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…

When to strike: Tense decisions for Obama on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The launch of a highly anticipated strike on Syria could make for awkward timing. Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its…

Japanese regulator raises alert for nuclear leaks

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

Argentines sweep world tango competition

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine couples retained their dominance of the world’s top tango dancing competition as the annual festival drew to a close. Guido Palacios and Florencia Castilla, a couple in real life as well as…

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 28, the 240th day of 2013. There are 125 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people listened as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.…

Player dies of heart attack in match in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — A player from a third-division Argentine soccer club has died of a heart attack during a match. Club Deportivo Laferrere says Hector Sanabria collapsed in the 29th minute of a game against General…

Ariz. mayor wins primary months after deadly fire

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The mayor of the Arizona city that lost 19 firefighters in a deadly blaze this summer survived a tougher-than-expected re-election challenge Tuesday, overcoming a dispute over benefits for the crew’s families that divided the…

Uruguay opens desulfurization plant at refinery

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay has inaugurated a desulfurization plant for the county’s sole oil refinery. The refinery expansion in Montevideo is a joint venture of Argentina’s state-owned YPF and Uruguay’s ANCAP oil companies. The plant will reduce…

North Carolina youngster gets moment with Nadal

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis players around the world have learned plenty from Rafael Nadal. On Tuesday, Nadal learned something from Conner Stroud. Stroud, a 12-year-old from Spindale, N.C., was born without hips, ankles, femurs or knees. Encouraged…

During rough year, Federer starts well at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — At this point in his career, Roger Federer recognizes the importance of a little extra work. That’s why the owner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, and the man who spent more weeks…