Zurich begins experiment with drive-in ‘sex boxes’

ZURICH (AP) — No car, no sex. That’s the rule for a novel experiment Zurich is launching Monday to make prostitution less of a public nuisance and safer for women. Switzerland has long been famous for its mountaineering,…

Quotations of the day

“We’ve already evacuated the horses. I think they’re worried about the fire sparking over these hills.” — Ike Bunney, who operates a dude ranch near the Sierra community of Tuolumne City, Calif., as an intense wildfire rages north…

China’s Bo drops love triangle charge at trial end

JINAN, China (AP) — A prosecutor demanded severe punishment for disgraced politician Bo Xilai because of his lack of remorse as the court ended a five-day corruption trial Monday that offered glimpses into the shady inner workings of…

US businessman held in Chinese blogging crackdown

BEIJING (AP) — Police have detained a Chinese-American venture capitalist on suspicion of visiting a prostitute in Beijing as authorities crack down on bloggers who have posted sensitive material on China’s already heavily restricted Internet. Charles Xue, who…

Palestinians call off round of talks after clash

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian hospital official says two Palestinians were killed and more than a dozen wounded in clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank. An official at a Ramallah hospital said the two…

Chicago students head to new schools

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students will head to new schools Monday, following a vote in May to close about 50 schools and programs to help pay down a $1 billion budget deficit. The Chicago…

Convicted Fort Hood gunman begins sentencing phase

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The Army psychiatrist convicted of the Fort Hood rampage that killed 13 people begins the sentencing phase of his trial Monday facing a possible death sentence for the deadliest mass shooting ever on…

Police: Man kills 4 in latest China knife attack

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police say a man has gone on public stabbing spree in a southwestern city, killing four people and wounding 11. It is the latest in a string of apparently random stabbings in China. The…

Chicago stands watch as kids return to school

CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of Chicago Public Schools students will head to new schools Monday, the first day of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called “a new beginning” for the nation’s third-largest district. As they go, many will…

Economists: future deficits top US fiscal problem

NEW YORK (AP) — Many business economists say the biggest fiscal challenge facing the U.S. isn’t what’s happening now, it’s what could happen beyond the next decade. A survey of 220 members of the National Association for Business…

Oil price swings above $106 on US data, Syria

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose Monday after disappointing U.S. housing figures led to speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve might take a very gradual approach toward winding down its economic stimulus. Benchmark oil for October…

Afghan leader in Pakistan to discuss peace talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s president is on a visit to Pakistan to discuss peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. Pakistan is seen as key to the process because of its strong historical ties with the insurgent group. Pakistan…

Stocks recover their poise over US economic news

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly rose Monday after expectations for an imminent phasing out of the Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus program began to fade. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.9 percent to 22,061.35. South Korea’s Kospi…

Thousands of Filipinos protest against corruption

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Tens thousands of Filipinos have gathered in protest at a Manila park to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund that allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts.…

Today in History

Today is Monday, Aug. 26, the 238th day of 2013. There are 127 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing American women’s right to…

A list of winners at the MTV Video Music Awards

A list of winners at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Video of the year: Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” Best female video: Taylor Swift, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Best…

Asia stocks rise as Fed stance jitters diminish

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets mostly rose Monday after expectations for an imminent phaseout of the Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus program began to fade. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.8 percent to 22,041.82. South Korea’s Kospi advanced…
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Fitch at Harding Preview

Harding welcomes Fitch as these two rivals open the campaign on the Game of the Week this Friday.…

Neb. man kills self after letting abducted wife go

IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) — A man who abducted his estranged wife from the Lincoln hair salon where she works killed himself, authorities said Sunday, hours after the wife emerged from a field in the area where the two…