Abe’s election win in Japan shores up markets

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese stocks fell but other Asian markets edged up Monday after Japan’s ruling party won a majority in parliament’s upper house and a mandate to push ahead economic reforms. Oil stayed above $108 a barrel…

Mich. gov. says bankruptcy the right choice

DETROIT (AP) — It wasn’t easy making Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection, but it was the right decision, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Sunday as he, the city’s mayor and its emergency manager…

Strong earthquake in western China kills 20 people

BEIJING (AP) — A strong, shallow earthquake struck a moderately populated part of western China on Monday morning, and state media reported at least three deaths. The quake hit near the city of Dingxi in Gansu province, a…

Man fires shots into floor of southern Mo. church

NORWOOD, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a gunman walked into a southern Missouri church service and fired two shots into the floor. Wright County Sheriff Glenn Adler tells KOLR-TV (http://is.gd/R7sPcY ) that another round hit the ceiling Sunday…

Obama to begin new series of economic addresses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Drawing renewed attention to the economy, President Barack Obama will return this week to an Illinois college where he once spelled out a vision for an expanded and strengthened middle class as a freshman U.S.…

Santos vows full-bore assault after FARC kills 19

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s president says his military will mount a strong offensive against the country’s biggest rebel movement after guerrillas killed 19 soldiers this weekend in two regions. President Juan Manuel Santos said Sunday the army…

Man falls to his death on Colorado’s Capitol Peak

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Rescue crews have recovered the body of a man who fell 200 to 300 feet while descending Capitol Peak west of Aspen, Colo. The Pitkin County sheriff’s office says Ryan Joseph Palmer, of Vail,…

Gold rush-era discards could fuel cellphones, TVs

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Across the U.S. West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed…

Pop! Pop! ‘Community’ returns to Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Community” mastermind Dan Harmon is back at Comic-Con — albeit in cheap Iron Man costume. Harmon, who was replaced as showrunner of the quirky NBC sitcom’s fourth season after a clash with then-cast member…

Militant attacks on north Sinai city kill 2

El-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — Security officials say militants in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula have launched a coordinated attack on three locations in the main city of el-Arish, killing a soldier and a 25-year-old woman. It’s the latest sign…

Joss Whedon talks comics, ‘Avengers,’ ‘SHIELD’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joss Whedon is the busiest man at Comic-Con. The multihyphenate visionary talked television on Friday, film on Saturday and rounded out the four-day geek extravaganza meeting with fans and talking with reporters Sunday at…
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Google Glass makes its way to Kansas

If smart phones and tablets weren’t convenient enough, here’s a device that takes out one step – reaching into your pocket.…

UNLV researchers find lead in Mexican hot sauces

LAS VEGAS (AP) — University of Nevada, Las Vegas researchers have found that several hot sauce brands sold in the U.S. contain dangerous levels of lead. Researchers examined 25 bottles of hot sauce imported from Mexico and South…

Giant ‘corpse flower’ blooms next to US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The long wait is finally over for visitors who have been yearning for a whiff of a giant flower that smells oddly like rotting flesh. The giant rainforest plant known as a “corpse flower” for…

Police: Wash. 4-year-old shot, dies; felon flees

SEDRO-WOOLEY, Wash. (AP) — A convicted felon is on the run in wooded rural Washington after a 4-year-old boy died Sunday of a gunshot at his home. The man, 25-year-old Trevor Braymiller, is considered armed and dangerous, Sedro-Woolley…

Pop! Pop! ‘Community’ returns to Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “Community” mastermind Dan Harmon is back at Comic-Con — albeit in cheap Iron Man costume. Harmon was replaced as showrunner for the fourth season after a clash with then-cast member Chevy Chase. NBC announced…