Rescue crews off the coast of American Samoa have found some of the wreckage of a single-engine plane carrying a father-son pair who were trying to fly around the world in 30 days, U.S. Coast Guard officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assaulting his wife, and as a result will not be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23.

For the third time this year, a state has set out to execute a convicted murderer but found itself unable to cleanly carry out the sentence. The continuing problems have raised questions about whether the nation's current methods for carrying out capital punishment - a patchwork of drugs, dosages and needle techniques - can result in a humane death.

In Florida's bareknuckle governor's race, it's as if the 2010 campaign season never ended.

Jacksonville Jaguars 2012 draft pick Justin Blackmon continues to have trouble with the law.

In the search for offensive help, the Mariners decided to bring back someone who has actually had some hitting success at Safeco Field.

A former Venezuelan judge and his family flew into Miami International Airport with plans for a prepaid, two-week vacation at Disney World.

The Ravens have known for a while that they'd likely be without Ray Rice at the start of the 2014 season. Now, they know exactly how long their top running back will be sidelined.

Greek-hero movie "Hercules" may not out-muscle superhuman "Lucy" in the box office this weekend.

Iraq's parliament appointed a new president on Thursday as lawmakers inched closer to forming a new government, even as violence continued to engulf the country.

New government data suggest a nonmedical cause of America's childhood obesity crisis: denial.

A Sudanese Christian woman who faced a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith flew to Italy on Thursday and met with Pope Francis.

JASON MRAZ "Yes!" (Atlantic) 2 stars

Wisconsin's latest income tax reciprocity offer to Minnesota does not include an additional payment of up to $6 million a year that its neighbor wanted, a demand that the head of Wisconsin's Revenue Department derided Thursday as "unprecedented."

Over his career as an astronaut, Henry "Hank" Hartsfield Jr. spent many years in training and only 20 days in orbit - but they were very good days.

The FBI kept its investigation into alleged brutality in the Los Angeles County jails a secret from then-Sheriff Lee Baca and his top commanders because agents thought they might try to obstruct the probe, according to internal FBI emails and confidential memos reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.

Everyone seems shocked when they find out "And So It Goes" is the first time veteran actors Michael Douglas, 69, and Diane Keaton, 68, have worked together.

"And So It Goes" is going for "cute," as in: "Oh, well, you know. It was cute." Michael Douglas stars as the grumpy old real estate agent with the broken heart, with Diane Keaton as the lounge singer next door. The title "And So It Goes" belongs on a list with "That's Life!" "Whatever Works" and "Enough Said," each film's moniker evoking that feeling of here-we-go-again and isn't-love-a-funny-thing.

Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, July 13, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2014, The Nielsen Co.

Le schlockmeister Luc Besson has no beef with men and guns, or he wouldn't have made the "Transporter" movies with Jason Statham. Or written "Taken." But in the world according to Besson, older girls ("La Femme Nikita") and young women in wee skirts and stiletto heels, gliding in slow motion toward their latest deserving victims of firearm violence, carrying nicely polished automatic weapons in each perfectly manicured hand - that's the stuff, that's what makes Besson Besson.


TV advertisers are being unexpectedly tight-fisted.

ALAN PARTRIDGE 2 1/2 stars. Steve Coogan imports his long-running stock comic character to the U.S. Partridge, a small-town British DJ, is a vainglorious twit. In this thin feature he gets caught up in a siege at his station that goes on far, far too long. 1 hr. 30 R (profanity, violence, nudity) - David Hiltbrand

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk abruptly resigned Thursday afternoon as Kiev's ruling parliamentary coalition fell apart.

The white-collar union at Boeing Co. said Thursday it has filed charges of age discrimination against Boeing with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Washington state's Human Rights Commission, alleging the company's approach to more than 2,500 layoffs since last year "doubled, tripled, and quadrupled layoff vulnerability for older employees."

A passenger plane operated by Air Algerie and carrying 110 passenger "probably crashed" after disappearing from radar early Thursday over West Africa, according to government officials in France and Burkina Faso who spoke to the Associated Press.

FRESNO, Calif. - Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias was 11 when he saw the 1987 comedy film "Eddie Murphy Raw" and was introduced him to the world of stand-up comedy.

