Speaker list includes Felipe Calderon, Brian Kelly

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan’s upcoming speaker series includes former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly and TV personality Regis Philbin. The club announced its 2013-2014 speaker series…

New tour company offers fun facts on Met’s art

NEW YORK (AP) — A new company is offering to make your visit to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art less daunting — and fun. Museum Hack leads two-hour tours through the Fifth Avenue museum, offering details about…

‘Man of Steel’ sequel expected to film in Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Warner Bros. upcoming Superman and Batman team-up movie is expected to film in Michigan after getting the OK for $35 million in state incentives. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/141EIac ) the sequel to…

Japan regulator urges monitoring of Fukushima sea

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator said Thursday that it is largely unknown what impact radioactive water leaking from the country’s wrecked nuclear plant is having on the Pacific Ocean and the situation must be monitored more closely.…

French military preparing for Syria operation

PARIS (AP) — A French defense spokesman says the French military is ready to commit forces to an operation in Syria if President Francois Hollande decides to do so. Hollande remained non-committal Thursday, offering his support for the…

Co-op bank reports after-tax loss of $1.2 billion

LONDON (AP) — Co-operative Bank reported a net loss of 781.5 million pounds ($1.2 billion) for the first half versus a 45.3 million pounds loss a year earlier as it struggles to rectify problems arising from the financial…

Merkel’s challenger pledges quick policy changes

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-left challenger is pledging to introduce a national minimum wage and raise taxes for Germany’s highest earners if he wins next month’s elections. Polls indicate that Peer Steinbrueck has a daunting hill…

UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition Labour Party has indicated it may not support even a watered down version of a government resolution on Syria. Labour leader Ed Miliband said Thursday he is unwilling to give Prime Minister David…

Taliban kill 15 Afghan police in highway ambush

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents staged an evening mountain pass ambush on an Afghan police convoy patrolling a key highway, killing 15 officers and wounding 10 in western Afghanistan’s Farah province, a provincial official said Thursday. Earlier,…

Tropical Storm Juliette hits Mexico resorts

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Juliette is moving northwest along the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, bringing wind and rain. The storm’s maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 50 mph (85 kph). A tropical storm…

Woman charged in cathedral vandalism back in court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral and suspected of committing similar vandalism at other sites including the Lincoln Memorial is expected back in court for a status hearing. Jiamei Tian is accused…

Study: Millions of adults in US use sleeping pills

ATLANTA (AP) — This isn’t ordinary pillow talk: A new study estimates that nearly 9 million adults in this country resort to sleeping pills to get sufficient rest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most are…

Las Vegas casino seeks to evict raunchy nightclub

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It turns out that even in Sin City, some sins are hard to overlook. The Palazzo hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip is trying to evict a 10-month-old nightclub for shows it says are…

German unemployment holds steady at 6.8 percent

BERLIN (AP) — The number of people out of work Germany ticked up slightly in August but not enough to alter the unemployment rate, which remained stable at 6.8 percent. In its last report before national elections in…

Danish judge removed from Serb leader’s UN trial

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal has removed a Danish judge from the long-running war crimes trial of Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj, saying a letter the judge wrote criticizing the court makes it appear…

Manila says China withdraws invitation for Aquino

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government said Thursday that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair, an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.…

Zurich chairman quits after finance chief’s death

GENEVA (AP) — The chairman of the Zurich Insurance Group has resigned just three days after the death of its chief financial officer, who is believed to have committed suicide at home, the company said Thursday. Josef Ackermann…

Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake

LONDON (AP) — Vodafone, one of the world’s largest mobile phone companies, has confirmed it is in discussions with Verizon Communications to sell its operations in the United States. The British wireless provider is mulling its options for…