TRENTON, N.J. — A woman has been arrested on charges she used a shovel and claw hammer to fatally beat her family’s dog, then bragged about it, authorities said. Mercer County prosecutors say 19-year-old Hightstown resident Michelle Wankoff faces several counts, including animal cruelty and tampering with evidence. The charges stem from an investigation that […]
UNITED NATIONS — The 193 member states of the United Nations have reached agreement on a new development agenda for the next 15 years that calls for eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving gender equality, improving living standards and taking urgent action to combat climate change. The draft agreement reached Sunday evening outlines 17 goals with […]
The talking and tweeting hitchhiking robot that met its untimely end in Philadelphia might be given another chance at life.
GROTON, Conn. — As it tries to get the most out of each of its $2.6 billion attack submarines, the U.S. Navy is finding a lot depends on the right paint job. A new painting process that helps keep marine life from fouling the hulls is among dozens of innovations aimed at reducing the maintenance […]
DOHA, Qatar — Gulf Arab states on Monday welcomed the nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and world powers but said they would like further assurances that the U.S. would help them counter increasing Iranian assertiveness in the region. Speaking for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, Qatar’s top diplomat said Monday that the bloc had been […]
RALEIGH, N.C. — U.S. wildlife officials want smartphone-owning outdoor lovers to use a downloaded app to report any endangered species they see in the wilderness. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday it’s teaming up with Sweden-based FishBrain, a social network and free-to-use mobile app for anglers. The mobile product was developed so sport-fishing […]
WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A hearse is carrying the body of Bobbi Kristina Brown to her final resting place. The hearse left a funeral home in Newark Monday followed by two SUVs carrying relatives, including cousin Dionne Warwick. This is the same funeral home that handled arrangements three years ago for her mother, Whitney Houston. […]
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning a crackdown on illegal indoor smoking lounges after complaints of crime and violence.
Members of the small southeastern Washington community of Lamont have banded together to help a neighbor manage his fields.
A woman is facing charges of animal cruelty after 28 cats were found shut inside a small, black vehicle where temperatures had reached 120 degrees. Eight of the cats had died before they could be rescued by Nampa Animal Control.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a murder-suicide in Puyallup.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower on Monday, led by a slumping energy sector as the price of oil continued to fall. Investors were also watching the latest earnings releases. Tyson Foods slumped after cutting its earnings outlook for the year. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down one point, […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending increased in June by the smallest amount in five months as a big drop in nonresidential building activity offset a third straight increase in home building. Construction spending edged up a slight 0.1 percent in June following a 1.8 percent increase in May and a 3.8 percent rise in […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took Ted Cruz three months to raise $10 million for his campaign for president, a springtime sprint of $1,000-per-plate dinners, hundreds of handshakes and a stream of emails asking supporters to chip in a few bucks. One check, from one donor, topped those results. New York hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer’s […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will likely lose Monday’s Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group’s little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers. Conservatives have long targeted Planned Parenthood, […]
ST. LOUIS (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE — A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown’s death, […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria. Their goals, while overlapping in some ways, are far different in others, mainly on the question of how to handle Kurdish militants battling […]
EDITOR’S NOTE: On two days in August 1945, U.S. planes dropped two atomic bombs — one on Hiroshima, one on Nagasaki, the only times nuclear weapons have been used. Their unprecedented destructive power incinerated buildings and people and left lifelong physical and psychological scars on survivors and on the cities themselves. “Practically all living things, […]
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July. Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, shot the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange National Park, without approval and […]
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama’s unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of […]