LOS ANGELES-"Frozen," Disney's animated musical about a pair of royal sisters, was last year's highest-grossing film worldwide - and also one of its most unusual, according to a study released Thursday by researchers at University of Southern California.

Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

Some consumers who purchased insurance under the new health law are confused because they received varying subsidy amounts and are now stuck in lengthy appeals processes trying to figure out which estimate is accurate.

GAZA CITY - With a cease-fire accord remaining elusive despite intense diplomatic efforts, a U.N. shelter in northern Gaza was shelled on Thursday, causing "multiple deaths and injuries," according to a spokesman for the U.N. refugee agency.

Network adequacy requirements for health plans should focus on making sure consumers have adequate access to different types of services rather than providers, a state Insurance Department official said Thursday.

Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates were stable to slightly higher this week, remaining near their lows for the year.

Homeowners who have equity might be tempted to extract some of that wealth and use it for other immediate needs or wants.

More than $21 million in health insurance rebates will be coming to consumers in the Carolinas from companies the federal government says spent too many premium dollars on profits and red tape last year.

An Air Algerie passenger plane carrying at least 119 people went missing Thursday over northern Mali, where French forces are combatting Islamist insurgents, the airline and Algerian authorities said.

Overwhelmed by severe drought, the Oklahoma legislature passed a law this year to help communities make the most of their water resources by treating and reusing wastewater.

Blue whales cluster for long periods of time in the busy Pacific Ocean shipping lanes off the California coast, raising concern about collisions between vessels and the endangered marine mammals, a new study has found.

Jealousy is such a powerful emotion that at least one study has characterized it as the third leading cause of non-accidental homicide in all cultures. Is it possible that this universal green-eyed monster evolved as a survival mechanism?

JERUSALEM - Israel again pounded the Gaza Strip with bombardment on Thursday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to at least 720, while militants fired a flurry of rockets into Israeli territory, with most either falling harmlessly or intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome antimissile defense system.

A state agency has told homeowners in a northern Indiana subdivision that they are responsible for an estimated $1.5 million in repairs needed for six dams on their neighborhood's lakes.

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This week's "Ask the Mompreneur" features an interview with Cynthia Kellogg, gifting expert and the founder of the cash-gift registry (You can use to set up a "fund" for your wedding/honeymoon, birthday, graduation, or other special event, or you can use it to collect funds from a group of people chipping in on a gift for someone.)

QUESTION: I recently sold my home and was basically forced to use the buyer's title company. The closing process was quite a comedy of errors, and it seemed like nobody knew what they were doing. To top it off, I got my proceeds wired to me four days late, and I was overpaid by $7,000. Now the title company is demanding that I wire the money back, telling me I could be in trouble if I don't. Also, I'm worried that my mortgage pay-off may have been messed up. What do I need to do?

Serve this healthy frozen treat on a sizzling hot day and watch it magically disappear. Use a star cookie cutter (ours was 1 1/2 inches) to cut a shape from a thick slice of kiwi, cantaloupe or pineapple. Thread several grapes onto a bamboo skewer, then add the star to the top. Place on a baking sheet, cover with plastic and freeze until hardened, about two hours.

What's the best way to boost your metabolism and burn more fat? That's the holy grail for metabolic researchers and for many Americans. Orlando, Fla., scientists are at the forefront of some of the most promising research in the field.

It's road trip season, and those extended car journeys promise tons of fun at the end. But all that sitting can be as rough on our bodies as it is on our patience. One way to fight back, says Merilee Kern, kids' health advocate and author of "Making Healthy Choices: A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids," is to take your workout on the road with you. Here are her suggestions for fun, in-the-seat exercises to help passengers stay revved up for the long haul.

In a packed Dallas immigration courtroom, Elsy Garcia sits next to her 16-year-old brother, Jose. She last saw him when he was 9, when she fled their home in Usulutan in southern El Salvador.

What insect is religious?

Vaccines are used to stop the spread of contagious diseases by making a person immune to a particular disease. Vaccines contain tiny bits of dead or weakened germs, which are not harmful. Those germs react with the body to make antibodies. Antibodies fight off disease germs that enter the body.

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