Closings set to begin in Ga. baby killing trial

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Closing arguments are set to begin in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a baby in a stroller in coastal Georgia. De’Marquise (deh-mahr-KEES’) Elkins is charged with murder in the March…

Thai officials seize illegal ivory at airport

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai officials have seized 105 kilograms (230 pounds) of smuggled ivory worth 16 million baht ($500,000) at Bangkok’s international airport. They say the haul of tusks and ivory beads was headed from Angola to Cambodia…

Carlos Slim threatens to walk away from KPN bid

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Carlos Slim has threatened to walk away from his €7.2 billion ($9.5 billion) offer to buy the 70 percent of Dutch telecom Royal KPN NV he doesn’t already own after a foundation linked to the…

Navy: Training, testing may kill whales, dolphins

HONOLULU (AP) — Navy training and testing could inadvertently kill hundreds of whales and dolphins and injure thousands over the next five years, mostly as a result of detonating explosives underwater, according to two environmental impact statements released…

Filner ends tumultuous tenure as San Diego mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long…

Progress seen at Sierra fire, but smoke spreads

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the last big travel weekend of the summer arriving, some nervous tourists are keeping an eye on the huge Sierra Nevada wildfire, wondering whether it will interfere with their travel plans to destinations…

911 calls released about deadly Ariz. joyride

PHOENIX (AP) — An 8-year-old boy who took the family car and crashed it into a power pole probably won’t face criminal charges in the death of his 6-year-old sister, who was riding with him, police said. Phoenix…

Calif. DA scrutinized in fire, affair with escort

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An investigation into a fire that gutted the home of a former escort in a largely rural Northern California county has a surprising focus: the veteran district attorney with whom the woman had an…

NFL set to pay more than $750M to settle lawsuits

NEW YORK (AP) — They were Hall of Famers like Tony Dorsett, Super Bowl MVPs like Mark Rypien, and longtime backups like Don Strock. In all, more than 4,500 retired players began suing the NFL two years ago,…

DOJ green light for Wash., Colo. pot reformers

SEATTLE (AP) — For generations, pot crusaders have called for an end to the nation’s prohibition of marijuana, citing everything from what they say are the government’s exaggerated claims about its dangers to the racial disparities in who…

Australian troops investigated in Afghanistan

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian special forces troops are under investigation for allegedly cutting off the hands of at least one dead insurgent in Afghanistan, a national broadcaster reported Friday. The hands of at least one insurgent were…

It’s justice time for China’s ‘Brother Watch’

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese work safety official nicknamed “Brother Watch” for his collection of luxury timepieces, as spotted by netizens in news photos, has gone on trial on corruption charges. State media said Yang Dacai, former director…

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…

Hip-hop version of ‘Othello’ resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) — Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They’re here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It’s the stuff of…

China acts to chill interest in independent films

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have disrupted an independent film school, shut down two film festivals and harassed organizers of a third in recent months, say independent filmmakers, who see the actions as part of a general clampdown…

AP Interview: new Polish movie honors Lech Walesa

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has largely fallen from grace in the eyes of his Polish countrymen. Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wajda says he wants to restore his longtime friend as Poland’s hero in his latest…

Suicide attack kills 8 in northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked people leaving a memorial service at a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing his apparent target, a district chief, while leaving several others dead or wounded, police said. Exact…

Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense…

Report: China to investigate former security czar

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top leaders have endorsed a corruption investigation into a former security czar who was once one of the country’s most powerful politicians — the topmost official targeted so far in a sweeping anti-graft campaign,…

Indonesia upholds death sentence for British woman

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s highest court has upheld the death sentence for a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali, a court official said Friday. The three-member judge…