China summons Japan ambassador over shrine visits

BEIJING (AP) — China has summoned the Japanese ambassador to register a protest over Japanese Cabinet members’ visits to a controversial shrine to war dead in Tokyo. The official Xinhua News Agency says Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin…

Paraguay’s new president takes office

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — The man taking over as Paraguay’s new president Thursday has built a family fortune in one of the most unequal places in South America, dominating industries from banking to tobacco to soft drinks to…

SF-Oakland Bay Bridge opening date expected

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California transportation officials are expected to announce whether the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will open on Labor Day as planned or be delayed for months because of broken safety…

Court challenge fails to stop Calif. gay marriages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to halt gay marriages in the state, leaving opponents of same-sex weddings few — if any — legal options to stop the unions. The brief, unanimous ruling tossed…

With kids at camp, Obama finds time for golf

WEST TISBURY, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is filling his Martha’s Vineyard vacation with golf, visits to friends’ homes and dinners out with the first lady. But he will have to wait just a little bit longer…

Online forums provide key havens for terror plots

WASHINGTON (AP) — In secretive chat rooms and on encrypted Internet message boards, al-Qaida fighters have been planning and coordinating attacks — including a threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa…

Calif. coastal panel takes up offshore fracking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators on Thursday were set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s. The California Coastal Commission added the issue at…

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…

Israeli group brings 17 Yemeni Jews to Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — A semi-governmental Israeli organization says it has brought 17 Yemini Jews to Israel, secretly helping them escape the political unrest in their Arab homeland. Jewish Agency official Ariel Di Porto says the “airlift was clandestine”…

Cops dealing Doritos at post-legalization Hempfest

SEATTLE (AP) — A few things will be different at this year’s Hempfest, the 22-year-old summer “protestival” on Seattle’s waterfront where tens of thousands of revelers gather to use dope openly, listen to music and gaze at the…

Kan. voters’ limbo shows hitch in citizenship law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A few weeks after moving to suburban Kansas City from the Seattle area, Aaron Belenky went online to register to vote but ended up joining thousands of other Kansas residents whose voting rights are…

Lead prosecutor in Fort Hood case keeps close eye

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Col. Michael Mulligan stood up and whispered to a fellow prosecutor who had just finished questioning a witness in the Fort Hood shooting trial, prompting the military lawyer to stand back up and…

Doctors to describe bodies of Fort Hood slain

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Pathologists who examined the bodies of those slain in the Fort Hood rampage are expected to resume testifying at the trial of the accused gunman. So far, doctors who examined seven of the…

Car bombs hit Iraqi capital, killing 33 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a wave of car bombs in Baghdad has killed 23 people and wounded dozens. Police officials say five car bombs exploded on Thursday morning across the city. One bomb struck near a…

Japan shrine still flashpoint 68 years after war

TOKYO (AP) — In the steamy heat of mid-August, the cherry-tree shaded grounds of Yasukuni Shrine in the heart of Tokyo seem an unlikely hotbed of provocation. But visits by senior Japanese government officials to the shrine, whose…

APNewsBreak: New Ohio execution plan by October

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A court filing says Ohio plans to come up with a new process for executing condemned inmates no later than Oct. 4. The Department of Rehabilitation……

Papers: Man called teen 13 times before abduction

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A family friend tortured and killed a mother and 8-year old son before setting his home on fire and escaping with the mother’s 16-year-old daughter, according to newly unsealed search warrants. The warrants do…

Death toll from Egypt violence rises to 638

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt faced a new phase of uncertainty on Thursday after the bloodiest day since its Arab Spring began, with nearly 300 people reported killed and thousands injured as police smashed two protest camps of supporters…

NY prosecutor: ‘London Whale’ charges a warning

NEW YORK (AP) — Financial companies need to create an honest culture among employees to prevent the kind of conspiracy that enabled two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. traders in London to falsify bank records to cover up…