Editor of Montana’s largest newspaper resigns

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The editor of Montana’s largest newspaper, The Billings Gazette, is leaving in mid-June after 13 years with the newspaper. “I’ve had 13 exhilarating years helping the best team of journalists in the region do…

Nigeria releases 58 arrested in extremist sweeps

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military and security forces say they’ve released 58 women and children previously held as suspected fighters in the Islamic insurgency now challenging the nation’s government. Authorities said Friday they released the prisoners in…

Nevada scratches anti-communist law from books

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — It’s no longer OK to fire someone in Nevada just because they’re a Communist. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill Wednesday striking down language in an archaic Nevada law that dates back…

Rain-swollen US rivers stoke shippers’ headaches

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Heavy rains swelling the Mississippi and Missouri rivers are causing headaches for barge operators. Locks that are being closed along the Mississippi River could snarl barges headed from St. Louis to Minnesota, as well…

Brawl breaks out at Ohio kindergarten graduation

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police say they’ve made eight arrests after a brawl broke out at a kindergarten graduation. Police say a fight between two teenage girls Friday morning spread among adults and other teens in the crowd.…

Sacramento Kings sale to Ranadive group complete

The sale of the Sacramento Kings is finally complete. The Maloof family announced Friday that the agreement to sell the Kings and Sleep Train Arena to a group led by Vivek Ranadive (VIHV’-ehk rah-nah-DEE’-vay) closed escrow. Ranadive’s group…

South African enclave raises old race questions

KLEINFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — There are no signs that say “Whites Only.” There are, though, men in military fatigues who log the license plates of vehicles approved to enter Kleinfontein, a rural enclave that is home to…

Obama: NATO to hold Afghanistan summit next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and the secretary general of NATO have agreed to focus the organization’s 2014 summit on Afghanistan. Most of the international troops in Afghanistan are scheduled to leave by the end…

Pakistan army battles militants in NW, killing 19

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani army says its troops killed 19 militants and captured important mountain-top positions in an operation against Islamist extremists near the Afghan border. Three soldiers also died in the battles. Friday’s statement says…

NJ bridge builder expanded to Wash. at right time

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — New Jersey-based Acrow Bridges found itself in the right place at the right time after the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed in Washington state May 23 when it was hit by an oversize truck. The…

Rain delay made for a long night in St. Louis

The Royals and Cardinals should have known something was up when the first pitch was delayed an hour by rain. The game moved quickly after that — right up until the top of the ninth inning, with the…

Allen wants post-2014 troop levels announced

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is calling on the White House to announce how many troops it intends to leave in that country after 2014. Retired Gen. John Allen says Afghans need certainty…