Singer and mom Shakira promotes early childhood development

NEW YORK (AP) — Shakira says being a mother has given her an even stronger connection to her favorite cause – early childhood development and education….

Ex-‘Scandal’ star pleads no contest to knocking man out

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “Scandal” actor Columbus Short is avoiding jail time after pleading no contest to punching a man at a Los Angeles restaurant last year….

Humility of Heisman hopeful Fournette inspires No. 8 LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The menacing presence that LSU running back Leonard Fournette projects when he topples would-be tacklers is missing as he steps casually into a crowd of reporters….

Fed says Yellen checks out OK after dehydration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says Chair Janet Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a speech she was giving in Massachusetts and was seen by medical personnel as a precaution….

David Beckham impressed by pope: ‘Truly amazing’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Add David Beckham to the list of people who have been moved by the pope’s visit to the United States….

Wiggle It Jiggleit Wins Little Brown Jug

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) — Wiggle It Jiggleit won the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, rallying to edge Lost for Words by a nose in the third leg of the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacing triple crown. Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by Montrell Teague, finished the mile in 1:49.3. Lost for...

Flores, Aragon Share Lead In Tour Finals Event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Martin Flores birdied his final hole for a 4-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead with Alex Aragon on Thursday in the Tour Finals’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. Flores and Aragon each had five birdies and a bogey on...

German sniper gets 20 years in case that targeted US agent

NEW YORK (AP) — A former German Army sniper has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after he was caught in a sting operation that tested whether ex-soldiers would kill a U.S. agent….

Oculus takes aim at mainstream with inexpensive gear, video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virtual reality is taking a few steps closer to the mainstream with Samsung unveiling a headset that brings the technology to its latest smartphones at half the price of its previous model, Facebook launching support for 360-degree video, and online video...

Bobblehead, umbrella, mug or magnet? Pope souvenirs abound

NEW YORK (AP) — “WE SELL POPE DOLLS,” blared a sign held up by a 7-Eleven worker on 42nd Street in Manhattan, directing customers to a store down the block. There, on an outdoor stand, were six plushy, squeezable popes, nestled rather incongruously among...