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Avon Products settles bribery charges for $135M

NEW YORK (AP) — The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.

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Review: 'The Hobbit' wraps with a Middle-earth melee

Review: 'The Hobbit' wraps with a Middle-earth melee

"The Battle of the Five Armies," will inevitably go down as an unneeded, unloved gratuity.

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American Kennel Club adds 4 new dog breeds

With them, there will be 184 AKC-recognized breeds.

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Private investigator also sells gun-pouch purses

Private investigator also sells gun-pouch purses

Summers realized there had to be a better way to carry her Walther PPK.

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Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

Pampered pets that don duds move to the mainstream

These clothing designers have to think about pattern, fabric and fit.

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$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.

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New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

ALBANY, N.Y. — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

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Reaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations

Reaction to release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2013 file image from TV, U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, South Africa, in the rain for a memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. Obama on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 decla…

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Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944. A South Carolina state judge, in a Dec. 7, 2014 ruling, vacated Stinney's conviction in the deaths of two y…

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Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

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Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services

Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services

Federal regulators accuse company of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Private investigator also sells gun-pouch purses

Private investigator also sells gun-pouch purses

Private investigator Paula Summers of Lakewood, Wash., shows one of the designer handbags, Dec. 15, 2014. Summers developed the bag that allows concealed carrying of a pistol. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Peter Haley)

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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Texas Department of Public Safety officers ride in a pickup to a command post while other officers look for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster during an altercation outside the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas.…

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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Texas Department of Public Safety officers ride in a pickup to a command post while other officers look for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster during an altercation outside the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas.…

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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Troy police Sgt Ken Wolff stands guard at a checkpoint up the street from other officers looking for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster as he walked out of the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco T…

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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Texas Department of Public Safety officers ride in a pickup to a command post while other officers look for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster during an altercation outside the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas.…

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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Law enforcement officers set up near a command post while looking for a gunman who shot a weather forecaster during an altercation outside the KCEN-TV studio along Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Bruceville-Eddy, Texas. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)

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Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

Central Texas TV meteorologist shot; gunman sought

BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (AP) — Authorities from multiple law enforcement agencies are combing the area around a remote Central Texas television studio where a morning meteorologist was shot in a parking lot after an argument.

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Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has sentenced 54 soldiers to death for mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight Islamic extremists.

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Key dates in US relations with Cuba

Key dates in US relations with Cuba

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2012 file photo, a soldier pauses to look at the outer casing of an old empty Soviet missile on exhibit as he works to paint it at the military complex Morro Cabana which is open to tourists in Havana, Cuba. The world stood at the brink of Armageddon for 13 days in Oc…

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