Erin moving across Atlantic; no threat to land

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erin is making its way across the Atlantic and could weaken slightly in the next day or two. The National Hurricane Center said Saturday that Erin was centered over the Atlantic Ocean, about…

Gunmen kill 11 near Syrian Christian villages

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Gunmen shot dead 11 people, mostly Christians, near a town in central Syria on Saturday, state media and activists said, an attack described by a local resident as aimed at members of the religious…

German tourist dies in gondola crash in Venice

VENICE, Italy (AP) — A German tourist has died in Venice after the gondola he was riding in crashed into a larger boat ferrying passengers along the Grand Canal. Venice fire chief of staff Giovanni Carlesso says the…

Brazil concerned about hotel price hikes at WCup

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government is concerned that some hotels listed on FIFA’s website for the 2014 World Cup plan steep price hikes during the tournament and is reportedly considering investigating the FIFA-appointed agency in charge…

Roll Tide! Alabama No. 1 in AP preseason poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1. Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football…

Malaysia punishes Singaporean in prayer room row

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities on Saturday revoked the immigration privileges held by a Singaporean man who offended some Muslims by allegedly letting Buddhists use an Islamic prayer room. The case has provoked debate about whether…

NE Ohio festival celebrates an American favorite

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The National Hamburger Festival is under way this weekend in the Ohio city that was home to two brothers who claim they invented the hamburger. The two……

Key events in Egypt’s uprising and unrest

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a government spokesman said Saturday, as security forces raided a mosque in Cairo where protesters supporting the nation’s ousted president had been barricaded inside. Here are…

Egypt challenges Obama’s Arab Spring philosophy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Arab Spring democracy uprisings spread across the Middle East, President Barack Obama’s response to the political unrest has been to voice support for people seeking representative governments but limit the role the United States…

German leader: Far-right extremists remain threat

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says anti-Semitism and racism remain a threat to democracy in Europe almost 70 years after the end of World War II. Merkel cited the ongoing trial of five alleged neo-Nazis over…

Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort…

Israeli settlers defy stereotype amid peace talks

BARKAN, West Bank (AP) — Micha Drori is living the Israeli dream: a house, a yard, a wife and three kids. The 42-year-old businessman has found an affordable alternative to Israel’s booming real estate market in a quiet…

Iran president: Nation wants foreign policy change

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s new president said Saturday that his countrymen elected him to change the country’s foreign policy and shift away from the bombastic style adopted under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hasan Rouhani said his government…

Egypt: Brother of al-Qaida chief arrested

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian security official says the brother of al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri has been arrested in Egypt. The official said Saturday that Mohammed al-Zawahri, leader of the ultraconservative Jihadi Salafist group, was detained at a…

Obama pledges to make new health care law work

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is pledging to do everything he can to make sure the new health care law works the way he intended. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama is criticizing congressional…

Power companies dangle free nights and weekends

NEW YORK (AP) — The advent of digital meters which allow real-time monitoring has begun to prompt some electric companies to take a page out of the mobile phone marketing book. In a shake-up of rigid old one…