Evidence of damage from Manning leaks to be shown

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The government’s contention that Pfc. Bradley Manning harmed national security by leaking U.S. secrets is getting a more public airing. Three of the four witnesses who have testified so far at his sentencing…

House debates 40th effort to repeal health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maybe the 40th vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law will be a charm for opponents of the overhaul. House Republicans are scheduled to vote Friday on a bill that would prevent the…

Firefighter killed by tree in Ore. is 28th to die

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A firefighter died on the first day of what is typically the Pacific Northwest’s busiest month for wildfire, the 28th wilderness fire crew member killed this year in the nation. John Hammack of Madras,…

AP PHOTOS: Nicaraguan town honors saint

NANDAIME, Nicaragua (AP) — Nandaime puts on a big show for two weeks every year to honor its patron saint, Santa Ana, the mother of the Virgin Mary. Townspeople parade through the streets with a platform holding statues…

Lufthansa loses money in H1, stands by outlook

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa AG recorded a net loss of 204 million euros ($270.01 million) in the first six months of the year as restructuring costs, fuel prices and slower business in Asia and the…

Unions get creative to halt decline in membership

WASHINGTON (AP) — With union membership on the decline, labor leaders are getting more creative — and some say more desperate — to boost sagging numbers and rebuild their waning clout. Unions are helping non-union fast food workers…

Interest grows in New Zealand’s designer drug law

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A novel New Zealand law that could legalize some designer drugs is being scrutinized with interest by other countries struggling to keep up with the proliferation of “party pills” and similar products. The…

Indian army says 12 rebels killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army has killed a dozen suspected rebels in five days of fighting near the highly militarized line dividing disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Indian army spokesman Naresh Vig says the fighting…

AP Interview: USPS takes photos of all mail

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States — 160 billion last year — and keeps them on hand for up to a month. In an interview with…

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 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Vets plan tributes to WWII airman on NY route home

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans along a 10-mile stretch of New York’s Mohawk Valley plan to pay tribute to a World War II airman whose remains are returning home nearly 70 years after he was killed during a…

Quotations of the day

“I am not a violent person. I know what I did is wrong, but I’m not a violent person. I simply kept them here without being able to leave.” — Convicted Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, at…

Clients drop $180 for bird poop facials at NYC spa

NEW YORK (AP) — Bird poop for beauty? That’s what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop. About 100…

Bulger: Give my money to families that sued

BOSTON (AP) — The defense in reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s (BUHL’-jurz) racketeering trial is winding down, but it’s still unclear whether he’ll testify in his own defense. Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. on Thursday told the…

Former Ohio captive says she knew she’d escape

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free and safe, one of three women kidnapped and raped over a decade in a ramshackle home smiled lightly as her tormentor was led out of court in chains, a method he had used to…

Former Ohio captive says she knew she’d escape

CLEVELAND (AP) — One of three Cleveland women raped repeatedly during a decade of captivity has stood in front of her tormentor in court and said the trio always knew the……

Sikh son first saw father at dad’s Wis. funeral

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Gurvinder Singh approached his father’s open coffin with one thought: “Please, god, it’s not my dad.” As he stepped closer, he realized the man was indeed the father he knew only from photographs.…

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated…

Stocks drop back on mixed US jobs figures

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Friday after a report that U.S. manufacturing activity jumped last month raised hopes of a rebound in industrial production that would bolster growth in the world’s biggest economy. Investors were pleased…

Dead animal parts spill onto Wash. highway

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a rendering truck that spilled dead animal parts across two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 created a seven-mile traffic backup Thursday evening. Trooper Guy Gill says the…