Seen and heard at Comic-Con

Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego: ___ STYLE AND TECHNIQUE MAKE AND BREAK PERCEPTIONS Artist J.H. Williams III says that the artists who illustrate comic books can help change the way…

Pope’s Brazil trip spurs security, protest worries

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Since taking the helm of the world’s biggest church in March, Pope Francis has waded into massive crowds with minimal protection to hug children and wash the feet of the faithful. He has…

Treasury secretary in Greece for talks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is urging Greece to continue its efforts to stabilize its debt-ridden economy. Lew is on a one-day visit to Greece after attending a Group of 20 summit in Russia. He…

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…

Ex-priest seeks $450,000 from Wis. archdiocese

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The list of creditors for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee includes hundreds of child sexual abuse victims, along with a bank, pension funds and others typical in bankruptcy cases. It also includes one less usual: a…

Autos troubles, race at root of Detroit collapse

Blue-collar workers poured into the cavernous auto plants of Detroit for generations, confident that a sturdy back and strong work ethic would bring them a house, a car and economic security. It was a place where the American…

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…