‘The perfect poison’: Ricin used in 3 recent cases

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The key ingredient — castor beans — is easy to find. Crude instructions for extracting the lethal poison in them can be found on the Internet. And it doesn’t require a chemistry degree or…

Study on female breadwinners ignites verbal brawl

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly says she’s offended by a male colleague’s suggestion that children of working mothers don’t do as well as those of stay-at-home moms. A study released this week showing…

Ex-president blames Yemen leaders for power outage

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s ousted president is blaming the country’s new government for widespread power outages that have hit the nation in the past weeks, saying the authorities are failing in their job. Ali Abdullah Saleh spoke…

Wyo. teen who built reactor ousted from fair

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming high school senior who built a nuclear reactor was disqualified from the International Science and Engineering Fair this month on a technicality. It seems that 18-year-old Conrad Farnsworth of Newcastle had competed…

Guards at Libyan oil field protest, force shutdown

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan gas company official says guards at a southern oil field have shut down the facility in protest over back pay and are demanding better living conditions. The official from the Mellitah Oil…

NY Cancer Society says sweet smokes aimed at kids

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — They come in brightly colored, shiny packages in flavors like chocolate, blueberry, and gummy bear. But the American Cancer Society says the little cigars are aimed at kids and are just as deadly as…

2 Mexico kidnap victims sons of drug traffickers

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mothers of two of the 11 young people kidnapped from a Mexico City bar acknowledge that the youths’ fathers are serving prison sentences for drug-related crimes. But both mothers say the fathers’ arrest…

Stocks slump in late trading; Dow down 208

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock prices closing sharply lower on Wall Street after a late afternoon sell-off. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 208 points at 15,115 Friday, a loss of 1.4 percent. Pfizer led the Dow…

Iran denounces US sentencing over Saudi envoy Plot

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry has denounced the U.S. for sentencing an Iranian-American to 25 years in prison over a plot to kill the Saudi envoy to Washington. The reaction came a day after a New…

Mitchell says Penn State acting ‘in good faith’

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The independent monitor of Penn State’s adherence to NCAA sanctions says the school is pressing forward “in good faith in fulfilling its obligations.” Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell delivered his third quarterly report…