Staff Sgt. Bales apologizes for Afghan massacre

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Former pro football player Marc Edwards took the witness stand Thursday at the sentencing of the U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan villagers last year, telling jurors he remembered him as a…

Gov’t to sue Texas over voter ID law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it will sue Texas over the state’s voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over the state’s redistricting laws. Attorney General Eric Holder says the action marks…

Nigerian state to train youths to stop extremism

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A top Nigerian official in the northern state at the heart of the country’s Islamic uprising says a new training program will be launched to reach a reservoir of angry and rootless young men…

50 years after King, marchers gather again in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Next week, the nation’s first black president will stand near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood 50 years ago and talk about where he believes this nation should be headed in the push…

Key events in rule, trial of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, wearing a white shirt and loafers while flashing a smile, was released from prison Thursday and transported to a military hospital in a Cairo suburb where he will be held…

Brazil hires thousands of Cuban doctors

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil says will import thousands of Cuban doctors to work in areas where medical services and doctors are scarce, and Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota defended the plan Thursday as a way to give “the…

Gun fired in Memphis school cafeteria; no one hurt

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a gun went off inside a kindergartener’s backpack in a Memphis school cafeteria, though no one was hurt. A news release from the Shelby County school district Thursday says the gun went…

LATAM airlines hit by ‘perfect storm’ in Argentina

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Shares in Latin America’s largest passenger carrier have taken a big hit as LATAM Airlines faces what one analyst calls a “perfect storm” of bad news. The company announced disappointing earnings, was fined in…

Almost 100 people fall ill after Toronto fair

TORONTO (AP) — Public health officials in Toronto say almost 100 people have reported symptoms of foodborne illness after attending the annual Canadian National Exhibition. Paramedics treated 34 people who had symptoms of gastrointestinal illnesses earlier this week,…

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe, 89, sworn in for 5 more years

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Miilitary jets tore overhead, colorful balloons floated aloft and spectators pounced on free fast food on Thursday at the inauguration of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who delivered a searing rebuke of Western countries for…

Spontaneous goat manure fire stinks up Vt. town

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — Officials say a pile of goat manure spontaneously caught fire, spreading stench and wrinkling noses through a Vermont town but causing no damage. Windsor Town Manager Tom Marsh says the odor that followed the…

Balancing family with tennis makes Federer shine

NEW YORK (AP) — Since Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, had their twin daughters four years ago, the girls have become fixtures on the tennis circuit, traveling with Federer from tournament to tournament. But their immersion in…
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2 more charged in Ponzi scheme

The brother of a Warren man sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for scamming $15 million from more than 400 investors in a Ponzi scheme and an employee of their company were charged this week with federal crimes.…

Israeli warplanes strike area near Beirut

JERUSALEM (AP) — Militants in Lebanon fired four rockets toward Israel on Thursday, setting off air raid sirens and startling a nation already on edge over turmoil along its northern and southern fronts. Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the…

Boy shifts truck gear, is run over at Ohio home

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police in central Ohio say a 4-year-old boy who’d been playing in a parked pickup truck was run over by the vehicle and died. Columbus police……

Nerf gunfight brings police to Ohio school

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — Police say confusion over a phone message about a toy gun fight prompted a false report of a shooting at a Cleveland-area school on the first day of cla……

Tour Saint-Jacques gives new view of Paris skyline

PARIS (AP) — It’s a view of Paris that only a handful of people have seen in 500 years. The Tour Saint-Jacques, a gothic bell tower in central Paris, opened to the public last month for the first…
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Sulfuric acid spilled into river

Some 5,000 gallons of sulfuric acid has spilled into the Shenango River, killing some fish, officials said.…

Decision on next Fed chief a rare political battle

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — Bette Midler wouldn’t normally be expected to trumpet her opinion on who should be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. This time is different. A battle over what’s arguably the world’s most…

Measure of US economy’s health rose in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gauge of the U.S. economy’s health rose in July, pointing to stronger growth in the second half of the year. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month…