Beijing rep assures, lectures Hong Kong lawmakers

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing’s top representative in Hong Kong met Tuesday with local lawmakers to ease tensions between the mainland and its special administrative region, though he warned against a planned protest and said Hong Kongers will never…

OECD: Unemployment to stay high next year

PARIS (AP) — A report from a leading international economic body is laying out the hope that unemployment across the world’s advanced economies may fall next year despite further rises in a number of European countries. In a…

New Egypt Cabinet led by liberals

CAIRO (AP) — Clashes overnight between police and supporters of Egypt’s ousted president left at least seven people dead, authorities said Tuesday, in the latest eruption of political violence on the country’s streets since the military deposed the…

2 dead after police open fire in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police say they have opened fire on opposition supporters marching in southwestern Bangladesh during a daylong general strike, killing two. Police official Tajul Islam says the violence took place Tuesday in Satkhira district when…

Ill. researchers build ‘vanishing’ tech gear

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Imagine this: Instead of throwing out your old cell phone, it will self destruct. That’s the idea behind a project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where a group of researchers is looking…

Statistics dominate day 2 of Pa. voter ID trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Day two in the trial of Pennsylvania’s tough new voter-identification has ended after hours of testimony about statistics. Bernard Sis……

Posco scraps plan for $5.3B steel plant in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — South Korean steel giant Posco says it has pulled out of a proposed $5.3 billion steel plant in southern India due to delays in acquiring land for the project. The company says Tuesday it…

Parenting columnist targeted by Ky. board sues

A nationally syndicated parenting columnist is filing a lawsuit against Kentucky regulators who have told him his column amounts to the illegal practice of psychology in the state. Longtime newspaper columnist John Rosemond got a letter in May…

Lionfish beyond reach of divers worry researchers

ABOARD THE SUBMERSIBLE ANTIPODES (AP) — The invasive lionfish that crowds coral reefs and preys on native fish in the Atlantic’s shallower waters is such a problem that divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture…

French stamp with activist’s likeness raises ire

PARIS (AP) — The new face of France — or at least the official postage stamp for the President Francois Hollande era — is modeled after a Ukrainian woman who takes her top off to defend feminist causes.…

Parenting columnist targeted by Ky. board sues

A nationally syndicated parenting columnist is filing a lawsuit against Kentucky regulators who have told him his column amounts to the illegal practice of psychology in the state. Longtime newspaper columnist John Rosemond got a latter in May…

Officer uses hotdog bits to rescue dog from roof

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — An animal control officer equipped with hotdog bits has managed to rescue a 15-pound dog that somehow found itself stuck on the roof of a Vancouver, Wash., area house. Homeowner Barry Klettke says he…

UK inflation rises to 2.9 percent in June

LONDON (AP) — Official figures show that inflation in Britain rose to a 14-month high of 2.9 percent in June. The increase from May’s 2.7 percent rate, reported Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics, was slightly less…

Juror: Zimmerman jury was initially split

MIAMI (AP) — As they began deliberating in George Zimmerman’s murder trial, three of the six jurors wanted to acquit him while the other three wanted to convict him of either murder or manslaughter, one of the jurors…

Brooklyn Nets coach Kidd gets probation for DWI

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. (AP) — A year after he crashed his SUV into a telephone pole in the Hamptons, newly hired Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd returns to court on Tuesday to answer drunken driving charges. Kidd retired…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Wet weather will continue for the Southern Plains and the Southwest on Tuesday as an upper low over the Southern Plains shifts further west. This system, combined with moist, favorable…

Report: Arizona wildfire grew quickly, was erratic

PHOENIX (AP) — A new report shows an Arizona wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly grew into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly…

Tehran says Israel PM aims to damage Iran’s status

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign ministry is saying Israel’s prime minister seeks to damage relations between Iran and the world, referring to the Jewish state as “a warmonger regime.” The Tuesday remarks by ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi…

Greece faces general strike over state job cuts

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Unions opposing austerity measures in Greece are staging their fourth general strike this year as the government prepares to start axing public sector jobs. Tuesday’s walkout is disrupting flights, public transport, state hospitals and…

Taiwan leader nixes defense minister resignation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou refused to accept the defense minister’s resignation over an army recruit who died of heat stroke while being punished for bringing a cellphone on base. Defense Minister Kao Hao-chu apologized…