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Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ breaks romantic ground

LOS ANGELES — The title character of “Jessie” heads in an unprecedented direction for a Disney Channel series: toward the altar. In a four-episode arc that will conclude the season this fall, 22-year-old Jessie Prescott dives into a whirlwind romance and accepts her boyfriend’s proposal of marriage. It’s the first time a lead character on […]

Daniel Radcliffe on why New York audiences rock

NEW YORK — The one thing Daniel Radcliffe always has to adjust to whenever he’s onstage in America is how happy Americans are to see Daniel Radcliffe onstage. The former “Harry Potter” star is consistently greeted by a burst of applause when makes his entrance on Broadway, no matter if it’s a musical or a […]

Alicia Silverstone out with book ‘Kind Mama’

NEW YORK — She’s famous as an actress for “Clueless.” But Alicia Silverstone is also famous for her sometimes controversial ideas about mothering, and now she’s put those philosophies down in writing in a just-published book, “The Kind Mama” (Rodale). Silverstone, 37, whose son Bear Blu is almost 3, says she had a wonderful pregnancy […]

Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on ‘The View’

NEW YORK — Jenny McCarthy had big news to share Wednesday on “The View”: She’s engaged to Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy raised her hidden left hand from behind the desk, revealing an engagement ring. “It’s a yellow sapphire,” she said. “The View” co-host told how Wahlberg, star of CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and a member of New […]

Ailing Malcolm Young taking break from AC/DC

NEW YORK — Malcolm Young of AC/DC is taking a break from the band to focus on his health. The announcement saying the 61-year-old guitarist is in “ill health” was posted on the band’s Facebook page Wednesday. No details were provided. The statement said: “Malcolm would like to thank the group’s die-hard legions of fans […]

Body of California man who jumped into river found

REDDING — The body of a man who jumped into a river while running away from police in Northern California has been discovered. Shasta County Sheriff’s officials say a fisherman came across 48-year-old Darryl Brice Cunningham’s body on Monday afternoon in the Sacramento River in Redding. The Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity. Cunningham jumped off […]

Arrest in California case of body in freezer

CERES — Police in Northern California have made an arrest in the case of a body found inside a freezer at an auto body shop. Ceres police say 26-year-old Jacob Medina Cervantes, the shop’s owner, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday morning after coming to the police station voluntarily to talk to detectives. […]

Seabird from Atlantic spotted on Alcatraz

ALCATRAZ ISLAND — Biologists have flocked to Alcatraz Island to get a glimpse of a seabird that is believed to have never previously visited the waters of the Pacific. The sleek white bird — known as a northern gannet — is native to the Atlantic Ocean. National Park Service biologist Tori Seher took birders to […]

Ex-Bell city leader gets 12 years in prison

LOS ANGELES — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo apologized during sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, telling Judge Kathleen Kennedy he breached the public’s […]

Lost sea lion in California found mile from water

MERCED — Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River. The Merced Sun-Star reported Tuesday that the ranch hands quickly got in touch with wildlife officials after discovering the confused animal last month at […]

California delays decision on protecting gray wolf

FRESNO — Advocates for the gray wolf in California will have to wait 90 days before learning if the animal will be listed as endangered, a state board decided Wednesday. Ranchers and state wildlife officials oppose granting the species legal protections. The five members of the California Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously to delay […]

Court rules for environmentalists in water fight

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court said Wednesday that federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation […]

Governor calls special session on rainy day fund

SACRAMENTO — Saying the state’s budget surplus should be used to pay down debt, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to make changes to a rainy-day fund measure on the November ballot. He wants to replace the current ballot measure, which seeks to divert more state revenue into the […]

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

WASHINGTON — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships […]

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Denver police eye 911 response time after killing

DENVER — Authorities were investigating Wednesday whether Denver police responded quickly enough to a woman who was fatally shot at least 12 minutes into a 911 call in which she said her husband was hallucinating and asking her to shoot him. Police officials said their internal investigation will focus on the time it took officers […]

Man charged with marathon hoax is held on bail

BOSTON — The man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker was sent to a state psychiatric facility for an evaluation Wednesday after an initial court appearance. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson, 25, was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital and ordered held on $100,000 bail at an appearance in Boston […]

New SAT: What will those questions look like?

  WASHINGTON — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students. The College Board released […]

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

ST. LOUIS — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn’t report. He spent the next 13 years turning his life around — getting […]

Geneva talks on Ukraine face steep hurdles

MOSCOW — Thursday’s high-level talks in Geneva on Ukraine come as the country’s eastern regions are awash in turmoil and pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities. But for all the anxiety about Ukraine’s future — bolstered by Vladimir Putin’s contention the country is on the verge of […]

Pro-Russian insurgents seize armored vehicles

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing control over restive eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian soldiers manning the vehicles offered no armed resistance, and masked pro-Russian militias in combat fatigues sat on top as they […]

Ferry sinks off South Korea; 6 dead, 290 missing

MOKPO, South Korea — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers. With their breathing room disappearing, the 36-year-old businessman and some of the other passengers floated to an exit and swam […]

Today in History for April 16, 2014

Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and […]

A matzo ball soup fit for a weeknight dinner

A classic matzo ball soup often has few ingredients beyond a delicious broth and a deliciously large and tender matzo ball. But we wanted to turn this staple of Passover into a full and satisfying meal. To do this, we added a careful selection of vegetables – enough to flavor the broth and provide substance, […]

Sweet pairings for grown-up Easter treats

Easter candy is dandy. But Easter candy paired with booze? Now that’s something to put a spring in your step. So we asked wine and spirits connoisseurs to come up with something the adults can sip on while the youngsters hunt for sugary splendors in the grass. JELLY BEANS Wine and chocolate can be a […]

Horoscope for April 16, 2014

Fresh off the shakeup of yesterday’s total lunar eclipse, the Scorpio moon assesses the new hierarchy. It is naive to think that any role is superior to another — each comes with unique pressures. Since the only position you can effectively work to your advantage is the one you’re in, fully embody it rather than […]

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