows
    Apr 15, 2014 6:59 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chevrolet's smallest SUV is heading to its biggest markets. The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors Co. unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show. GM thinks young buyers and downsizing Baby Boomers who like the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V will go even smaller, as long as they can still sit up high. The Trax, which shares a platform with Chevrolet's Sonic subcompact, is the same length...

  • Hamas prime minister of Gaza Strip praises shooting that killed Israeli in the West Bank
    Apr 15, 2014 4:26 PM CDT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday. Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron "brought back life to the path of resistance" against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility...

  • Judge mulls stay of ruling that orders Ohio officials to recognize out-of-state gay marriages
    Apr 15, 2014 3:10 PM CDT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for the state of Ohio asked a federal judge Tuesday to stay his decision ordering the state to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples performed in other states, a request the judge said he was inclined to grant. The state attorneys said in a court filing they would not object to the request by four couples who sued in February to have both spouses listed on their children's birth certificates, but urged Judge Timothy Black to stay Monday's ruling for everyone else....

  • Go For the Food: On lucky 13th Street in Philly, you don't go just for a cheesesteak
    Apr 15, 2014 2:57 PM CDT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village, but that moniker hasn't entirely caught on with the locals. The good news is that it doesn't matter what you call it. Philadelphia food-lovers just know 13th Street — which runs through the center of the neighborhood — as a vibrant area chockfull of great eateries and wine bars, a place to get anything from artisanal pizza and gourmet vegan to Asian fusion and modern...

  • Male cop dresses as Amish woman to nab suspect who was flashing Amish children in Pennsylvania
    Apr 15, 2014 2:47 PM CDT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children. Pulaski Township Sgt. Chad Adams said Tuesday that police weren't able to charge the man because of a lack of evidence. But Adams said the flasher hasn't been seen in Pulaski in Lawrence County since around the same time a man was sentenced to house arrest in January for similar behavior in neighboring...

  • Dinosaur on the move: Nearly complete T. rex arrives in DC for its new home at Smithsonian
    Apr 15, 2014 1:21 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton Tuesday, including its jaw with teeth as big as bananas, at the National Museum of Natural History. FedEx delivered the dinosaur bones in a special truck carrying 16 carefully packed crates that were kept at room...

  • Sean Combs to deliver Howard U. commencement speech, among 5 receiving honorary degrees
    Apr 15, 2014 12:33 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University's commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Combs was a Howard student in the late 1980s. He will receive an honorary doctorate in the humanities. He went on to create his Puff Daddy persona and built his own business and brand. Last year he launched an all-music TV channel,...

  • Dinosaur on the move: Nearly complete T. rex arrives in DC for its new home at Smithsonian
    Apr 15, 2014 12:31 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton Tuesday, including its jaw with teeth as big as bananas, at the National Museum of Natural History. FedEx delivered the dinosaur bones in a special truck carrying 16 carefully packed crates that were kept at room...

  • London salon gets visit from North Korean officials over Kim Jong Un 'bad hair' poster
    Apr 15, 2014 12:01 PM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — Staff at a London hair salon say they had a close shave with North Korean officials after using the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, to promote discount haircuts. M&M Hair Academy says it received a visit by two men from the nearby North Korean embassy after putting up a poster last week featuring a picture of Kim — who sports a distinctive undercut — and the slogan "Bad Hair Day?" Barber Karim Nabbach said the manager refused to remove the poster and reported the incident to...

  • Luxury pet business booms in Mexico with strong growth of middle class, smaller families
    Apr 15, 2014 11:25 AM CDT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Camila celebrated her first birthday in a blue-and-white striped dress with tulle appliques, playing with her guests in a room decorated with pink balloons, lilacs and Hello Kitty posters. When the cake arrived she barked at the single flickering candle, provoking a similar reaction from the Chihuahuas, French bulldogs and Pomeranians in the room. "We've never had a female dog so we wanted to do something special with her," said Valery Palma, a single 35-year-old lawyer who...

