• Police: Man faces charges after stealing more than 500 signs

    AVON LAKE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man is facing charges after police say he stole more than 500 signs, claiming they were an eyesore and a distraction to drivers.

  • Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

    MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Just before sunrise, there’s typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon’s second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light.

  • Indiana State arena renovation faces funding shortfall

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Officials are still trying to line up $12 million more toward a planned renovation of Indiana State University’s arena and construction of an adjoining new Terre Haute convention center.

  • Attendance at international balloon museum tops 1 million

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Visits made to the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum since it first opened in 2005 now total more than 1 million.

  • Under scrutiny, New Mexico opioid prescriptions taper off

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The number of people receiving opioid pain medication prescriptions or risky overlapping prescriptions has shown a notable decline in New Mexico since the state ordered doctors to check a database that can indicate whether a patient may be receiving narcotics from multiple sources, according to newly released statistics.

    Updated: 1:18 pm

  • Education chief: New Mexico schools need modern solutions

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeing higher graduation rates and more students are reading at grade level thanks to reforms made over the past several years, but a top state education official says the demands of public education are evolving and schools need to be prepared.

    Updated: 1:16 pm

  • New Zealand newspaper names all drunk drivers on front page

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A newspaper in a busy New Zealand resort town has decided to take a stand against drunken driving by filling its front page with the names, ages and alcohol readings for about 100 people convicted of the offense this year.

  • Khmer Rouge leaders deliver closing defense at trial

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — As his trial for genocide ended, the former head of state of Cambodia’s 1970s Khmer Rouge regime on Friday rejected the charges against him, saying the allegation was concocted by the country’s traditional enemy, neighboring Vietnam.

  • It’s a girl: Japan zoo’s star panda baby gets a checkup

    TOKYO (AP) — The baby panda, who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan, is a girl.

  • Sri Lankan doctors on strike to demand university’s closure

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — State hospitals were paralyzed Friday as Sri Lankan doctors went on strike to demand that a private medical university be shut down, saying it could jeopardize health care standards in the island nation.