Crews to examine Ind. sand dune that swallowed boy

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Federal officials plan to examine a northern Indiana sand dune that collapsed last month, burying a 6-year-old Illinois boy under 11 feet of sand for more than three hours. The National Park Service…

Hundreds evacuated amid wildfires, but some stay

PINE, Idaho (AP) — Two destructive wildfires have burned over 310 square miles of land in south-central Idaho and led to hundreds of homes being evacuated near the town of Pine, as well as the communities of Prairie…

Authorities working to bring girl, father to SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Charleston-area couple trying to adopt a Cherokee girl on Monday called on federal law enforcement to help them bring the child to South Carolina, saying they’ll take the matter into their own hands…

Most NY voters embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new poll shows that most New Yorkers watching Anthony Weiner (WEE’-nur) and Eliot Spitzer in political races dominated by sex scandals want to forget about them. The Siena College poll finds that 68…

Chinese businessman’s plan produces few cars, jobs

TUNICA, Mississippi (AP) — In October 2009, GreenTech Automotive Inc.’s owner, Chinese businessman Xiaolin “Charles” Wang, unveiled four prototype cars during a flashy ceremony and promised to build a $2 billon plant in Mississippi, the poorest state in…

Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain…

APNewsBreak: Author Berry wins US peace award

CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. author, essayist and poet Wendell Berry has been named winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award for his promotion of the need for people to live at peace with their environment.…

Inventor Musk to share plans for high-speed travel

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that’s the mysterious transportation system for which inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans Monday.…

New service brings retro video games to your door

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new monthly subscription service run by a pair of San Francisco Bay Area brothers aims to ease suffering for those with a serious case of Pac-Man fever. With their rental service, All You…

Car company’s big plans haven’t come to fruition

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of…

Manning defense keys on mental health, leadership

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s defense team is opening its case at the soldier’s sentencing hearing. Defense attorney David Coombs says he expects to call the first of more than a dozen witnesses Monday…

Sheriff: Suspect in Idaho exchanged gunfire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The highly publicized multistate search for a Southern California teenage girl probably would have taken longer if she and her abductor hadn’t encountered a sharp-eyed retired sheriff and three others riding horseback in Idaho’s…

Michele dedicates Teen Choice Award to Monteith

Lea Michele made her first public appearance following the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith at the Teen Choice Awards. Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, was found dead July 13 in…

Reality TV meets real world, ‘Mountain Man’ style

TRIPLETT, N.C. (AP) — The way Eustace Conway sees it, there’s the natural world, as exemplified by his Turtle Island Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And then there’s the “plastic, imitation” world that most other humans inhabit.…

Police ID victims in RI slayings, abduction

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — Police are pursuing the link between two Rhode Island men and the two women found slain in a home from which the toddler son of one victim was kidnapped. Malcolm Crowell, 22, and Daniel…

Elon Musk unveils ‘Hyperloop’ transport concept

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Twice as fast as an airplane, cheaper than a bullet train and completely self-powered: that’s the mysterious transportation system that inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk is promising to reveal design plans for Monday.…