Judge reads charge against Zimmerman to jurors

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys in the George Zimmerman murder trial are set for the next phase of jury selection. On Wednesday, lawyers for both sides will begin paring down a group of 40 prospective jurors to a…

Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Hastings, the war correspondent whose unflinching reporting from Afghanistan led to the resignation of a top U.S. army general, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, according to his employer and…

Obama relying on untested oversight board on NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully…

W.Va. mine safety lab creates disasters to train

JULIAN, W.Va. (AP) — Orange flames lick at the roof of the coal mine, heat building and visibility dropping as smoke begins to fill the underground passageway. Then, with the push of a few buttons on a hand-held…

Budget office view boosts Senate immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of a far-reaching immigration bill in the Senate see fresh momentum from a report by the Congressional Budget Office that the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by billions of dollars.…

Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A heat wave hitting Alaska doesn’t rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the weather feels like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.…

Aug. trial set for Ohio man in kidnapping of women

CLEVELAND (AP) — A tentative Aug. 4 trial date has been set for an Ohio man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them in his home for about a decade. Ariel Castro,……

Quotations of the day

“After this Kermit Gosnell trial, (and) some of the horrific acts that were going on, the vast majority of the American people believe in the substance of this bill, and so do I.” — House Speaker John Boehner,…

Ohio woman accuses 3 of holding her captive

ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a woman was held captive by three people who forced her to do housework, raided her bank account and menaced her with snakes. But an attorney for one of the suspects and…

4th suspect in Ohio enslavement case surrenders

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal authorities alleging an Ohio woman was held captive with her child and made to do housework say a fourth suspect charged with forced labor has s……

Bulger ex-enforcer grilled about varying stories

BOSTON (AP) — A former enforcer for James “Whitey” Bulger is expected to face more tough cross-examination by Bulger’s lawyers when he returns to the witness stand for a third day. James Martorano, who admitted killing 20 people,…

Brazil officials reverse subway, bus fare hike

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Brazilians again flooded the streets of the country’s biggest city to raise a collective cry against a longstanding lament — people are weighed down by high taxes and high prices…

UN says 45.2 million refugees and displaced people

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says more than 45.2 million people were forced to flee homes last year, an 18-year high mainly due to wars in Syria, Afghanistan and other countries. The Office of the United…

Obama urges ‘bold’ nuclear cuts in Berlin speech

BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama’s 26-hour whirlwind visit to Berlin caps three days of international summitry for the president, and marks his return to a place where he once summoned a throng of 200,000 to share his…

Turkey’s ‘standing man’ to join ranks of icons?

The image was stark — a silent, solitary figure standing in passive defiance to the Turkish prime minister’s demand for protesters to clear Taksim Square in central Istanbul. The challenge by performance artist Erdem Gunduz is catching on…

US tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack in Afghanistan that killed four U.S. troops just hours after the insurgent group announced it would hold talks with the Americans on finding a political solution…

Crews recover body of teen in Ohio canal

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Emergency crews have found the body of a 15-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in a southwest Ohio canal. Butler County Sheriff Richard……

Gov’t report: Smooth launch unsure for health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s no guarantee that President Barack Obama’s health care law will launch smoothly and on time, congressional investigators say in the first in-depth independent look at its progress. But in a report to be released…