First black Italian minister seeks cultural change

ROME (AP) — Italy’s first black Cabinet minister, targeted by racist slurs following her appointment last week, said Friday that Italians aren’t racist but that some are merely ignorant of other cultures and the “richness” that immigration can…

Another Puerto Rico university official resigns

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The president of the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus has resigned just days after the presidents of the university’s 10 other campuses did the same. Friday’s announcement by Ana Guadalupe comes…

Crosby to return for Game 2 against Islanders

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It’s game on for Sidney Crosby. The Penguins’ star says he will play Friday night in Game 2 of the playoff series with the New York Islanders after missing more than a month with a…

Solar plane leaves Calif. on cross-country trip

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered airplane has taken off from Northern California on the first leg of a planned journey to several U.S. cities. The Solar Impulse left Moffett Field in Mountain View just after dawn.…

Authorities comb woods near bomb suspect’s college

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Federal, state and local authorities are searching the woods near the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus as part of their investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing. Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz,…

Barge breakaway causes small Miss. River oil spill

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — The Coast Guard is assessing the environmental impact of roughly 300 gallons of crude oil it says spilled into the Mississippi River after more than a dozen barges briefly broke free near Alton, Ill.…

Lindsay Lohan enters rehab at Betty Ford Center

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan has checked into a rehab and will not face a probation violation for leaving another treatment facility after a few minutes, a prosecutor said Friday. Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry…

NH family: Missing US journalist in Syrian prison

BOSTON (AP) — The New Hampshire-based family of a journalist missing for five months now believe “with a very high degree of confidence” that he is being held in a Syrian prison. James Foley was last seen on…

APNewsbreak: States fear loss of health care aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — State officials say thousands of people with medical problems are in danger of losing coverage as the Obama administration winds down one of the earliest programs in the federal health care overhaul. At risk is…

Not guilty pleas entered in Atlanta cheating case

ATLANTA (AP) — A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of the former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools, who is charged in a broad conspiracy to cheat on standardized tests to mask poor student performance for personal…

No sequester furloughs at State Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite budget cuts requiring most federal agencies to furlough workers, the State Department says it will not have to force any of its employees to take unpaid leave. State’s top management official said Friday that…