Fiat Industrial 2Q earns up 26 percent

MILAN (AP) — Farm equipment proved to be Fiat Industrial’s big-earner in the second quarter, as the Italian capital goods company reported year-on-year earnings growth of 26 percent. The company, which was spun off from Fiat’s car business…

Last case dropped in Swedish serial-killer scandal

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped the last remaining charges against a man who was once considered Sweden’s worst serial killer, but whose eight murder convictions were overturned after he withdrew his confessions. Psychiatric officials will now…

Pakistani prison attacked by Taliban lacked guards

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Taliban commanders say they have managed to smuggle over two dozen militants they broke out of a prison in northwest Pakistan to one of the group’s strongholds in the country’s tribal regions.…

UN reports spike in Afghan civilian casualties

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.N. mission in Afghanistan says the number of civilian casualties has spiked in the first half of this year as insurgents use the NATO drawdown to try to retake lost territory. Georgette Gagnon,…

Defections weaken brutal Central African warlord

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A U.S.-based watchdog group says a series of defections from the Lord’s Resistance Army have left the Central African rebel group weaker than ever. The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative said in a report Wednesday…

Rights group urges probe of Palestinian beatings

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A leading human rights group has asked the Palestinian government to investigate alleged police beatings of protesters who were demonstrating against the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Human Rights Watch quotes witnesses as…

Philippine troops kill 6 communist rebels in clash

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Government forces killed at least six communist rebels in fighting ending early Wednesday, the latest in a string of battle losses for the insurgents, the military said. Troops backed by police were checking reports…

Cambodian PM says ready for talks with opposition

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition party escalated its challenge to the country’s election results Wednesday, claiming it had actually won a majority of National Assembly seats. The action suggests that the opposition is digging in for…

Eurozone jobless down for first time in 2 years

BRUSSELS (AP) — Further evidence has emerged that the eurozone economy is on the mend. Figures Wednesday from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, show that the number of unemployed across the 17 European Union countries that use the…

Army competition switches to video for interviews

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Contestants for the Army’s soldier of the year no longer compete against one another in person, but now must be judged remotely. It’s another change prompted by federal budget cuts. This week, in…

Chemist hopes to be Germany’s first black lawmaker

HALLE, Germany (AP) — Karamba Diaby makes his way through the historic heart of Halle with the speed of a seasoned politician: slowly. More than two decades involvement in local politics means the 51-year-old immigrant can’t go more…

VW holds its own in tough market

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen AG says net profit fell 50 percent in the second quarter compared to the previous year, when earnings were boosted by a one-time accounting plus related to its takeover of Porsche.…

Cause of Fla. gas plant blast being investigated

TAVARES, Fla. (AP) — Equipment malfunction and human error are among the possible causes of a series of explosions that spawned a 20-by-20 foot fireball at a central Florida propane plant and left eight injured, authorities said. Tavares…

San Diego council denies funds to embattled mayor

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego’s City Council made it clear it wants the city to have no part in the legal dealings of Mayor Bob Filner, who is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit, allegations of…

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…