Troops in east Congo forcibly disarm dozens

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A Congolese government official says a disarmament operation is under way in the country’s east as part of the U.N. peacekeeping mission’s imposition of a “security zone” in and around Goma. The operation is…

Powerball jackpot reaches $400M for Wednesday

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say Powerball jackpot is expected to be at least $300 million, sending those hoping to strike it rich scrambling for the $2 lottery tickets. The drawing will be held at 11…

Al-Qaida leader tells Morsi backers to take up arms

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s leader says the military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is proof that Islamic rule cannot be established through democracy. And Ayman al-Zawahri (AY’-muhn ahl-ZWAH’-ree) is calling on Morsi’s followers to abandon the…

Zimbabwe: Mugabe declared winner in disputed vote

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s longtime President Robert Mugabe won 61 percent of the presidential vote, trailed by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai at 33 percent, election officials announced Saturday. Mugabe, 89 and in power for 33 years, has…

NY village trying birth control to trim deer herd

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) — This suburban village overlooking the Hudson River is a mere 2 square miles, home to a hip downtown, neighborhoods of neatly kept homes and an ever-growing population of deer that overrun woods, chew through…

Shrapnel from imploding plant injures 5 spectators

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Three spectators were injured Saturday by shrapnel sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in Southern California, police said. More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6 a.m. in a…

Burglars take $80,000 of phones from Pa. store

MCCANDLESS, Pa. (AP) — Burglars smashed the window of a Verizon store outside of Pittsburgh and took every phone. Police say surveillance video shows someone using a c……

Truck strikes Maine bicyclists; man, tot critical

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Maine police say a pickup truck drove onto the sidewalk and struck two bicyclists, critically injuring a man and a toddler riding in an attached bicycle seat. The crash happened early Friday night in…

Oil companies frack in waters off California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Companies prospecting for oil off California’s coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require…

Top US officials meet to discuss embassy threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The threat of a terrorist attack led to the weekend closure of 21 U.S. embassies and consulates in the Muslim world and a global travel warning to Americans, the first such alert since an announcement…

Time Warner blackout of CBS goes into 2nd day

Time Warner Cable and CBS say they are trying to settle a fee dispute that has left three million customers without the network’s programs. A Time Warner spokeswoman say negotiations are ongoing. CBS says it expects talks to…

Sikhs sidestep fights over Wis. rampage donations

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — In the aftermath of shooting rampages in Colorado, Virginia and elsewhere, victims’ families have clashed over how to distribute money donated by well-wishers. But after a gunman killed six worshippers at a Milwaukee-area…

Nurse at botched Ohio transplant sues over firing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A veteran nurse present during a botched kidney transplant at an Ohio hospital last summer has sued for wrongful termination. A lawsuit filed Friday in the Ohio Court of Claims in Columbus says Melanie…

Arab atheists, though few, inch out of the shadows

Rafat Awad fervently preached Islam at his university, encouraging his fellow students to read the Quran and pray. But throughout, the young Palestinian-born pharmacist had gnawing doubts. The more he tried to resolve them, the more they grew.…

New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying — or both. Part-time work…

Jury hears about Jackson’s likeability, drug use

A look at key moments this past week in the wrongful death trial in Los Angeles between Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and concert giant AEG Live LLC, and what is expected at court in the week ahead:…

Discarded NYC theater prop sparks bomb scare

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City playwright who directed a show called the “American Suicide Bomber Association” unwitting sparked a bomb scare when he threw a prop from the production into the trash at his home.…

New Rome mayor bans cars near Colosseum

ROME (AP) — In a bid to protect its ancient glories from modern perils, Rome is banning cars and motor scooters from the boulevard that slices through the city’s ancient forums toward the Colosseum. Traffic police started enforcing…

Top US officials meet to discuss embassy threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world for the weekend. The alert…