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…

Syrian army bombs key northern rebel town, kills 3

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Syrian government forces are bombing a strategic rebel-held town in the country’s north with heavy artillery and airstrikes for the third straight day, killing at least three people. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for…

Bombings kill 15 people in southern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say a wave of bombings in southern Afghanistan has killed 15 people, including six members of the country’s security services. Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of Helmand province, says there were…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, July 20, 2013. Showers and thunderstorms will persist along a cold front that slides through the Northeast on Saturday, helping reduce temperatures slightly for the region. A low pressure system in eastern Canada…

No signs Washington to come to Detroit’s rescue

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…

Quotations of the day

“When you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set…

Myanmar lifts emergency order in riot-hit areas

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s president has lifted a state of emergency put in place in the central part of the country after Buddhist-led mobs went on a rampage, killing dozens of Muslims and burning down their shops…

French police, youths clash after veil incident

PARIS (AP) — Authorities say a few hundred people attacked a police station west of Paris in apparent protest over enforcement of France’s ban on Islamic face veils. An official with the regional police administration said Saturday that…

Chinese families of air crash victims hire lawyers

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — No one knows exactly how Ye Meng Yuan ended up on the runway just 30 feet from the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, but officials say one thing is clear now: She somehow…

A year after movie shooting, Colo. seeks healing

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Some recited the names of the dead. Some are doing good deeds for their neighbors. And some will practice yoga, take a nature walk or simply talk. Coloradans looked for ways to heal as…

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 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Obama opens up about race, Trayvon Martin trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama kept his own counsel after the six women deciding whether George Zimmerman deserved prison time for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin delivered their verdict, releasing just a written statement appealing for…

Pope seeks Catholic rebirth in land of samba

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The white sands of Copacabana beach typically draw millions of sun-worshippers, New Year’s Eve revelers and fans for free concerts by the likes of Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. In the coming…

Thunderstorm threat a wildcard for Calif. wildfire

IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — The threat of weekend thunderstorms could bring much-needed moisture to a huge wildfire in the Southern California mountains near Palm Springs. Unfortunately it could also bring wind, lightning and other volatile conditions that could…

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. ___ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., Steve King, R-Iowa, Marcia Fudge,…

Obama’s remarks on race resonate with many

MIAMI (AP) — When President Barack Obama told the nation on Friday that slain black teenager Trayvon Martin could have been him 35 years ago, many black Americans across the nation nodded their head in silent understanding. Like…

Across US, people rally for ‘Justice for Trayvon’

ATLANTA (AP) — One week after a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, rallies are scheduled in 100 cities to press for civil rights charges against the former neighborhood…