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…

Marcellus gas production rising fast in Pa., W.Va.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marcellus Shale natural gas production is rising even faster this year than energy experts had predicted, and that’s having a national impact on energy. Bentek, a Colorado company that analyzes energy trends, said that 2013…

NJ judge pressed to allow gay marriage in state

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge was being asked to rule that the state allow gay marriage as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a ban on giving federal benefits to…

Digital era threatens tenuous future of drive-ins

LANCASTER, Ohio (AP) — The drive-in movie has been a part of American life for the past 80 years. Now it’s facing its latest challenge: the digital era. Film studios are phasing out 35 mm film prints. That…

Patience fading for Nepali judge turned premier

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — When Nepal’s chief justice was named head of an interim government in March, he promised he would serve only as a caretaker until he could oversee elections in June that were supposed to usher…

Manning apologizes for hurting US with leaks

FORT MEADE, Maryland (AP) — U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, taking the stand at his sentencing hearing in the WikiLeaks, apologized for hurting his country and pleaded with a military judge for a chance to go to college and…

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…

India official: Divers in sub where 18 feared dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian navy divers have entered a crippled submarine hit by twin explosions but have yet to reach any of the 18 sailors who are feared dead inside the vessel, a naval official said Thursday.…

Oil above $107 on Egypt, lower US crude stocks

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose above $107 per barrel Thursday after U.S. crude supplies fell in a possible sign of stronger demand. Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 45 cents to $107.30 a barrel…

Gen. David C. Jones, ex-Joint Chiefs chair, dies

STERLING, Va. (AP) — David C. Jones, a retired Air Force general who helped set in motion a far-reaching reorganization of the U.S. military command while serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has died at…

Forecast-busting US jobless claims data hit stocks

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets stalled Thursday, following evidence of an uneven recovery in Europe and lackluster U.S. consumer spending. The combined economy of the 17 euro countries grew 0.3 percent in the April-June period, its first…

Southern Cape Verde Islands under storm warning

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression has formed over the far-east Atlantic Ocean, and forecasters have issued a tropical storm warning for the southern Cape Verde Islands. The National Hurricane Center said late Wednesday that the unnamed storm…

US home foreclosures on track for 6-year low

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New data show that the U.S. is on track to end the year with the fewest homes repossessed by lenders in six years. Foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac says lenders repossessed just under 37,000 U.S.…

Vote to legalize alcohol on SD’s Pine Ridge passes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Native Americans on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have voted to end prohibition and legalize alcohol so the tribe can use the profits for education and treatment. A majority of voters on…

Vietnam offers free Marxism degrees to draw takers

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Market forces are working against college courses on Marx, Lenin and Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, where the Communist government has resorted to offering the classes for free to attract students. Prime Minister Nguyen…