Official: Pakistani offensive kills 15 militants

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A senior military official says Pakistani army has killed 15 militants in a new northwest offensive targeting militants who often strike a provincial capital from the mountainous region. The official said Saturday that the…

Egypt forms committee to amend constitution

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s new foreign minister said Saturday that Cairo is reevaluating its relationship with Syria following the military’s ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. In his first public comments since becoming Egypt’s top diplomat, Nabil Fahmy…

Obama’s inaugural ambitious meet political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months ago, President Barack Obama stood on the Capitol steps and offered a soaring liberal vision for his second term. Buoyed by re-election, he said the nation must pursue without delay steps to protect…

Fight over New Orleans jail reform funds to resume

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The legal tussle over the costs of reforming the notoriously dangerous New Orleans jail is about to resume in a federal courtroom, where lawyers are expected to press the case that the sheriff doesn’t…
Fatal crash

Man dies in crash

A Berlin Center man was killed in a one vehicle accident in Milton Township.…

Police: Toxic levels of pesticide in kids’ lunch

PATNA, India (AP) — Police say samples of cooking oil and leftover food taken from an Indian school where 23 children died after eating lunch this past week were contaminated with “very toxic” levels of an agricultural pesticide.…

Ohio fire official pulls gun in road-rage incident

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Columbus arson investigator who ordered a driver out of his car at gunpoint in what police say was a road-rage incident has been suspended for two……

US showing little enthusiasm for Detroit bailout

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the bleakest days of the Great Recession, Congress agreed in bipartisan votes to bail out two of Detroit’s biggest businesses, General Motors and Chrysler. Today, however, there seems little appetite from either Democrats or…

Belgian King appeals for unity in farewell speech

BRUSSELS (AP) — King Albert has used his farewell speech on the eve of his abdication to call for unity in the linguistically divided nation and said it is of “essential importance” to stick together to maintain Belgium’s…

Bomb detonated at Beijing airport; 1 injured

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say that a man set off a homemade bomb in Terminal 3 of the Beijing International Airport, but that no one besides the man was injured and order has been restored. The…

China: Death sentences for fishing boat killings

BEIJING (AP) — A court in eastern China said Saturday that it has convicted 11 men of intentional homicide for the killings of 16 fellow crew members on an oceangoing fishing boat, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.…

Pope prays at Rome basilica for World Youth Day

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is reaching out over social media to young followers gearing up for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Francis posted a message on Twitter Saturday touching base with young Catholics en…

Palestinians say ’67 borders basis for talks

JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli official says some Palestinian prisoners will be released as part of the new breakthrough by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in efforts to restart Mideast talks. Israel’s intelligence and strategic affairs…

Obama commends work of consumer protection agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is commending the work of a consumer protection agency created after the economic crisis. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau got its first permanent director this week after the Senate voted to install…

Italy: 5 convicted for Costa Concordia shipwreck

GROSSETO, Italy (AP) — An Italian court on Saturday convicted five employees of an Italian cruise company for the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers after it accepted their plea bargains. The longest sentence went…

Afghan president approves new election law

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president has approved a new law governing next year’s presidential and provincial elections, an important step toward a smooth transition of power in 2014. Hamid Karzai’s office says he signed a decree on…

Las Vegas thunderstorm brings high water to Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — High winds and severe thunderstorms struck Las Vegas, knocking down trees and utility poles and flooding parts of the famed Strip. The Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/12UXRDS ) reports that gamblers were forced to scatter…

Vet returns to NKorea for 1st black Navy aviator

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two years after he made history by becoming the Navy’s first black pilot, Ensign Jesse Brown lay trapped in his downed fighter plane in subfreezing North Korea, his leg broken and bleeding. His…