India’s telegram service goes dark after 163 years

NEW DELHI (AP) — For 163 years, lives across the vast Indian nation have been upended by the knock of the khaki-clad postal worker armed with a telegram. Families used them to announce births and deaths, the government…

Snowden says he wants asylum in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian official of Amnesty International says he plans to meet with Edward Snowden, the leaker of U.S. National Security Agency secrets. Sergei Nikitin, head of the rights organization’s Russia office, told The Associated Press…

Quotations of the day

“There is no mention of speed until about nine seconds before impact when they’re at 100 feet.” — NTSB head Deborah Hersman on the last moments of Asiana Flight 214 before it crashed in San Francisco. ___ “She…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Indonesia army takes control of prison after riot

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Security forces have retaken control of a crowded prison in western Indonesia where inmates set fires and started a deadly riot that left five people dead and hundreds of prisoners, including convicted terrorists, on…

Texas Senate abortion debate draws demonstrators

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — This time when the Texas Senate takes up tough new abortion restrictions, the chamber’s top Republican is determined not to let anything — or anyone — derail a vote. The Senate’s leader, Lt. Gov.…

First 3 gorings in Spain’s San Fermin bull runs

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Four people have been gored during the sixth bull run of Spain’s San Fermin festival, causing panic in packed streets of Pamplona city. Tension soared when one bull charged a young man and tossed…

A guide to proposed Texas abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are poised to cast a final vote on tough new abortion restrictions less than two weeks after the Republican-led Senate failed to finish work on the legislation during a chaotic end to…

Not guilty plea in Ohio day care drugged kids case

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio day care worker has pleaded not guilty to charges she sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children she was watching to sleep during the day. Tam……

Al-Qaida-linked gunmen kill Syrian rebel commander

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian opposition bloc says “elements in the U.S. Congress” have been delaying the Obama administration’s efforts to step up support for rebel forces. President Barack Obama recently said the U.S. is willing to send…

Jay Chou unafraid to spend money on ‘Rooftop’ art

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Jay Chou wasn’t afraid to spend money to make his new film, “The Rooftop,” into a work of art. Nor is the Taiwanese superstar afraid of addressing criticism of his acting, something for which…

Remains are exhumed in Boston Strangler case

BOSTON (AP) — The family of a woman who may have been the Boston Strangler’s last victim could be just days away from getting answers about her slaying after decades of wondering if police pinned it on the…

Oil extends losses below $105 after IEA forecast

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil fell slightly Friday, extending losses below $105 a barrel after a report from the International Energy Agency said supplies would exceed an expected rise in demand next year. Benchmark crude for…

Israeli military focuses on northern border

ELYAKIM, Israel (AP) — An Israeli soldier collapses onto the floor of a house in Lebanon, shot by Hezbollah fighters. As his squad mates clear out the second floor, a medic rushes over, pulling on latex gloves and…

Tehran art auction lures spenders amid hard times

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Some arrived in Porsches or BMWs, which were whisked away by valet parking attendants. The hotel lobby was awash with the celebrated and powerful including A-list actors, well-known artists and captains of commerce. For…

Pakistani teenager shot by Taliban comes to UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. report says 57 million children around the world are not going to school, and half live in conflict-affected countries. The report says the number of children of primary school age who…

China’s airports, airlines worst in flight delays

BEIJING (AP) — A travel industry monitor says China’s airlines and airports lead the world in flight delays. FlightStat Inc. reported on its website that a survey of flight times last month showed that Beijing’s airport had the…

Egypt to investigate Morsi for 2011 jailbreak

CAIRO (AP) — Prosecutors will investigate allegations that Egypt’s ousted president escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution with help from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said. Chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat has received testimony from a court…

Malala celebrates 16th birthday with UN address

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new report released to mark the 16th birthday of a Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls says 57 million children around the world are not going to school,…