Motorist faces trial in electrocution deaths

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aman Samsonian was speeding, passing cars and driving in a left-turn lane in a rush to get to the gym before he executed a turn and crashed into an electrical pole and fire hydrant,…

Claims against mayor inflict turmoil on San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The news release intended to project an air of normalcy: “Forward with City Business!” exclaimed the announcement Mayor Bob Filner put out last week with some upbeat photos showing the mayor reviewing plans for…

BT Q2 profit hit hard by restructuring costs

LONDON (AP) — BT PLC says its second-quarter profit fell 17 percent as Britain’s biggest fixed-line phone company spent 84 million pounds ($128 million) to restructure its business. The company said Thursday that net income dropped to 346…

Unbowed, foes of spying program vow to fight on

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of the National Security Agency’s collection of hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the massive surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House.…

Rig owner eyes relief well to divert gas off coast

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of a natural gas drilling rig aflame off Louisiana’s coast says preparations are underway for the possible drilling of a relief well to divert gas from the site and bring the well…

Student loan deal faces an easy path in House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate compromise on student loans is heading to House, where lawmakers there already have voted to link interest rates with the financial markets. If lawmakers can iron out the relatively small differences between…

Probe of deadly derailment focuses on train speed

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain (AP) — The death toll in a passenger train crash in northwestern Spain rose to 77 on Thursday after the train jumped the tracks on a curvy stretch just before arriving in the northwestern…

Spain’s unemployment falls below 6 million in Q2

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s National Statistics Institute says the country’s jobless rate dropped by 0.9 percentage points to 26.26 percent in the second quarter of 2013, sorely needed good news for an economy mired in recession for most…

Japan welcomes Kennedy as possible ambassador

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has welcomed the nomination of former U.S. first daughter Caroline Kennedy as Washington’s new ambassador. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that the nomination reflected the importance the U.S. government attaches to…

Oil near $104 as slower China dims demand outlook

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of a barrel of oil fell to near $105 on Thursday, extending a big drop the previous day sparked by weakness in China’s economy. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 33 cents…

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 0100 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Tulsa may rename landmarks that honor Klan member

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When Wyatt Tate Brady arrived here in 1890, Tulsa was just a spit of a town — an untidy tangle of dirt streets and a handful of tents occupied by white men seeking their…

It takes a ‘war room’ to launch Netflix’s series

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix’s Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it’s unusual for more than two dozen of the company’s engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30…

Televangelist Schuller hospitalized after fall

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert Schuller has been hospitalized after a fall at his Orange County home. Schuller’s daughter Carol Schuller Milner said Wednesday that her 86-year-old father remains at the hospital after…

Vt. town worried over sex offender’s release

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The hours are ticking down toward the release from prison of Timothy J. Szad, a sex offender deemed so dangerous that Vermont authorities are taking the unusual step of not only warning the public…

Admiration, puzzlement over Weiner’s loyal wife

NEW YORK (AP) — When Huma Abedin first started getting media attention years ago, some people couldn’t help but wonder what this beautiful, ambitious woman with high-fashion sense and a world-class Rolodex saw in Anthony Weiner. That’s a…

Sri Lanka to reduce troops in ex-war zone in north

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s military says it has decided to remove a dozen army camps in the former northern war zone where key elections are scheduled in less than two months. Military spokesman Brig. Ruwan…

Ex-Bulger partner wraps up testimony on 6th day

BOSTON (AP) — Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi is expected to take the witness stand for a sixth day of testimony in the racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger. Flemmi’s cross-examination is set to continue Thursday, a day after…

New Zealand bans ‘Maniac’ from general release

SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand banned a horror film starring Elijah Wood as a scalp-collecting serial killer from general release after the government deemed it too graphic and disturbing for the public. The Office of Film and Literature…