UK police charge 12 anti-fracking protesters

LONDON (AP) — British police say 12 people have been charged with a variety of offenses in relation to ongoing protests over shale gas extraction in southern England. Surrey Police said Saturday that they have made two further…

Warm weather means early Calif. wine grape harvest

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There’s no such thing as “normal” weather in California wine country, and vineyard operators say this year that truism could mean good news for wine lovers. After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes…

Pakistan: Indian gunfire kills soldier in Kashmir

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani army says one soldier has been killed and another wounded after Indian troops opened fire across the disputed frontier in the region of Kashmir. Pakistan’s military says in a statement that the shooting…

Thousands in Germany protest NSA surveillance

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people are taking to the streets in Germany to protest against the alleged widespread surveillance of Internet users by U.S. intelligence services. Protesters, responding to calls by a loose network calling itself #stopwatchingus,…

Pope draws 3M for vigil after chastising ‘exodus’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday challenged bishops from around the world to get out of their churches and preach, and to have the courage to go to the farthest margins of society to find…

Can superhero parodies rescue the porn business?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — We all know he can leap tall buildings in a single bound and bend steel in his bare hands. So perhaps it should come as no surprise that during a time of crisis even…

Obama and McCain: Washington’s newest odd couple

WASHINGTON (AP) — There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions. No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign…

Germans swelter under July heat wave

BERLIN (AP) — Germans are flocking to swimming pools, lakes and beaches to escape soaring temperatures that are expected to hit 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 Fahrenheit) on Saturday. Meteorologists say Germany’s highest-recorded temperature of 40.2 Celsius, measured in…

Key events in Egypt’s uprising and unrest

CAIRO (AP) — Clashes erupted early Saturday in Cairo between security forces and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi, killing at least 38 protesters. Here are some key events from more than two years of turmoil and…

Cambodian opposition makes gains in elections

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition leader has virtually acknowledged that his party will lose Sunday’s general election, saying the polls are unfair but vowing that his “fight for real democracy” will go on. Cambodia National Rescue…

Ohio AG tells consumers beware of utility scams

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state’s attorney general is urging Ohioans to watch out for scams involving utilities after two people reported losing about $800 eac……

Congo rebels detain 100 people for opposition

GOMA, Congo (AP) — A spokesman for the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo says the group detained more than 100 people who claimed the rebels were responsible for thefts. Kabasha Amani said the 110 people, mostly young…

Zimbabwe faces poll with little violence this time

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At the age of 89 President Robert Mugabe is on the campaign trail, seeking to extend his grip on Zimbabwe in an election next week that observers fear will be marred by fraud. But…

BBC foreign correspondent Jon Leyne dies at 55

LONDON (AP) — BBC foreign correspondent Jon Leyne, who spent more than 25 years crossing continents and covering conflicts for the broadcaster, has died. He was 55. The BBC said on its website Saturday that Leyne had been…

Man found fatally shot outside OH building

CINCINNATI (AP) — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man found dead at a southwest Ohio apartment building. Cincinnati police say they responded shortl……

Protesters try to disrupt Lithuania gay pride

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A group of protesters tried to disrupt Lithuania’s second gay pride parade ever on Saturday, defying an enormous police presence by throwing eggs at marchers and attempting to storm a stage. Several hundred gay…

Police: 2 people dead in grenade blast in Rwanda

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Rwanda police say two people were killed and two others seriously wounded following a grenade attack in the capital. Rwandan police said that 30 other people received minor injuries after the grenade went off…

Fired VP to run for S. Sudan presidency in 2015

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar has said he will run for the presidency in 2015 against President Salva Kiir who sacked him earlier this week. Speaking publicly late Friday for the…

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs of Louisiana dies at 97

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Lindy Boggs of Louisiana, who used the soft-spoken grace of a plantation lady to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died…

Manslaughter charge filed in Hudson boat crash

PIERMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Coast Guard says a recreational boat struck a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge on New York’s Hudson River, sending two people into the water who haven’t been found. Four others were hurt.…