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…

Man pleads not guilty to killing 3 Ohio women

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags earlier this month. Thirty-five……

New TV channel tells Israel’s side of the story

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — State-of-the-art TV studios above an ancient Mideast port signal Israel’s arrival in a modern media landscape in which countries increasingly seek to broadcast their own perspective to the world. Israel advocates have long…

Peugeot Citroen losses mount in H1

PARIS (AP) — PSA Peugeot Citroen says its losses mounted in the first half as Europe’s recession ate into car sales just as it attempts to battle back from last year’s record 5 billion euro ($6.6 billion) loss.…

Eileen Brennan of ‘Private Benjamin,’ ‘Clue’ dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whether she was issuing orders as an Army captain in “Private Benjamin,” rambling as a real-life rendition of Mrs. Peacock from “Clue” or blasting an immortal monster with a shotgun as a crazy cat…

Oil slick spreads as cleanup drags on Thai island

BANGKOK (AP) — An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea has spread to nearby isles as authorities race to clean up the once-white sands and clear waters. About 50,000 liters of oil…

Airbus parent reports higher H1 profit

PARIS (AP) — The parent company of European jet maker Airbus says its profit soared in the first half and it has announced a corporate shakeup to give new prominence to its civil aviation division. European Aeronautic Defence…

Budweiser brewer earnings fall on taxes, financing

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, the world’s largest brewer, says second quarter earnings fell due to higher taxes and financing costs. Net profit at the Leuven, Belgium-based company was $1.50 billion (1.13 billion euros), or…

Ohio park seeking public input on deer control

BRECKSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Valley National Park is seeking public input on a plan to manage its white-tailed deer population — one tha……

US economic growth likely weakened in 2nd quarter

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report Wednesday is expected to show the U.S. economy barely grew from April through June. But economists are hopeful that the weak second quarter is a temporary lull that gives way to stronger growth…

FAA puts more restrictions on foreign jets at SFO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. aviation officials are no longer allowing foreign airlines to land alongside another plane when touching down at San Francisco International Airport in the wake of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash. The Federal Aviation…

Oil rises toward $104 ahead of Fed statement

BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices staged a mild recovery Wednesday, a day after hitting a four-week low, but traders say any bigger gains would likely be shortlived. Benchmark oil for August delivery was up 6 cents to $103.14…

Global stock markets drift ahead of Fed statement

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets drifted Wednesday as investors waited for the Federal Reserve’s latest assessment of the U.S. economy. The Fed is not expected to announce any big changes when it releases an updated policy statement…

Ford to offer natural gas F-150 for 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Ford soon will offer a natural gas version of its F-150 pickup truck, the most popular vehicle in the U.S. The company is the first Detroit automaker with that option in a light-duty pickup truck.…