Hagel: US forces ready to strike Syria if ordered

BANDER SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — U.S. forces are now ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. The U.S. Navy has four destroyers in the…

Puerto Rico allocates $2M to fight citrus disease

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor has declared a state of emergency and ordered the release of $2 million to help agriculture officials fight a disease that has attacked citrus trees in the U.S. territory.…

Fast plant is boost for Japan auto also-ran Mazda

HOFU, Japan (AP) — Mazda, the longtime also-ran of Japanese automakers, says it came up with innovations in nearly every step of auto manufacturing for a super-efficient assembly line that rolls off vehicles at a stunning rate of…

‘Star Wars’ cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies

LONDON (AP) — Gilbert Taylor was a master of black and white and a master of different universes. Taylor, the influential “Star Wars” cinematographer who worked on a number of stellar films, died Aug. 23 at the age…

Q&A on turmoil in emerging Asian markets

HONG KONG (AP) — From India to Indonesia, the currencies and stock markets of emerging economies have been roiled by speculation about when the U.S. Federal Reserve will start scaling back monetary stimulus that has kept interest rates…

Texas megachurch linked to 21 measles cases

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas megachurch linked to at least 21 cases of measles has been trying to contain the outbreak by hosting vaccination clinics, officials said. The outbreak started when a person who contracted measles overseas visited…

The details about chemical nerve agents like sarin

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that a large-scale chemical weapons attack occurred in Syria. There are still many questions about chemical weapons, some of which can be answered easily and some of…

Concern for Syria prompts UN chemical guidelines

GENEVA (AP) — Responding to Syria’s deepening crisis, the U.N.’s health agency rushed out new guidelines Tuesday for treating victims of chemical weapons attacks. The World Health Organization, which has three staff members in the U.N.’s chemical inspection…

National tax cut battle turns intense in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Millions of dollars spent broadcasting ads. Alarming fliers and phone calls targeting homes. Politicians barnstorming from one press conference to the next. By most measures, Missouri appears in the midst of another high-stakes…

Hurricane Isaac: One year later

Isaac barely had hurricane-strength winds when it blew ashore southwest of New Orleans a year ago, but its effects are still apparent in coastal areas where it flooded thousands of homes.

Police: Man dead at Ohio plant may have been thief

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Police say they believe a man found dead at an industrial site in far eastern Ohio was trying to steal copper electrical lines from the former s……
STEM students

STEM students

One student gets excited about what people can achieve.…
Facial recognition

Facial recognition

A new software in Ohio has facial recognition.…

Boy with rare brain infection donates organs

MIAMI (AP) — The family of a 12-year-old southwest Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly brain eating amoeba says his organs are being donated. In a Facebook posting late Monday, the family announced that…

China investigates 3 more oil company officials

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating three more top officials at the country’s biggest oil company, state-owned CNPC. China National Petroleum Corp.’s listed subsidiary, PetroChina, said Tuesday that two vice-presidents and its chief geologist are being…

Egypt Brotherhood leader denies ‘terrorism’ claim

CAIRO (AP) — A fugitive leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is denying media allegations that his group is waging a “terror” campaign. Mohammed el-Beltagy’s videotaped speech was aired by Al-Jazeera early Tuesday. He says the accusations are “lies”…

Iran to debate suing US over 1953 coup support

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament has approved fast tracking debate on a bill that seeks to sue the U.S. for its involvement in the 1953 coup that overthrew the country’s democratically elected prime minister. Lawmakers will begin…

Haze returns, affects flights in western Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Smoke from illegal fires set to clear land, including for plantations, has blanketed parts of Riau province in western Indonesia and disrupted flight operations, an official said Tuesday. A total of 264 hotspots were…