FBI agents work in nightmarish scene at Kenya mall

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The militant group behind the four-day takeover of a Nairobi mall claim Kenyan government forces used explosives in carrying out “a demolition” of the building, burying 137 hostages. In a Tweet Wednesday from an…

Hope turns to despair as Kiwi Cup hopes fade

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thanks to an understanding business partner, Terry Steven has been skipping work lately. Instead, he heads to the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club each morning and tunes into the America’s Cup races. “It’s…

Suspect arrested for threatening Dutch stores

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Three stores in the Dutch city of Haarlem have been closed after threats of an attack were made from an anonymous Twitter account. Haarlem police said in a statement Tuesday that they are taking the…

Vendor’s execution draws Chinese public’s sympathy

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese street vendor convicted of killing two city officials was executed Wednesday despite calls for leniency, disappointing legal activists and many members of the public who say the country’s justice system fails to protect…

Cambodian court to free murder ‘scapegoats’

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian rights groups say the Supreme Court has ordered the release of two men who were wrongly convicted and jailed for the 2004 murder of a prominent opposition activist. Wednesday’s decision to drop…

Despite Cruz, Senate heads toward Obamacare vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate is on a path toward defeating tea party attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law, despite an overnight talkathon on the chamber’s floor led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The…

Spain train crash probe names 22 new suspects

MADRID (AP) — The judge investigating a high-speed train crash that killed 79 people in Spain has named 22 rail infrastructure company officials as suspects. A court statement said Judge Luis Alaez has asked the Adif officials, including…

Chinese man sentenced to death for killing toddler

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Wednesday convicted a man of intentional homicide and sentenced him to death for hurling a toddler to the ground in a case that horrified the Chinese public. The 2-year-old girl was…

Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HDX with 24/7 live help

SEATTLE (AP) — Amazon is refreshing its line-up of tablet computers with new devices called Kindle Fire HDX, which are significantly faster and lighter than the previous generation. The 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions also have sharper, more colorful…

Poll: Jersey residents spent less time at shore

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Many New Jersey residents spent less time at the shore than usual this summer, according to a poll released Wednesday, giving credence to officials’ oft-repeated worries that visitors would stay away during the…

Premiums unveiled for health overhaul plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — With new health insurance markets launching next week, the Obama administration is unveiling premiums and plan choices for 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead to cover uninsured residents. Before tax credits…

EU asks Maldives not to delay election runoff

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union has called on authorities in the Maldives not to delay a presidential runoff after the Supreme Court postponed the election indefinitely following a complaint of alleged irregularities. Catherine Ashton, the…

UN worried about Philippines’ humanitarian crisis

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United Nations voiced concern Wednesday over the fate of more than 100,000 Filipinos displaced by two weeks of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels, saying they were at risk of disease from…

Police searching for teen in mom, brother slaying

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A teenager from a Las Vegas suburb remained on the loose Wednesday amid a national manhunt and charges he killed his mother and 9-year-old brother just a day after celebrating his 16th birthday with…

Survey: Asia edged out by NAmerica in wealth list

HONG KONG (AP) — Some 300,000 people joined Asia’s millionaire ranks last year, according to a world wealth report released Wednesday, which also found that the region slipped behind a rebounding North America. The report by CapGemini and…

US Indian girl in adoption dispute gets home

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (AP) — For the first two years of her life, Veronica lived in South Carolina with her two adoptive parents. For the next two, she was in the custody of her Native American father in…

Israel minister criticizes boycott of Iran speech

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli minister is criticizing the prime minister’s instruction to Israel’s U.N. delegation to boycott the Iranian president’s speech at the General Assembly. Finance Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement that Benjamin Netanyahu’s…

Ex-Guatemala soldier on trial in US

RIVERSIDE, California (AP) — Details of the massacre were gruesome: 160 Guatemalan men, women and children beaten with a sledgehammer, thrown down a well, shot and grenaded by the army. Three decades on, that grisly portrait is being…

Girl in adoption dispute gets permanent home

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For the first two years of her life, Veronica lived in South Carolina with her two adoptive parents. For the next two, she was in the custody of her Native American father in Oklahoma.…