ABC’s O’Brian named Al Jazeera America president

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC News executive Kate O’Brian is the new president of Al Jazeera America, the cable news network that plans to launch in the United States next month. Al Jazeera announced O’Brian’s appointment Monday. She…

Drumming ‘grandma’ a hit with 2M YouTube views

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — A white-haired, bespectacled drummer from Wisconsin whose spontaneous solo jam session at a local music shop was caught on video has become a hit online, with more than 2 million views so far…

Theft trial opens for ex-chairman of Pequot tribe

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former chairman of the Indian tribe that owns the Foxwoods Resort Casino improperly charged $80,000 to a tribe-issued credit card for a limousine to shuttle his mother to doctor’s appointments, a prosecutor…

Report: Rutgers should take control of sports

A report commissioned by Rutgers University after a scandal led to the ousting of its basketball coach and athletic director finds breakdowns in communication as the university learned about the coach’s physical and verbal abuse of players. The…

Ex-Presidents Club: Lots of life after White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the republic’s first 200 years, just three presidents survived more than two decades after leaving office. The odds for ex-presidents have improved considerably since then. Jimmy Carter has been out of office 32 years,…

US judge delays state’s abortion law

BISMARCK, North Dakota (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law “clearly…

House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are proposing slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveil the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called…

Obama to mark 60th anniversary of Korean War truce

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the suspension of the 1950-1953 Korean War. The White House says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join Obama for a ceremony at the Korean…

S&P 500 edges higher, helped by gold miners

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising commodity prices made up for a disappointing quarterly performance at McDonalds, lifting the stock market Monday. Higher gold and copper prices boosted the stocks of mining companies in early afternoon trading. That helped…

Redford, Richardson fight against horse slaughter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Robert Redford and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday joined the divisive debate against a return to domestic horse slaughter, announcing the formation of an animal protection foundation to fight the opening…

Federal judge delays North Dakota abortion law

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected — as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law “clearly invalid…

Van backs over Mass. woman repeatedly, killing her

Authorities and witnesses say a van backing out of a parking spot in Massachusetts repeatedly struck a 60-year-old woman pushing her baby granddaughter in a carriage, killing the woman. Lynn police say the baby…

Conn. suit against Mexican ex-president dismissed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A lawyer for plaintiffs suing former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo over a 1997 massacre in a Mexican village says they will appeal after a federal judge dismissed their lawsuit. Attorney Roger Kobert said Monday…

No heat technology on rig that hit Asiana survivor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco newspaper reports the fire rig that ran over and killed a 16-year-old Asiana Airlines crash survivor was not equipped with heat sensing equipment that might have saved her life. The San…

Cold caps tested to prevent hair loss during chemo

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Miriam Lipton had breast cancer, her thick hair fell out two weeks after starting chemotherapy. The second time breast cancer struck, Lipton gave her scalp a deep chill and kept much of…