Ohio Man Won’t Face Charges In Nebraska Stabbing

ODESSA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have dropped charges filed against an Ohio man after a stabbing in south-central Nebraska. The Kearney Hub reports ( ) that 19-year-old Caleb McDonald, of Liberty Township, Ohio, had been charged with assault and other crimes after the April 3,...

Pall of sex abuse investigations hangs over alumni weekends

AP Photo/Steven Senne PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Between cocktails, campus tours and squash games, alumni visiting St. George’s School for their annual reunion weekend will find something different this year: discussions about what has unfolded at the elite boarding...

Navajo girl’s slaying shocks, angers small tribal community

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — On the far side of a desert hilltop in the shadow of the Shiprock Pinnacle, a towering monolith sacred to the Navajo Nation, the stranger ignored the cries of an 11-year-old girl. Hours had passed since the man had talked the girl and her brother into...

Hazardous materials released in Houston warehouse fire

HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency officials say hazardous materials have been released into the air from a warehouse complex fire in Houston that’s generating towering plumes of black smoke. City officials issued an alert Thursday ordering people in nearby homes and businesses...

Cops seek killer of man who washed ashore in ‘cement shoes’

NEW YORK (AP) — The victim washed ashore in Brooklyn, his body wrapped in plastic garbage bags, his head and hands covered in duct tape and his feet submerged in concrete – fitted with a pair of fabled “cement shoes.” Authorities on Thursday searched for...

Global, local leaders vow hard work against temperature rise

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik WASHINGTON (AP) — International leaders and local officials on Thursday pledged to work hard to stem the rise of global temperatures by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy. At a climate...

Keith Urban’s ‘Ripcord’ is hodgepodge of musical directions

Keith Urban, “Ripcord” (Capitol Nashville) Having finished his run as an “American Idol” judge, Keith Urban leaps into “Ripcord,” the most eclectic, genre-spanning album of his career. Like “Idol,” Urban’s new songs are a...

George Clooney, Julia Roberts join Gwen Stefani for karaoke

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gwen Stefani got a little help from George Clooney and Julia Roberts in “Late Late Show” host James Corden’s latest “Carpool Karaoke” segment. In the segment that aired early Thursday, Stefani and Corden take on a few of the...

‘Modern Family’ product placement takes ads to new level

NEW YORK (AP) — If Phil Dunphy’s insistence that he’s a Realtor and not a real estate agent on “Modern Family” this week seemed a little odd, be aware that ABC was paid to make that distinction. The plot twist was part of a new advertising campaign...

Review: Fiennes, Swinton simmer and boil in ‘Bigger Splash’

A craggy, stormy volcanic island off Sicily. Some fabulous real estate. A little food porn. Tilda Swinton’s face, and Ralph Fiennes’ – well, a lot more than his face. What more could a film buff want? To be fair, “A Bigger Splash,” by director Luca...