Bigger posts absorb cuts as Army downsizes

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In axing a dozen combat brigades in the face of steep spending cuts and the wind-down of two wars, the Army says it is trying to ease the sting by spreading it around. But…

‘Lone Ranger’ stars have historic roots in justice

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer fight for justice in their upcoming film, “The Lone Ranger,” but their ancestors did it for real. Genealogy research website Ancestry.com revealed Wednesday the two actors descend from historic…

Qatar’s new emir: No major change in policies

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television reports that the Gulf state’s new ruler will pick the country’s top domestic affairs official as prime minister. Qatar had no official statements Wednesday, but Al-Jazeera was founded by Qatar’s government…

UN sounds alarm on widespread designer drug use

VIENNA (AP) — VIENNA — The U.N. drug control agency on Wednesday sounded the alarm on the spread of designer drugs, which are sold openly and legally and sometimes result in deadly highs, while reporting that global drug…

Islamic extremists target civilians in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The pastor would not renounce his Christian faith so the Islamic extremists slit his throat. High school students were taking exams in defiance of the militants of Boko Haram, whose name means “Western education…

Zimmerman’s neighbor says she heard boy’s cry

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s neighbor described hearing movement from left to right behind the town-house in which she lived, and when she looked out the window she saw arms flailing and what sounded like someone saying,…

Iran burns 100 tons of illicit drugs

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has burned at least 100 tons of illicit drugs as part of its efforts to fight drug smuggling. Iranian authorities and foreign guests watched as some 50 tons of various narcotics were burned…

Mom sues Monster energy drink over teen’s death

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a teenager who died from cardiac arrhythmia last year is blaming his death on Monster Beverage, alleging in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his death was caused by habitually drinking the…

San Francisco paper sues rival over low ad rates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Examiner filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the city’s dominant daily newspaper the San Francisco Chronicle has slashed advertising prices to stifle competition. The suit claims Chronicle owner the Hearst Corp.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Active weather becomes more focused over the East on Wednesday as low pressure in the Central Plains lifts northeastward into the Upper Great Lakes and it¼’s associated frontal boundaries become…

Obama making long-anticipated return to Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is making a long-anticipated return to Africa, with the health of former South African leader Nelson Mandela hanging over the visit. The first family is departing Wednesday for a weeklong trip to…

Kerry: Urgent progress is needed on Mideast peace

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making his first visit to Kuwait as America’s top diplomat, having talks with the tiny, oil-rich country’s leader about deepening violence in Syria, Iran’s new president and…

Pa. crowd, councilman cheer gay marriage decisions

PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least 250 people gathered on a downtown Pittsburgh street closed for the occasion were cheering U.S. Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. Cit……

Reaction to court decision on Voting Rights Act

Reactions to Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that halts use of a key provision in landmark Voting Rights Act: ___ “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today… Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets…

A look at 48 years of the Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The voting law that became a major turning point in black Americans’ struggle for equal rights and political power is now outdated, the Supreme Court says. Whether that’s a marker of racial progress or proof…

Excerpts from court ruling on Voting Rights Act

Excerpts from the Supreme Court ruling Tuesday that voids a key part of the Voting Rights Act: ___ “The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process. During the ‘Freedom Summer’ of…

Houston tries prostitute rehab instead of jail

HOUSTON (AP) — A former prostitute in Houston has teamed up with law enforcement and the courts to reform women who are jailed with long histories of prostitution. Kathryn Griffin Grinan’s We’ve Been There Done That program has…

States promise quick action on election laws

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican officials across the South promise swift action in response to a Supreme Court ruling that invalidates a key part of the Voting Rights Act. Officials in Texas and Mississippi pledged to immediately implement laws…

Albanian premier concedes election defeat

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The last ballots are being counted in Albania’s general election and they show a landslide victory for the opposition Socialist Party-led coalition. With about 97 percent of the vote counted, the country’s election commission…

A history of capital punishment in Texas

Milestones in capital punishment in Texas: 1819 — George Brown is first person executed in Texas, by hanging. 1863 — Chipita Rodriguez is first woman executed in Texas, by hanging. 1923 — Lee Nathan becomes the last of…