US senator in Ohio urged to support gun checks

CINCINNATI (AP) — Some Ohioans and the sister of a Newtown massacre victim are calling on U.S. Sen. Rob Portman to support background checks for gun purchases. Carlee S……

Meteor shower will be visible from Chicago suburbs

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A light show — the natural kind — will be playing in suburban Chicago. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/16CCz3g ) reports astronomers say scores of meteors will blaze across the sky above…

By the numbers: Obama’s presidential vacations

August in Washington means time for vacation. Congress has left on a five-week break. The Supreme Court reopens in October. Now it’s President Barack Obama’s turn. On Saturday, Obama begins a nine-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., where…

Obama begins Martha’s Vineyard vacation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first summer vacation of President Barack Obama’s second term is taking him back to Martha’s Vineyard, resuming his White House tradition of an August break on the well-heeled Massachusetts island he avoided during last…

New Hindu-Muslim clashes erupt in Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian forces fired warning shots Saturday to enforce a curfew and to push angry people back into their homes in a town in the Indian portion of Kashmir where clashes between Muslims and Hindus…

Surveillance debate intrudes into Obama’s agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, August was supposed to be the month a sweeping immigration bill landed on his desk. There was hope for movement on a grand deficit deal with Republicans, and in the optimistic…

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…

Pilot in deadly Conn. wreck survived earlier crash

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A small plane crashed into a residential neighborhood a few blocks from an airport while trying to land, setting fire to two houses and likely killing up to six people, authorities said. Just…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Edward Snowden’s father, Lon; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.; Reps. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; Donald Trump. ___ NBC’s…

Crews searching for missing investigator find body

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities made a grim discovery after finding a woman’s body near a Northern California park during an extensive search for a missing federal investigator. As crews searched for 50-year-old Sandra Coke, Oakland police spokeswoman…

Usher to keep custody of his 2 young sons

ATLANTA (AP) — R&B singer Usher will hold on to primary custody of his two young sons. A judge in Atlanta on Friday dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher’s ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two…

Quotations of the day

“It’s not enough for me to have confidence in these programs. The American people have to have confidence in them as well.” — President Barack Obama, who vowed to work with Congress on reforms for the domestic surveillance…

Philippine offensive on rebel group kills 2

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military launched an offensive Saturday against a breakaway Muslim rebel group that opposes a peace deal and has claimed responsibility for a recent bomb attack that wounded seven soldiers in the country’s…

New English-language bookstore a 1st in Havana

HAVANA (AP) — Anglophones, rejoice: Cuba’s first English-language bookstore, cafe and literary salon opened in Havana on Friday, offering islanders and tourists alike a unique space to converse, thumb through magazines and buy or borrow tomes in the…

Marina Berlusconi touted as father’s heir apparent

MILAN (AP) — Italy may get its own political dynasty out of the ashes of Silvio Berlusconi’s political career. The nation has been buzzing with speculation that Marina Berlusconi will step in as her father’s political heiress ever…

US angry over release of Mexican drug lord

MEXICO CITY (AP) — U.S. law enforcement officials expressed outrage over the release from prison of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and vowed to continue efforts to bring to justice the man who ordered the killing of…

Judge sides with Usher in child custody battle

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge in Atlanta dismissed an emergency request by R&B singer Usher’s ex-wife seeking temporary custody of their two children. Tameka Foster Raymond requested the hearing Friday, a day after the former couple’s 5-year-old son…

Venezuela’s Maduro: I sleep in Chavez’s mausoleum

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is known for his devotion to late leader Hugo Chavez and now he acknowledges that he sometimes sleeps in the mausoleum where his mentor’s remains are kept. Maduro was Chavez’s…

TV blackouts aren’t shutting out fans completely

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A week into the blackout of CBS programming to millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers, viewers are finding workarounds. Nancy Keiter, a graphic designer in New York, plans to watch early rounds of the…