Analysis: Kenya attack a shift for Somali rebels?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is under pressure to ramp up counterterrorism action against al-Shabab in Somalia following the al-Qaida-linked group’s deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall that has killed and injured dozens, including Americans.…

Kenyan officials claim last push to end mall siege

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Hostages being held by al-Qaida-linked terrorists in a Nairobi mall have not been released despite an earlier statement from the military that “most” had been rescued, a person connected to the situation told The…

What was up with a down-in-the-mouth Emmycast?

NEW YORK (AP) — Emmy lost her way Sunday night. Rarely a model of focus or pacing, this year’s Emmycast seemed downright addled. For instance, what was Elton John doing there? Why did the program squander all that…

Victims of the Kenya mall attack

LONDON (AP) — The attack on the upscale Westgate Mall in Kenya’s capital has killed dozens of people and wounded scores of others. The dead include Africans, Europeans, Asians and North Americans. Here are details about some of…

Emmys live up to unpredictable nature

The Emmys lived up to its reputation as the least predictable entertainment awards show. Television’s annual night of honors, where the AMC drama “Breaking Bad” and ABC comedy “Modern Family” were judged the industry’s finest on Sunday night,…

1 week to go until government shutdown deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a week left to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown, some lawmakers seem resigned — if not rushing — to that end. Most say they don’t want the first government shutdown…

In Colo., Biden vows flood relief won’t shut down

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials are aiming to meet a Dec. 1 target to complete temporary fixes to at least some roads heavily damaged by catastrophic flooding this month. On Sunday, state highway crews and National Guard…

East Timor bans martial arts clubs amid killings

DILI, East Timor (AP) — East Timor police say there will be zero tolerance against those who continue to practice martial arts after the government banned all clubs following deadly gang violence, an official said Monday. At least…

Tycoon plans $8B Chinese Hollywood studio complex

QINGDAO, China (AP) — China’s richest man plans to invest 50 billion yuan ($8.2 billion) to build the country’s version of Hollywood in the eastern city of Qingdao. Wang Jianlin said Sunday that his company, Dalian Wanda Group,…

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 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Money for town with anti-discrimination ordinance

VICCO, Ky. (AP) — Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it’s basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay…

Merkel: No need for change on Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel won a stunning victory in Germany’s elections, but she still faces the delicate work of forming a coalition government. She and top party officials were meeting Monday to talk strategy about reaching…

Afghan official, 2 NATO troops die in attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says gunmen have assassinated a district intelligence chief as he was riding his motorcycle to work. Police chief Ghulam Mohayuddin says the attack took place on Monday morning in northern…

Quotations of the day

“This will end tonight. Our forces will prevail. Kenyans are standing firm against aggression, and we will win,” — Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted after Kenya’s military launched a major operation at an upscale Nairobi mall and…

Kenya deputy president excused from ICC trial

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the International Criminal Court have excused Kenya’s deputy president from his crimes against humanity trial for a week so he can return home to help deal with the mall hostage crisis.…

Crews cap gas leak that halted train in SFC area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say that a gas main break near a Caltrain-related project has shut down the commuter train’s service in two directions. J.D. Guidi with PG&E says a construction crew working in the San Bruno…

Popular bathroom wipes blamed for sewer clogs

BEMUS POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Increasingly popular bathroom wipes — pre-moistened towelettes that are often advertised as flushable — are being blamed for creating clogs and backups in sewer systems around the nation. Wastewater authorities say wipes may…

Boston’s top cop stepping down, weighing future

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis who announced he’s stepping down after seven years will hold a news conference to discuss his future plans. Police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca says Davis will meet with the news media…

‘Dexter’ cuts its own throat in sappy series end

NEW YORK (AP) — Dexter deserved better. So did “Dexter” fans, who, witnessing this Showtime drama end in a heap, were subjected to the lamest series finale since “Seinfeld.” If only the producers had dispatched their show with…