China probes drugmaker Sanofi for alleged bribery

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have launched an investigation against French drugmaker Sanofi following a news report that accused the company of bribing hundreds of Chinese doctors in 2007. An unnamed whistleblower told the Guangzhou-based, state-owned 21st Century…

Thailand arrests key human trafficking suspect

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities have arrested and charged a suspected human trafficker who allegedly sold hundreds of migrants from Myanmar into slavery to work in Thailand’s fishing industry, police said Saturday. Ko Myo, a 42-year-old Myanmar national,…

Offbeat drama starts airing final 8 shows

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) — How many of the fans who watch the hit AMC series “Breaking Bad” actually know what that title means? Star Bryan Cranston says he didn’t know before he came on as teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter…

Obama: Time to turn the page on housing woes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the housing market is healing, but it’s time to turn the page on the “bubble-and-bust mentality” that led to the market’s collapse. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama calls…

Keita holds commanding lead ahead of Mali vote

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Longtime politician Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who many hope will hold strife-torn Mali together, heads into the presidential runoff election on Sunday as the clear favorite with endorsements from nearly all of the 28 candidates…

Calif. faces longer, tough wildfire season

BANNING, Calif. (AP) — California truly is the Golden State this summer — golden brown — and that has fire officials worried heading into the peak of the wildfire season. It’s still weeks before the fire-fanning Santa Ana…

Iraqi Kurdish leader vows to defend Kurds in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a predominantly Sunni Muslim village in the western heartland of President Bashar Assad’s minority Alawite sect, killing at least 20. The strikes came amid a push by…

Militants killed in Egypt by Israeli drone mourned

CAIRO (AP) — An al-Qaida-linked group active in the Sinai Peninsula said Saturday that its fighters were the target of a reported Israeli drone strike into Egyptian territory, a rare operation that could indicate increased Egyptian-Israeli security cooperation…

US to reopen 18 diplomatic missions after threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighteen of the 19 U.S. embassies and consulates that were closed in the Middle East and Africa because of a terrorist threat will reopen Sunday, the State Department says. The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen,…

Teen found safe in Idaho; alleged abductor killed

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) — The search for 16-year-old Hanna Anderson and her suspected abductor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio, has spanned three states and thousands of miles. But now that law enforcement officers are at their closest yet to…

Obama cites ‘mixed success’ in dealing with Putin

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’s had mixed success in persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to think “forward as opposed to backward” on a variety of issues and is reassessing the U.S.-Russia relationship. While senior officials…

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…