Romania’s top court examines communist guard case

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s top court will examine the case of a former commander of a communist prison who is accused of aggravated murder in the deaths of six political prisoners. The High Court of Cassation and…

H&M pulls headdresses from Canadian stores

TORONTO (AP) — H&M has pulled faux feather headdresses from its stores across Canada after receiving complaints the accessories are offensive to aboriginals. H&M spokeswoman Emily Scarlett says the hair pieces — patterned head bands with bright pink…

Danish Muslim leader regrets role in cartoon rage

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish Islamist who seven years ago travelled the Muslim world fuelling the uproar over newspaper caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad is back in the headlines in Denmark after doing an about-face on…

Black bear breaks into Idaho kitchen

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — A black bear in search of a late-night snack broke into an Idaho house and licked leftover Chinese food from a cast iron pan on the stove. David Edwards of Ketchum tells the Idaho…

Swiss apologize for encounter Oprah calls racist

GENEVA (AP) — Talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she encountered racism while shopping in Switzerland — and the national tourism office agrees. The media mogul, who is one of the world’s richest women, told the U.S. program…

30 Muslim Rohingya escape jail in Thailand’s south

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say 30 Muslim Rohingya asylum seekers from Myanmar who were detained in southern Thailand for illegally entering the country escaped from a police jail cell, 10 days after they were moved from a crowded…

Futures dip, setting up US markets for a down week

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are heading lower, setting up a lower week for major U.S. markets after a raft of disappointing corporate earnings and more evidence that shoppers remain tightfisted. Dow Jones industrial futures are down…

Moser drops out of worlds with hamstring injury

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. middle distance runner Treniere Moser is dropping out of the world championships with a strained hamstring. Moser, who won the 1,500 meters at the nationals in June, picked up the injury at a Diamond…

Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian forces imposed an indefinite curfew Friday in a town in the Indian portion of Kashmir after firing tear gas and warning shots to disperse groups of Muslims and Hindus who clashed during Eid…

Cambodia postpones release of election results

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s state election body has postponed announcing final results from last month’s general election, a move that could at least temporarily ease the threat of violence triggered by opposition protests. The National Election…

Russian lawmaker is Putin’s conservative champion

MOSCOW (AP) — She has the sober demeanor and tightly wound bun of a boarding school headmistress. And she’s Vladimir Putin’s new morality crusader, spearheading efforts to curb gay rights, punish online cursing and impose a tax on…

Spain to review train speeds after deadly crash

MADRID (AP) — A senior official says Spain will review speed limits and security systems throughout its rail network to avoid a repeat of a train crash that killed 79 people last month. Public Works Minister Ana Pastor…

NJ man faces fine for disrupting airport satellite

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man faces tens of thousands of dollars in fines after regulators say he interfered with a satellite system at one of the nation’s busiest airports while masking his whereabouts from his…

French industrial production shrinks again in June

PARIS (AP) — French industrial production continued to decline in June, widening the economic gap with Europe’s largest economy, Germany, and raising concerns about its ability to emerge from recession. France’s national statistical agency, INSEE, said in a…