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  • Key Profumo scandal figure Mandy Rice-Davies dies

    LONDON (AP) — Mandy Rice-Davies, a key figure in the "Profumo Affair," a sex-and-politics scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at age 70. Her PR firm, Hackford Jones, said Friday that Rice-Davies died Thursday evening "after a short battle with cancer." Rice-Davies was an 18-year-old model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when her...

  • North Korea denies connection with Sony hacking

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea on Friday denied the FBI's accusation that it was behind a devastating hacking attack on Sony but it said the now-shelved film "The Interview" mocked the impoverished but nuclear-armed country. "It defamed the image of our country. It made a mockery of our sovereignty. We reject it," a North Korean diplomat to...

  • Ohio Muslim woman sues over jail church attendance

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge has sued the county. Sakeena Majeed said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that a correction officer made her and other Cuyahoga County jail inmates attend Friday afternoon services led by a Baptist...

  • US stocks inch higher after a big two-day rally

    NEW YORK (AP) — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor's 500 index notch its second-best week this year. With little news to give them direction, traders continued to push indexes higher. That extended a rally from Wednesday when the Federal Reserve said it was in no hurry to hike interest rates....

  • Iraq clashes with IS delay evacuation of Yazidis

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Sporadic clashes between Iraqi Kurdish fighters and Islamic State extremists, as well as other logistics problems, are delaying the evacuation of the last Yazidis still trapped on Mt. Sinjar, an Iraqi lawmaker said Friday. Fighting was still underway near the mountain, said Mahma Khalil, himself a member of Iraq's minority...

  • U. Va. Board chair decries 'drive-by journalism'

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The chairman of the University of Virginia Board of Visitors ripped into Rolling Stone magazine Friday, saying the magazine unfairly tarnished the school's image with a piece of "drive-by journalism," hurt innocent people and set back sex assault prevention efforts. At a special board meeting on campus, Rector...

  • Cops: Woman killed boy, falsely reported abduction

    BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman strangled a 5-year-old cousin who had been in her parents' care, then discarded his body along a road before calling in a false report that two masked intruders took the boy from their Albany-area home, authorities said Friday. Tiffany VanAlstyne's bogus 911 call on Thursday afternoon set off a search for...

  • Student hit by truck settles Ohio State lawsuit

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio State University student who was run over by a dump truck on campus and lost a leg will receive $500,000 and free tuition in a settlement. Freshman James Hughes was riding his bike to class in September 2013 when he was hit by the dump truck near the entrance to a construction site. The then-18-year-old lost his...

  • 2 killed, 3 hurt in Oklahoma oil rig explosion

    COALGATE, Okla. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a southeastern Oklahoma oil rig early Friday killed two workers and injured three others, two of them critically. The explosion occurred around 1 a.m. on the deck of a rig about 2 miles west of Coalgate, a community about 100 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, said Sam Schafnitt, chief of...

  • Lots to say in historic Obama-Castro phone call

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba had their first phone conversation in more than 50 years, they were not at a loss for words. As President Barack Obama told the story at his news conference Friday, he opened his call with Cuban President Raul Castro with a 15-minute monologue and then apologized for taking so much time....

  • Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation. The State Employees' Retirement Board's 122-page opinion, made public Friday, determined Sandusky remained a Penn...

  • Sheriff: Beheading photo sent to New York lawmaker

    NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York sheriff says he has contacted federal authorities to investigate a threatening photo of a beheading sent to an Orthodox Jewish lawmaker. Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco says county legislator Aron Wieder received a crudely altered photo showing Wieder's head on top of the body of a victim of a...

  • Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed

    The FBI used flawed scientific methods to investigate the 2001 anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others, federal auditors said Friday in a report sure to fuel skepticism over the FBI's conclusion that Army biodefense researcher Bruce Ivins was the sole perpetrator. The 77-page report from the Government Accountability...

  • Cam shows 2nd hatched penguin at National Aviary

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Web camera has captured images of the second of two endangered African penguins hatching at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh. Aviary officials spotted the second chick for the first time Friday. But they say the nesting behavior of the parents suggests the chick likely hatched Thursday. A sibling hatched Monday. The new...

  • German Amazon strikes to last until Christmas Eve

    BERLIN (AP) — A German labor union says striking workers at four Amazon.com distribution centers in Germany will remain off the job until Christmas Eve. The ver.di union said Friday the strikes at Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben and Rheinberg will last until the afternoon of Christmas Eve on Dec. 24. Companies in Germany normally shut down for...

  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. Environmentalists had pushed for the hazardous classification, citing the hundreds of cases nationwide in which coal ash waste had...

  • Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country's first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren. Unchastened by criticism from all corners of...

  • Judge says pet bobcat Rocky must live at the zoo

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has escaped from its owner's home multiple times since April will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, and its owner will be fined for letting it run free. Rocky the bobcat has been the subject of an ongoing legal fight between owner Ginny Fine and town officials because of the...

  • Court finds Texas 'stand your ground' trial unfair

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of murder after jurors rejected his "stand your ground" self-defense claim didn't get a fair trial and deserves a new one. Raul Rodriguez, 49, has been serving a 40-year prison term for the May 2010 slaying of a 36-year-old man during an argument over loud music in a rural...

  • FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts. The decision by the FIFA executive committee...

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