Ukraine rape draws outrage over official impunity

VRADIYEVKA, Ukraine (AP) — It was an ordinary summer evening for 29-year-old Irina Krashkova, a single mother in this quiet farming town. After a day running errands, she went dancing with her girlfriends at the local bar. As…

Magnitude 6.9 quake strikes off New Zealand coast

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake on Sunday that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines. Wellington Police Inspector Marty Parker said there had been…

Philippe becomes king of Belgium

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium will get a new king Sunday when the current monarch, Albert, abdicates following a 20-year reign and hands over the throne to his son Philippe. At 79, Albert will first sign away his rights…

Analysis: 40-year-old US abortion fight heats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion opponents have fought back vigorously in the 40 years since a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized the procedure. Now, their battle is gaining ground in some states where new laws are creating stringent…

Scrapbooks give peek inside Hemingway’s early life

BOSTON (AP) — Long before Ernest Hemingway first wrote a story, his mother was busy writing about him. Grace Hall Hemingway started a series of scrapbooks documenting the childhood of the future Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner by…

Loki reigns over Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Thor’s evil brother, Loki, took over the Marvel Studios presentation at Comic-Con on Saturday. Lights flashed inside the San Diego Convention Center’s largest exhibition hall, and Tom Hiddleston, dressed as Loki, commanded the stage.…

Mich. governor front, center in Detroit bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — Seven governors came and went during the decades-long decay of Michigan’s largest city that culminated with a humiliating collapse into financial ruin. It’s the eighth, former business executive and relative political novice Rick Snyder, who…

Service honors 2 firefighters killed in Ariz.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Two cousins who were killed in an Arizona wildfire last month with 17 other members of an elite Hotshots firefighting crew were remembered in California on Saturday. A public memorial service was held…

‘The Vampire Diaries’ cast tease next season

SAN DIEGO (AP) — There’s no peace for Mystic Falls. The cast and crew of “The Vampire Diaries” gave shrieking Comic-Con fans a taste of what’s to come in the fifth season during the CW supernatural series’ presentation…

3 bodies found in northeast Ohio city

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Police say three bodies have been found in plastic bags in East Cleveland. Police Commander Mike Cardilli said a woman’s body was found Friday in a garage and two other bodies were found…

Bronze Tiger, Brother Blood coming to ‘Arrow’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — There’s two new residents moving to Starling City — and they’re no friends of “Arrow.” The addition of a pair of villains based on characters from the DC Comics universe was announced Saturday at…

Obama’s inaugural ambitions meet political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — At his inauguration six months ago, President Barack Obama offered a soaring liberal vision for his second term. Buoyed by re-election, he said the nation must pursue without delay steps to protect children from gun…

Chris Evans talks kiss with Scarlett Johannson

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Actor Chris Evans recently filmed a kiss with co-star Scarlett Johansson on the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — and says it was a little like kissing his sister. The two stars…

Evans talks ‘Cap’, explains post on bomber cover

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chris Evans doesn’t post on Twitter often, but when the actor saw the recent Rolling Stone cover featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he sent out a short missive: “Bad move Rolling Stone.”…