Battle for downtown Sao Paulo pits squatters against mayor

AP Photo/Andre Penner SAO PAULO (AP) — It was around midnight when eight young men with crowbars tried to force open the large gray metal double doors of a building on a tree-lined street in Sao Paulo’s dilapidated downtown. About 100 people gathered around, some...

FDA advisers review data on potential 1st US gene therapy

Cancer experts who advise government regulators are reviewing what could be the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration panel is holding a hearing Wednesday to discuss the treatment developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Novartis Corp....
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Is it a sick day? Vacation day? With PTO, it doesn't matter

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer NEW YORK (AP) — At small businesses this summer, many owners won’t be trying to figure out whether employees will be counting it as vacation time, personal days or sick leave when they send texts or emails that say, “I’m not coming...

AP names McCartney as West Coast entertainment editor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Associated Press has named Anthony McCartney, a senior entertainment journalist at the news cooperative who has specialized in reporting on celebrity court cases, as its new West Coast entertainment and lifestyles editor. The appointment was made...

Me want cocaine? Drugs found inside Cookie Monster doll

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A stash of cocaine hidden inside a Cookie Monster doll has landed a Florida man in jail on a drug charge. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that 39-year-old Camus McNair was arrested after a traffic stop in the...

County Administrator Suspended Without Pay

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio county administrator married to a pastor facing child sex trafficking charges has been suspended from her position for “failure of good behavior.” The Lucas County Board of Commissioners suspended Laura Lloyd-Jenkins Tuesday. The suspension...

Ohio Police Shoot Bank Robbery Suspect

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police shot a bank robbery suspect and took him into custody after he held three people hostage at a Taco Bell. Police say the 18-year-old was armed with a gun and wore a vest imitating an explosive device when he robbed a PNC Bank in Columbus Tuesday....

Royal Bank of Scotland in $5.5B settlement over US mortgages

LONDON (AP) — Royal Bank of Scotland said Wednesday it has reached a $5.5 billion settlement in the United States over mortgage-backed securities issued before the financial crisis. The deal with the Federal Housing Finance Agency – the conservator of Fannie Mae and...

EU seeks to assure Balkans at summit, despite own problems

TRIESTE, Italy (AP) — European Union leaders are meeting with their Western Balkan counterparts to press ahead with economic integration amid Russia’s increasing influence in the region and the EU’s own troubles with Brexit, migration and security fears. Italian...

Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key among Netflix's 'Friends'

NEW YORK (AP) — Cobie Smulders, a star of the Netflix series “Friends From College,” says this ensemble comedy is happily reminiscent of her long-running sitcom hit, “How I Met Your Mother.” She loves being part of group scenes. Meanwhile,...