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…

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voting law that became a major turning point in black Americans’ struggle for equal rights and political power is now outdated, the Supreme Court says.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…

Texas woman set to be 500th execution in state

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas, the nation’s busiest death penalty state, is set to mark a solemn moment in criminal justice Wednesday with the execution of convicted killer Kimberly McCarthy. If McCarthy is put to death in Huntsville…

The executed: A glance at 10 key Texas executions

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas is approaching its 500th lethal injection since the Supreme Court in 1976 cleared the way to resume executions in the United States. The execution total in Texas is by far the largest in…

Brazil’s reluctant revolutionaries in spotlight

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s reluctant revolutionaries are struggling with success. The Free Fare Movement, which advocates for the elimination of all transit fees, didn’t expect to become the focal point of what some Brazilian media are calling…

Nigeria opposes British plan to impose visa bond

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has summoned Britain’s top diplomat to protest that country’s plans to impose a 3,000-pound ($4,630) bond on visas for first-time visitors from “high-risk” countries in Africa and Asia. A government statement says Foreign…

Courtroom closures eyed in WikiLeaks trial

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors in the court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning are preparing for the trial’s first courtroom closures to protect classified evidence. Testimony resumes Wednesday at Fort Meade, near Baltimore. Manning is charged with…

Obama’s climate plan takes aim at coal plants

NEW YORK (AP) — America is slowly moving toward cleaner sources of energy and using less of it overall. President Barack Obama’s plan to fight climate change will accelerate those trends. The plan aims to reduce power-plant emissions…

Court case stirs debate over Indian child welfare

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to leave the ultimate placement of a 3-year-old girl in an American Indian child welfare case to a state court extends the custody dispute and the anguish for both…