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  • Ohio high court upholds traffic camera enforcement

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday again upheld use of traffic camera enforcement by the state’s municipalities, reversing a lower court after a year of legal setbacks for camera use. The Supreme Court justices ruled 4-3 to stick to its 2008 ruling in a challenge to Akron cameras that cities have…

  • Russian sailors leaving France without warship

    PARIS (AP) — Russian sailors are leaving a French Atlantic port without the controversial French-made warship they were supposed to sail away on. France suspended the delivery of the ship to Russia “until further notice” last month because of the conflict in Ukraine. The ship was part of the biggest arms sale ever by a…

  • Average US 30-year loan rate falls to 3.80 percent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year. The rates’ historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.80 percent this week from…

  • Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violence

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday to speed the pace of reforms at the Rikers Island jail complex and address what a Justice Department investigation found was a “deep-seated culture of violence” against young inmates. The move comes a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the 10-jail lockup…

  • Gauge of US economy rises 0.6 percent in November

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent in November, matching the revised October gain. The October reading had originally been reported as a 0.9 percent increase. The index…

  • Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

    MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida man who admitted working as a black market chemist has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the Major League Baseball scandal over performance-enhancing substances. Brazilian citizen Paulo Berejuk pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute testosterone. Investigators say Berejuk was the main supplier for Anthony Bosch, who ran…

  • Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court. It was there, they said, that low-income drivers sometimes saw their lives upended by minor infractions that led to…

  • Rights group decries judges’ sacking in Maldives

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group on Thursday criticized the dismissal of two top judges in the Maldives, including the chief justice, calling it an assault on judicial independence. Parliament in the Indian Ocean nation voted last Sunday to remove Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain and Supreme Court Justice Muthasim Adnan to…

  • Holiday gifts for stargazers

    Ho, ho, ho! Happy holidays! Welcome to the “What’s Up? The Space Place” holiday edition to get some great gift ideas for that stargazer of yours. OK, you have six shopping days left, but don’t panic. Internet shopping and quick shipping will get that star-minded someone, including possibly yourself, their gift in plenty of time.…

  • Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for the final pretrial conference before his trial begins next month. Tsarnaev, 21, was led into the courtroom by U.S. marshals. He…

  • Feds: Uganda-based man counterfeited $2M in cash

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a man with leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda, and shipping bogus bills to the Pittsburgh area and other locations in the United States. Ryan Andrew Gustafson, 27, has been charged with conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and…

  • A tourist in Detroit: Motown, coney dogs and art

    DETROIT (AP) — I arrived in a power outage, got a $45 parking ticket and drove past dozens of abandoned homes. But as a tourist on my first trip to Detroit, I also sang in the Motown studio, saw the paintings that were nearly sold to pay the city’s bills, and bumped fists with the…

  • European court rules obesity can be a disability

    LONDON (AP) — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff. The ruling, which is binding across the EU, has such profound implications for employment law that experts…

  • US jobless aid applications decline to 289,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since late October. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 750 to…

  • Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost about half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as…