National Zoo panda cam would go dark in shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say the Smithsonian’s National Zoo panda cam and all other live animal cameras will go dark in the event of a government shutdown. The zoo will be closed to visitors as well. The zoo…

Terry McMillan does it again with new novel

“Who Asked You?” (Viking), by Terry McMillan Terry McMillan treads familiar territory in her latest novel, “Who Asked You?” Four sisters and their families struggle through life, love and real-world crises. Once again, the author of “Waiting to…

Prosecutor: Greed led to deadly NH plant explosion

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — The owner of a New Hampshire gunpowder plant where two workers were killed in a May 2010 explosion was motivated by profits, did not take adequate precautions to ensure employee safety and should be…

FDA approves first pre-surgical breast cancer drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — A biotech drug from Roche has become the first medicine approved to treat breast cancer before surgery, offering an earlier approach against one of the deadliest forms of the disease. The Food and Drug Administration…

Judges weigh whether to toss terror conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare full appeals court Monday wrestled with whether it should overturn the conviction of an alleged al-Qaida propagandist, who argues the acts he was convicted for were not considered crimes at the time he…

Snowden among finalists for EU human rights prize

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is among three finalists for the European Union’s top human rights prize. European lawmakers on Monday narrowed down the list of nominees for the prestigious 50,000 euro ($65,000) award to…

Mets give manager Terry Collins 2-year extension

NEW YORK (AP) — Terry Collins has completed his contract extension with the New York Mets. The manager gets a two-year deal with a club option for 2016. The Mets announced the move Monday, one day after finishing…

Chemical arms inspectors gird for risky, dirty job

AMSTERDAM (AP) — They left in secrecy on a private jet, bound for one of the world’s most dangerous places, to destroy substances so deadly that the smallest particle can kill within minutes. The inspectors for the Organization…

Judges weigh whether to toss terror conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare full appeals court Monday wrestled with whether it should overturn the conviction of an alleged al-Qaida propagandist, who argues the acts he was convicted for were not considered crimes at the time he…

Review: Nelly’s new ‘M.O.’ gives mixed results

Nelly, “M.O.” (Republic Records) Nelly’s seventh studio album isn’t a total waste of time if you have the patience to get through the first half. “M.O.” starts with the most boring, ear-numbing collaborations, including the first two singles…

Dad delivers newborn son

Missouri family doesn't make to hospital in time so dad is left to deliver newborn son.…

Toronto to host 2016 NBA All-Star game

TORONTO (AP) — The 2016 NBA All-Star game is coming to Toronto, and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp the franchise in time for the festivities. NBA deputy commissioner…

Court in Knox trial allows new DNA test

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A court hearing Amanda Knox’s second appeals trial on Monday accepted a request to run additional DNA tests on the presumed weapon in the murder of Meredith Kercher, but rejected most other defense requests…