Old car, new tricks: Adding safety tech to an older car

DETROIT (AP) -- Old cars can learn new tricks. For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology -- like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras -- to older cars. Cars are lasting longer than ever thanks to improving quality. The average U.S. vehicle is now 11.6 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Markit.

Bigfoot on the lam: Sasquatch statues vanish from Ohio store

NORTH LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Police in Ohio are on the lookout for Bigfoot after a gift shop owner reported that statues of the hairy creature vanished from outside her store. Arlene Fitzer tells WFMJ-TV (http://bit.ly/2oM21Rw ) in Youngstown that the three hand-painted, concrete statues disappeared from Farmer Dave's Gift Shop between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Fitzer suspects they were stolen but says they would have been difficult to lift and to hide.

Small businesses can feel bigger effects from a PR disaster

NEW YORK (AP) -- Halfway through Valentine's Day, florist Ajay Kori realized he was in the midst of a disaster. His company wasn't going to be able to deliver many of the promised roses and other flowers by the end of the day. Angry customers started venting online, posting negative reviews of UrbanStems on sites like Google and Yelp. It was a public relations nightmare.

Rock Hall induction ceremony returns to Cleveland next April

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says next year's induction ceremony is scheduled for April 14 at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland. The Rock Hall is located in Cleveland, but the city hasn't hosted the induction ceremony since 2015. The event instead has been held in New York. The hall said last year that it would have the ceremony in Cleveland every two years starting in 2018.

Saudi council rejects proposal for female sports colleges

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A proposal to establish sports education colleges for Saudi women failed to win enough votes in the kingdom's top advisory body, a council member who drafted the plan said Wednesday. The proposal needed 76 out of 150 votes in the Shura Council, but fell three votes short. It called for the establishment of colleges that would train Saudi women in how to teach fitness and well-being.

Trump wants a review of national monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days.

Who speaks for Islam and reform? Debate heats up in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) -- It was a startling collision of religion and politics. Egypt's president proposed a new law that would prevent Muslim men from ending their marriages simply by saying "divorce" three times. The country's top institution of Islamic clerics, Al-Azhar, bluntly rejected the idea, saying Islam gives men that right and nothing can change that.

Cuba weathers storm in Venezuela but future looks uncertain

HAVANA (AP) -- Refineries have gone dark. Gas rations have been slashed for hundreds of thousands of state workers. Construction materials are nearly impossible to find. But Cuba's hotels and restaurants are packed, major U.S. airlines are adding flights and government stores are full of frozen American chicken and U.S.-made candy. So far, Cuba is weathering the storm as Venezuela's economy craters and protesters fill its streets to denounce Cuba's greatest socialist ally.

Lawmakers: Faith-based adoption groups can spurn gay couples

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill protecting faith-based adoption organizations that refuse to place children with gay parents, or other households, because of their religious beliefs. The legislation would prohibit the state from refusing to license faith-based adoption groups that refuse placements because of their religious beliefs.

Trump to order review of national monuments

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of tens of millions of acres of land as "national monuments," an action that could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states as Trump tries to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days.

Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday marked with Grammy exhibit

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Grammy Museum is putting rare Ella Fitzgerald memorabilia on display for what would have been the singing legend's 100th birthday. The museum's "Ella at 100: Celebrating the Artistry of Ella Fitzgerald" exhibition includes the first Grammy Award that Fitzgerald won -- the first awarded to an African-American woman -- as well as some of her gowns, sheet music and personal telegrams.

Methodist court takes up challenge to election of gay bishop

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- The highest court in the United Methodist Church considered Tuesday whether to invalidate the election of the denomination's first openly gay bishop, amid a struggle to avoid schism over the Bible and same-sex relationships. The challenge was filed last year to the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto, who is married to another woman.

Michigan paints Italy blue in team-building, paintball event

ROME (AP) -- Jim Harbaugh got paint on his designer khakis. And, it looked like he loved it. Michigan's football coach and his players participated in a paintball competition Tuesday in Italy. The team had lunch later in the day near Lake Albano, hung out on the beach and went kayaking. The Wolverines visited landmarks in Rome on Monday and are expected to go to the Vatican later this week.

DeVos tours Virginia school to stress needs of military kids

MANASSAS, Virginia (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday highlighted the need to help the children of military families transition into new schools as their parents are moving from one assignment to the next. DeVos visited Ashland Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia, to mark the Month of the Military Child. During a tour of the school she read a book to children about a mother who serves in the military.

Railroad companies: Don't take prom pics, selfies on tracks

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Transportation officials and railroad companies are sounding a warning: Active railroad tracks are a bad backdrop for prom pictures or selfies. With the season for graduations and prom portraits underway, North Carolina's transportation and public school agencies this month are urging high school yearbook staff advisers to reject student photos taken on or near railroad tracks.

Q&A: Hawaii reassures tourists after brain parasite cases

HONOLULU (AP) -- A California couple on their honeymoon and two people who drank a homemade herbal beverage are among the rising number of victims in Hawaii falling ill with a potentially deadly brain parasite. After the newlyweds' plight with rat lungworm disease recently got attention online, the couple and some experts accused Hawaii of failing to adequately warn tourists and residents of the danger they can face.

Alitalia faces bankruptcy after employees vote down plan

ROME (AP) -- The risk of bankruptcy looms for Italy's flagship airline, Alitalia, after employees resoundingly rejected proposed salary cuts and layoffs that were aimed at securing investments and keeping the carrier afloat. It's the latest twist in the decades-long saga of decline for the loss-making company, which has been through multiple bailouts and restructurings but never managed to compete with the booming low-cost carriers in Europe.

Stork delivery? Woman gives birth to baby at Nebraska zoo

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A woman whose baby was due mid-May went into labor early and gave birth at a Nebraska zoo. Drea Hubbard was born Sunday at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, weighing 5 pounds, 5 ounces. Her mother, Kymica Hubbard, 24, said the birth took about two minutes from when her water broke.