Defense seeks merger of some Manning verdicts

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Acquitted of the most serious charge against him, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning still faces up to 136 years in prison for leaking government secrets to the website WikiLeaks, and his fate rests 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 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Philippines recommends peacekeepers stay in Golan

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ top diplomat said Wednesday that he has reversed an earlier recommendation and now wants Filipino peacekeepers to stay in the volatile Golan Heights for at least six months now that the United…

Q&A: Tracking the source of stomach bug outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — State and federal investigators are trying to figure out the source of a stomach bug that has sickened 372 people in 15 states. Iowa and Nebraska have linked some cases in their states to eating…

Obama confers with Democrats on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has a question for Congress: Why can’t House Republicans be more like their mates in the Senate? In economic speeches across the country, Obama is playing one chamber against the other, praising…

Government braces for coming changes to NSA powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are questioning top Obama administration officials about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs for the first time since the House narrowly rejected a proposal last week to effectively shut down the NSA’s secret collection…

US pursuit of leakers aided by Manning verdict

WASHINGTON (AP) — The successful prosecution of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning gives a boost to the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of people it believes have leaked national security secrets to the media. Manning was acquitted Tuesday of the…

From obscurity, Manning became polarizing symbol

NEW YORK (AP) — The honors and accolades proliferated over three years: international peace prizes, solidarity campaigns by celebrities, an effort to designate him — in absentia, of course — as grand marshal of San Francisco’s gay pride…

Pentagon to bear brunt of upcoming budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second, deeper round of automatic federal budget cuts is on its way, and it’s going to hit the Pentagon hard. Already reeling from a $34 billion budget blow this year due to deficit-driven spending…

From obscurity, Manning became polarizing symbol

NEW YORK (AP) — The honors and accolades for Bradley Manning proliferated over three years: international peace prizes, solidarity campaigns by celebrities, an effort to designate him grand marshal of San Francisco’s gay pride parade. All the while,…

Wis. Sikhs plan peaceful rites to mark shooting

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Sikh temples generally have four doors, one on each side of the building, as a symbolic invitation to travelers in every direction. But after a lone gunman walked into a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple…

Zimbabwe: Voting concludes, counting begins

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans voted Wednesday in elections that will determine the future of longtime President Robert Mugabe, who has denied allegations of vote-rigging and dismissed concerns about the credibility of the polls. Lines of voters snaked…

AP PHOTOS: Andean fighting ritual settles scores

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The brightly hued ski masks come off, and the punching and kicking begin. Only once a judge has ruled one of the combatants licked do they stop fighting. Often with faces swollen and bloodied,…

Edward Snowden’s father thankful to Putin

MOSCOW (AP) — The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says on Russian television that he is grateful to the Kremlin for protecting his son. Speaking on state Rossiya 24 television in remarks broadcast Wednesday, Lon…

Sandusky scandal headed for another trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Jerry Sandusky scandal appears headed for another court battle that is sure to prolong the media spotlight and relive the testimony of how the former Penn State football icon molested boys, sometimes in…

Responses to Ohio St president’s Catholic remarks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — On Dec. 5, Ohio State president Gordon Gee jokingly referred to “those damn Catholics” at a university Athletic Council meeting in the context of frustration he expressed about trying to negotiate with Notre Dame…

Bayer Q2 profits jump on new drugs, lower charges

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG says net profit rose 75 percent in the second quarter thanks to lower one-time charges and strong sales of new drugs. Net profit came in at 841…

Responses, many angry, flood Ohio St after remarks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Outraged priests. Furious alumni. Offended Roman Catholics. All were among dozens of people who wrote angry letters and emails to Ohio State University earlier this year over remarks former president Gordon Gee made jabbing…