Alberta is a scary-looking dog, but she’s great as a cadaver

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alberta the dog doesn’t bark or bite, and she’s skinless and hairless, although she does bleed. Frankly, she is frightening to look at. But she apparently makes an excellent cadaver. Alberta is a canine made entirely of synthetic material,...

Watchdog Group Wants Cincinnati Zoo Held Responsible

CINCINNATI (AP) — An animal protection watchdog group Tuesday called on federal authorities to hold the Cincinnati Zoo responsible for the death of an endangered western lowland gorilla. The zoo’s director, Thane Maynard, said Monday it remains safe for its 1.6 million...

Already hurting for doctors, Louisiana could lose even more

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s deep, persistent budget troubles are endangering the future of state medical training programs. Proposed cuts to safety net hospitals could damage the stream of new doctors for a generation, in a state that...

EU office estimates almost $1 billion in graft last year

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s anti-fraud office said that almost $1 billion of the bloc’s budget was lost to graft and irregularities last year. In its annual report, OLAF said Tuesday that it wants the 28-nation bloc to claw back 888 million euros in...

Man on trial in London Tube stabbing for ‘Syrian brothers’

LONDON (AP) — Prosecutors say a mentally ill taxi driver attacked passengers at a London subway station with a knife in revenge for Western airstrikes on Syria. Muhiddin Mire went on trial Tuesday on attempted murder charges for slashing the throat of musician Lyle...

Carl Icahn says he bought a stake in Botox-maker Allergan

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn says he bought a “large” stake in Botox-maker Allergan and said he’s supportive of the company’s CEO, Brent Saunders. Icahn did not disclose how much of a stake he bought in Allergan. Allergan acknowledged...

Review: Beth Orton turns to nature on electronic ‘Kidsticks’

Beth Orton, “Kidsticks” (Anti/Epitaph) Beth Orton’s sixth album, “Kidsticks,” amalgamates electronic sounds with profuse references to nature, counterparts evenly matched in the intriguing mix. With assistance from producer, co-writer and fellow Brit...

Suggestions for summer reading

Here are some other suggestions for that summer read on the beach, at the park, on the train or plane, or wherever you find yourself wanting to turn a page to escape. -“One True Loves: A Novel” (Washington Square Press,) by Taylor Jenkins Reid A young woman named Emma...

Music Review: The groove’s still the thing for Paul Simon

Paul Simon, “Stranger to Stranger” (Concord) No ’60s folkie has written more great music for dancing than Paul Simon, and at 74 he still wants us to feel the beat. “Stranger to Stranger” showcases Rhymin’ Paul’s polyrhythms in new, exotic...

Cleveland Says It’s Well-prepared To Host GOP Convention

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland officials say the city, its police department and other safety forces are well-prepared to provide security and medical care during the Republican National Convention. The city held a 90-minute news briefing Tuesday, less than a week after a North...