Inferno roars through E. Africa’s largest airport

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Firefighters are battling a large blaze raging at Kenya’s main international airport. The Kenya Airports Authority said Wednesday that the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has been closed until further notice so that emergency teams…

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2013. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 7, 1782, Gen. George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart, a decoration…

Witnesses tackle man who runs from bank with cash

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — An Everett, Wash., police spokesman says people noticed when a man approached a Wells Fargo bank branch with a shirt covering the lower part of his face and paint on the upper part. And…

Chinese judges punished in prostitution scandal

BEIJING (AP) — Four Shanghai court officials have been stripped of their Communist Party membership and could lose their jobs after a whistleblower released video evidence suggesting they took prostitutes to hotel rooms after dining with a contractor.…

China fines 6 milk suppliers in price-fixing probe

BEIJING (AP) — Two suppliers of infant formula, Mead Johnson and Hong Kong’s Biostime, say Chinese authorities have imposed multimillion-dollar fines on them in a price-fixing probe. Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Wednesday its China unit was fined…

Navy drops plans to repair USS Miami sub

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Navy has decided to scrap the USS Miami instead of repairing the nuclear-powered submarine because of budget cuts and growing costs of repairing damage from a fire set by a shipyard worker while…

Suspect in Ala. terror plot changes plea to guilty

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Alabama say a man has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. AL.com (http://bit.ly/1cHGw9P) reports 25-year-old Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair changed his plea to guilty Tuesday. Authorities accused the man of plotting violent…

Ga. aquarium denied permit to import 18 belugas

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Aquarium officials say the National Marine Fisheries Service has denied its application to import beluga whales from Russia. In a statement Tuesday, Georgia Aquarium spokeswoman Meghann Gibbons said aquarium officials were deeply disappointed in…

Coal miner killed in eastern Ky., 2 more injured

HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — A coal miner has been killed and two more injured in an apparent wall collapse in an underground eastern Kentucky mine. State officials said the workers were inside a Harlan County mine operating a…

‘Downton’ actress notes a UK George trend

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Michelle Dockery warns against jumping to conclusions about how her character’s baby on “Downton Abbey” and the British royal infant ended up with the same name. George proved the name of choice for…

Bodies can be exhumed from Fla. Reform school

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Saying it was time to provide answers from a painful period in the state’s past, Florida’s top officials voted Tuesday to let researchers dig up and try to identify remains buried at a closed…

Billie Jean King talks life ahead of PBS profile

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Billie Jean King says she couldn’t have revealed herself as being gay in the 1970s because it would have damaged the fledgling women’s professional tennis tour. King became the first prominent female athlete…

Discovery hammered for shark special

NEW YORK (AP) — A Discovery network special that speculated about whether a giant prehistoric shark could still exist has drawn a passionate response from viewers and starkly raised the question about the worth of big ratings. The…

Lawyer details interactions with Jackson’s doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney who drafted the agreement for Michael Jackson’s doctor to work on his ill-fated comeback concerts says she told a tour promoter executive that the physician appeared to be successful. Kathy Jorrie is…

Obama ‘disappointed’ in Russia’s Snowden decision

BURBANK, California (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is “disappointed” that Russia granted temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. Obama says Russia’s decision reflects some of the “underlying challenges” the U.S. has had with…