US households owe record amount, topping pre-recession peak

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. household debt reached a record high in the first three months of this year, topping the previous peak reached in 2008. Americans have stepped up borrowing over the past three years, yet the nature of what Americans owe has changed since the Great...

Miss America Organization tabs new president, CFO

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization on Wednesday promoted two executives to top roles in the group that stages the iconic pageant each year in Atlantic City. Josh Randle was named president and Eli Popicg (POP’-itch) was named chief financial...

Wallenda wife to dangle by her teeth over Niagara Falls

AP Photo/Terry Renna NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The trapeze-artist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda is planning her own stunt high above Niagara Falls. Five years after Nik Wallenda walked over the falls on a high wire, aerialist Erendira Vasquez Wallenda plans to dangle by...

Musical of 'King Kong' to roar on Broadway next year

NEW YORK (AP) — A musical version of “King Kong” is hoping to make Broadway go bananas. Officials at Global Creatures, the Australian company behind the hit arena show “Walking With Dinosaurs,” said Wednesday their version of the classic ape story...

Music cut from 'La La Land' added back in for concert tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “La La Land” is getting its overture back. An instrumental overture that was cut from the hit musical film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will be added back in for a touring concert show that kicks off this month at the Hollywood Bowl....

Puerto Rico militant freed from custody after 36 years

Former prisoner Luis Rosa, back to camera, welcomes Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera upon arrival for a press conference on El Escambron Beach following Lopez’s release from house arrest after decades in custody, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 17, 2017....

Ohio Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing His ‘sick’ Mom At Home

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio man accused of fatally stabbing his 76-year-old mother at their Akron home has been jailed on a murder charge. Cleveland.com reports that the suspect’s father said in a recorded 911 call on Tuesday that the woman was “sick”...

Stocks, bond yields drop Washington turmoil rattles markets

Specialist Meric Greenbaum, left, and trader James Conti work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as banks and industrial companies fall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) U.S. stocks fell sharply in late-afternoon...

Sharapova says she’ll ‘rise up again’ after French Open snub

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves the ball to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, of Croatia, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Maria Sharapova is vowing to “rise up again,” a day after she was denied a wild-card...

Court Reviews How Man Got Early Jail Release Before Slayings

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio court is reviewing how and why a domestic violence suspect was released early from jail weeks before fatally shooting three people, including a woman he was accused of assaulting and a police chief. Forty-three-year-old gunman Thomas Hartless killed...