  • US builders' confidence rises but is limited by tight credit and shortages of labor and lots
    Apr 15, 2014 10:33 AM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders' confidence in the housing market rose modestly in April but remained at low levels for the third straight month, constrained by tight credit for home buyers and a shortage of workers and available land. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index, which measures confidence in the single-family home market, edged up to 47 in April from 46 in March, the homebuilders group reported Tuesday. Readings below 50 mean builders view...

  • Not in the moat! Chinese tourists with no experience abroad irk locals in Thailand, elsewhere
    Apr 15, 2014 9:57 AM CDT

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to attend lectures. Someone even pitched a tent by a picturesque lake. The reason: "Lost in Thailand," a 2012 slapstick comedy partly shot on campus that is China's highest-grossing...

  • Atlantic City casino paying poker players in tournament where fake chips were introduced
    Apr 15, 2014 9:48 AM CDT

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey casino is reimbursing players in a poker tournament that was suspended after counterfeit chips were discovered. More than 2,100 entrants who finished outside the top 450 and played in the same room as the North Carolina man who is accused of introducing the fake chips will get $560, including a refund of their $60 entry fees from the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. The final 27 players are to share the remaining prize money, which comes to $19,323 each....

  • FAA: Hawaiian airlines didn't inspect plane's engine component properly, suggests $548K fine
    Apr 15, 2014 8:51 AM CDT

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights. The FAA said Monday it is suggesting a fine of nearly $548,000 for the Honolulu-based airline. Airline and FAA officials say the company asked for an informal meeting to discuss the matter. The agency says Hawaiian didn't comply with a 2000 directive that established inspections of specific engine thrust reverser...

  • American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye outbreak hits territory's students, teachers
    Apr 15, 2014 8:47 AM CDT

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Public schools in American Samoa fully reopened Monday after some 3,000 students and teachers contracted pink eye, an outbreak that prompted tourism officials to warn cruise passengers heading to the group of islands in the South Pacific. Schools in the U.S. territory's main island of Tutuila reopened for the first time since April 4. They make up the bulk of the 28 facilities that shut their doors on the islands about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. Students...

  • JetBlue Airways adding daily flight from Pittsburgh to Ft. Lauderdale starting Oct. 29
    Apr 15, 2014 8:43 AM CDT

    IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — JetBlue Airways plans to add a daily, nonstop flight from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in the fall. The flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport begins Oct. 29. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the new flight will give western Pennsylvanians another option for business and leisure travel. JetBlue President Robin Hayes says it also provides more access to connecting flights to the Caribbean and Latin...

  • Big Boy is back: Union Pacific to restore gigantic steam locomotive, among largest ever built
    Apr 15, 2014 8:40 AM CDT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains. "It's sort of like...

  • Fight Schedule
    Apr 15, 2014 7:18 AM CDT

    April 18 At Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, N.Y. (ESPN2), "Boxcino" middleweight tournament semifinals: Vitalii Kopylenko vs. Willie Monroe Jr.; Brandon Adams vs. Raymond Gatica (8 rounds). At Monroeville (Pa.) Convention Center (SHO), Alexei Collado vs. Rod Salka, 10, lightweights. At Illusions Theater, San Antonio (FS1), Alan Sanchez vs. Jorge Silva, 10, welterweights; Raul Martinez vs. Sergio Perales, 10, lightweights. April 19 At Manchester, England, Scott Quigg vs....

  • Victoria's Secret Angels to descend on London for the first time for annual fashion show
    Apr 15, 2014 5:56 AM CDT

    LONDON (AP) — London is getting a new fashion extravaganza — the Victoria's Secret Show, which will take place for the first time in the British capital this year. Victoria's Secret models Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined Chief Marketing Officer Ed Razek at the company's London flagship store for the announcement Tuesday. The annual show, known for its unique lingerie and live performances by top entertainers, will be held at Earls Court in the fall and air on CBS at a later date. No...

  • China cracks down on rights lawyers, who say they were tortured after seeking justice
    Apr 15, 2014 3:52 AM CDT

    BEIJING (AP) — His head covered in a black hood, lawyer Tang Jitian recalls being taken into a room and hearing the sound of a rope being pulled. The handcuffs behind him were jerked upward and soon he was dangling in the air. "I got hoisted with my head facing down, feet off the ground and butt in the air," Tang said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Five or six people were hitting me and kicking me. All I heard was 'thud, thud, thud,' throughout." Tang is among a group of four Chinese...

