Myanmar releases dozens of political prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s president has pardoned at least 70 more political prisoners, just days after promising to free all who remain jailed by the end of the year. The release of political detainees in Myanmar has…

2 men face rat, reptile breeding cruelty charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rescue crews went into a warehouse last year to save nearly 20,000 rats and reptiles at a wholesale distributor of exotic snakes and rodents, encountering a sight so revolting that they needed crisis counselors…

Indy museum wins $50K Warhol art expression grant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis art museum has received a $50,000 Freedom of Artistic Expression Award from the Andy Warhol Foundation. The foundation named for the artist said Monday the grant to the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art…

Jordan: Ship catches fire while unloading

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A spokesman for the Jordanian body that handles firefighting says a Norwegian-flagged ship laden with wood has caught fire while unloading in the Red Sea port of Aqaba. Civil Defense spokesman Brig. Farid Sharaa…

2 road accidents in south India kill 26

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say a bus and a truck carrying passengers have collided in southern India, killing 18 people. Police official Ajay Hilori said the crash took place Monday afternoon in a rural area of the…

Tropic bird goes astray, sparks NM birding frenzy

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s a frenzy erupting in the birding world, and the Rufous-necked wood-rail is to blame. Never before has there been a recorded sighting of a Rufous-necked wood-rail in the United States, but for the…

Ryan Braun accepts 65-game drug suspension

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Braun stood on a spring training field and proclaimed he was innocent of using banned testosterone. “I would bet my life,” he said back then, “that this substance never entered my body at…

Iran denounces EU Hezbollah blacklisting

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says the European Union’s decision to blacklist the military wing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah was “strange” and “uncalculated.” Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi told a news conference in Tehran Tuesday that the decision by…

Oil falls to near $106 after US home sales drop

BANGKOK (AP) — Oil marked time below $107 a barrel Tuesday after U.S. sales of previously occupied homes fell and traders awaited a weekly report on America’s inventories of crude. Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 19…

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 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

New school bus safety recommendations expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators are expected to make new school bus safety recommendations based on fatal accidents in New Jersey and Florida last year. The National Transportation Safety Board meets Tuesday to consider a report on the…

White House slams House GOP plan for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is holding a hearing on what to do about child immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as lawmakers search for a way forward on immigration in the Republican-led chamber. Leaders of the…

Congress, Obama at odds over new Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic’s already besieged oil industry, despite concern from the Obama administration that the measures could interfere…

William, Kate, show off their royal newborn son

LONDON (AP) — It’s Day One of parenting for William and Kate. After the excitement and fatigue and joy of childbirth — emotions shared with a nation — the young couple is expected to bring the prince home…

US surveillance, Syria at issue on defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Limits on secret U.S. surveillance programs and President Barack Obama’s push to help Syrian rebels were in dispute as the House weighed legislation to fund the nation’s military. The House planned to begin debate Tuesday…

DIGITS: 63 percent back path to citizenship

Poll after poll show that a majority of Americans favor allowing immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to remain here legally and, further, to apply for citizenship. But the level of support for changes in immigration laws varies…

Dallas suburb’s renting ordinance blocked

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas suburb’s law banning immigrants who are in the United States without legal permission from renting has once again been blocked by a court. In the latest ruling on a series of laws targeting…

Ex-partner accuses Bulger of pedophilia in trial

BOSTON (AP) — Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, the former partner of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, is expected to face tough questions from Bulger’s lawyers after he acknowledged participating in sex acts with the daughter of his longtime…

Soul-searching in Cleveland after 3 slayings

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — The soul-searching has begun in and around Cleveland — again — as the chilling details emerge from the latest missing-women case to send a shiver through the metropolitan area. A registered sex offender…

NYC airport fully reopens after jet’s hard landing

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials were hoping to have both runways at LaGuardia Airport up and fully functional after the collapse of a plane’s front landing gear sent it skidding along the tarmac and caused a temporary suspension…