Libya army chief vows end to militias this year

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libya’s interim army chief of staff insists militias will have to lay down their arms or join the military by the end of this year. His comments come just days after 31 people, mostly…

Wildlife agency to list all chimps as endangered

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Fish and Wildlife Service says it wants to protect chimpanzees as endangered both in captivity and in the wild. The action could affect the use of chimpanzees in medical research. A plan announced Tuesday…

Analysts: Midwest drivers to see lower gas prices

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The worst may be over for drivers in the upper Midwest who have been grappling with the highest gasoline prices in the continental U.S. Analysts said one major Illinois refinery is back online and…

IG: Undervalued coal leases cost US $62 million

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report says leases on publicly owned coal are undervalued and have cost the U.S. $62 million in potential lost revenues. Tuesday’s report from the Department of Interior Inspector General recommends that the…

Man indicted in death of Pickens’ grandson

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas grand jury has indicted a man for felony murder in the fatal heroin overdose of the grandson of Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens. A spokeswoman for Tarrant County prosecutors says…

Iranian reformists rally around common candidate

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s presidential race lost one more candidate Tuesday but gained a new script: reformist leaders uniting behind relative moderate Hasan Rowhani to boost his once-improbable shot at victory. Former presidents Mohammad Khatami and Akbar…

NTSB: Driver felt ‘crowded’ before bridge collapse

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The driver of an oversize load that triggered an Interstate 5 bridge collapse told investigators that he felt “crowded” by a passing vehicle and moved closer to the side of the bridge that had…

Executives admit that TV isn’t everywhere yet

WASHINGTON (AP) — TV was supposed to be everywhere by now — watchable anytime, anywhere, on your smartphone or tablet. But four years into the industry’s effort, network executives readily admit: TV isn’t everywhere. The promise of “TV…

Cameron Douglas pens drug policy essay from jail

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Douglas’ son is speaking out from behind bars, calling for treatment rather than jail time for non-violent drug offenders. Cameron Douglas wrote an essay published Tuesday by the Huffington Post that says United…

Boiler room explosion rattles Calif. school

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An explosion in the boiler room of a Southern California high school has caused damage to a building but no students were injured. Santa Ana Unified School District spokeswoman Deidra Powell told The…

Police: Pa. wedding guest stole, hid loot in bra

CHICORA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with stealing money from cards brought to a wedding reception she was attending — and trying to hide the loot in her bra. State police say 40-year-old Jennifer…

Agency: Opting for overdrafts means higher fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. agency says consumers who opt for overdraft coverage on their checking accounts pay higher fees and are more likely to have their accounts closed than those who decline it. A report by the…

Levees, removable walls in plan to protect NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing removable flood walls for much of lower Manhattan, a permanent 15-to-20-foot levee in part of Staten Island and a system of gates and levees at a Brooklyn creek as…

NC health dept.: Poison gas not in pool inspection

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Inspectors checked a North Carolina motel where three people are presumed killed by carbon monoxide fumes from a pool water heater, but the local health department says the inspection doesn’t include checking for the…

Funeral set for Miami (Ohio) basketball coach

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Funeral services have been announced for former Miami (Ohio) basketball coach Charlie Coles, the school’s all-time leader in victories wh……

Iraq increasingly drawn into Syrian battlefield

BAGHDAD (AP) — Signs are growing that stretches of Iraq and Syria are morphing into a single battlefield for militants, exacerbating Iraq’s slide into renewed deadly chaos a year and a half after U.S. troops pulled out. Iraqi…

EEOC sues over criminal background checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing discount retailer Dollar General Corp., and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire…

For lawmakers, it’s no picnic at the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — That annual summer ritual of forced harmony known as the White House congressional picnic? Not going to happen. The White House Office of Legislative Affairs has notified members of the House and Senate that the…