US judge approves force-feeding California inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a request from California and federal officials to force-feed inmates if necessary as a statewide prison hunger strike entered its seventh week. Officials say they fear for the welfare…

Car hits 3 pedestrians in Montana, killing 1

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities in northern Montana say a vehicle struck three pedestrians near a bar in the tiny town of Sunburst, killing one and injuring two others. Officials in Toole County tell the Great Falls…

Isolated Mashco-Piro Indians appear in Peru

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A tribe of Indians that lives in voluntary isolation in Peru’s southeastern Amazon has made a tense attempt at contact. The president of the regional FENAMAD indigenous federation says more than 100 Mashco-Piro appeared…

Official: Jamaica must curb police killings

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A former Northern Ireland police ombudsman says Jamaican security forces must significantly curb fatal shootings of civilians if they want islanders to trust them. Nuala O’Loan says there is, in her words, an “unparalleled…

Scalia: Court shouldn’t ‘invent new minorities’

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is making decisions that should be left to Congress or the people, from wiretapping to “inventing” new classes of minorities, Justice Antonin Scalia said Monday. In an apparent reference to…
mercer explosion

1 dead in Mercer blast

The explosion occurred about 5:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Industrial Park on Crestview Drive in Pymatuning Township. …

Obama urges regulators to enact Wall Street rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after President Barack Obama signed a sweeping overhaul of lending and high-finance rules, execution of the law is behind schedule with scores of regulations yet to be written, let alone enforced. Meeting privately…

Pemex to form company to explore for oil in US

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s state-owned oil company says it will form a new entity to explore and produce shale gas and deep-water oil in U.S. territory. The plan will help Petroleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, acquire drilling…

‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ opens atop box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Lee Daniels’ biopic of a White House butler who served eight presidents topped the weekend box office while three other new releases failed to connect with fans. “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” features an…

Report says Bloomberg pushed Kelly NYC mayoral bid

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday wouldn’t confirm a published report that said he paid for a poll to convince police Commissioner Ray Kelly to run to replace him in City Hall. The poll, reported…

Suspect in Fort Hood shootings breaks silence

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The soldier on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood has broken his largely silent defense by briefly questioning a witness who saw the attack. Maj. Nadal Hasan, who is representing…

Salmonella outbreak linked to NM poultry hatchery

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a national outbreak of salmonella has been linked to an eastern New Mexico hatchery that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores. The Department…

Hedge fund titan Phil Falcone to settle with SEC

NEW YORK (AP) — Hedge fund titan Phil Falcone and his firm, Harbinger Capital Partners, will pay $18 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges over Falcone’s use of firm money and other accusations, regulators said Monday.…

Colombia, rebels resume peace talks in Havana

HAVANA (AP) — Representatives of the Colombian government and the country’s largest guerrilla army have re-opened peace talks after a brief recess. A high-ranking rebel negotiator who uses the nom de guerre Ivan Marquez is urging the government…

Publisher, superstore chain resolve book dispute

NEW YORK (AP) — A months-long dispute that had led to widespread reports superstore chain Barnes & Noble was cutting back on orders and promotion for publisher Simon & Schuster’s books has been resolved. Barnes & Noble and…

Egypt’s devastating museum looting latest casualty

CAIRO (AP) — As violent clashes roiled Egypt, looters made away with a prized 3,500-year-old limestone statue, ancient beaded jewelry and more than 1,000 other artifacts in the biggest theft to hit an Egyptian museum in living memory.…

Paraguay sends troops to north after rebel attack

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Paraguay’s government has sent troops to a northern area where members of the small, left-wing Paraguayan People’s Army carried out a guerrilla attack that killed five people. Interior Minister Francisco Vargas said Monday that…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, August 19, 2013. Heavy rain remained possible along the Central Gulf Coast on Monday, while scattered showers continued in parts of the East. Sufficient moisture over the southeastern quadrant of the nation…

Ecuador leader may insist on digital-only dailies

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador’s combative president is threatening to try to force the country’s newspapers to go all-digital as a way to save paper. Rafael Correa has long had a prickly relationship with Ecuador’s opposition-owned newspapers, and…