Lawmaker accuses Google of dodging taxes

LONDON (AP) — An influential committee of British lawmakers accused search giant Google of dodging its taxes on Thursday, issuing a scathing report that said the U.S. Internet company took on highly contrived arrangements serving no purpose other…

Kate formally names Royal Princess cruise ship

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge will officially name the new “Royal Princess” cruise liner at a gala ceremony. The former Kate Middleton plans to board the vessel for the naming ceremony, which will include a blessing…

Israel moving ahead with new settler housing

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is going ahead with plans to build more than 1,000 settler homes in the West Bank. Military spokesman Maj. Guy Inbar said on Thursday that plans were advanced to construct homes in the settlements…

Israeli police: Christian cemetery defaced

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say vandals have defaced graves at a Christian cemetery in Tel Aviv. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the words “price tag” were found on Thursday, sprayed on a number of graves in Jaffa,…

Southern Baptists address prisoners, trafficking

HOUSTON (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention tackled topics at its annual meeting this week that seemed to show a concern for a broadening array of social issues, including human trafficking and the country’s high rate of incarceration.…

360-plus homes destroyed in Colo. Springs wildfire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Jaenette Coyne estimates she had five minutes to leave home after calling 911 to report forest fire smoke behind her home. There was no time to grab wedding albums, fingerprint artwork by her…

Runner’s disappearance prompts changes in AK race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A rookie’s disappearance during a popular extreme race on Alaska’s rugged Mount Marathon has led to significant new rules in the event. Runners in the July Fourth race must make it halfway up the…

Zimmerman attorneys short of moving to next round

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — After three days of trying to seat a jury in Florida, prosecutors and attorneys for George Zimmerman have interviewed two dozen potential jurors but are still a half-dozen short of being able to enter…

AP Exclusive: More Bangladesh factories dangerous

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi garment factories are routinely built without consulting engineers. Many are located in commercial or residential buildings not designed to withstand the stress of heavy manufacturing. Some add illegal extra floors atop support columns…

Egyptian pilots end protest; 22 flights delayed

CAIRO (AP) — A senior official with Egypt’s national carrier says the company’s pilots have staged a sit-in protest that has delayed several flights. Egypt Air official Ahmed Shahin says Thursday’s protest was designed to press demands for…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, June 13, 2013. A strong storm will continue moving through the Ohio Valley and off the eastern seaboard via the Mid Atlantic on Thursday. This storm will carry a significant amount of moisture…

UN says nearly 93,000 killed in Syrian civil war

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian rebels have gained control of a key military base in the central Hama province after intense clashes with regime forces. The base is on the northern edge of the town of Morek,…

Crime doubts persist in Brazil ahead of events

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Not even a day after his arrival in Rio de Janeiro and just hours after attending the Brazil-England soccer friendly at the city’s legendary Maracana stadium, a sports columnist for the Daily Mail…

Editor says NSA leaker remains in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — The editor of a Hong Kong newspaper that published an interview with the former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs says the man remains in the Chinese autonomous region. South…

Utah home to NSA’s new mega-warehouse for data

BLUFFDALE, Utah (AP) — The nation’s new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5…

No clear result after Turkish PM, protesters meet

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A lawyer says a protester injured during clashes with Turkish riot police has died, raising the death toll to five from the two-week standoff between police and activists that has challenged Prime Minister Recep…

SF, NY prosecutors push for anti-phone theft moves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The top prosecutors in San Francisco and New York planned Thursday to announce the formation of a nationwide initiative and coalition of police, prosecutors and other officials in an attempt to thwart a surge…

Quotations of the day

“It was a direct result of the ruling that allowed her to be put on the adult list. It was not pediatric lungs. She would have never gotten these lungs otherwise.” — Sharon Ruddock, aunt of 10-year-old lung…

White House lawyer replacing retiring CIA deputy

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell is stepping down and being replaced by White House lawyer Avril Haines, the first woman to hold the post. When President Barack Obama named a successor to former CIA Director…

NSA leaker mysterious despite hours of interviews

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who told the world about the U.S. government’s gigantic data grab also talks a lot about himself. Mostly through his own words, a picture of Edward Snowden is emerging: fresh-faced computer whiz, high…