Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be…

NYC neighborhood of dismembered boy to get cameras

NEW YORK (AP) — In a city that’s ramped up surveillance since the 9/11 attacks, the next big installation of security cameras is not in the bustle of midtown Manhattan or near a well-known tourist attraction but in…

Hollywood honors British influence before Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey’s star turn in the Emmy-nominated series “House of Cards” actually had its beginnings on British television. So it was no surprise when the Oscar winner and Emmy nominee walked the red carpet…

Hollywood and Britain team up before Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey’s Emmy-nominated Netflix series “House of Cards” had British beginnings. So it’s no surprise the actor walked the red carpet Saturday at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts pre-Emmy tea in…

Suicide attack at Christian church kills 75

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan say 75 people were killed when a pair of suicide bombers detonated their explosives outside a historic church after services today. More than 100 others were wounded. Officials say the attack…

Catholics cheer pope’s remarks on gays, abortion

NEW YORK (AP) — Catholics around the globe are expressing mixed but mostly positive reactions to Pope Francis’ recent remarks that the church has become too focused on “small-minded rules” on hot-button issues like homosexuality and abortion. At…

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ crowned at Emmys

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Netflix’s “House of Cards” vies with cable series “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” for best drama honors at the Emmy Awards, it will be a milestone in the coming-of-age of online entertainment. The…

Merkel triumphs in German vote but allies crushed

BERLIN (AP) — German election officials say early indications of turnout in the country’s national poll Sunday showed more voters casting their ballots than in 2009. The Federal Returning Officer said 41.4 percent of eligible voters had voted…

Typhoon blows into China, kills 33 people in Asia

HONG KONG (AP) — The year’s most powerful typhoon slammed into southern China on Sunday evening, forcing hundreds of flight cancellations, shutting down shipping and putting a nuclear power plant on alert after pummeling parts of the Philippines…

NY Rep. King: Al-Shabab recruited in US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the House Homeland Security Committee says the al-Qaida affiliated group behind the deadly attack on an upscale shopping mall in Kenya recruited up to 50 people from Somali American communities in the…

Suicide bomber hits Iraq Sunni funeral, killing 16

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two separate bombings, including a suicide car bomb attack, have killed two security force members and wounded 37 people in the country’s north. Kirkuk Police Brig. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Qadir said a…

At U of Ala., leaders tread lightly on segregation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On the heels of recent controversy, state and other leaders are trying to figure out how to permanently change the racially segregated Greek system at the University of Alabama. So far, they’re treading lightly.…

Guatemalan indigenous designs win new respect

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — With their brightly colored fabrics filled with animals and landscapes, Guatemala’s indigenous had long used textiles to tell stories and share their visions of the universe. In modern times, however, those same fabrics made…

In Miami, Cuban travelers get taste of US tourism

MIAMI (AP) — At 67, Cuban taxi driver Benito Perez had never been on a plane. For years, friends in Miami had invited him to visit, but he couldn’t afford to pay for the flight and didn’t want…

Clinton: ‘Pragmatic and realistic’ about 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an interview with New York Magazine that she is wrestling with running for president but is “pragmatic and realistic” as she considers a potential White House campaign in 2016. The…

Blame already being cast over budget fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi says Republicans are using their opposition to health-care reform as an excuse to shut down the federal government. The California Democrat says anti-government ideologues dominate the GOP and for them forcing a…

Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be…

ATF kept out of the loop after Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI had traced the gunman’s recent shotgun purchase and sent agents to the shop in northern Virginia where he bought it. Left out of the loop was…

Spain’s King to undergo hip surgery Tuesday

MADRID (AP) — The royal palace says Spain’s king is to undergo a hip operation this week on a suspected infection that is hampering his ability to walk. Miguel Cabanela, a specialist surgeon who flew in from Mayo…

Computer mishap delays space station supply ship

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — A computer problem has put off the arrival of a private company’s new cargo ship at the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences Corp. says its Cygnus capsule will not pull up at the…