Victims in bus crash belonged to tightknit group

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — For months, a tight-knit group of seniors at a North Carolina church had been looking forward to the road trip. It was a tradition for members of the Young at Heart Ministry to attend…

2 Indian politicians jailed for embezzling funds

PATNA, India (AP) — A special court Thursday sentenced two former chief ministers of the eastern Indian state of Bihar to jail for embezzling millions of dollars in the 1990s with bogus bills for cattle feed. Former chief…

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood vilifies the military

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has sharply criticized the military for ousting the country’s Islamist president, comparing its rule to that of Adolf Hitler or Roman emperor Nero. Thursday’s criticism appears designed to whip up support for…

Shutdown casualties shatter stereotypes

Taking out a mortgage. Getting married in a park. Going for a fall foliage drive. Cashing a check. Who knew that so many random activities of daily life could be imperiled by a shutdown of the federal government?

HK nabs $1.5M in ivory in 3rd big bust since July

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong customs agents have seized nearly a ton of illegal ivory worth about $1.5 million, officials said Thursday, in the city’s third big bust of endangered species products in three months. Customs officials…

Holiday shopping is expected to be up … unless

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans, who’re increasingly optimistic about improving economic conditions, are expected to spend at a more rapid clip during the upcoming holiday shopping season than they did last year. But that could change if the…

Plane crashes after takeoff from Lagos domestic

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Officials say a chartered airplane carrying 20 passengers crashed into the bush and burst into flames after taking off from Lagos domestic airport. They say there are casualties but would not confirm reports of…

UK authorities propose new rules on payday loans

LONDON (AP) — British authorities have proposed new regulations for payday lenders, the firms that offer short-term loans at sky-high interest rates. Under restrictions unveiled by the Financial Conduct Authority on Thursday, payday lenders will be required to…

Victim of Myanmar attack mourns mother left behind

THABYUCHAING, Myanmar (AP) — Buddhist mobs carrying swords and knives swarmed Zaw Lay Khar’s village again and again, clashing with Muslims and burning their homes. When she saw about 40 attackers approaching her home, she fled with her…

NYC victim: Bike path attacker never said a word

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the five people slashed by a homeless man on a New York City park bike path says the attacker never said a word. James Fayette, whose 1-year-old son also was slashed, told…

Britain’s Blair to advise Albania on joining EU

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s new Socialist premier says former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will assist as an adviser in Albania’s efforts to join the 28-nation European Union. Edi Rama said Thursday that Blair would be “personally,…

Massive road accident kills 30 in northeast India

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A cargo truck crashed into two minivans packed with laborers headed to work early Thursday in northeast India, killing 30 people, including 13 children, police said. Another 18 people were injured when the 10-wheeler…
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Tropical update

Tropical Storm Karen may develop later today in the Caribbean.…