Suspicious men seen videotaping students in Hillcrest neighborhood

Three men have been seen videotaping children getting off a Liberty-Benton school bus. The men were spotted Wednesday night in a newer white Dodge minivan with an Illinois license place #Z136626, according to an email from Liberty-Benton Superintendent Jim Kanable. The van was...

Gorbachev barred from visiting Ukraine for Crimea remarks

MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian intelligence agency SBU says it has barred the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, from visiting Ukraine for the next five years. The SBU said in a statement Thursday that this was a reaction to Gorbachev’s public condoning...

In reversal, House backs LGBT rights for federal contractors

WASHINGTON (AP) — After party leaders let Republican lawmaker vote as they wished, the House reversed course and approved a measure aimed at upholding an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors. More than 40 Republicans helped...

YouTube prankster arrested after climbing Hollywood sign

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A YouTube prankster has been arrested after climbing the famous “Hollywood” sign. KTLA-TV in Los Angeles reports (http://bit.ly/1U9czSl ) Vitaly Zdorovestskiy (ze-DOOR’-uh-vest-skee) was arrested after climbing the sign Wednesday...

Miranda Lambert closes Pink Pistol boutique in Oklahoma town

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (AP) — Miranda Lambert is closing her Pink Pistol clothing boutique in the tiny Oklahoma town where she and her ex-husband, Blake Shelton, once shared a home. The country singer announced Wednesday that Pink Pistol will reopen later this summer in her...

NBC’s ‘Red Nose Day Special’ promises many stars

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — With music by Elton John and Blake Shelton, comedy from Tracy Morgan and appearances by more than 60 other celebrities, the “Red Nose Day Special,” to air live Thursday night on NBC, promises to be as starry as a Hollywood awards...

Ozzy Osbourne’s hometown names a tram after him

LONDON (AP) — Rocker Ozzy Osbourne, whose hits include “Crazy Train,” has had a slightly more sober tram named after him in his English hometown. Osbourne attended a launch ceremony Thursday in Birmingham, central England, where he grew up and formed the heavy...

Suspect In Coal Exec’s Death Arraigned In West Virginia

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio man has been arraigned in the fatal shooting of former coal executive Bennett Hatfield in southern West Virginia. Twenty-year-old Anthony R. Arriaga of Delphos, Ohio, appeared Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in Mingo County Circuit Court...

Hamburger Chain Wendy’s Says Todd Penegor Is Now CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy’s says Todd Penegor is now CEO and president of the hamburger chain, a move that was previously announced late last year. Penegor replaced Emil Brolick, who announced in October that he planned to retire in May. At the time, The Wendy’s Co. said...

Anthony Hopkins overcomes his stage fright in ‘The Dresser’

LONDON (AP) — He’s a much-lauded Academy Award-winning performer and his Hannibal Lecter is one of the all-time great movie villains. But as he reflects on playing a fading stage star in TV movie “The Dresser,” Anthony Hopkins says: “I wasn’t...