Suspected US drones kill 7 al-Qaida men in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni military official says suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed seven suspected al-Qaida militants in the group’s southern stronghold of Abyan. The official said two drones struck two cars on Saturday carrying the…

Kyrgyz protesters unblock Canadian gold mine

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Protesters have lifted their blockade of a Canadian gold mine in Kyrgyzstan’s east, but their supporters in the south are continuing their siege of a local governor’s headquarters. Hundreds of stone-throwing protesters besieged the…

Obama: Economy showing signs of strength

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is showing new signs of strength. He’s pointing to the auto industry, new jobs and a recovering housing market as signs of progress. In his weekly radio and Internet…

UN: More than 1,000 Iraqis killed in May violence

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations mission to Iraq says more than 1,000 people were killed in violence in the country last month — the highest monthly death toll in years. The figures released Saturday showed 1,045 civilians…

Damage assessment to begin after fatal Okla. storm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Emergency officials are preparing to survey tornado damage again this morning following the second major fatal storm to strike the Oklahoma City metropolitan area in several days. Law enforcement officers and Red Cross damage…

Rockets from Syria hit Hezbollah stronghold

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security officials say 16 rockets fired from Syria have struck the eastern region of Baalbek. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, say the rockets…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, June 01, 2013. A strong and broad low pressure system moves eastward over the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes on Saturday. This system will push a strong cold front eastward from…

Guatemalan mine dispute militarizes region

SAN RAFAEL LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — The neighbors of the San Rafael silver mine no longer come out of their homes for fear of the machine-gun toting troops and police who man checkpoints in these green, wooded…

NH memorial set for Newtown gunman’s mother

KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) — A memorial service is planned in New Hampshire for the mother of the gunman who killed 20 students and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school before turning the gun on himself. Adam Lanza…

Wildfire: NM fights blazes; Calif. area evacuated

PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Fire crews are battling two wildfires in New Mexico that have scorched thousands of acres, spurred evacuation calls for dozens of homes and shut down a state highway. Officials said the fire in New…

3 things to do if you’re arrested in Mexico

What should a tourist do if arrested in Mexico and accused of carrying drugs? By several accounts, Phoenix-area resident Yanira Maldonado did everything right when federal police said they found 12 pounds of marijuana under her bus seat,…

Ariz. mom not giving up on Mexico, despite arrest

PHOENIX (AP) — Yanira Maldonado spent her wedding anniversary in a Mexican jail. And now that she’s free and a drug smuggling allegation has been dropped, the Arizona woman says she’s not giving up on the country of…

Path to Illinois pension reform now even trickier

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn had claimed he was “put on earth” to solve the nation’s worst pension crisis, but the goal eluded him once again as lawmakers adjourned their session without addressing the $100…

Wash. trooper dies after collision with truck

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a 38-year-old trooper is dead after his motorcycle collided with a box truck Friday evening near the Skagit County town of Conway. KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/gJ92Ps ) that Trooper…

Are nutritional labels coming on alcoholic drinks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alcohol beverages could soon carry nutritional labels like those on food — but only if the producers want to put them there. The Treasury Department, which regulates alcohol, said this week that beer, wine and…

Former presidential yacht to dock on NC coast

BEAUFORT, N.C. (AP) — A former presidential yacht dating to the 1930s is stopping in North Carolina to go on display. The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is scheduled to host dockside tours of…

China skeptical of expanded US role in the Pacific

SINGAPORE (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged message to Beijing — holding out hope for a slowly improving military relationship with the Asian giant while issuing a stern warning on cyberattacks coming from that country.…

NH memorial held for Newtown gunman’s mother

KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) — A memorial service is planned in New Hampshire on Saturday for Nancy Lanza, whose son shot her to death in their Connecticut home in December before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunning…

Pressing needs test GOP’s smaller government stand

WASHINGTON (AP) — One major principle of Barack Obama’s presidency that his foes love to hate — that government, when it works right, can be best-equipped to aid and protect Americans — is finding fresh currency among some…

Pro Football Hall of Fame debuts museum expansion

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Visitors will now be able to see the latest expansion and additions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. The two-year, $27 million project is th……