NASA rover finds no hint of methane in Mars air

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s Curiosity rover hasn’t discovered any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living…

Postmaster says USPS may need emergency rate hike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday his agency is in “the midst of a financial disaster” and may need an emergency increase in postage rates to keep operating. “The Postal Service as it exists today…

Putin says he may seek 4th presidential term

VALDAI, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he may run for a fourth presidential term in 2018, confirming the expectations of most Russians and frustrating those now working to restore free elections in Russia. If Putin…

Feds charge W.Va. judge in drug-related conspiracy

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A southern West Virginia sheriff assassinated on the job was hailed as a hero at his funeral for crusading against the scourge of illegal drugs destroying his community. He filed more drug indictments in…

Group says domestic spying goes too far

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two men of Middle Eastern descent were reported buying pallets of water at a grocery store. A police sergeant reported concern about a doctor “who is very unfriendly.” And photographers of all races and…

Post “Mormon,” star Josh Gad swoops into Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Josh Gad might not look like one of the most happening guys in Hollywood. He goes all but unnoticed on a recent Sunday morning as he walks into the lobby of Hotel Sofitel…

FDA, NIH create 14 centers to do tobacco research

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health are awarding millions in funding to create 14 centers to conduct research o……

NC father of dirt collapse victim faces charges

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina father who was working in a two-story-deep dirt hole that collapsed and killed his daughter and her cousin is facing involuntary manslaughter charges. Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter says 31-year-old Jordan…

New Mexico jurors see photos of remains of couple

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Prosecutors in the New Mexico murder trial of an ex-fugitive have shown jurors photographs and X-rays of human remains from the crime scene in remote eastern New Mexico. Forensic experts testified Thursday in the…

Hollande: war on Mali Islamic extremists won

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — French President Francois Hollande declared Thursday the war against Islamic extremists had been won in Mali, though he vowed to keep French forces in the West African country as long as the threat exists.…

Iran’s top leader opens way for Rouhani outreach

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — There’s no mistaking the desire of Iran’s new president and his allies to open greater contacts with Washington over nuclear talks and possibly other regional crises such as Syria. The messages that really matter,…