Acclaimed Texas author John Graves dead at 92

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Author John Graves, whose 1960 book “Goodbye to a River” and authentic depictions of rural Texas made him one of the state’s most celebrated and beloved writers, has died. He was 92. Graves died…

Uruguay’s House OKs legal marijuana market plan

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay’s unprecedented proposal to fight organized crime by creating a legal, government-licensed marijuana market was fiercely debated by lawmakers Wednesday, as the governing coalition counted every vote in hopes of winning passage in the…

Lohan completes rehab stint; more therapy ordered

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lindsay Lohan has completed her court-ordered stay in rehab and must continue therapy into early 2015, a judge said Wednesday. The “Liz & Dick” star must meet with a therapist at least three times…

8 detained in Costa Rican environmentalist slaying

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican authorities say they have detained eight suspects in the killing of an environmentalist who worked to protect leatherback turtles on the country’s Caribbean coast. Director of judicial investigations Francisco Segura…

Helicopter headed for UN use crashes in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A helicopter carrying U.N. personnel crashed in Ethiopia on Wednesday, injuring several people on board, officials said. The helicopter crashed in the town of Debre Zeit, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) outside Addis…

Mexico murder rate falls to 22 per 100,000 from 24

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s homicide rate dropped slightly to 22 per 100,000 people last year from 24 per 100,000 in 2011, according to new estimates by the country’s National Statistics and Geography Institute. Experts said Tuesday the…

Report: Board, beneficiaries of JobsOhio linked

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper review has found six of nine board members at JobsOhio, Gov. John Kasich’s privatized economic development office, have ties……

Egypt’s military keeps Morsi’s whereabouts secret

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is taking extreme measures to keep Mohammed Morsi hidden. It says dignitaries are helicoptered to the deposed president’s place of detention after nightfall, flying in patterns aimed at confusing the visitors. The military also…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, July 31, 2013. A mixed bag of weather greeted the country on Wednesday due to a pair of moderately strong storms. The strongest of these storms moved toward the Mississippi Valley and…

Condemned Ohio inmate wants death sentence tossed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawyers for a condemned inmate scheduled to die next week have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to toss out his death sentence. The attorneys say Billy……

Greece seeks terror-related charges over arms bust

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police on Wednesday said they will demand that terrorism-related charges be brought against three Greeks and three Turks arrested for allegedly trying to ferry weapons and explosives in a speedboat to Turkey. Greek…

Latest platform for Syria’s president: Instagram

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s embattled president already has a Facebook page, Twitter account and a YouTube channel. Now Bashar Assad is turning to the popular photo-sharing service Instagram in the latest attempt at improving his image as his…

German industrialist Berthold Beitz dies at 99

BERLIN (AP) — Berthold Beitz, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in occupied Poland during World War II and became one of post-war West Germany’s leading industrialists, has died at 99. Steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG, where he…

Puerto Rico adopts new cruise industry incentives

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has approved a package of incentives aimed at bringing more cruise ship passengers to the U.S. island territory. The incentives include 10 percent discount on goods…

Pair of stunts has networks thinking ‘Sharknado’

NEW YORK (AP) — Colliding stunts on Discovery and The Weather Channel next week feel like another “Sharknado.” Discovery is holding its 26th annual Shark Week of programming at the same time The Weather Channel is airing Hurricane…

Leaked docs give new insight into NSA’s searches

LONDON (AP) — Documents published by the Guardian newspaper are providing new insight into the National Security Agency’s surveillance of world data, giving an over-the-shoulder look at the programs and techniques U.S. intelligence analysts use to exploit the…

Washington man pleads not guilty to son’s death

ANACONDA, Mont. (AP) — A Washington state man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to beating and stabbing to death his 3-year-old son in a southwestern Montana field this month after taking him from their Lacey home. Jeremy Brent Cramer,…

Teen aims for around-world, solo flight record

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A 19-year-old Australian who describes flying as “magical” aims to become the youngest person to go solo around the world and could break a world record set just a month ago by a 21-year-old…