The Latest: Italy's Sassoli 7 shy of leading EU Parliament

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on key appointments at the European Union (all times local): 11:30 a.m. David-Maria Sassoli, an Italian member of the Socialists & De...

Another EU top jobs day; now parliament presidency at stake

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union legislators are gearing up to elect their parliamentary leader — a decision that will complete the bloc's drawn-out appointment process for its top jobs. ...

EU leaders pull all-nighter at summit on key posts

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials said Monday that leaders pulled an all-nighter at a summit but failed to agree on the list of candidates for the bloc's key posts, with the marathon talks ente...

The race is on: Candidates vie for top EU jobs

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders on Thursday are seeking to fill up to five key jobs supervising the 28-nation bloc's policies that will be vacated in coming months. They include the post of Council Preside...

Venezuelan ska band leaves crisis-hit country for US tour

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jammed into a small studio, Venezuelan ska band Desorden Público rehearsed "One Step Beyond" and other tunes ahead of an American tour. Percussionist Oscar Alcaíno, 60, wore ...

Pavel Datsyuk staying in Russia with hometown club

MOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Datysuk has signed for his hometown Russian club in the Kontinental Hockey League, ending speculation of a possible return to the NHL. The 40-year-old center has ...

Climate change is hot topic in the European Parliament vote

LANGEOOG, Germany (AP) — Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald's restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blu...

EU election candidates face off in TV debate

Covering everything from immigration, taxation, climate change, trade and even the future of Europe, six candidates looking to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the president of the European Commission f...

Devils sign Zettlund, Maltsev to entry-level contracts

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed forwards Fabian Zetterlund and Mikhail Maltsev to three-year, entry-level contracts. General manager Ray Shero announced the sig...

Music Review: Vampire Weekend returns with vibrant album

Vampire Weekend, "Father of the Bride" (Columbia Records) Vampire Weekend is back after six years with "Father of the Bride," a multi-layered album both musically and lyrically that ...

Rangers' Lundqvist: Struggles in 2nd half 'more challenging'

Henrik Lundqvist liked how he started the season. The 37-year-old New York Rangers goalie wasn't so pleased with how he played toward the end. He was 15-12-7 with a 3.19 goals-agains...

Urban Nomad Freakout Music Festival returns to Taipei on April 13, 14

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following four successful, consecutive years of otherworldly art and music performances, the fervid fun carnival Urban Nomad Freakout returns to Taipei’s Tiger Mount...

English beat founder 'Ranking Roger' Charlery dies at 56

LONDON (AP) — Musician "Ranking Roger" Charlery, singer with ska band The English Beat, has died at the age of 56. The band says Charlery died Tuesday "peacefully at his home surroun...

Review: Surprising return for Britain's Specials

The Specials, "Encore" (Island) Given that it's been 20 years since there's been new music from the Specials, who led a ska revival in Britain at the dawn of the 1980s that had littl...

The Fallen One: Mourinho tumbles at ice hockey game

BALASHIKHA, Russia (AP) — Former Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho has ceremonially opened an ice hockey game in Russia — and promptly fallen on the ice. Mourinho was given the h...