Corpse flower in bloom in Belgium; hold your nose!

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tourists are lining up in Belgium for the chance to visit a huge, foul-smelling plant. The national botanical garden was staying open until dusk for a second day Tuesday to give as many people as…

3 Somalis convicted in hijacking that left 4 dead

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — All three Somalis convicted by a U.S. jury on murder, piracy and other charges stemming from a yacht hijacking that left four Americans dead will face potential death sentences at sentencing later this month,…

Elton John cancels London show due to appendicitis

LONDON (AP) — Elton John has canceled a show in London’s Hyde Park due to appendicitis that will require surgery. A statement issued Tuesday by the musician’s publicist said John was suffering from an inflamed appendix and surrounding…

Author of Princeton letter writing advice book

NEW YORK (AP) — A Princeton University alumna who urged female students to find a husband before they graduate has a book deal. Susan Patton has an agreement with Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, for…

Some train wreck evacuees return home

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — More than 1,000 people who were forced from their homes by a fiery derailment of an oil train in Quebec are being allowed to return home. Officials say the fire is finally under control.…

3 Somalis convicted in hijacking that left 4 dead

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — All three Somalis convicted by a federal jury on murder, piracy and other charges stemming from a yacht hijacking that left four Americans dead will face potential death sentences at sentencing later this month,…

GOP wants delay in health law’s individual mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Framing a new argument against President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional GOP leaders called Tuesday for a delay in the law’s requirement that individual Americans carry health insurance. If the White House can grant…

UK inquest says deportee was unlawfully killed

LONDON (AP) — A British jury has found that an Angolan man who died while being deported was unlawfully killed by three British private security guards escorting him on the plane. An inquest jury said Tuesday that 46-year-old…

Stocks rise in early trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising in early trading on Wall Street led by materials and industrial companies. Alcoa was up 6 cents, or 0.9 percent, at $8 shortly after the U.S. stock market opened Tuesday. The…

Driver saved by son charged with drunken driving

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old Massachusetts boy who crawled from the wreckage of a crashed car and ran for help is facing drunken driving and other charges. The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/15tkEeW ) reports…

Dutch prince flown to The Hague, still in coma

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch royal house says Prince Johan Friso, who has been in a coma since being struck by an avalanche in February 2012, has been moved from a London hospital to a palace…

Colombia extradites major drug suspect to US

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say they’ve extradited a major drug trafficking suspect to the United States. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has called Daniel Barrera “the last of the great capos.” He’s known as “El Loco”…

Firefighter wounded in NY rampage back to work

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A professional firefighter who survived the Christmas Eve shooting rampage in New York that left two volunteer firefighters dead has returned to work. Local media outlets report that Joseph Hofstetter rejoined his Rochester Fire…

Astronauts tackle chore backlog on spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Two spacewalking astronauts tackled a backlog of outdoor work at the International Space Station on Tuesday. It was the first spacewalk for Italy — a major contributor to the orbiting lab — as…