Officials: Wind destroys ceramic ArtPrize entry

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a ceramic ArtPrize entry has been destroyed by wind. MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1fIaP4f ) that Grand Haven resident Brian Kelly’s entry “Velocipedestrian,” which was on display outside the Michigan State University College…

Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say heavy clashes between Syrian troops and al-Qaida-linked fighters in northern Damascus have killed at least 12 soldiers and pro-government militiamen. The fighting comes as international weapons inspectors are in Damascus to begin their…

Myanmar Muslims hide amid deadly sectarian clashes

THANDWE, Myanmar (AP) — Terrified Muslim families hid in forests in western Myanmar on Wednesday, one day after fleeing a new round of sectarian violence that erupted even as the president toured the divided region for the first…

Tropical Storm Jerry drifting NE in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Jerry is drifting westward in the Atlantic with little change in strength. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 40 mph (65 kph). The storm is centered about 1,275 miles (2,050…

‘Grandmaster’ leads Golden Horse film nominees

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Wong Kar-wai’s martial-arts epic “The Grandmaster” received a leading 11 nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, including best picture. Other contenders include Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” and Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” each…

GOP states offer little help on buying insurance

ATLANTA (AP) — After three years of bashing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republican governors were surprisingly mute on the first day consumers could shop for insurance policies through online marketplaces. But in the 36 mostly Republican…

Head of far-right party in Greece jailed

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court on Wednesday released three lawmakers from Greece’s extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party from custody pending trial, after they provided initial testimony in criminal investigation triggered by the slaying of a left-wing…

Greenpeace activists charged with piracy in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Greenpeace said Thursday that four activists and a journalist who were detained after protesting at a Russian oil platform have been charged with piracy and could face up to 15 years in prison if found…

Berlusconi weakened by political about-face

ROME (AP) — Premier Enrico Letta appealed for his government’s survival Wednesday ahead of confidence votes in Parliament amid a divisive split in Silvio Berlusconi’s party that could at least temporarily save his fragile ruling coalition. In a…

Shutdown is latest bad news for military towns

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In eight years, Brian Kent has taken his military consulting business from the garage of his home to a premier office building with a view of Fayetteville’s most gorgeous park splashed below his corner…

Gunmen down military helicopter in central Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say gunmen have downed a military helicopter north of Baghdad, killing its five-member crew. Two intelligence officers and a military official say the helicopter was shot down while it was providing aerial support…

Vietnam dissident sentenced to 30 months in jail

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a U.S-trained lawyer and well-known dissident to 30 months in jail on Wednesday after finding him guilty on tax evasion charges widely considered to be politically motivated. The case against…

AP PHOTOS: Gaza tunnels idle amid Egypt crackdown

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza’s tunnel smugglers along the border with Egypt are mostly idle these days. Some rest on cots in the dank underground pathways, stretching out for a smoke. Others pass the time cleaning the…

US shutdown forces Obama to cancel Asia stops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political impasse in Congress showed no signs of easing, leaving federal government functions — from informational websites, to national parks, to processing veterans’ claims — in limbo from coast to coast. Lawmakers in both…

Calif. Governor Brown signs anti-revenge porn bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The growing issue of so-called revenge porn is being addressed in California by a new law. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill outlawing the practice of people posting naked photos of…

Teen pleads guilty to killing Colo. school girl

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) — Nearly a year to the day that a 10-year-old girl was grabbed and pulled into a car as she walked to school, a teen who reportedly had a fascination with death is facing the…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Thousands on furloughs across Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Thousands of employees across Ohio are suddenly facing life without paychecks. A least 10,500 employees of either the Ohio National Guard or the sta……

Priest accused of child sex abuse found in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police say they have located a priest sought by the Interpol on suspicion he sexually abused children in the Dominican Republic. Katrzyna Cislo, a police spokeswoman, said Wednesday that the Rev. Wojciech Gil…