Massive weapons depot blast in Syria kills 40

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The Syrian president has lauded his military troops, saying they are fighting the “fiercest” war but that he is confident they will win in the country’s conflict. Bashar Assad’s comments came in a statement…

Religious order files reveal decades of LA abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In therapy sessions, the priest confessed the shocking details he’d kept hidden for years: He had molested more than 100 boys, including his 5-year-old brother. He had sex with male prostitutes, and frequented gay…

Top Iran leader issues edict on Baha’i faith

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader is urging Iranians to avoid all dealings with members of the banned Baha’i sect in a possible prelude to further crackdowns on the minority. Iran already bans the Baha’i,…

O.J. Simpson now waits for ruling on new trial

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — After five years behind bars, O.J. Simpson has won a small victory with a Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners decision — but the former NFL star won’t likely be leaving prison anytime soon.…

Nepal bans chicken sales in capital over bird flu

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese official says the government has banned the sale and transport of chicken and all poultry products in the capital city to prevent the spread of the H5N1 bird flu virus. Agriculture Ministry…

Pot farm pollution: Too dangerous to deal with?

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With parts of Northern California’s scenic hillsides illegally gouged by bulldozers for marijuana grows, frustrated local officials asked the state for help to protect streams and rivers from harmful sediment and the chemicals used…

Optimism of whites in US lags blacks by big margin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ attitudes about their economic future are sharply divided by race, with whites significantly less likely than blacks or Hispanics to think they can improve their own standard of living. Indeed, optimism among minorities now…

In Afghanistan, mixed reasons for drop in attacks

CAMP GARMSER, Afghanistan (AP) — When Marine Maj. Chris Bourbeau walked alone into an Afghan base last spring, he left behind his helmet, bulletproof jacket and rifle. Given the deadly insider attacks that had rocked U.S.-Afghan relations, he…

Military paints dire picture from budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials insist they are not crying wolf when they say proposed budget cuts could severely harm the military. In a detailed and stark warning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said about $500 billion in automatic…

Shell Q2 earnings fall on charges, higher costs

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported a 57 percent fall in second quarter earnings due to impairment charges, lower production and higher costs. Net profit was $1.74 billion, down from $4.08 billion in the same period…

Transportation funding bill faces GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure awarding generous funding to road and bridge projects, community development grants and housing help for the poor is running into stiff Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill appeared likely to fall prey…

Bahrain king boosts backlash on violent protests

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s king has issued new decrees, giving authorities more powers to strip citizenship and block suspected funding channels in attempts to quell escalating anti-government violence in the Gulf nation. The measures are part of…

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 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

NTSB gets complaints about air crash attorneys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials are looking into whether some attorneys may have violated a U.S. law barring uninvited solicitation of air disaster victims in the first 45 days after an accident in connection with the crash landing…

Critics: Consumers should know more about outbreak

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Food safety advocates are sounding an alarm at the lack of information being disseminated about an enduring intestinal illness tied to prepackaged salad that has sickened nearly 400 people nationwide. The outbreak of the…

BMW net profit rises despite Europe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury car maker BMW AG says it overcame tough auto markets in Europe and posted a 9 percent increase in net profit in the second quarter. Profits rose to 1.39 billion euros from…

AP Source: MLB threatening A-Rod with lifetime ban

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez might not make it back to the Yankees this year. Or ever. Major League Baseball is threatening to kick A-Rod out of the game for life unless the New York star agrees…

Singer’s arrest in China fires free speech debate

BEIJING (AP) — Hours after a man with long-running grievances against officialdom set off a homemade explosive at Beijing’s airport, a singer-songwriter turned to the Internet to release her own sarcastic wish list of to-be-bombed targets. By the…

Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins, bacteria

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot…

Ohio man gets life term in kidnapping of 3 women

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years…