EU official: China can curb pollution, still grow

BEIJING (AP) — The European Union’s environment commissioner says China can curb pollution without sacrificing economic growth. Janez Potocnik also says China’s serious pollution problems are an opportunity for European businesses that have developed technology to clean up…

Nokia Q2 sales fall by 24 pct, misses expectations

HELSINKI (AP) — Struggling Nokia Corp. on Thursday said its sales continued to drop in the second quarter, while it managed to reduce its net loss amid continued cost-cuts. The Finnish cellphone maker said second-quarter sales fell to…

NH mother of burned, beaten boy pleads guilty

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman accused of failing to get help for her beaten and burned 3-year-old son has pleaded guilty to several charges and has been sentenced to at least 2½ years in prison.…

Egypt: Suspected militants kill 3 policemen

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Interior Ministry says suspected militants have killed three policemen and seriously wounded two in an attack in the Sinai Peninsula. The ministry said in a statement on Thursday that the attack took place late…

Psychiatrists decry mental health care in Africa

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — African psychiatrists say mentally ill people across the continent are getting poor or no care and often are treated with a heavy stigma. This week African psychiatrists are meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala,…

Bomber as rock star? Rolling Stone cover outrage

NEW YORK (AP) — Sultry eyes burn into the camera lens from behind tousled curls. A scruff of sexy beard and loose T-shirt are bathed in soft, yellow light. The close-up of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of…

Afghan officials: Insurgents kill 8 laborers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Insurgents pulled over a minivan with eight young laborers on their way to work at a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, forced them out and then shot them dead, officials said. The…

Ohio priest put on leave amid sex-abuse probe

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio priest has been put on administrative leave amid a child-sexual-abuse investigation. The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/194ySGm )……

Where’s that royal baby? Is Kate overdue?

LONDON (AP) — By the time you’re reading this, the Duchess of Cambridge could be in labor. Or it could be a matter of hours. Or days. Or weeks. As Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, await…
ROAD CLOSED

Road closed in New Castle

A road in New Castle was closed after a water main break early Thursday morning.…

2 dead in outbreak at Ohio retirement community

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Health officials in a central Ohio county have confirmed that two people have died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a retireme……

Son of Jerry Sandusky seeks to have name changed

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seeking to have his name changed more than a year after his adoptive father w……

Artists celebrate Mandela with paintings

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With giant portraits of Nelson Mandela and colorful posters, South African artists are celebrating the 95th birthday Thursday of the anti-apartheid leader, who remains hospitalized although his condition has improved. The “father of the nation”…

Kerry gets an earful from angry Syrian refugees

ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited a camp for Syrian refugees displaced by the fighting in their country, hearing first-hand accounts from Syrians who have fled what the U.N. says is…

Spanish banks’ bad loan burden rises

MADRID (AP) — The level of bad loans on Spanish banks’ books has climbed to 11.2 percent in May from 10.9 percent the previous month in the latest sign of the country’s severe economic problems. Central bank data…

Enzi unmentioned, Cheney opposes ‘cutting deals’

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Liz Cheney struck a no-compromises tone Wednesday as she launched her campaign to unseat Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator, Mike Enzi. The elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney addressed reporters in Casper and…

Asiana asked to review safety before crash

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s transport ministry said Thursday it asked Asiana Airlines Inc. to review safety measures two months before an Asiana flight crash-landed in San Francisco. Kwon Yong Bok, director general of aviation safety…

Thailand riveted by jet-setting monk scandal

BANGKOK (AP) — He’s known as Thailand’s jet-setting fugitive monk, and his story has riveted the country with daily headlines of lavish excess, promiscuity and alleged crimes ranging from statutory rape to manslaughter. Until a month ago, 33-year…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, July 18, 2013. A high pressure system will remain in charge of the weather pattern in the eastern half of the country Thursday, with temperature exceeding 90 degrees for many areas from the…

Zimmerman protest leads to 17 arrests in Calif.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a protest over George Zimmerman’s acquittal has led to the arrests of 17 people in a small Southern California city. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says eight of the 17 people…