Mario like Mickey? Nintendo banks on profits from characters

TOKYO (AP) — Will Mario follow in the steps of Mickey Mouse? Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. said Friday it is bullish about profiting from its characters by mirroring the historical appeal of ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 15 The Los Angeles Times on the International Olympic Committee banning ...

Humble Aguero still the standard bearer for strikers in EPL

There’s a shelf above the television in his home in a plush area of northwest England where Sergio Aguero keeps the match balls — signed by all his teammates — from the hat tricks he has scored for Ma...

Salt Lake City, Barcelona among Winter Olympic host options

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — There are already three possible bidders to host the Winter Olympics in the future, the IOC said Friday. Previous Winter Games hosts Salt Lake City and S...

Business Highlights

___ Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it wo...

Parents of adult children with disabilities fill housing gap

PHOENIX (AP) — Luke Humble and Conor Gunderson have settled into a comfortable rhythm since moving into their own home in Phoenix three months ago. Humble, 26, says he likes eating b...

Denied asylum, migrants return to place they fear most: home

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — By now, the young couple thought they’d be in the United States. Somewhere, anywhere, in the United States. They thought they’d have jobs — he’d work construction, mayb...

Mormons pulling 400,000 youths out of struggling Boy Scouts

KAYSVILLE, Utah (AP) — For decades, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was one of Boy Scouts of America’s greatest allies and the largest sponsor of troops. But on Jan. 1, the Utah-based ...

Newtown celebrates football title, but continues to grieve

On the seventh anniversary of the massacre that killed Tricia Pinto's son Jack at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she found herself celebrating the state football championship by the team of her other s...

Dalvin Cook, Derwin James take college bond into NFL matchup

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Dalvin Cook and Derwin James have been close friends since they first met at Florida State. The physical running back and the fearsome safety forged a lifelong bond through c...

Merry Clickmas: Black Friday online sales hit record $7.4B

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Black Friday was the biggest ever for online sales, and Adobe Analytics says carts filled on phones, computers and tablets rang up $7.4 billion in transactions. ...

'Detention' director reminds audiences of Taiwan's fight for freedom

The psychological horror film "Detention" is remarkable in many ways. For one thing, the film, which follows two students who find themselves stuck in their empty school and haunted by ve...

The Latest: Sandy Hook families glad to get day in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a lawsuit to move forward against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (all times local): ...

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 2...

Michigan man uses battle ax to fight off intruder

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man whose hobbies include ritualized combat with replica weapons from the Middle Ages says he wielded a battle ax he calls "my baby" to fend off an intruder. ...