Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck dead at 77
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for ‘‘Driving Miss Daisy’’ and was involved in such blockbuster films as ‘‘Jaws’’ and ‘‘The Sting’’ after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, died Friday. He was 77. Zanuck’s publicist says he died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home.
UN blames regime forces for Syria massacre
BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. singled out government forces Friday for blame in the latest massacre in Syria, a frenzy of killing that raises new questions about whether diplomacy has any chance to end the crisis more than 16 months into the bloodiest revolt of the Arab Spring. As the violence turns ever more chaotic, analysts warn the effort by special envoy Kofi Annan has become nothing more than a pretense, with government forces, rebels, jihadists and others fighting for power.
JPMorgan traders may have sought to conceal losses
NEW YORK (AP) — JPMorgan Chase said Friday that its traders may have tried to conceal the losses from a soured bet that has embarrassed the bank and cost it almost $6 billion — far more than its CEO first suggested. The bank said an internal investigation had uncovered evidence that led executives to ‘‘question the integrity’’ of the values, or marks, that traders assigned to their trades.
Dogs, dead people get election docs from nonprofit
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The voter registration form arrived in the mail last month with some key information already filled in: Rosie Charlston’s name was complete, as was her Seattle address. Problem is, Rosie was a black lab who died in 1998.
Obama: Romney needs to answer questions about Bain
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday that Republican rival Mitt Romney ‘‘is going to have to answer those questions’’ about when he gave up control of the private equity firm Bain Capital. Campaigning in Virginia, Obama told a local television station in an interview that if Romney ‘‘aspires to being president, one of the things you learn is you’re ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations.’’
Legal experts say Paterno could have faced charges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — If he were alive today, Joe Paterno — the coach who stood for so long for character and integrity both on and off the football field — could be looking at charges such as child endangerment, perjury and conspiracy. Legal experts said emails and other evidence in the Penn State investigative report released Thursday suggest that Paterno may have misled a grand jury when asked when he first heard about Jerry Sandusky’s misconduct, and show that Paterno and other university officials put boys in danger with their failure to report sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky more than a decade ago.
Panel calls for annual PTSD screening
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Institute of Medicine recommended Friday that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan undergo annual screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working. Of the 2.6 million service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s estimated that 13 percent to 20 percent have symptoms of PTSD.
Olympics chief defends using troops for games
LONDON (AP) — When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to ‘‘mind the gap’’ — in security. But even though the government is bringing in those troops — as well as RAF Typhoon combat jets, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops and an aircraft carrier on the River Thames — organizers say it will still look like the Summer Games, and not war games.
Fugitive in Wash. bunker recorded video of plans
BURIEN, Wash. (AP) — Before he killed his wife and teen daughter and retreated to a remote bunker in Washington’s Cascade Mountains, Peter Keller recorded a video explaining his mindset: He was bored. ‘‘It’s getting to the point where just trying to live and pay bills and live as a civilian and go to work, that just freaks me out,’’ the 41-year-old survivalist said in a video clip released Thursday by the King County Sheriff’s Office. ‘‘It’s actually more comfortable for me to think about living out here, robbing banks and pharmacies, just taking what I want for as long as I can. At least it'll be exciting.’’
Solar storm barreling toward Earth this weekend
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The space weather forecast for Earth looks a bit stormy this weekend, but scientists said not to worry. A solar storm was due to arrive Saturday morning and last through Sunday, slamming into Earth’s magnetic field. Scientists said it will be a minor event and they have notified power grid operators, airlines and other potentially affected parties.