US housing perks up, but too few homes for sale

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Beth Heinen Bell and her husband, Christian — like a rising number of Americans — are ready to jump into the real estate market and become homeowners. Yet they’re running into an obstacle…

Fans flock to Scranton, Pa., for ‘The Office’ fete

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — The actors who play Pam, Jim, Dwight and other beloved characters from the long-running NBC show “The Office” are visiting the northeastern Pennsylvania city that is home to their fictional firm ahead of the…

Philly abortion murder trial has national impact

For weeks, jurors in Philadelphia heard grim testimony about deaths and squalor at Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s inner-city abortion clinic. While they listened, the murder case reverberated far beyond the courtroom, changing — at least for the moment —…

DERBY LIVE: Orb wins after surging among bettors

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will have a full field of 20 horses breaking from the starting gates at 6:24 p.m. EDT on Saturday. Just over two minutes later,…

Outlook grim in Venezuela’s essential oil industry

MORON, Venezuela (AP) — Only the filthy water from broken sewer pipes keeps the dust down in front of Ramon Boet’s shop, which sells statues of saints and other religious objects. In the distance, massive tankers pull up…

New technology propels ‘old energy’ boom

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected. By now, cars were supposed to be running on fuel made from plant waste or algae — or…

Jeweler, Costco face off in NY over Tiffany rings

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has asked big-box wholesaler Costco and little-blue-box jeweler Tiffany & Co. to try to settle a multimillion-dollar trademark dispute. Lawyers for the companies faced off in a Manhattan…

Rolling Stones launch tour with energetic set

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their “50 and Counting” tour. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts delivered…

Saudis allow some girls’ schools to offer sports

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s official press agency says private girls’ schools are now allowed to hold sports activities in the kingdom, “according to the rules of Shariah.” Saudi Arabia follows an ultraconservative interpretation of Shariah,…

Warren Buffett leads annual meeting like no other

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Before facing questions from a crowd of more than 30,000, billionaire Warren Buffett has started the day being mobbed by fans. Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are treating the 82-year-old investor like a rock star at…

Why the US economy is taking so long to recover

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American economy and job market are moving in the right direction, just not very quickly. The news Friday that U.S. employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April and unemployment fell to a four-year…

All about immigration: Green cards? Citizenship?

WASHINGTON (AP) — This may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. After years of gridlock, there are ideas whizzing all around Washington. For now, all eyes…

Bangladesh toll 547; search becomes more gruesome

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Ten days after the horrifying collapse of a garment-factory building, life has become still more gruesome for crews working to recover bodies at the site. The death toll rose to 547 on Saturday and…

Police: 39 killed in Nigerian ethnic clash

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — A health official says at least 24 people have been killed in ethnic violence in a rural town in Nigeria. The attack happened Friday in Wukari, a town in Nigeria’s Taraba state. A state…