Police bypassed trunk where dead Wis. child found

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Police on Thursday expressed regret that investigators taking part in an exhaustive all-day search amid blistering heat did not force open the trunk of a car where a missing western Wisconsin toddler was…

A look at the next steps for Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, raising a flurry of questions about what happens next. Here’s a look at what’s known about the next steps: WILL THE LIGHTS GO OUT? The…

Mexico’s 1st gay mayor elected in rough north

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s first openly gay elected mayor is set to take office in a rough-and-tumble part of Zacatecas state known for cowboy boots, embossed belts and drug gang shootouts. Mayor-elect Benjamin Medrano, who won Fresnillo’s…

Chile’s Pinera asks his bloc for unity amid crisis

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s president is asking his conservative bloc to pick a single presidential candidate and quickly overcome a political crisis just four months before the general election. President Sebastian Pinera said Thursday that his Alliance…

5 charred bodies found in northeast Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police have found five charred bodies inside a pickup truck abandoned and set ablaze on a northern Mexico highway. An official with Coahuila state prosecutors says the five men found Thursday died of asphyxiation…

Comic-Con attendees get first look at ‘Divergent’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans at Comic-Con got the very first look at footage from the highly anticipated new film “Divergent.” Director Neil Burger said Thursday shooting wrapped just two days ago in Chicago, “so it’s very fresh…

Robert Kirkman will take ratings over Emmy noms

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ask Robert Kirkman about the snub his show “The Walking Dead” received in Emmy Award nominations Thursday and he answers with a hearty laugh. “I’ll take the ratings, I think is what I usually…

Records: Texas teenager raped as men cheered

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As many as 10 men allegedly took turns sexually assaulting a 13-year-old runaway Texas girl in an apartment where some cheered and filmed the attacks with their cellphone cameras, according to court records released…

6 Colombians charged in killing of DEA agent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six Colombian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for the kidnapping and murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent. A seventh Colombian was charged with trying to destroy evidence in the…

‘Glory’: Civil War fight by black troops recalled

SULLIVANS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Civil War re-enactors gathered on a wind-swept beach and marked the 150th anniversary Thursday of a famed attack by the black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry — a battle that showed the world black…

NYPD top spokesman Browne lands job at Notre Dame

NEW YORK (AP) — The chief spokesman for the New York Police Department on big stories such as the failed 2010 Times Square car-bombing has landed a job at the University of Notre Dame. Paul Browne was named…

Man accepts plea deal in deadly Hawaii dam breach

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A retired car dealer pleaded no contest Thursday in a dam breach in Hawaii that swept seven people to their deaths in 2006. In exchange for the plea to reckless endangerment, state prosecutors agreed…

Enzi says he is confident amid Cheney challenge

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi said Thursday he will continue to do what he believes is right, even if it’s not popular, as he faces a Republican primary challenge from Liz Cheney. Enzi has kept…

Canada train derailment lawsuit adds defendants

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Three more defendants have been added to a class-action lawsuit over the oil train derailment that killed 50 people in Quebec, a team of lawyers announced Thursday. The lawsuit, originally filed against U.S.-based Montreal,…

Obama’s unlikely climate change partner: China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has stumbled on an unusual partner in his quest to combat climate change: China. The world’s two biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are finding common cause in efforts to reduce global…