Officials: Attacks kill 14 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Insurgents ambushed a local police headquarters in northern Iraq early Wednesday, killing at least nine policemen and extending the surge of violence that has killed more than 500 people this month alone, officials said. The…

First Afghan woman governor wins Magsaysay award

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from Myanmar’s Kachin minority are among this year’s recipients of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, often regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize. The…

Asylum seeker boat sinks off Indonesia, 157 saved

BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers were searching Wednesday for dozens of asylum seekers still believed missing after their boat sank in Indonesian waters on the way to Australia. More than 150 survivors were brought to safety and three…

By George! Britain’s little prince gets a name

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived at Kensington Palace Wednesday to see her new great-grandson, who has spent a first night at home with his parents, Prince William and Kate. The 87-year-old monarch made a short…

Germany lobbies for UN online privacy charter

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has urged fellow European Union member states to support its drive for a new global charter protecting personal privacy online. A letter sent by Germany’s foreign and justice ministers to their EU counterparts cites…

Netanyahu wants West Bank included in referendum

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli official says Benjamin Netanyahu wants the fate of the West Bank included in a referendum on any land-for-peace deal with the Palestinians. Current law only requires a referendum if Israel gives up east…

Tropical Storm Dorian swirls in eastern Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) — A new tropical depression has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is expected to soon become a tropical storm. The depression’s maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 35 mph (55 kph). The U.S. National…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Wet and unsettled weather will continue for parts of the East on Wednesday. In the North, showers in the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic States will gradually taper off through Wednesday…

Owner of burning Gulf rig considers relief well

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An out-of-control natural gas well off the Louisiana coast has caught fire, hours after a blowout that prompted the evacuation of 44 workers. Meanwhile, officials stressed that Tuesday’s blowout wouldn’t be close to as…

Univision cancels talk show hosted by ‘Piolin’

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Radio listeners didn’t hear a peep out of the animated Spanish-language personality nicknamed for “Tweety Bird” after Univision Radio Network yanked the talk radio host from the air, playing only music in his…

Afghans flee to India, but life remains tough

NEW DELHI (AP) — Sharifa Jan fled Afghanistan for India last year when the Taliban killed her husband and threatened her six children. New Delhi’s chaos baffled her but the city also provided a safe haven. But like…

Senate set to finish work on student loan deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower interest rates on all student loans are in sight. The Senate was set to take up a bill Wednesday that would link interest rates to the financial markets, providing lower rates for all college…

Obama: Washington took its eye off economic ball

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, President Barack Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he…

Truck maker Volvo’s Q2 profits halve

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish truck and bus maker AB Volvo says sliding sales, weak foreign exchange rates and costs related to the rollout of new products resulted net profit falling by more than half in the second quarter.…

Anniversary hike ends in tragedy near scenic spot

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — They left their two young children with relatives and set off to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary at one of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Southwest. Months earlier, the luck of…

House debate gives new airing to NSA surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional backers of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program warn that ending the massive collection of phone records from millions of Americans would put the nation at risk from another terrorist…

Pakistani parties name presidential candidates

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani political parties have nominated their candidates for the upcoming presidential elections with the ruling party’s candidate seen as the front-runner. Tariq Azeem, a spokesman for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party, says the party…

Judge stops lawsuits against Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s bankruptcy is hitting a courtroom for the first time as a judge considers what to do with challenges from retirees who claim their pensions are protected by the Michigan Constitution. The city wants U.S.…

Slain boy’s dad adds voice to help black men, boys

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will be on Capitol Hill for a hearing addressing the challenges faced by African-American boys and men. Tracy Martin will give opening remarks Wednesday at the inaugural…