Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood faces uphill battle

BEIRUT (AP) — For Syria’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, the uprising against President Bashar Assad that erupted amid Arab Spring revolts in 2011 provided a long-sought opportunity to stage a comeback after decades spent in exile. Thirty years earlier,…

Funeral to be held for Texas A&M football player

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Players from the Texas A&M football team are attending the funeral of a teammate who died in a car accident in New Mexico. The service for 19-year-old Polo Manukainiu (mah-NOO’-ky-uh-noo), a redshirt freshman at…

Fort Hood victims want shooting designated terror

Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan admits pulling out a pistol, shouting “Allahu akbar” (God is great) and opening fire on unarmed people, killing 13 of them. All, he says, in an effort to stop them from going to…

Obama laments ‘backward’ thinking by Russians

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he was reassessing the tense U.S. relationship with Russia because of a growing number of issues on which the two countries differ, and he called on Russian leader Vladimir Putin to…

Ohio inmates to pay less for phone calls

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The cost that Ohio inmates pay for interstate phone calls will be dramatically reduced as a result of a Federal Communications Commission decisi……

Brazil gov’t recovers some of its lost popularity

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Datafolha polling institute says President Dilma Rousseff’s government has recovered some of the popularity it lost in the wake of massive protests that swept the country in June. Datafolha says 36 percent of…

Hawaii schools struggle to keep new teachers

WAIANAE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii’s Department of Education is offering bonuses, cultural classes and mentoring in an effort to keep new teachers. Hawaii schools have long recruited teachers from the mainland. But it’s difficult to get them to…
Fatal crash

Teen hit, killed while fishing

A Dayton teenager was killed and his mother injured after they were struck by a drunk driver while fishing.…

Va. boy’s death puts focus on celebratory gunshots

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — When a stray bullet pierced the top of Brendon Mackey’s head, the 7-year-old was on his way to a July Fourth fireworks celebration with his dad and other family members. He died the next…

Philly zoo gorilla dies under anesthesia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Zoo says a male gorilla that officials were trying to mate with a newly arrived female has died. Zoo officials announced Friday th……

Wave of bombings in Iraq during holiday kills 69

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities say a bomb near a park south of Baghdad has killed four people, including two children, who were celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. Police officials said that the Saturday afternoon blast in the…

Pa. man, 89, ordered to trial on homicide charge

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A defense attorney says an elderly western Pennsylvania funeral director acted in self-defense when he shot and killed a man following a dispute ove……

Rwanda allows opposition party to operate

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s government has legalized an opposition political party that spent four years trying to get registered. The Democratic Green Party, led by Frank Habineza, said late Friday it received a certificate…

Before data French fin min declares recession over

PARIS (AP) — France’s finance minister says the economy is out of recession, part of a campaign by the French government to convince the public that a turnaround is underway. France’s gross domestic product shrank by 0.2 percent…

6 migrants drown off popular Sicilian beach

ROME (AP) — Italian coast guard officials say a boat carrying about 100 migrants ran aground on a sandbar off Sicily, and six of them died when they tried to swim to shore. The boat became stranded early…

AP Interview: US general says Afghan deal vital

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The top U.S. and coalition commander in Afghanistan says the signing of a bilateral security agreement between America and Afghanistan will send a clear signal both to the Afghan people and the Taliban that…

Spain, France bust people trafficking gang

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government says a joint investigation by Spanish and French police has busted a gang that allegedly was smuggling Chinese citizens into Europe and the United States. The Interior Ministry said Saturday that 75 people…

Police decry Belfast ‘anarchy’ as 56 officers hurt

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland’s police chief has vowed to arrest scores of Protestant extremists after they attacked officers protecting a parade by Irish Republican Army supporters. Police said 56 officers were injured as they confronted…