Greek monks hurl petrol bombs at bailiffs

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Civilian authorities on Greece’s monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos say a group of monks facing eviction have attacked court bailiffs with rocks and petrol bombs. No one was injured in the incident early Monday…

Syrian TV: Troops capture key Homs neighborhood

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state TV says troops have fully captured a neighborhood that was one of the rebels’ key strongholds in the embattled city of Homs. Monday’s announcement came a month after Syrian troops started an…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Monday, July 29, 2013. Cool weather conditions with areas of wet weather will continue for the eastern U.S. on Monday as an upper trough of low pressure remains dominant across the region. This prevailing…

Ariz. flash flood carries away tour bus, none hurt

DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Flash flood waters swept a tour bus with 33 people aboard hundreds of yards down a wash in northwestern Arizona and the vehicle flipped on its side, but no one was injured, officials…

A relic of Myanmar’s past, internal spying, stays

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — It’s been two years since Myanmar’s new government promised its people a more open way of life, but still they come, plainclothes state intelligence officers asking where former student activist Mya Aye is and…

Black waves of oil washing onto Thai resort beach

BANGKOK (AP) — Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea despite continuous attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from…

Jackson concludes ‘Hobbit’ filming in New Zealand

SYDNEY (AP) — Peter Jackson has finished filming “The Hobbit” trilogy. The New Zealand filmmaker shared pictures of his last day on the set with his Facebook fans. He also live-blogged from the set of the final film…

Beer by beer, Houston home morphs into landmark

HOUSTON (AP) — The life’s work of a child of the Great Depression has become a Houston folk art landmark. The former home of John and Mary Milkovisch is covered in flattened beer cans and can-top garlands. The…

AP Impact: Some ankle bracelet alarms go unchecked

Three decades after they were introduced as a crime-fighting tool, electronic ankle bracelets used to track an offender’s whereabouts have proliferated so much that officials are struggling to handle an avalanche of monitoring alerts that are often nothing…

Israel, Palestinians resuming talks after 5 years

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli and Palestinian teams headed to Washington on Monday for preliminary talks on resuming formal negotiations after five years of stalemate. Both sides emphasized that many obstacles stand between them and a final deal on…

Trying to save part of Rosie the Riveter’s factory

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a “man’s work” by building World War II-era bombers, making her an enduring symbol of American female empowerment, will be…

Flossie downgraded from storm; Hawaii rainy, windy

HONOLULU (AP) — Residents and tourists across Hawaii are bracing for heavy rains and strong winds from Tropical Storm Flossie, while the system weakened as it approached the state. National Weather Service officials said they expect people on…

New Zealand PM says spy net could catch reporters

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New Zealand’s prime minister says his country doesn’t spy on journalists, but it’s theoretically possible reporters could get caught in surveillance nets when the U.S. spies on enemy combatants. Prime Minister John Key…

Exclusive: Signs of declining economic security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data…

Exclusive: Signs of declining economic security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive…

Differences small between student loan bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is set to go along with a bipartisan Senate compromise that would link college students’ interest rates to the financial markets and offer borrowers lower rates this fall. The Senate bill hews closely…

Pigs smart as dogs? Activists pose the question

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s extensive evidence that pigs are as smart and sociable as dogs. Yet one species is afforded affection and respect; the other faces mass slaughter en route to becoming bacon, ham and pork chops.…

Bus crash in southern Italy kills 38 people

ROME (AP) — Rescuers wielding electric saws cut through the twisted wreckage of an Italian tour bus for survivors of a crash in southern Italy that killed at least 37 people after it crashed into traffic and plunged…

Taiwan names civilian to head defense ministry

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan on Monday named a civilian to head up a defense ministry that is struggling to attract recruits and facing protests over the heat-stroke death of a soldier while he was confined in a…

Wave of car bombings in Iraq kills at least 55

BAGHDAD (AP) — A wave of a dozen car bombings hit in and around the Iraqi capital during morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, killing at least 36 people in the latest coordinated attack by insurgents determined…