Crisis-weary Kuwait stumbles toward new elections

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — From boycotting ballots to storming parliament, each time Kuwait heads into parliamentary elections the backstory seems to overshadow the vote. Yet the revolving-door series of elections could have an impact not only on this…

Weiner rejects calls to drop NYC mayoral bid

NEW YORK (AP) — When a heckled, harried Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress and apologized for the explicit messages that had destroyed his career, a key figure was notably absent: his then-pregnant wife, Huma Abedin. On Tuesday, there…

Munn thinks love for Wonder Woman won’t win role

SINGAPORE (AP) — Olivia Munn’s love for Wonder Woman may be no secret, but the actress doesn’t think she’d be likely to play the superheroine on the big screen. The Chinese-American Munn says she likely wouldn’t be considered…

Building homes that make more power than they take

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. (AP) — Homes being built in this Hudson Valley cul-de-sac offer prospective buyers wooded lots, pretty views and — oh yes — the promise of thumbing your nose at the power utility. These “zero-net energy”…

Chinese vice president to visit North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — China’s vice president will visit North Korea this week for Korean War commemorations following a period of strained relations between the communist neighbors. Vice President Li Yuanchao will be the highest ranking Chinese official to…

Last 2 female victims in Ohio slayings identified

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — The three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags in northeast Ohio all have been identified. Family and authorities said Tuesday the last two victims are 18-year-old Shirellda Helen Terry and…

Last 2 female victims in Ohio slayings identified

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — The three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags in northeast Ohio all have been identified. Family and authorities said Tuesd……

Bulgaria: Police ends Parliament siege, frees MPs

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Police in Bulgaria has broken up a blockade of Parliament by anti-government protesters to escort out more than 100 lawmakers and government ministers who had been trapped inside the besieged building for more than…

Oil near $107 as China manufacturing weakens

BANGKOK (AP) — Weak China manufacturing dragged the price of oil below $107 a barrel Wednesday as traders awaited the latest figures on U.S. crude and gasoline supplies. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 33 cents at…

2 teachers killed in bombing in Thailand’s south

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — A roadside bomb exploded in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south Wednesday, killing two teachers and wounding three other people, police said. Suspected insurgents detonated the explosive as a car carrying three teachers passed by a…

Daimler Q2 profits jump on EADS stake sale

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Automaker Daimler AG is reporting a big jump in net profit in the second quarter thanks to gains from selling its stake in aerospace firm EADS. The company said Wednesday that net profit rose…

Upbeat European figures give markets a lift

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Wednesday after a survey showed Chinese manufacturing fell to its lowest point in nearly a year. Stock benchmarks in Japan and China sank after HSBC said its preliminary…

Gov’t needs $95.51 per share to break even on GM

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors stock would have to sell for $95.51 per share for taxpayers to break even on bailing out the company, according to a government watchdog’s report released Wednesday. That price is about three times…

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, July 24, the 205th day of 2013. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1959, during a visit to Moscow, Vice President Richard Nixon engaged in his…

AP PHOTOS: Big Mass on Rio beach as pope rests

Pope Francis took it easy Tuesday after his long flight to Brazil, attending a private Mass and meeting with church officials. The World Youth Day festival got underway, with an estimated half million Roman Catholic faithful crowding onto…

44 rescued from Gulf rig after natural gas blowout

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Natural gas spewed uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast on Tuesday after a blowout that forced the evacuation of 44 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. No injuries were reported in…

Chinese vice president to visit North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — China says Vice President Li Yuanchao will visit North Korea this week for Korean War commemorations following a period of strained relations between the communist neighbors. The Foreign Ministry said Li will visit from Thursday…

Asylum seeker boat sinks off Indonesia, 157 saved

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A boat carrying would-be asylum seekers to Australia sunk in Indonesia waters, and an official said more than 150 survivors have been rescued. At least three people died, but it’s unclear how many more…

2 teens hurt in fall at Ga.’s Stone Mountain park

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Police say two teenagers were hospitalized with serious injuries after they fell several hundred feet from a cliff at Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, outside Atlanta. Park spokesman John Bankhead said the two were…