Greek motorcycle rally starts off week of protests

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Sirens blaring, striking municipal police officers brought traffic to a standstill across central Athens on Monday as part of mounting protests against new government cuts. The officers parked their motorcycles and patrol cars outside…

Cuban athletes and artists get in on capitalism

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar named for the height of his world record high jump. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky new Italian restaurant, and salsa…

Gallup agrees to pay $10.5M to settle allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says the Gallup Organization has agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle allegations that the polling and market research firm improperly inflated prices for proposed contracts with the U.S. Mint and State…

Diplomat says Egypt wants to ‘reassure’ world

GENEVA (AP) — A top Egyptian diplomat says her nation is working hard to reassure the world that the military’s removal of the country’s first democratically elected president helps — not hinders — its transition to democracy. Egypt’s…

Penn State gets report on federal Sandusky probe

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State has received a preliminary report from the federal government regarding whether its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal complied with campus crime reporting requirements, the university said Monday. The…

Scripps heir gets 9 years for swindling mom, uncle

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Scripps family heir is in federal court in Philadelphia awaiting sentencing for stealing $3.6 million from his mother and a disabled uncle. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Michael Scripps spent the money on cars, jewelry and…

Canadian PM shuffles cabinet

OTTAWA (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named eight new ministers, including four women, in his biggest cabinet shuffle since taking office in 2006. The shake-up appears to be aimed at presenting a fresh face for…

UConn professor faces sexual misconduct probe

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut music professor who was placed on paid leave last month is under investigation by police amid allegations of sexual misconduct and decades-old molestation involving children, including several boys who attended…

Girl, girl groups are making a comeback

NEW YORK (AP) — I’ll tell want you want, what you really, really want: Girl groups. Even if you don’t want them — they’re back on the scene. A new batch of pop tarts are ready to dominate…

Twinkle’s Kitchen | Chocolate Whiskey Ice Cream

Ice cream is one of my favorite things to make. Turning a liquid into a solid is one of those culinary feats that never ceases to amaze me – especially if it involves chocolate.

Comic-Con expands as proving ground for new shows

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nine years ago, the inaugural episode of “Lost” captured Comic-Con attendees’ imaginations when it first premiered at the fan-driven extravaganza, and the surreal series about plane crash survivors went on to become a cultural…