Despite outcry, stand-ground law repeals unlikely

MIAMI (AP) — Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor’s office, the jury’s verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in…

3 Iranian mountaineers missing in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of a mountaineering club says rescuers have called off their search for three Iranian mountain climbers who went missing in northern Pakistan. Manzoor Hussain, president of Pakistan’s Alpine Club, said Sunday his outfit…

Ga. blueberry knocks peach off top of fruit pile

ATLANTA (AP) — What is the most valuable fruit crop produced in the Peach State? This is not a trick question, but you may want to pause a second before answering. Ready? It’s the blueberry. Georgia is famous…

Susan Graham a happy camper as the ‘Duchess’

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ask Susan Graham how she reacted when Santa Fe Opera first offered her the title role in Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.” “Do I still have the bruises?” she replies, extending her…

Archaeologists claim to have discovered King David’s palace

JERUSALEM (AP) — A team of Israeli archaeologists believes it has discovered the ruins of a palace belonging to the biblical King David, but other Israeli experts dispute the claim. Archaeologists from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel’s…

Gold rush-era discards could fuel cellphones, TVs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside.…

King David’s palace found, says Israeli team

JERUSALEM (AP) — A team of Israeli archaeologists believes it has discovered the ruins of a palace belonging to the biblical King David, but other Israeli experts dispute the claim. Archaeologists from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israel’s…

Burkina Faso workers protest high living costs

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s prime minister says the government will begin talks with trade unions after thousands of workers joined protests around the country against rising costs for basic goods like rice and sugar. In…

Foul odor leads Ohio authorities to grisly find

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Police plan to expand their search Sunday for possibly more victims after three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags in a Cleveland suburb. The bodies, believed to be female, were found about…

Pakistan says willing to help Afghan peace talks

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior Pakistani official says his country is willing to help get peace talks started with the Taliban if asked. Sartaj Aziz, a special adviser on national security and foreign affairs, says Islamabad has…

APNewsBreak: Ohio zoo tries to mate rhino siblings

CINCINNATI (AP) — With the survival of a species on the line, Cincinnati Zoo scientists are hoping to mate their lone female Sumatran rhino with her little brother. The desperation breeding effort with the rhino siblings follows a…

House GOP on health care: For repeal, not replace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three years after campaigning on a vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s health care law, House Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen…

Mortar shells hit market in Syria, killing 18

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Syrian state television claims that a pro-government group has hacked into two social messaging networks and seized records of local users. Such a hack could expose Syrian rebels and other activists who depend on…

Bahrain: 3 arrested in connection to bombing

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain says authorities have arrested three suspects in connection with a bombing last week outside a mosque near the royal residences in the Gulf kingdom. The blast pointed to a widening campaign by more…

Iran invites Western leaders to inauguration

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry says the Islamic Republic has sent invitations to all the world’s leaders to attend the Aug. 4 inauguration of its new president. Spokesman Abbas Araghchi was quoted by the semiofficial ISNA…

Mali official says election workers freed in north

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — A group of election workers, who were kidnapped over the weekend in northern Mali’s troubled Kidal region where they had gone to distribute voter ID cards, were released Sunday, officials said. The incident comes…

Jordan court rejects bail for militant cleric

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian prosecutor says the country’s military court has refused a bail request by a radical Muslim preacher who was deported from Britain to be retried at home on terrorism charges. The 53-year-old preacher…

Russian region says militants flocking to Syria

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — The leader of a restive province in Russia’s Caucasus Mountains says local Islamic militants are fighting alongside rebels in Syria and could further destabilize their home region when they return. Ramazan Abdulatipov, the acting…

Japan’s ruling bloc wins upper house elections

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese broadcasters projected that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition won a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament in elections Sunday, giving it control of both chambers for the first time in…