Review: Tunstall eloquently contemplates mortality

K.T. Tunstall, “Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon” (Blue Note) “We are fighters in our prime,” K.T. Tunstall sings to her father on her new album, and the words resonate with poignancy now that he’s gone. “Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon” focuses on…

British admiral who led Falklands fleet dies

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s defense ministry says Adm. John “Sandy” Woodward, who led the Royal Navy task force during the 1982 Falklands War, has died. He was 81. The ministry did not give a cause, but the BBC…

Ohio woman’s dog runs off, found 22 miles away

PLEASANT PLAIN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman has been reunited with her dog more than a month after it ran off after being struck by a car. A caller told Paula Heckathorn a dog had been hanging…

Carjacker commits suicide after Calif. crime spree

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a carjacker who slashed a man’s throat during a weekend crime spree killed himself by deliberately crashing into a freeway pillar at more than 100 mph. The Riverside Press-Enterprise…

New book focuses on Civil War photographer Brady

“Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation” (Bloomsbury), by Robert Wilson Civil War photographer Mathew Brady largely taught himself the finer points of the two pursuits that have linked his name to history: taking pictures and self-promotion. The son…

Father feared son would die in snowboard accident

DENVER (AP) — John Backowski says he feared for his son’s life when the young man went snowboarding. Backowski tells the Denver Post (http://tinyurl.com/otzcdnh ) he would talk to his son after every report of an avalanche to…

2 injured in Spokane, Wash., car explosion

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a car to explode in Spokane, Wash., injuring a man and his 3-year-old daughter. KXLY reports (http://bit.ly/14cVHUE ) the two had gotten into the car and driven…

Man begins swim to Detroit hauling ton of bricks

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” has jumped into Lake St. Clair near the Michigan-Canada border for a 30-hour, 22-mile dip. If that isn’t enough, Jim Dreyer is hauling two dinghies…

Francis Bacon’s brushes among oddities in auction

LONDON (AP) — Art lovers who can’t afford a painting by Francis Bacon can bid on the late artist’s paintbrushes at an auction of unusual items. The eight brushes — given by Bacon to fellow artist Clive Barker…

Teen pleads guilty in Utah soccer ref death

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A juvenile court judge will begin hearing testimony Monday to decide if a Utah teenager accused of killing a soccer referee with a single punch will be tried in juvenile or adult court.…

Illegal buttocks injections kill, maim US women

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Women across the U.S. are risking their lives for illegal procedures to make their buttocks bigger, often involving home-improvement materials such as silicone injected by people with no medical training. Some want to fill…

Sri Lanka opens expanded port to take large ships

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka marked the opening of its expanded Colombo port Monday, a $400 million project that aims to transform the Indian Ocean island into a regional trading hub by allowing a new, bigger…

Review: Texas leads the way in wind energy

“The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards, and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power” (University of Texas Press), by Kate Galbraith and Asher Price Millions…

Muslim cleric shot dead in Thailand’s south

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A well-respected Muslim cleric in Thailand’s violence-plagued south was killed on Monday in one of the highest-profile assassinations of those working with the Thai government in resolving the southern insurgency. Imam Yacob Raimani,…