  • Not in the moat! Chinese tourists with no experience abroad irk locals in Thailand, elsewhere
    Apr 15, 2014 3:24 AM CDT

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes to attend lectures. Someone even pitched a tent by a picturesque lake. The reason: "Lost in Thailand," a 2012 slapstick comedy partly shot on campus that is China's highest-grossing...

  • Engaged pair, identical twin, teen football player among the victims in California bus crash
    Apr 14, 2014 6:58 PM CDT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five high school students and three chaperones have been confirmed dead after a charter bus heading to Humboldt State University was struck by a FedEx tractor-trailer in Northern California. The bus and big rig drivers were also killed. ___ Michael Myvett had spent years connecting to autistic children as a therapist, and now was playing chaperone to a different group of youth as he traveled from his Southern California home to Humboldt State, his alma mater. He was also a...

  • American Samoa schools reopen after pink eye outbreak hits territory's students, teachers
    Apr 14, 2014 6:53 PM CDT

    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — Public schools in American Samoa fully reopened Monday after some 3,000 students and teachers contracted pink eye, an outbreak that prompted tourism officials to warn cruise passengers heading to the group of islands in the South Pacific. Schools in the U.S. territory's main island of Tutuila reopened for the first time since April 4. They make up the bulk of the 28 facilities that shut their doors on the islands about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. Students...

  • In Great Lakes region, many Jewish families running short of Passover food staple: whitefish
    Apr 14, 2014 6:22 PM CDT

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in a traditional recipe. Markets in Chicago and Detroit were among those struggling to fill whitefish orders before the beginning of the eight-day celebration Monday evening, and a representative of a commercial fishing agency said the shortfall extended...

  • Dutch police arrest 14-year-old girl who tweeted alleged al-Qaida threat to American Airlines
    Apr 14, 2014 4:13 PM CDT

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Police in the Netherlands have arrested a 14-year-old girl on suspicion of threatening American Airlines in a tweet. Police spokesman Roland Ekkers said the girl, who has not been identified for privacy reasons, turned herself in to Rotterdam police in the company of a parent Monday and is now being interrogated. The tweet posted Sunday said it came from an al-Qaida member in Afghanistan named Ibrahim and threatened to "do something really big on June 1." But the account's handle...

  • Southwest Airlines jet diverts flight; witnesses say passenger tried to open door midflight
    Apr 14, 2014 4:09 PM CDT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man removed from a California-bound Southwest Airlines aircraft after he allegedly tried to open a door during flight was charged Monday with interfering with the crew. The plane was diverted to Omaha, Neb., on Sunday, so that 23-year-old Joshua Carl Suggs could be removed after the incident happened about an hour into the flight. The flight with five crew members and 134 passengers then continued on to Sacramento and arrived safely about two hours behind schedule....

  • Seder in Nepal gets Passover supplies delivered in time
    Apr 14, 2014 4:05 PM CDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Passover supplies made it to Katmandu, Nepal, on Monday in time for an annual Seder that typically draws more than 1,000 guests. The shipment had been stuck in port in India, bound for the Seder hosted by the Jewish outreach organization Chabad-Lubavitch. The supplies are normally routed via the Israeli embassy of Nepal, but a strike by the Israeli Foreign Ministry that affected embassy operations had delayed delivery, according to Rabbi Zalman Shmotkin, a New York spokesman for...

  • Hungry spouse, angry spouse? Study with voodoo dolls ties marital discord to low blood sugar
    Apr 14, 2014 3:56 PM CDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses touchy, researchers propose. In fact, it can make them "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman. "We need glucose for self-control," said Bushman, lead author of the study, which was released Monday...

  • Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families, share gifts at early Easter celebration
    Apr 14, 2014 3:25 PM CDT

    BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration. The first lady visited the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as families decorated Easter cards. She thanked the Fisher House for providing military families with "a home away from home" during tough times. The foundation gives free temporary housing to military...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: World Cup goes to football-mad Porto Alegre in southern Brazil
    Apr 14, 2014 2:28 PM CDT

    PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Porto Alegre is one of the most tradition-rich football cities in Brazil, providing the perfect background for World Cup matches. The city is divided nearly equally by fans from Internacional and Gremio, a cross-town rivalry that is one of the most intense in the country. World Cup matches will be held at Internacional's newly refurbished Beira-Rio Stadium, and teams are expected to practice at Gremio's recently built arena, which could also easily host tournament...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: In stadium delayed by deadly crane collapse, Sao Paulo hosts World Cup opener
    Apr 14, 2014 2:26 PM CDT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — South America's biggest city will be the first to see some action at the World Cup when Brazil plays Croatia at the stadium where a crane collapse killed two workers last year. The accident at the Itaquerao Stadium caused significant damage and pushed back the date of its completion to about a month before the June 12 opener. Built by the popular Brazilian club Corinthians, the stadium became one of the biggest concerns for FIFA in the run-up to the tournament. The stadium will...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: Fascinating and controversial, Brazilian jungle city of Manaus in World Cup
    Apr 14, 2014 2:25 PM CDT

    MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — Manaus is the most remote of Brazil's World Cup cities, and probably the most fascinating, too. With its industrial zone and trash-strewn slums, Manaus sits in the middle of the Amazon rain forest in far northwestern Brazil, surrounded by unmatched natural splendor. It will be home to some very interesting matches as well, including England vs. Italy on June 14 and the United States vs. Portugal on June 22. The city made headlines even before the World Cup draw last year,...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: Recife will distract with lush beaches, reefs _ but beware of sharks
    Apr 14, 2014 2:24 PM CDT

    RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — With its rivers, beaches and coral reefs, the northeastern city of Recife is nicknamed the Venice of Brazil. Recife will host five World Cup matches at the 44,000-capacity Arena Pernambuco, which was also used at last year's Confederations Cup. Recife means "reef" in Portuguese. Along with Fortaleza, it is regarded as the most important city of Brazil's northeast. It is also represents one of the poorest regions of the country, and the stadium — on the outskirts of the city...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: Fortaleza and its beaches offer popular tourist destination for World Cup fans
    Apr 14, 2014 2:20 PM CDT

    FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — Fortaleza is Brazil's fifth-largest city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the northeast with or without the World Cup. The city has 34 kilometers (21 miles) of beautiful beaches and will host six matches at this year's World Cup at the revamped Estadio Castelao. The stadium has a seating capacity of 65,000 fans, but that will be reduced to 59,000 for the World Cup. Already tested at last year's Confederations Cup, the stadium will first host Uruguay...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: Cuiaba brings World Cup matches to Brazil's agricultural heartland
    Apr 14, 2014 2:19 PM CDT

    CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — World Cup host city Cuiaba is the capital of Mato Grosso state in the west of Brazil, near Bolivia. The state boasts about 29 million heads of cattle — 10 times the human population. The town was established during the 18th century as a gold-mining outpost, and it still has some of that frontier mentality and spirit. The new stadium, which was one of three still incomplete only three months before the World Cup, is Arena Pantanal. It will seat 43,000 spectators and was built...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: Brazil's modern capital gets a taste of football in the new national stadium
    Apr 14, 2014 2:18 PM CDT

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Locally known as the Mane Garrincha Stadium, the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia was completed last year for the Confederations Cup and will host seven matches at this year's World Cup. The stadium was named in honor of Garrincha, a striker who helped Brazil win the 1958 and 1962 World Cup along with Pele. The construction of the stadium has been criticized because Brasilia doesn't have a top football club, and there are fears the venue — one of the most expensive...

  • WORLD CUP 2014: Natal _ Christmas in Portuguese _ hosts 4 World Cup matches in sunny tropics
    Apr 14, 2014 2:16 PM CDT

    NATAL, Brazil (AP) — Estadio das Dunas in Natal will hold 42,000 spectators for four World Cup matches at this year's tournament. The name of the stadium comes from the sand dunes that are among the most impressive natural attractions in the northeastern region. The stadium's curving structure is meant to copy the look of the dunes. The city of Natal was founded on Dec. 25 late in the 16th century. That is where the name Natal, which means "Christmas" in Portuguese, comes from. The city is famous...

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