Hagel holds first Pentagon talks with Chinese

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first Pentagon meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces a familiar agenda marked with tensions over U.S. missile defenses, Chinese cyberattacks and other issues. But if the talks follow form,…

Mexico heads back to school with flawed textbooks

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican children troop back into their classrooms Monday, and they’re going to have a quick lesson: Not just school kids make mistakes. Their brand new textbooks have the kinds of errors that they are…

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Few are more excited about Lego’s new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits that came on…

San Diego mayor set to return amid recall drive

SAN DIEGO (AP) — According to the age-old saying, time heals all. But for Mayor Bob Filner, his troubles have only continued to mount while he was away in therapy. Even the local Hooters restaurants have posted signs…

Post-vacation, Obama to face Egypt, spending talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh from a weeklong vacation, President Barack Obama has to confront such issues as the crisis in Egypt and federal spending before getting back out on the road to sell his economic proposals. Obama returned…

Lengthy federal role in civil rights cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Almost as soon as George Zimmerman was pronounced “not guilty” in a Florida courtroom, the cry went up. The U.S. government must get “justice for Trayvon,” insisted protesters angry about the fatal shooting of unarmed…

NYPD faces prospect of 2 new, separate watchdogs

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of burnishing a reputation as one of the nation’s most potent police forces, the New York Police Department appears poised to become one of the most closely monitored. A federal judge this…

Torrential rains shut down Philippine capital

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Torrential rains brought the Philippine capital to a standstill Monday, submerging some areas in waist-deep floodwaters and making streets impassable to vehicles while thousands of people across coastal and mountainous northern regions fled to…

Most inmates recaptured from Indonesia jail break

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Security forces have retaken control of an overcrowded prison in western Indonesia following a riot, and have recaptured most of the estimated 30 convicts who escaped. Local police chief Lt. Col. Japerson Sinaga says…

Train kills 37 pilgrims in eastern India

PATNA, India (AP) — A lawmaker says a speeding train has run over a group of pilgrims, killing at least 20 people in eastern India. Parliament member Dinesh Chandra Yadav said the pilgrims were crossing the rail tracks…

Hagel has his first US defense talks with Chinese

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in his first Pentagon meeting with his Chinese counterpart, faces a familiar agenda marked with tensions over U.S. missile defenses, Chinese cyberattacks and other issues. But if the talks follow…

Egyptian capital becomes battle zone amid crisis

CAIRO (AP) — Soldiers fired their rifles in the air to keep a crowd from attacking supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi as they were being taken, one by one, out of the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo where…

Oil falls below $107 as stock markets stall

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose Monday as the political turmoil in Egypt dragged on. Benchmark oil for September delivery was up 14 cents to $107.60 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on…

Markets drift as investors await Fed details

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets were little changed Monday as traders weighed the consequences of an anticipated phasing out of the U.S. central bank’s unprecedented stimulus program. The Federal Reserve been aggressively buying government bonds to push…

Lindsay Lohan vows her troubled past is behind her

NEW YORK (AP) — Lindsay Lohan says this time it’s going to be different. In an interview that aired Sunday with Oprah Winfrey, the troubled actress declared that this, her sixth stint in rehab, has put her on…

Conn. police: Cable outage not 911-worthy

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut police department wants people to know that missing your favorite show isn’t an emergency. Fairfield police say they received numerous 911 calls about a cable outage that hit parts of southwestern Connecticut…