Tramway planned for Machu Picchu’s ‘sister city’

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The ruined city known as the “cradle of gold” was once a mountaintop refuge of Incan royalty, with elegant halls and plazas much like those of fabled Macchu Picchu just 30 miles (50 kilometers…

Afghan army seen improving, but public fears mount

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hamida Gulistani was getting ready to leave home for her office when she heard the crack of gunfire. What she saw as she peered through the steel gates of her house deepened her fears…

Syria sinks stocks as oil spikes, rupee dives

BANGKOK (AP) — The growing likelihood of Western military action against Syria pummeled Asian stock markets Wednesday and sent the price of oil soaring. India’s rupee, already under pressure from the country’s deteriorating economic and financial situation, fell…

Vt. marks 2 years since Irene’s flooding, damage

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two years ago, Dot’s diner in Wilmington was practically wiped out when Tropical Storm Irene poured down on interior New England, causing massive flooding, killing dozens of people in the region and forever altering…

Palestinian police probe death in West Bank raid

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police say they are investigating the death of a man killed in a police raid on a West Bank refugee camp. Police spokesman Adnan Damiri said Wednesday the death occurred the previous…

Israel-Turkey relations sink to low

JERUSALEM (AP) — After a brief courtship last spring, relations between Israel and Turkey have fallen to a new low, officials in both countries say, just as the two former allies are bracing for possible U.S. military action…

Vermont Yankee fight brewing: Dismantling reactor

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The next big fight over the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant may be over how long plant owner Entergy Corp. is given to dismantle the reactor. Battle lines were being drawn Tuesday, just hours after…

Republican NYC mayoral hopefuls meet for debate

NEW YORK (AP) — The Republican candidates for New York City mayor are getting set to square off for a debate as the campaign enters its final stretch. Former MTA chairman Joe Lhota Wednesday night will go up…

Building collapses kill 11 in western India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say eight people have died and others were hurt in the collapse of adjacent three-story apartment buildings in western India. Local police officer Bhanu Pratap Parmar said one building collapsed early Wednesday and…

PA girl starts new chapter after lung transplants

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — An 11-year-old suburban Philadelphia girl who is back home after two lung transplants is facing new challenges. Sarah Murnaghan will endure physical therapy to get stronger and weekly hospital visits. She’ll also be…

Hagel meets Asian defense leaders as Syria simmers

BANDER SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is opening two days of talks with Asian defense leaders in Brunei, pushing for closer military ties even as the world is focused on Syria. Hagel was…

Oil surges past $112 in ricochet trade

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose surged past $112 a barrel Wednesday, as the U.S. edged closer to intervening in Syria’s civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that American forces were ready to…

Japan: Nuke plant operator found leak too slowly

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a “serious incident” on an international scale. The Nuclear Regulation Authority originally gave a Level…

Family no longer seeks kidnapped Calif. teen’s DNA

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sister of a man suspected of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and killing her mother and younger brother said Tuesday that she no longer wanted paternity tests to determine if the suspect fathered the…

US Fort Hood gunman sentenced to death

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist who fatally shot 13 people at Fort Hood decided not to present any evidence during his trial’s penalty phase even though jurors are deciding whether to sentence him to death.…

New Zealand botulism scare likely a false alarm

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand government officials say they’ve found no sign of botulism bacteria after retesting ingredients used in recalled milk products. Dairy company Fonterra sparked a global recall of infant formula this month after…

Air China profit rises on yuan gains

HONG KONG (AP) — State-owned Air China’s half-year profit rose 10 percent as foreign currency gains more than made up for declining passenger and cargo revenue. The Beijing-based airline said late Tuesday that profit margins in the passenger…

Explosive western US wildfire 20 percent contained

GROVELAND, California (AP) — Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration burning the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say. The fire had…

Woman who gouged out eyes of Chinese boy sought

BEIJING (AP) — Police in China say a woman tricked a 6-year-old boy into going into a field, and then removed his eyeballs. The boy’s brutal ordeal happened Saturday in a rural area of Linfen city in Shanxi…