AP Interview: Official says Syria to defend itself

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A senior Syrian official said Monday that his country will defend itself against any international attack and will not be an easy target as the U.S. and other countries heat up rhetoric in response…

UN says nations are barred from spying on it

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations did not directly comment Monday on reports that the U.S. hacked U.N. and European Union internal communications, saying only that international treaties protect its offices and all diplomatic missions from interference,…

Gilbert, King and Fielding have novels out in fall

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gilbert spent enough years as a memoir writer, and had so much success, that even her admirers forget that she started out in fiction. “For all intents and purposes, whatever I did before…

Fashion mostly noted for its absence at VMAs

NEW YORK (AP) — The clothes that had everyone talking at MTV’s Video Music Awards were mostly notable for their absence. Miley Cyrus appeared on stage in a revealing leotard, then stripped down to a nude bikini to…

Pa. festival bank robber, driver still sought

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Police were still searching Monday for a getaway driver and a man who robbed a bank while a western Pennsylvania city was celebrating its place in his……

NYC to exhibit masterpieces from Dutch museum

NEW YORK (AP) — The 17th century painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is coming to a New York City museum this fall. The Frick Collection will show Johannes Vermeer’s portrait of the girl with an enigmatic gaze…

Dreamers work to create huge new park in Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities. An intricate Mughal…

Report: Snowden reached out to Russia back in HK

MOSCOW (AP) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden spent two days in the Russian Consulate in Hong Kong directly before flying to Moscow on what turned out to be an abortive attempt to reach asylum in Latin America, the…

Woman taken hostage in Mali back in Timbuktu

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Residents say a Swiss woman who was kidnapped and briefly held by an al-Qaida-linked group in April has returned to the northern Malian town of Timbuktu, from where she was taken. Diadie Maiga, the…

Pa. girl to leave hospital after lung transplants

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl recovering from two double lung transplants is expected to be released from the hospital this week, a spokeswoman for the girl’s family said Monday. Tracy Simon said a final decision hasn’t…

Cambodian opposition: Probe vote or face protests

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy told thousands of supporters Monday that his party will stage massive protests around the country unless an independent committee begins investigating alleged irregularities in last month’s election. The…

Russia: No proof Syria govt behind chemical strike

MOSCOW (AP) — Western nations that are calling for military action against Syria have no proof the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical weapons attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. France, Britain, Israel and some…

Photos: Wildfire rages near Yosemite

Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to protect communities in the path of the Rim Fire raging north of Yosemite National Park.

Second suspect arrested in death of WWII veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police arrested a second teenage suspect Friday in the fatal beating of an 88-year-old World War II veteran outside an Eagles Lodge in North Spokane. The victim, Delbert Belton, was attacked and robbed in…

Stocks held back by plunge in factory orders

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market is inching higher in early trading as a plunge in factory orders last month made investors cautious. The Dow Jones industrial average edged up five points, or 0.03 percent, to 15,015…

Trump calls NY attorney general a ‘political hack’

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is blasting New York’s attorney general as a “political hack.” And Trump says he personally reviewed instructor applications for his “Trump University.” The real estate tycoon made the comments Monday in phone…

Kenya: Radical Muslim cleric death still a mystery

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan government task force has failed to establish who killed a Muslim cleric whose assassination one year ago caused days of deadly violence. Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who had been sanctioned by the United…

Boy with rare brain infection on ventilator

MIAMI (AP) — Family members of a 12-year-old Florida boy who was infected by a rare and deadly amoeba say they’re trusting in God despite being told by doctors that the boy’s brain isn’t showing any activity. In…

Pittsburgh zoo to host elephant, rhino experts

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is set to host a symposium of more than elephant and rhinoceros experts later this week. Experts from Zimbabwe,……