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…

Dead Russian lawyer Magnitsky found guilty

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies say a court in Moscow has found dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky guilty of tax evasion, concluding an unusual posthumous trial. The court on Thursday also found Magnitsky’s onetime client, the US-born British…

‘Newsroom’ cast on critics, season 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even the star of HBO’s drama “The Newsroom” admits that season one had its growing pains. Creator Aaron Sorkin’s show-about-a-news-show was, along with the now-defunct “Smash,” last year’s TV series most likely to be…

Jury in Zimmerman case may consider other charges

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial will be making their closing arguments. Judge Debra Nelson told prosecutors and defense attorneys they should plan on starting closing arguments Thursday. The judge also said the…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, July 11, 2013. A front arching through the eastern third of the country and into the Plains will bring the most active weather to the country on Thursday. This front will move slowly…

Turkish group wants Egyptian leaders prosecuted

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish Islamic human rights group has petitioned for Egypt’s military chief and 10 other officials to be put on trial for crimes including murder, torture and unlawful imprisoning under a law that allows…

A playlist of 5 of Randy Travis’ greatest songs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Millions of fans are thinking of Randy Travis and repeating calls for prayers following the country music star’s stroke and surgery Wednesday night in a Texas hospital. Here’s a playlist of five of Travis’…

Saudi princess charged with US human trafficking

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Suitcase in hand, the 30-year-old domestic worker from Kenya managed to flag down a Southern California bus and tell a passenger she had been held against her will and believed she was a…

Asiana passengers called 911 begging for help

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Investigators are examining the cockpit interaction of two Asiana Airlines pilots who had taken on new roles before the crash of Flight 214 — one of whom had seldom flown a Boeing 777 and…

Singer Randy Travis recovering from brain surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital. Travis remained in critical condition after surgery…

Asiana crash evacuation delayed by 90 seconds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As soon as Asiana Flight 214 came to a stop after a crash landing that tore off the tail and sent the Boeing 777 spinning down the runway at San Francisco International Airport, the…

Former ally says San Diego mayor should resign

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A prominent former supporter has urged San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign less than a year after taking office over allegations that he sexually harassed women. A letter to Filner from former Councilwoman…

Accused of killing wife, ex-cop takes stand in NM

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — Wiping sweat from his forehead and tears from his eyes, a former Albuquerque police officer accused of killing his wife took the witness stand in his own defense, offering emotional testimony in trial marked…

Shadid among winners of Arab American Book Award

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A memoir by late Lebanese-American journalist Anthony Shadid is among the winners of the Arab American Book Award. The Arab American National Museum on Wednesday announced the winners. Shadid’s “House of Stone: A Memoir…

Natalie Merchant to perform with Detroit Symphony

DETROIT (AP) — Natalie Merchant is joining the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a one-night-only concert. The singer and the DSO are to perform together Thursday night at Orchestra Hall. She’s to perform tunes off her most recent CD,…