Indian army says 12 rebels killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Indian army has killed a dozen suspected rebels in five days of fighting near the highly militarized line dividing disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Indian army spokesman Naresh Vig says the fighting…

AP Interview: USPS takes photos of all mail

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service takes pictures of every piece of mail processed in the United States — 160 billion last year — and keeps them on hand for up to a month. In an interview with…

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 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Vets plan tributes to WWII airman on NY route home

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans along a 10-mile stretch of New York’s Mohawk Valley plan to pay tribute to a World War II airman whose remains are returning home nearly 70 years after he was killed during a…

Quotations of the day

“I am not a violent person. I know what I did is wrong, but I’m not a violent person. I simply kept them here without being able to leave.” — Convicted Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, at…

Clients drop $180 for bird poop facials at NYC spa

NEW YORK (AP) — Bird poop for beauty? That’s what goes into facials at a luxury spa where the traditional Japanese treatment using imported Asian nightingale excrement mixed with rice bran goes for $180 a pop. About 100…

Bulger: Give my money to families that sued

BOSTON (AP) — The defense in reputed Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s (BUHL’-jurz) racketeering trial is winding down, but it’s still unclear whether he’ll testify in his own defense. Defense attorney J.W. Carney Jr. on Thursday told the…

Former Ohio captive says she knew she’d escape

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free and safe, one of three women kidnapped and raped over a decade in a ramshackle home smiled lightly as her tormentor was led out of court in chains, a method he had used to…

Sikh son first saw father at dad’s Wis. funeral

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Gurvinder Singh approached his father’s open coffin with one thought: “Please, god, it’s not my dad.” As he stepped closer, he realized the man was indeed the father he knew only from photographs.…

Taiwan lawmakers brawl over nuclear plant bill

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese lawmakers exchanged punches and threw water at each other Friday ahead of an expected vote that would authorize a referendum on whether to finish a fourth nuclear power plant on this densely populated…

Stocks drop back on mixed US jobs figures

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks advanced Friday after a report that U.S. manufacturing activity jumped last month raised hopes of a rebound in industrial production that would bolster growth in the world’s biggest economy. Investors were pleased…

Dead animal parts spill onto Wash. highway

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a rendering truck that spilled dead animal parts across two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 created a seven-mile traffic backup Thursday evening. Trooper Guy Gill says the…

Review: Motorola phone notable for customization

NEW YORK (AP) — In the four decades since Motorola first showed off a prototype of the world’s first cellphone, the company has watched Apple, Samsung and other innovators surpass it in sales. With Google as its new…

AP reviews new smartphones: Moto X and more

New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including the new Moto X phone from Motorola. — ANDROID DEVICES: MOTO X, GOOGLE INC.’S MOTOROLA MOBILITY What’s…

A look at technical specs for selected phones

Motorola, the inventor of the cellphone, is hoping to regain its stature with the Moto X, the first smartphone designed under its new owner, Google. The new Moto X offers a range of customization options. Here are the…

Solid US job gains could bolster 2nd-half growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robust hiring in July would mark a fourth straight month of solid gains, an encouraging sign for a U.S. economy that is still struggling with high unemployment. Economists predict that employers added 183,000 jobs —…