Spain-Britain ties rocked by flap over Gibraltar

MADRID (AP) — One side likens the other to North Korea and promises “hell will freeze over” before it surrenders. Its adversary speaks darkly of “abhorrent” deeds and an “environmental crime.” It sounds like a dangerous blow-up between…

US soldier guilty of murder for Fort Hood rampage

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Army psychiatrist accused in the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military base turned down his last chance to defend himself before a verdict, while military prosecutors asked jurors for…

Mexico police seek more bodies at mass grave

TLALMANALCO, Mexico (AP) — Investigators dug and probed at a mass grave site through the night searching for more bodies and any connection to the mysterious disappearance of 12 young revelers from a bar in an upscale area…

Young Indian journalist gang raped in Mumbai

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say a young woman photojournalist has been gang raped while her male colleague was tied up and beaten in India’s business hub of Mumbai. The case was reminiscent of the December gang rape…

Tour bus overturns along US freeway; 52 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tour bus carrying gamblers to a casino overturned along a Southern California freeway after sideswiping a car, injuring more than 50 people on board Thursday, authorities said. The driver made an “unsafe lane…

Manning creates new challenges for US military

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — Bradley Manning created a whole new set of potential complications for the U.S. military, asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea and to undergo hormone treatment, just one day after he…

Markets ending volatile week on steady note

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets rebounded Friday after encouraging economic data from China and Europe raised hopes that a global economic recovery was underway. A survey released Thursday by HSBC Corp. indicated that manufacturing in China had…

Oil remains above $105 ahead of US housing data

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose slightly Friday, ahead of the release of an economic report in the U.S. Benchmark oil for October delivery gained 5 cents to $105.08 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in…

US company tests spacecraft in desert

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California (AP) — A company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station has run the craft through a series of tests at a NASA facility in California. The two-hour test…

Malaysia court frees 2 in Mongolian murder scandal

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian appeals court on Friday ordered two police officers freed after overturning their murder convictions in the killing of a Mongolian woman who had an affair with the prime minister’s friend. The…

Nasdaq breakdown ramps pressure to take actions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets ratchets up the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur. The three-hour…

Today in History

Today is Friday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2013. There are 130 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 23, 1973, a bank robbery-turned-hostage-taking began in Stockholm, Sweden; the four hostages ended up…

Stars of reality show ‘Pawn Stars’ meet Asian fans

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The stars of the cable reality show “Pawn Stars” have left their Las Vegas pawn shop to meet fans in Southeast Asia. And one of them says he never thought they would be so…

Conn. prison officials reverse ban of Lamb book

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Correction on Thursday reversed its decision to remove a 21-year-old novel written by internationally known author Wally Lamb, a volunteer at one of the state’s prisons. The agency said “She’s Come…

UN rights inquiry aims to raise pressure on NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Testimony by North Korean defectors at U.N. hearings this week in Seoul has produced chilling accounts of systematic rape, murder and torture — but it’s also a poignant reminder of past, toothless U.N.…

Pa. man goes to prison for assaulting 3 Mennonites

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man convicted of robbing and assaulting three elderly Mennonite sisters has been sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison. The Lancaster County sentencing judge Thursday said 22-year-old Dereck Taylor Holt…