Tropical depression moving northwest in Pacific

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression is moving northwestward in the Pacific on a path that could take it near Mexico. The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 35 mph (55 kph) and the U.S. National…

Syria ally Russia urges cooperation with UN

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists are reporting fierce battles and shelling in suburbs of the Syrian capital where the opposition claimed a chemical weapons attack this week killed more than 100 people. In neighboring Lebanon, the army said in…

Manning’s gender transition sets up legal showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — By asking to be known as a woman named Chelsea, Bradley Manning has created a host of possible challenges for the military as the soldier began serving a 35-year prison sentence for giving secrets to…

San Diego mayor agrees to resign

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mayor Bob Filner, besieged by sexual harassment allegations, has sat down to the negotiating table with a key bargaining chip: His refusal to resign. Now that a tentative deal aimed at ending one of…

Amid corruption worry, Aquino to reform govt fund

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino III promised Friday to reform a corruption-plagued system that allows lawmakers to allocate government funds for projects in their district after an audit found that millions of dollars were misused.…

Vegas case seen to show ‘sovereign citizen’ threat

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A couple spent hundreds of hours over four months plotting to abduct, torture and kill Las Vegas police officers as a way to attract attention to their anti-authority “sovereign citizens” movement, police said. David…

Villagers unsatisfied by life sentence for Bales

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Raging on steroids, fear and insecurity, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales threw himself into one of life’s great stress-relievers: chopping wood. He sawed and hacked from morning ’til almost dusk, attacking a large…

Night of jazz coming to Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (AP) — Three Detroit Divas are coming to the Ford House. A concert that’s part of the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Community Series is to be held Friday along the Lake St. Clair shoreline. Entitled…

Memorial set for son of ‘The Big Bopper’

HOUSTON (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for the son of J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, who spent his life tending the legacy of his early rock-and-roll performing father. The memorial is scheduled in Houston for…

What does Obama want to do with college costs?

President Barack Obama is pitching an overhaul of federal student aid that would link dollars to the Education Department’s ratings of colleges and universities. His proposal would give students at better-rated schools cheaper loans or bigger grants. If…

Chinese citizens movement leader arrested

BEIJING (AP) — One of China’s most well-known civil rights advocates has been formally arrested on charges of disrupting public order, as Beijing cracks down on grassroots efforts to build a civil society that may challenge its rule.…

Obama bus tour rolls through NY, Pennsylvania

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama gets back on the road Friday for the final leg of a two-day bus tour centered on his proposals for cutting college costs. The president will speak at New York’s Binghamton…

US divided over how to respond to Mideast violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Persistent violence in Syria and Egypt has sharply divided senior advisers in the Obama administration over a moral dilemma: How far should the U.S. go to stop the killing when its actions could lead to…

$330 million in cocaine seized on yacht in Vanuatu

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The white yacht seized in Vanuatu had a secret under its worn parquet floor: brick after brick of South American cocaine. The find U.S. and Australian officials announced Friday was part of a collaboration…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Myanmar facing ‘urgent’ drug-resistant TB threat

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Twice a month, Min Naing Oo visits emaciated patients at a Myanmar clinic, urging them through his face-mask to keep taking their medicine no matter how sick it makes them. Otherwise they will die…

Trial shows greed, machinations of China’s elite

JINAN, China (AP) — The Chinese court hearing the corruption case against disgraced politician Bo Xilai released videotaped testimony Friday from his wife, whose murder of a British businessman set off the scandal that ruined Bo’s career. The…

In rare openness, China microblogs Bo Xilai trial

BEIJING (AP) — Much of China was riveted to the stream of microblog updates from the trial of disgraced politician Bo Xilai — even a TV anchorwoman on a live national program checked her cellphone for the latest…

German minister: future Greek aid package smaller

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister says he expects a future aid package for Greece to be much smaller than the country’s existing rescue deals. In two bailout packages so far, Greece’s European partners and the International Monetary…

UN says Syrian child refugees tops 1 million mark

GENEVA (AP) — The number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria’s violence has topped the 1 million mark in another grim milestone of the deepening conflict, two U.N. agencies said Friday. Roughly half of all the nearly 2…