World stocks rise on US employment data

BANGKOK (AP) — Good news about the U.S. economy, including strong auto sales, helped boost Asian stock markets Thursday. A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12 of the Fed’s districts reported moderate economic growth from…

Review: Samsung watch blends style, tech wizardry

SUWON, South Korea (AP) — Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, a new computing device worn like a wristwatch, is certain to pique much curiosity when it starts being worn in public. The intensely black rectangular screen and orange strap on…

Yahoo unveils new logo

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo has adopted a new logo for the first time since shortly after the Internet company’s founding 18 years ago. The redesigned look unveiled late Wednesday is part of a makeover that Yahoo Inc.…

Okla. gov. signs order for Cherokee girl’s dad

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed an extradition order Wednesday to send the father of a Cherokee girl in the middle of a custody dispute to South Carolina to face a criminal charge for refusing…

China’s ‘Brother Watch’ gets 14-year prison term

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese provincial official whose grinning at the scene of a deadly bus crash sparked an outcry and, eventually, led to corruption charges was sentenced Thursday to 14 years in prison. Yang Dacai was head…

ECB keeps rates at 0.5 pct

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s brighter economic outlook means the European Central Bank is likely to leave its key interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.5 percent. The bank’s 23-member rate-setting council meets Thursday at its…

AP reviews new smartphones: Samsung Note and more

New phones are continually coming out. Which should you buy? Here’s a summary of The Associated Press’ recent phone reviews, including Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 phone, which was announced Wednesday and is coming later this year. — ANDROID…

Studies take early look at health law’s premiums

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law won’t be cheap, but cost-conscious consumers hunting for lower premiums will have plenty of options, according to two independent private studies. A study released Thursday by the…

Review: Stylish makeover for Samsung Note phone

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled Wednesday, has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you’re holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the…

Samsung unveils new smartwatch that makes calls

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly 70 years after Dick Tracy began wearing a two-way wrist radio in the funny pages, the technology that once seemed impossibly futuristic will be widely available by Christmas. Samsung on Wednesday introduced a digital…

Today in History

Today is Thursday, Sept. 5, the 248th day of 2013. There are 117 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 5, 1972, terror struck the Munich Olympics as the Palestinian group Black September attacked…

Fashion Week awards honor Upton, Posen and Zoe

NEW YORK (AP) — The Style Awards at Lincoln Center kicked off New York Fashion Week with honors for Kate Upton, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe, among others. The largest venue at the tents that serve as fashion…

Afghans say Pakistanis behind mosque attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan authorities say police killed two militants in an early morning shootout at a Shiite Muslim mosque in Kabul. Details were sketchy in the immediate hours after the clash Thursday, but the national intelligence…

China police say aunt likely gouged out boy’s eyes

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities say they suspect that the woman who gouged out a 6-year-old boy’s eyes was his aunt who later killed herself, adding a surprising twist to a gruesome case with conflicting details. The attack…

Malaysia bars US band’s show over Muslim criticism

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Muslim-majority Malaysia has barred a performance by American metal band Lamb of God after Islamic officials accused the Grammy-nominated group’s work of being blasphemous. The band expressed frustration because it believed authorities had…

Fashion Week awards honor Upton, Posen and Zoe

NEW YORK (AP) — The Style Awards at Lincoln Center kicked off New York Fashion Week with honors for Kate Upton, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe, among others. The largest venue at the tents that serve as fashion…