Brazil protests back despite proposed reforms

SAO PAULO (AP) — President Dilma Rousseff proposed a wide range of actions to reform Brazil’s political system, fight corruption and improve public services — all demands angrily asked for by the millions of protesters who’ve taken to…

Two goals in 17 seconds give Blackhawks the Cup

BOSTON (AP) — Two hours after clinching the Stanley Cup title, a handful of Chicago Blackhawks wandered back out onto the TD Garden ice in their street clothes. Two of them walked gingerly over to the corner and…

Two goals in 17 seconds give Blackhawks the Cup

BOSTON (AP) — Two hours after clinching the Stanley Cup title, a handful of Chicago Blackhawks wandered back out onto the TD Garden ice in their street clothes. Two of them walked gingerly over to the corner and…

Key points in the leadership switch in Qatar

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Background on Tuesday’s leadership transition in Qatar from the 61-year-old emir to his 33-year-old son, Sheik Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. ___ WHY IS QATAR IMPORTANT? The Gulf state of Qatar is small —…

Socialists heading for victory in Albania election

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The opposition Socialists are holding their lead as counting continues in Albania’s election but a dispute over the makeup of the Central Election Commission could leave the outcome up in the air. Despite a…

AP Survey: Bernanke comments surprised investors

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Associated Press survey finds most economists think the Federal Reserve is spot-on about beginning to slow its bond purchases later this year if the economy continues to strengthen. The economists say sinking stock and…

Iran’s president-elect praises ties with Russia

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president-elect says Tehran’s relations with Russia will take high importance during his term in office. The statement carried late Monday on the official website of Hasan Rouhani is the first to a permanent…

Turkish PM lashes out at protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run agency says police have raided homes in the capital Ankara, detaining at least 20 people involved in anti-government protests. The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that police searched some 30 addresses and rounded…

South Africa: Mandela family gathers at rural home

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans passed by Nelson Mandela’s home in a Johannesburg suburb on Tuesday and said they were praying for the 94-year-old after the president urged the country to send their wishes to the man he…

Colorado wildfire crews look to change in winds

DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) — Crews defending resort towns, homes and cabins against a massive and erratic wildfire in Colorado’s southwest mountains were looking Tuesday for a slight break after nearly a week of unrelenting winds. Tim Foley,…

Tunisian army chief retires amid criticism

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s military strongman, who has been criticized for the army’s inability to catch a band of al-Qaida linked militants, has announced his retirement. Army Chief of Staff Rachid Ammar was widely seen as having…

House investigators: Disability judges are too lax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security is approving disability benefits at strikingly high rates for people whose claims were rejected by field offices or state agencies, according to House investigators. Compounding the situation, the agency often fails to do…

Illinois’ bad credit costing taxpayers millions

CHICAGO (AP) — Like your cousin who doesn’t pay his bills on time and squanders money he doesn’t have, Illinois is paying the price — in both cash and reputation — for years of ignored warnings about its…

Dems unhappy IRS screened for progressives too

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are unhappy that newly revealed Internal Revenue Service documents show the agency screened for progressive groups seeking tax-exempt status, not just the tea party organizations for which the IRS was already under fire. Democrats…

Texas Senate set for filibuster finale on abortion

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sweeping bill that would effectively shut down most abortion clinics across the nation’s second most-populous state has stalled in the Texas Senate — and a Democratic filibuster that will only need to last…

Senate passage of immigration bill on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate passage of historic immigration legislation offering citizenship to millions looks near-certain after the bill cleared a key hurdle with votes to spare. A final vote in the Senate on Thursday or Friday would send…

Speaking too clearly can have a price for leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — For U.S. policy makers, events that seem at first like positive developments can sometimes unexpectedly bite back. When federal budget deficits finally began to shrink in early spring as recovery from the Great Recession advanced,…

94 in Alaska? Weather extremes tied to jet stream

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jet stream, the river of air high above Earth that generally dictates the weather, usually rushes rapidly from west to east in a mostly straight direction. But lately it seems to be wobbling and…

Obama hit by Snowden setbacks with China, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden’s globe-trotting evasion of U.S. authorities has dealt a startling setback to efforts to strengthen ties with China and raised the prospect of worsening tensions with…

Incumbent favored over wrestler in Mongolia polls

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia (AP) — A popular ex-wrestler and a physician, the first woman to seek Mongolia’s top office, are the main rivals to the Harvard-educated incumbent in Wednesday’s presidential elections, but neither is likely to wrest the…