Wallenda walks tightrope high over Ariz. gorge

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) — Nik Wallenda studied the plunging walls of the Little Colorado River Gorge before stepping out on a quarter-mile tightrope cable. “Whoo! That’s an amazing view.” With that observation, the well-known aerialist…

Widespread power outage darkens Central Coast

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Company says equipment failure at a substation caused a widespread power outage that darkened a swath of California’s Central Coast. Officials say the outage affected approximately 145,000 Pacific Gas…

3 blockbusters among Supreme Court’s last cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has 11 cases, including the term’s highest profile matters, to resolve before the justices take off for summer vacations, teaching assignments and international travel. The court is meeting Monday for its last…

Promise of price cut on hospital bills is in limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Huge list prices charged by hospitals are drawing increased attention, but a federal law meant to limit what the most financially vulnerable patients can be billed doesn’t seem to be making much difference. A provision…

Chinese activist warns Beijing against suppression

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Activist Chen Guangcheng has made a stern warning to Chinese leaders, saying their efforts to crush opposition forces or suppress human rights will only backfire. Chen said Monday he is convinced that the rapidly…

Berlusconi convicted in sex-for-hire trial

MILAN (AP) — Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi faces a verdict in his sensational sex-for-hire trial, charges that could bring an end to his two-decade political career. Berlusconi is charged with paying an under-age Moroccan teen for sex and…

Obama to tout economic impact of immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will convene a meeting of CEOs and business leaders to tout what the White House says are the economic benefits of a landmark immigration bill. The afternoon meeting is scheduled just hours…

Boost for cars or bust? Ethanol debate heats up

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a dilemma for drivers. Do they choose a gasoline that’s cheaper and cleaner even if, as opponents say, it could damage older cars and motorcycles? That’s the peril and promise of a high-ethanol blend…

Obama leaves Kenya off itinerary for Africa trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in Africa this week, there will be one notable omission from his travel itinerary: Kenya, the birthplace of his father and home to many of his relatives. Concerns about Kenya’s…

Column: Acceptance and pragmatism, American style

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a counterintuitive notion in an era where it’s easy to feel like Americans are sitting in judgment of one another every day. Yet here it is right in front of us: When it comes…

AP-NORC poll: Friends, kin key to Sandy survival

NEW YORK (AP) — A silver lining frames the cloud of destruction left by Superstorm Sandy. In their hour of greatest need, families and communities — not the government— were the most helpful sources of assistance and support.…

Power restored after vast Central Coast outage

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — A widespread power outage darkened a swath of California’s Central Coast, affecting approximately 145,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers late Sunday, the utility said. The outage stretched from the beach town of…

South Africa leader: Mandela ‘asleep’ during visit

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said. President Jacob Zuma visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the…

Israeli: Detention center for Africans a ‘prison’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of African migrants are languishing in a desert detention center in southern Israel, where families may only meet once a week and where women and children sleep in a prison-like compound, according to lawmakers…

Boston trial of ‘Whitey’ Bulger enters 3rd week

The trial of James “Whitey” Bulger enters its third week Monday with more testimony from prosecution witnesses. Bulger is accused in a 32-count racketeering indictment of a long list of crimes, including participating in 19 killings. Here are…

Shaped by history, Gettysburg celebrates milestone

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gettysburg changed the direction of American history 150 years ago, and the town hasn’t been the same since. The couple of hundred thousand visitors expected at events to mark the anniversary of the 1863…

As banks eye Iraq, Citi plans office in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — Citigroup Inc. is set to become the first American bank to open an office of its own in Baghdad, highlighting financial firms’ growing interest in Iraq a decade after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion. Executives say…

Fatal accidents by wing walkers said to be rare

CINCINNATI (AP) — Although a Virginia woman became the third wing walker to die in two years when a fiery crash killed her and a pilot at an Ohio air show this weekend, those in the business insisted…

APNewsBreak: Wing walker, pilot had clean records

CINCINNATI (AP) — FAA records show that a wing walker and aerobatic pilot killed in a fiery crash at an Ohio air show over the weekend had clean safety records. An agency s……

Benefits available to those exposed to 9/11 toxins

NEW YORK (AP) — New York officials are reaching out to people who may have been physically affected by the 9/11 attacks to tell them they may still be eligible for health benefits. U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and…