Police: Bomb at Shiite mosque kills 2 in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb has exploded near a minority Shiite mosque in northwest Pakistan, killing two people and wounding six others. Police spokesman Fazal Naeem Khan says the attack Thursday took place in Kacha…

Wonder, Kings, Keys, Mayer headline Global Fest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, John Mayer and Kings of Leon have volunteered their time to attend the second Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, and organizers hope you will, too. Tickets are…

Ariz. blaze that killed 19 firefighters contained

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in the country’s highest such toll in decades is now fully contained. The U.S. Forest Service fire center said late Wednesday night that the Yarnell Hill fire…

Iraq attacks leave 31 dead, mostly security forces

BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen overran an Iraqi army checkpoint and then shot up a trailer packed with policemen breaking their Ramadan fast, killing a total of 14 troops in the country’s restive western Anbar province, authorities said Thursday.…

Egypt to investigate Morsi for 2011 jailbreak

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says it will continue its “peaceful” resistance in defiance of the military’s ouster of the country’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. The Brotherhood also says it’s distancing itself from an attack on a…

Grand Ole Opry installs 2 new tours

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Darius Rucker’s surprise invitation to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry is a moment he says he will always cherish — and now fans will be able to share the experience with…

Judges release Greek hunger striker on bail

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has ruled that an anarchist who went on hunger strike after being held in pre-trial detention for nearly three years should be released on bail, a day after a doctor warned…

Fresh fighting erupts in restive South Sudan state

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A South Sudanese military official says two rival tribes are fighting in the restive Jonglei state, but no details on casualties were immediately available. South Sudan army spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said Thursday…

Search for Calif. boy leads to body, family arrest

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — Marisa Bell has a 9-year-old son with autism, so when she heard about a missing autistic boy in a nearby town, she dropped everything to join the hundreds of volunteer searchers fanning out in…

UK watchdog proposes parliamentary pay raise

LONDON (AP) — An independent watchdog is set to propose an 11 percent pay rise for British members of parliament despite a cap on public sector salaries. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is expected to announce Thursday recommendations…

Ex-Army inspector accused of stealing troops’ IDs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct has been accused of stealing the identities of Army personnel, including a soldier killed in combat, in a scheme to obtain thousands of…

China may further limit car purchases to curb smog

BEIJING (AP) — China plans to increase the number of cities that restrict vehicle purchases in a bid to fight pollution and traffic congestion, state media reported Thursday. With more than 13 million cars sold in China last…

French lawsuit filed over alleged NSA snooping

PARIS (AP) — Two human rights groups have filed a lawsuit in Paris seeking an investigation into whether the U.S. National Security Agency violated French privacy laws by secretly collecting massive amounts of personal data. The lawsuit filed…

Judges to rule on Karadzic genocide charge

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Judges at the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal are ruling on a prosecution appeal against Radovan Karadzic’s acquittal on one of the key allegations against him over atrocities during Bosnia’s bloody war.…

Baby among 409 buried on Srebrenica anniversary

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Tens of thousands have gathered in Bosnia to rebury 409 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre on the 18th anniversary of the worst slaughter on European soil since the Nazi era. Among…

Egypt: Suspected militants kill Christian

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials say suspected militants have killed a Christian merchant in the northern Sinai Peninsula. They said 60-year-old Magdy Habashi was abducted last Saturday from the town of Sheikh Zweid. His decapitated body was…

Study: Youth attitudes shift in Great Recession

CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Miller clearly remembers the day his father was laid off. Miller, now 25, was a freshman at an Ohio college, full of hope and ready to take on the world. But here was this…

Environmental activists scale London’s Shard tower

LONDON (AP) — Greenpeace says six of its environmental activists are attempting to scale Western Europe’s tallest building to protest drilling in the Arctic by oil companies. The group said the six climbers, all women, hoped to affix…

Jury deliberates in ex-Bengals cheerleader lawsuit

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Deliberations will continue for a second day in the defamation trial of a website that published gossip about a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader. Jurors are set to return Thursday to federal court in Covington,…

Lawyer: India rape verdict to be given July 25

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian juvenile court will hand down a verdict later this month in the fatal December gang rape of a young woman on a New Delhi bus, a defense lawyer said Thursday. The verdict…