Time Warner blackout of CBS goes into 2nd day

Time Warner Cable and CBS say they are trying to settle a fee dispute that has left three million customers without the network’s programs. A Time Warner spokeswoman say negotiations are ongoing. CBS says it expects talks to…

Sikhs sidestep fights over Wis. rampage donations

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — In the aftermath of shooting rampages in Colorado, Virginia and elsewhere, victims’ families have clashed over how to distribute money donated by well-wishers. But after a gunman killed six worshippers at a Milwaukee-area…

Bill introduced for tax incentives on excess food

Tax incentives should be expanded to prompt restaurants, grocery stores and farmers to donate excess food to the hungry and cut into the estimated 70 billion pounds of food that goes to waste each year, U.S. senators say in proposing such an expansion.…

Nurse at botched Ohio transplant sues over firing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A veteran nurse present during a botched kidney transplant at an Ohio hospital last summer has sued for wrongful termination. A lawsuit filed Friday in the Ohio Court of Claims in Columbus says Melanie…

Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows

Rafat Awad fervently preached Islam at his university, encouraging his fellow students to read the Quran and pray. But throughout, the young Palestinian-born pharmacist had gnawing doubts. The more he tried to resolve them, the more they grew.…

New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work…

Jury hears about Jackson’s likeability, drug use

A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:…

Discarded NYC theater prop sparks bomb scare

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City playwright who directed a show called the “American Suicide Bomber Association” unwitting sparked a bomb scare when he threw a prop from the production into the trash at his home.…

Top US officials meet to discuss embassy threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The threat of a terrorist attack led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans, the first such alert since an announcement…

Old tobacco playbook gets new use by e-cigarettes

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — Companies vying for a stake in the fast-growing electronic cigarette business are reviving the decades-old marketing tactics the tobacco industry used to hook generations of Americans on regular smokes. They’re using cab-top and bus…

‘Conjuring’ director James Wan gears up for ‘Fast’

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — James Wan walked away from his first chance to make a sequel, for the “Saw” franchise he helped create. Now he can’t seem to escape them. The director has been splitting his days this…

Fort Hood and the rarity of military executions

DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of unarmed soldiers, some about to deploy to Afghanistan, were waiting inside a building for vaccines and routine checkups when a fellow soldier walked inside with two handguns and enough ammunition to commit one…

Conn. bamboo planters could face legal liabilities

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — While bamboo can evoke images of tranquillity, munching pandas and eco-friendly flooring, an aggressive variety has wreaked havoc on some homeowners and prompted state and local governments to consider holding those who plant the…

New US penalties will greet Iran’s new leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Iran’s new president takes over, new U.S. penalties against the country appear a done deal. In a letter to President Barack Obama, 76 senators are demanding tougher punishment on Iran’s economy until the Islamic…

Doctors: Plant likely culprit of rare disease

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Doctors don’t know why eating crawfish or buffalo fish sometimes causes the rare muscle-destroying illness that recently sickened three members of one Mississippi family. But they believe Haff disease is caused by eating bottom-feeders…