Minn. prepares to dispose of I-35W bridge parts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is preparing to give victims, historians and engineers a chance to claim some of the crumpled steel wreckage from the deadly 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge before the rest is sold for…

Tony bounce? What Tony bounce at the box office?

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award nominations often mean a big bump at the box office, but not this year so far. “Kinky Boots,” ”Matilda: The Musical,” ”Pippin” and “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” — the four shows that…

‘Iron Man 3′ finishes with $174.1M opening weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney’s Marvel Studios continues to mine precious metal with a $174.1 million opening weekend for “Iron Man 3,” the second-biggest domestic debut ever behind the $200-million-plus launch of “The Avengers” a year ago. The…

Josh Ritter protests Pa. college’s gay policy

GRANTHAM, Pa. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter says he won’t play a central Pennsylvania Christian college again unless it changes its policy against “homosexual behavior.” Ritter made the announcement on Facebook hours after playing a Friday night concert…

Some international travelers to get fast screening

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is expanding its expedited airport security screening program to some international travelers for the first time. The Transportation Security Administration said passengers flying internationally from 40 US airports may be eligible to receive…

Ex-Iowa official guilty in gay marriage fraud case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa court official has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forgery for filing false documents to issue an invalid marriage license to a same-sex couple from Florida. Former Grundy County deputy clerk Brigitte…

Body found during search for missing woman, 83

WASHINGTON (AP) — Searchers looking for an 83-year-old woman who went missing after arriving at a Washington airport from Barbados have found a body near the airport. U.S. Park Police spokesman Paul Brooks says a body was found…

Chicago case alleges ties to North Korea

CHICAGO (AP) — A Taiwanese businessman and his son are charged in Chicago with trying to bypass a U.S. ban on the export of machinery that could have been used for weapons production in North Korea. The U.S.…

Prosecutors say soldier had cigarette, then killed

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A court-martial is underway at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington against an Army sergeant for the fatal shootings of five fellow servicemen in Iraq. Sgt. John Russell, of Sherman, Texas, already pleaded…

Cranberry farmers struggle as surplus drops prices

MILWAUKEE (AP) — U.S. cranberry farmers who spent millions of dollars to replant and expand bogs face a financial crisis after a huge harvest in Canada flooded the market and sent prices plummeting. Farmers in Wisconsin, the leading…

Jason Collins denies he is seeking book deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Collins, the NBA veteran who recently announced he was gay, is seeking a book deal, The Associated Press has learned. Officials at three publishing houses said Monday that they had been contacted about…

Stocks are little changed after record week

NEW YORK (AP) — Major stock market indexes are ending little changed on Wall Street following a record-breaking week. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down five points at 14,968 Monday. It broke through 15,000 last week. The…

Cuban spy unrepentant, but hopes for better ties

HAVANA (AP) — A Cuban spy who served a long jail term in the United States has arrived at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana to renounce his American citizenship. The move by Rene Gonzalez is part of…