Wal-Mart faceoff with DC fuels minimum wage debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bitter standoff between Wal-Mart and Washington, D.C. officials over the city’s effort to impose a higher minimum wage on big-box retailers is fueling a wider debate about how far cities should go in trying…

Mexico sets $100 billion rail, ports, roads plan

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government has announced plans to invest about $100 billion in rail, road and port projects over the next five years, including Mexico’s first high-speed rail links. Mexico abandoned all regular passenger train…

More tests needed for cause of Monteith’s death

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — With no obvious cause of death for “Glee” star Cory Monteith, the British Columbia Coroners Service says it will do further testing to determine how the 31-year-old died. The autopsy was taking place…

Bitten by hungry T. rex, this dinosaur got away

NEW YORK (AP) — The fearsome bite of a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex left behind new evidence that the famous beast hunted for food and wasn’t just a scavenger. Researchers found a part of a T. rex tooth wedged…

Jamaica adopts smoking ban in public places

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — People caught lighting up in bars, restaurants and other enclosed public spaces now face hefty penalties in Jamaica. The new law also prohibits smoking in outdoor public spots such as bus stops and open-air…

France confirms body found in Mali is hostage

PARIS (AP) — The office of President Francois Hollande has formally confirmed the death of a French hostage in Mali, one of six French citizens captured by al-Qaida’s North African arm. A statement from the president’s office on…
manufacturing

Directors unveil film in Vienna

“The American Made Movie” focuses on U.S. manufacturing and its directors stopped Monday in Vienna. …
OHIO-TURNPIKE

Toll increase approved

Ohio Turnpike tolls will rise 2.7 percent next year, or a minimum of 25 cents for drivers going the length of the 241-mile turnpike. …

C. African Republic leader says security improving

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The transitional leader of Central African Republic says the security situation is improving in his coup-plagued country, despite reports to the contrary from aid groups. During a visit to Burkina Faso on Monday,…

Lawsuit pursued in Canada oil train derailment

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Two residents of a Quebec town devastated after an oil train derailment killed 50 people have registered a motion to file a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. rail company and some of its employees.…

Cuban, US diplomats increasingly allowed to travel

MIAMI (AP) — For decades, Cuban and U.S. diplomats have faced strict limits on their travel within the Cold War enemy countries. Cuban diplomats cannot go beyond the Beltway loop circling Washington without the permission of the U.S.…

Trial of ex-Goldman Sachs trader opens in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — A Manhattan jury has begun hearing opening arguments in the civil trial of a former Goldman Sachs trader accused of misleading investors about mortgage-backed securities. The federal case against Fabrice Tourre (fah-BREES’ toor) began…

Calif. governments seek $1B in lead paint cleanup

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a trial that began Monday, California’s attorney general and 10 cities and counties are seeking $1 billion from paint manufacturers to remove lead paint from millions of older homes, arguing that they…

Kerry set to return to roiling Middle East

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the Middle East this week as rising tensions in Egypt and deteriorating conditions in Syria threaten to overshadow his effort to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The State Department…

Biden expresses concern over Belfast riots

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Vice President Joe Biden has told Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government he’s deeply concerned about violence related to an anti-Catholic march in Belfast. Biden spoke Monday with First Minister Peter Robinson and…

US Air Force combat aircraft no longer grounded

NORFOLK, Virginia (AP) — Grounded since April because of budget cuts, many of the Air Force’s combat aircraft started flying again Monday, the military has announced. The grounding affected about one-third of active-duty combat craft, including squadrons of…

AG calls Martin killing an ‘unnecessary shooting’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday the killing of Trayvon Martin was a “tragic, unnecessary shooting” and that the 17-year-old’s death provides an opportunity for the nation to speak honestly about complicated and emotionally charged…

NJ governor to appear as himself on NBC sitcom

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appeared many times on late-night TV, including “Saturday Night Live.” Now he has scored his first gig on a sitcom. His office on Monday confirmed a report in…

Celeb birthdays for the week of July 21-27

July 21: Singer Kay Starr is 91. Movie director Norman Jewison is 87. Actress Patricia Elliott (“One Life To Live”) is 71. Actor Edward Herrmann (“Gilmore Girls”) is 70. Actor Leigh Lawson (“Tess”) is 68. Singer Yusuf Islam…

Animated film “Turbo” could give racing a boost

Trapped in a mundane job at the tomato plant, Theo dreams of becoming a glamorous race car driver. He wants the fame and fortune of Indianapolis 500 winner Guy Gagne, but more than anything, Theo wants to go…