German consumer confidence heads higher

BERLIN (AP) — A survey has found that German consumer confidence is continuing to rise on the back of a strong labor market and the prospect of more robust economic growth. The GfK research institute said Tuesday that…

Ark. district arming more than 20 teachers, staff

CLARKSVILLE, Ark. (AP) — As Cheyne Dougan rounded the corner at Clarksville High School, he saw three students on the floor moaning and crying. In a split-second, two more ran out of a nearby classroom. “He’s got a…

Your Top Plays for Today

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide –MLB MAY SUSPEND A-ROD UNDER LABOR RULES INSTEAD OF DRUG RAP Major League Baseball officials consider penalizing New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez under the sport’s labor regulations rather than…

Suspected US drone kills 3 in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed three alleged al-Qaida militants in one of the group’s strongholds in the south of the country. The official said the attack took…

Quotations of the day

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” — Pope Francis striking a conciliatory stance toward gays during an extraordinary 82-minute exchange with reporters aboard his plane…

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s … Swiss ‘Jetman’

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A Swiss adventurer is making his first public flights in the United States this summer with his custom-built jet suit. Yves Rossy (eev RAW’-see), also known as “Jetman,” is making appearances at the Experimental…

‘Housewives’ stars free on bond, travel restricted

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two stars of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” are scheduled to make initial court appearances on federal fraud charges. Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice will appear in federal court Tuesday…

‘Good Wife’ star empathizes with Weiner’s spouse

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Julianna Margulies says playing a wronged political wife on TV gives her compassion for what Anthony Weiner’s spouse is going through. Watching Huma Abedin stand by New York mayoral candidate Weiner at a…

Market solid as Fed decision looms

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets eked out modest gains as traders refrained from big moves ahead of a meeting of the U.S. central bank that starts later Tuesday. The Federal Reserve is not likely to announce any…

Pakistani lawmakers elect new president

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani lawmakers began voting for the country’s new president Tuesday in an election that has been marred by controversy over procedure and concern about overreach by the country’s powerful judiciary, although there is widespread agreement…

Oil slips below $104 ahead of Fed, jobs data

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil fell Tuesday as traders await some key data releases later in the week, including U.S. employment figures. Benchmark oil for September delivery was down 23 cents to $104.32 per barrel at…

Massive explosions rock central Fla. gas plant

TAVARES CITY, Fla. (AP) — A series of major explosions at a Florida gas plant has injured several workers and left others missing. The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1bDP0kb) reports Monday night Tavares City Administrator John Drury says 10 of…