Ryan Gosling stands up for cows to milk producers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He’s not milking his fame, but Ryan Gosling is lending his name to the cause of cows. The 32-year-old actor sent a letter this week to the National Milk Producers Federation urging the group…

Judge finds Okla. bomb suspect mentally unfit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge has found that an Illinois man accused of plotting to firebomb dozens of Oklahoma churches is incompetent to stand trial. Wednesday’s ruling from U.S. Magistrate Paul J. Cleary in Tulsa means…

Meat industry to reboot labels to help consumers

Don’t know your pork butts from your rump roasts? It may be getting a little easier. The American meat industry is rolling out a refresh of the often confusing 40-year-old system used for naming the various cuts of…

2 men charged in kidnapping of 10-year-old CA girl

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted felon planned to burglarize a San Fernando Valley home but ended up kidnapping a 10-year-old girl at knifepoint and sexually assaulting her after his partner in crime fled, authorities revealed Wednesday. The…

GAO Report: 401(k) rollover process too confusing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many workers are getting false or misleading information about options for their 401(k) accounts when they change jobs, congressional auditors said Wednesday in a report that urged regulators to offer consumers clearer guidance about their…

Ex-official: Questioning in DA’s death routine

KAUFMAN, Texas (AP) — A former Texas justice of the peace convicted of theft says he voluntarily submitted to a gun residue test as part of the investigation into the weekend killings of a Texas prosecutor and his…

Ex-DC mayor Marion Barry released from hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Councilmember and former mayor Marion Barry has been released from the hospital after being treated for a drop in blood sugar. The 77-year-old Barry was taken to Howard University Hospital on Tuesday night. His…

Conn. lawmakers debate gun control package

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are debating a wide-ranging package of gun control measures with expectations they will pass, over the outcry of gun rights advocates. Debate on the legislation opened today in the state Senate, which…

Ga. soldier charged in killing of pregnant wife

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia soldier accused of plotting attacks as leader of an anti-government militia group was charged with murder by the Army on Wednesday in the 2011 death of his pregnant wife. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui…

NJ casinos profits fell 27 percent in 2012

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City’s casinos saw their profit fall by more than 27 percent last year, even as revenue from non-gambling sources inched upward. The city’s casinos collectively posted $360 million in gross operating profits…