Russia: Khodorkovsky’s prison term cut by 2 months

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s highest court on Tuesday reduced by two months the 11-year prison terms for jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner, who had asked the court to overturn their verdicts and release…

Autopsies to be conducted on young brothers killed by python

CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Autopsies will be performed today on two boys believed killed by a snake in an apartment in Canada. Authorities believe a python escaped from its enclosure at the Reptile Ocean pet store in…

Denmark bomb scare was inventor’s experiment

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police say they have sealed off parts of central Copenhagen while investigating a suspicious vehicle in an underground parking lot. Police spokesman Hans Sinding says the vehicle has wires sticking out of the…

German industry orders up on investment purchases

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German industrial orders rose 3.8 percent in June as companies bought more big-ticket goods, including those ordered at the Paris Air Show. Sales of big capital investment goods — to be used to expand…

Ariel Castro’s house to be demolished Wednesday

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland house where three women were imprisoned and raped for about a decade will be torn down this week. The electricity was turned off at Ariel Castro’s home on Seymour Avenue on Monday after…

2 linked to Va.’s Eastern Shore fires indicted

ACCOMAC, Va. (AP) — Two people suspected of setting a string of fires on Virginia’s Eastern Shore have been indicted on arson and conspiracy charges. Forty-year-old Charles Smith III faces 67 arson counts and one conspiracy count. Thirty-eight-year-old…

Challenges face Bezos as he buys Washington Post

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeff Bezos turned selling books online into a multibillion-dollar business that has changed retailing forever. Many are now anxious to see if Bezos can do the same for the media industry, after the Amazon.com…

Ariel Castro’s house to be demolished Wednesday

CLEVELAND (AP) — The nonprofit responsible for demolishing the Cleveland house where three women were imprisoned and raped for a decade is taking additional precaut……

Taliban leader says still willing to talk

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban’s reclusive leader is blaming America and the Afghan government for the failure so far of peace talks, but says his group is willing to carry on with negotiations — even as he…

Insurer offers $1.3 million reward in jewel heist

PARIS (AP) — An affiliate of Lloyds of London is offering a 1 million euro ($1.3 million) reward for information leading to a diamond collection stolen at gunpoint from a jewel show in Cannes. The jewels belonging to…

Police make arrest in burglary at Hank Aaron home

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they’ve made an arrest in a burglary at baseball great Hank Aaron’s home. Police Sgt. Greg Lyon said one suspect was in custody Monday night. “We do anticipate additional arrests and will…

Filmmakers pay up for using Cleveland streets

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland charged the filmmakers of the new Captain America movie more than $200,000 for filming in the city streets. And nearly all of it has been paid……

Police make arrest in burglary at Hank Aaron home

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they’ve made an arrest in a burglary at baseball great Hank Aaron’s home. Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon says one suspect was in custody Monday night. He tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/14f2mxR)…

3 killed in Pa. shooting linked to feud with town

A man feuding with officials in his rural Pennsylvania town over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property killed three people at a municipal meeting — including at least one town official — in a rampage that blew…

Merck back to profits on lower one-time costs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German drug and high-tech materials company Merck KGaA bounced back from losses this time last year to record a net profit of 316 million euros ($420 million) in the second quarter. The Darmstadt-based company,…

SKorea approves $6 million in aid for NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has approved $6 million in government aid for vaccines, medical care and food for North Korean children, officials said Tuesday, the first such humanitarian aid for Pyongyang since South Korean President…

Japan unveils largest warship since World War II

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a huge flat-top destroyer that has raised eyebrows in China and elsewhere because it bears a strong resemblance to a conventional aircraft carrier.…

New Mexico museum to host Spanish art exhibit

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Museum of Art will display drawings and prints by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya and others at an exhibition that’s the only U.S. stop on an international tour of artwork…