Reality TV meets real world, ‘Mountain Man’ style

TRIPLETT, N.C. (AP) — The way Eustace Conway sees it, there’s the natural world, as exemplified by his Turtle Island Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And then there’s the “plastic, imitation” world that most other humans inhabit.…

Manila negotiates larger US presence amid sea row

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A proposed increase in the U.S. military presence in the Philippines, including the pre-positioning of equipment, will help the country defend its territorial waters amid a conflict with China in the South China Sea,…

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers online access

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has launched a new eMuseum that gives online visitors access to its collection of more than 4,200 works. The KIA recently announced that online visitors may search a database…

Pakistan accuses India of shelling, killing man

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani military official has accused Indian troops of shelling Pakistani territory along the disputed Kashmir border and killing a civilian. The official says Indian troops engaged in “unprovoked firing” in the early morning hours…

Rights group demands release of activist

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A U.S.-based human rights group on Monday denounced the arrest of a Bangladeshi activist and demanded his immediate release. Police picked up Adilur Rahman Khan in front of his residence in the capital late…

Elon Musk unveils ‘Hyperloop’ transport concept

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that’s the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday.…

Police ID victims in RI slayings, abduction

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — Police are pursuing the link between two Rhode Island men and the two women found slain in a home from which the toddler son of one victim was kidnapped. Malcolm Crowell, 22, and Daniel…

Immigration campaign passes by some in GOP

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) — Immigration advocates are swarming the country this month, trying to persuade House Republicans to pass a comprehensive overhaul. It was hard to tell at the town-hall meeting that second-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris…

Virginia, NYC races pose distractions for Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s effort to carefully craft her post-Cabinet image has hit a few bumps. A sexting scandal in the New York City mayoral race and a federal investigation that’s roiling the Virginia governor’s race…

Retailers keeping tabs on consumers’ return habits

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not just the government that might be keeping tabs on you. Many retailers are tracking you, too — or at least your merchandise returns. The companies say it’s all in the name of security…

Jury given time amid rapid pace of Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan is set to resume after more than 40 witnesses described how he prepared and carried out a shooting massacre that left 13 dead at Fort Hood. Hasan…

Kerry still hopeful on Mideast peace talks

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to build warmer relations with two U.S. allies in Latin America may be hindered by resentment after reports about an American spy program that widely targeted data…

Safety fears spur regulations for trampoline gyms

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Stephen Merrill was finishing his freshman year of college two years ago when he and a group of friends went to an indoor trampoline park in Utah for a day of flipping, jumping and…

Typhoon batters Philippines; 1 dead, 45 missing

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon battered the northern Philippines on Monday, toppling power lines and dumping heavy rains across mountains, cities and food-growing plain. The storm killed at least one man in a landslide and left…

Hungarian charged with Nazi-era war crimes dies

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Laszlo Csatary, a former police officer indicted in June by Hungarian authorities for abusing Jews and contributing to their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died. He was 98. His…

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…

GOP moderates push back on tea party spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own — a backlash to anti-spending tea party shrillness as budget cuts begin to significantly shrink…

Image industry weds Korea cool to China’s new rich

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Standing by a French chateau’s window, the young bride-to-be glows in the afternoon sun as she gazes into her fiancé’s eyes. This Chinese couple’s fairytale moment, however, isn’t unfolding at a Bordeaux estate.…

Quotations of the day

“They just didn’t fit. He might have been an outdoorsman in California, but he was not an outdoorsman in Idaho. … Red flags kind of went up.” — Former Idaho county sheriff Mark John, 71, who encountered California…

Sinkhole swallows part of Florida resort villa

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — A sinkhole cracked the foundation in a villa housing vacationers at a central Florida resort near Disney World on Sunday, causing the building to slowly sink and prompting the evacuation of the hotel, authorities…