Ford to offer natural gas F-150 for 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Ford soon will offer a natural gas version of its F-150 pickup truck, the most popular vehicle in the U.S. The company is the first Detroit automaker with that option in a light-duty pickup truck.…

Fed likely to offer few clues on rate policies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke rattled markets last month when he said the Federal Reserve might slow its bond purchases later this year if the economy strengthens. Economists expect the Fed will take a different approach Wednesday…

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2013. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1777, the Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general…

Philippine province goes dark due to unpaid bill

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An entire province in the Philippines has been plunged into darkness after the national power grid operator cut off supply because of accumulated debt of $93 million. The blackout that started Tuesday surprised residents…

Scuffles erupt over Taiwan-China trade pact

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Dozens of Taiwanese scuffled with police Wednesday in the rowdiest demonstration yet against a new trade agreement with China. Signed on June 21, the pact allows each side to invest in the other’s service…

Philippine troops kill 6 communist rebels in clash

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Government forces killed at least six communist rebels in fighting ending early Wednesday that was the latest blow to insurgents who have suffered recent battle losses, the military said. Troops backed by police were…

Judge says he can’t end Chrysler stock fight yet

DETROIT (AP) — A Delaware judge on Tuesday said he needs to hear more evidence before he can decide how much Fiat should pay to buy some outstanding shares of U.S. automaker Chrysler. The ruling by Chancery Court…

Cheryl Boone Isaacs elected film academy president

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A veteran publicist is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization’s board of governors elected Cheryl Boone Isaacs to the position Tuesday evening. She is the first…

US would be willing to invest in Nicaragua canal

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A U.S. Department of Commerce official says the United States and U.S. investors would be willing to invest in the building of a canal across the middle of Nicaragua as long as the process…

Teens suspected in shootings got ride from trooper

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two teenagers charged in a pair of fatal shootings were given a ride to the scene of another non-fatal shooting by an Ohio state trooper who did not pat them down or check them…

Mexican state approves same-sex civil unions

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Lawmakers in Mexico’s western state of Colima have approved a change in the state’s constitution that legalizes same-sex civil unions. Colima state spokeswoman Cecilia Ramirez says the legislature approved the constitutional change late Monday…
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2 Kansas deputies accused in funds case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas sheriff’s deputies have been arrested on suspicion of stealing taxpayer money. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter announced……

Explosion fuels protests of China chemical plants

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion at a plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept…

‘Masters of Sex’ takes explicit look at sexuality

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — There’s so much sex depicted on a new cable TV series about researchers Masters and Johnson that filming it became ho-hum for star Michael Sheen. “I never thought I would get used to…