Vatican abruptly ousts Dominican Republic envoy

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic will look into allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to the Caribbean country following his abrupt removal from his post by the Vatican, the…

Russia’s Putin calls John Kerry a liar on Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war. Speaking to his…

Brazil house approves end to secret voting

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s lower house has voted to end the system of secret voting in the national legislature. That’s been a main demand from anti-government protesters who’ve taken to streets since June. And it was one…
George Clooney, Jonas Cuaron, Alfonso Cuaron, Sandra Bullock

London Film Festival line-up to include ‘Gravity’

This year’s London Film Festival will feature movies ranging from the Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color” to “Gravity,” a sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.…

GOP dreads prospect of new UAW foothold in South

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a new foothold at Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee worries some Southern Republicans, who say laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers. But Volkswagen…

Feds won’t enforce same-sex veterans law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. In a letter to congressional leaders, Attorney General Eric Holder said that a…

Venezuelans skeptical of power sabotage claims

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans were skeptical Wednesday of President Nicolas Maduro’s claims that saboteurs were responsible for a blackout that left about 70 percent of the country without electricity and caused chaos in Caracas, interrupting subway service…

RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee won’t run for 2nd term

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Lincoln Chafee said Wednesday he is not running for a second term, bowing out of what was expected to be a fierce primary in his new Democratic Party. The governor, who became a…

Brazil captures band trafficking arms to US

BRASILIA (AP) — Brazilian police say seven people have been detained and 22 high-caliber guns and munitions have been seized in an operation targeting a band that trafficked in arms from the U.S. by hiding them inside mattresses.…

Pa. court won’t toss fight over PSU’s $60M fine

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — State officials can pursue their bid to steer Penn State’s $60 million fine over the Jerry Sandusky scandal to advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania, a state court has ruled in a setback for the NCAA. The…

Broadway charity auction offers Tom Hanks T-shirt

NEW YORK (AP) — A T-shirt worn onstage by Tom Hanks in “Lucky Guy” and Elphaba’s broom prop used by Idina Menzel in “Wicked” are among the top items that will be auctioned off Sept. 22 at the…

Fed survey finds US economy growing moderately

WASHINGTON (AP) — Economic growth held steady across the United States from July through late August, as Americans bought more cars and homes and auto factories added workers. A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday showed that all 12…

Turkmenistan starts pumping gas from vast field

YOLOTAN, Turkmenistan (AP) — Turkmenistan began pumping natural gas Wednesday from a vast field near the Afghan border that will help it more than double exports to China in the coming years. Chinese President Xi Jinping joined Turkmenistan’s…

FTC settles complaint over hacked security cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is settling with the marketer of Internet-connected home security cameras after feeds from consumers’ homes — video from baby monitors and home security systems — were posted online for public view. The Federal…

Report: Tsunami would swamp California’s economy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a monster earthquake struck off Alaska’s coast, tsunami waves would rush toward California, crippling the nation’s busiest port complex and flooding coastal communities, a report released Wednesday suggests. The potential impacts, based on…