US stocks end higher as major earnings kick off

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is up in early trading as it builds on gains from last week’s encouraging jobs report. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 76 points at 15,212 shortly after the market…

Sinkhole forces hard choice on longtime neighbors

BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) — The sob is deep and exhaled on a frustrated sigh. “I cannot stand this!” The words burst from Annette Richie and ping off the bare walls of the empty living room as her…

Privacy group sues Britain over NSA surveillance

LONDON (AP) — A London-based advocacy group has filed a complaint over America’s international data dragnet, the latest in a growing number of lawsuits and legal actions relating to the sweeping surveillance program. Privacy International filed on Monday…

Texas Gov. Perry won’t seek re-election in 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Will he or won’t he? Gov. Rick Perry has invited friends and supporters to San Antonio and the country’s largest Caterpillar equipment dealership Monday afternoon to announce “exciting future plans.” The longest-serving governor in…

Companies move ahead with Bangladesh safety accord

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of primarily European retailers and clothing makers has set a deadline of next spring to inspect clothing factories in Bangladesh that make garments for the companies. The group of 70 companies includes…

Key events in Egypt’s uprising and unrest

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian soldiers and police clashed Monday with Islamists protesting the military’s ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in bloodshed that claimed at least 40 lives, officials and witnesses said, and plunged the divided country deeper into…

Nazi Waffen SS man to stand trial in German

BERLIN (AP) — A German court says a 92-year-old former member of the Nazis’ Waffen SS will go on trial in September on allegations he executed a Dutch resistance fighter in 1944. Dutch-born Siert Bruins, who is now…

Syria’s ruling party elects new command amid war

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian TV says President Bashar Assad’s ruling Baath party has elected a new regional command. The state-run TV says the new command, which is the party’s top decision-making body, was chosen Monday during a meeting…

Pittsburgh bridge renamed for historian McCullough

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh bridge has been renamed for Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough on his 80th birthday. County officials gathered Sunday to rename the 16th Street Bridge in McCullough’s honor. A Pittsburgh native and two-time Pulitzer…

Deputies: Vandalism suspect wore Spider-Man undies

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in Cincinnati have arrested a man who they say was vandalizing a high school while wearing only Spider-Man underwear. The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/14CCHyh ) reports that it happened early Sunday when a suspect used…

Author of book about forced US deportations dies

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Raymond Rodriguez, who wrote about 1 million Mexicans and Mexican-Americans who were forced out of the United States in the 1930s, has died. He was 87. His daughter, C. J. Crockett, tells the…

Governments condemn shootings in Egypt

Governments have reacted strongly to the clashes between Egyptian troops and supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi that have left at least 40 people dead. TURKEY Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government, which had formed an alliance with the ousted…

German industrial production, exports down in May

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s industrial production and exports dropped further than expected in May, official figures showed Monday, but economists argued that the disappointing data were more a result of volatility than a sign of serious risks. Industrial…

Suicide bomber kills 8 in northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb blast targeting a pro-government tribal elder has killed six people in northwest Pakistan. Police officer Fazal Naeem Khan says it’s unclear whether the elder, Malik Habibullah Khan, is among those…

Militant cleric Abu Qatada asks for bail in Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A radical Muslim preacher deported from Britain to Jordan to face a retrial on terrorism charges has asked to be released on bail pending trial. Prosecutors have charged the cleric, Abu Qatada, with conspiring…

Czech prosecutors want to investigate outgoing PM

PRAGUE (AP) — The speaker of the Czech Parliament says prosecutors have asked the lower house to strip outgoing Prime Minister Petr Necas of his immunity from prosecution so they can investigate him over a spy and bribery…

Miss. River reopens south of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities are still searching for a tugboat that sank in the Mississippi River, prompting the closure of a stretch of the river south of New Orleans over the weekend. The Mississippi from its mouth…

Afghanistan arrests former US translator

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say they’ve arrested a man who served as a translator for U.S. Special Forces and was wanted on allegations he tortured and killed civilians. Afghanistan’s intelligence service said Monday in a statement…