Israel airstrikes loom over US diplomacy on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s highly likely that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, not the rebel opposition, was behind any chemical weapons use in Syria. White House spokesman Jay Carney says there is certainly evidence…

Former Calif. mortician gets life sentence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Wayne Sconce’s past life as a mortician has come back to haunt him decades after he gained notoriety for stealing body parts from corpses and plotting to kill a funeral business rival. Sconce,…

Smuggled dinosaur skeleton returned to Mongolia

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities in New York have returned a 70-million-year-old nearly complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton to the Mongolian government. Authorities say the skeleton was looted from the Gobi Desert. It was seized by Immigration and Customs…

Man who dealt with death faces sentence of life

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David Wayne Sconce’s past life as a mortician has come back to haunt him decades after he gained notoriety for stealing body parts and plotting to kill a funeral business rival. The 56-year-old Sconce…

Prizes awarded for translated fiction, poetry

NEW YORK (AP) — An experimental Hungarian novel and a collection of Romanian poetry have won prizes for best English language translations. Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s (LAHZ’-lo krahs-na-HOAR’-kay’s) “Satantango,” translated into English by Georges Szirtes (ZUR’-tes), won the Best Translated…

NY judge urged not to delay morning-after decision

NEW YORK (AP) — Reproductive rights advocates have asked a New York City judge not to delay a plan to let women and teenage girls buy morning-after birth control without a prescription. The delay has been requested by…

Shania Twain announces fall show dates in Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shania Twain has announced 22 new show dates this fall to round out the first year of her two-year Las Vegas Strip residency. Twain told The Associated Press Monday that the show at Caesars…

Court: Calif. cities can ban medical pot shops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Local governments in California’s have legal authority to ban storefront pot shops within their borders, California’s highest court ruled on Monday in an opinion likely to further diminish the state’s once-robust medical marijuana industry.…

NBA’s Collins to headline Democratic fundraiser

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala. Last week, Collins became the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports…

Alec Baldwin’s ‘Orphans’ to close on Broadway

NEW YORK (AP) — The play “Orphans” has been orphaned on Broadway. Producers said Monday that Lyle Kessler’s play starring Alec Baldwin will close May 19 after 27 previews and 37 regular performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.…

Stadium decision hurts Miami’s Super Bowl chances

MIAMI (AP) — The Super Bowl might not return to South Florida for a long time. Ten NFL title games have been played in Miami, but last week the Dolphins were denied public money for a stadium upgrade…

Judge: Sammy Hagar’s memoir did not defame woman

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says rocker Sammy Hagar did not defame a Playboy bunny with whom he allegedly fathered a child when he accused her of extortion in his memoir. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade…