Rapper Kanye West scuffles with paparazzi at LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police are investigating a scuffle between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport, where paparazzi are known to lurk in hopes of snapping shots of celebrities. LAX Police Sgt. Steve…

Saturday, July 27

Today is Saturday, July 27, the 208th day of 2013. There are 157 days left in the year. Highlights in history on this date: 1563 – French army regains Le Havre, France, where English garrison is stricken with…

FAA wants Dreamliner transmitters inspected

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airlines should inspect the emergency locator transmitters of all Boeing 787 “Dreamliners,” the Federal Aviation Administration urged Friday following a fire earlier in the week aboard one of the airliners while parked at London’s Heathrow…

Ex-San Fran crime tech sentenced in cocaine case

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco crime lab technician at the center of a scandal that resulted in hundreds of drug cases being dropped has been sentenced to home confinement on a cocaine charge. Deborah Madden…

‘Game of Thrones’ pays tribute to dead characters

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s wasn’t hard for “Game of Thrones” to say goodbye to several characters at Comic-Con. The panel for the fantasy HBO series kicked off Friday with an “in memoriam” segment set to Boyz II…

Detroit’s glory days are ahead, says Aretha

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin says Detroit’s future is bright. The Detroit native, known as the “Queen of Soul,” is reacting to her city’s bankruptcy. In a statement, Franklin says Detroit may be “bankrupt monetarily but we are…

Government letter defends phone-tracking program

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government has defended its use of a phone-tracking program that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans in a letter to a federal judge, saying it is a program monitored by…

Possible lightning strike clears Pa. neighborhood

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Residents of a southcentral Pennsylvania neighborhood have been evacuated as a precaution after emergency officials got word that a fuel t……

Mich. judge: Detroit bankruptcy move is illegal

DETROIT (AP) — A judge is ordering Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to withdraw Detroit’s bankruptcy petition, saying the state is illegally trampling the rights of pensioners. However, the decision is unlikely to have any effect on the bankruptcy.…

NASCAR suspends use of aerial camera systems

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems Friday, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Ten people were injured…

Ohio men challenge state law denying gay marriage

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two Ohio men have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ohio violates the U.S Constitution by denying legal recognition to same-sex couples married in st……

Asylum seekers cause $55 million damage at Nauru

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A protest at an Australian-run immigration detention camp in Nauru turned violent Friday with several asylum seekers and guards injured in a rock-throwing riot, officials and a witness said. Around 150 asylum seekers were…

Socialists pull out of Portuguese government talks

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The leader of Portugal’s main opposition party says talks aimed at resolving a dispute over changes in the coalition government have failed. The coalition nearly split July 2 when Foreign Minister Paulo Portas, the…

Water restrictions lifted for 200,000 in Md.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Officials have lifted mandatory water restrictions for some 200,000 residents and businesses in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., as repairs were completed on a failing transmission main. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission lifted…

Vin Diesel: Dungeons & Dragons fueled creativity

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dungeons & Dragons inspired Vin Diesel as a child, and having children of his own changed how he sees his killer characters. The action star appeared at Comic-Con Friday to help unveil footage from…

Fox says ‘Glee’ season delayed by Monteith death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox TV says that production will be delayed on its series “Glee” because of the death of star Cory Monteith. In a statement Friday, Fox said the show will go into production in early…

Teen dies in 16-story fall from Ala. beach condo

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — A Louisiana teenager is dead after falling 16 stories into the pool at a beachfront condominium in Alabama. Orange Beach police say 18-year-old Challenge Talbot of Thibodaux, La., was found dead about 3:45…

US urges Bangladesh to protect workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government on Friday urged Bangladesh to take measures to protect workers’ rights and improve factory conditions if it wants to have trade benefits restored. The Obama administration suspended Bangladesh’s preferential trade arrangements on…

Man arrested for stealing Bay Area transit bus

OAKDALE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a shirtless man who allegedly stole a transit bus from a San Francisco terminal drove it 100 miles before being arrested. California Highway Patrol officers put down road spikes to flatten the…