New PBS team low key about milestone

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff didn’t think much about the milestone upon being appointed the first women to co-anchor a national daily news program on television — until flowers began filling their offices and…

New Mali president Keita sworn into office

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s new president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been sworn into office. Nouhoum Tapily, the head of Mali’s supreme court, officially declared Keita president on Wednesday following a swearing-in ceremony. An inauguration celebration featuring other…

A sense of community for Neko Case

NEW YORK (AP) — In her musical life, Neko Case doesn’t like to work alone. For more than a decade, the singer has maintained a dual-track career that thrives on teamwork as it taxes her organizational skills. She…

Futures mixed as Syrian conflict unsettles markets

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock futures are mixed with the U.S. moving closer to a military confrontation in Syria. The potential for a major disruption in the Middle East is overshadowing what are expected to be more indications…

Review: ‘Madden NFL 25′ takes a victory lap

John Madden’s name has been synonymous with video-game football since 1988 — which means most current NFL players don’t remember a time when there wasn’t a “Madden” game to teach them the ins and outs of the gridiron.…
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Man sentenced in Pittsburg man’s death

A southeast Kansas man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in the death of a Pittsburg man three years ago.…

Sri Lankan Tamil party to call for federal powers

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s main ethnic Tamil political party says it will lobby for increased regional powers based on federalism, and an international investigation into alleged war crimes during the country’s civil war if it…

Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria

The Obama administration is facing a tougher examination of its plans for military intervention in Syria, squaring off against tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members.

Ryanair shares slump 15 pct on rare profit warning

DUBLIN (AP) — Shares in Ryanair suffered their biggest drop in four years Wednesday after Europe’s top budget airline issued a rare profit warning due to low autumn ticket sales that reflected the weak economy and aggressive competition.…

Obama to meet with Japan’s Abe in Russia

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (shin-zoh ah-bay) this week in Russia. The two leaders plan to meet Thursday on the sidelines of the Group of…

Turkish ambassador to return to Egypt

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey’s ambassador to Egypt — who was pulled back for consultations amid deteriorating relations between the countries — will return to resume his duties. Erdogan on Wednesday ignored…

Sri Lanka urged not to harass victims, activists

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international human rights group has urged Sri Lankan authorities to ensure the security of activists, journalists and others who met with the United Nations’ rights chief during her recent visit to the…

Japan’s radioactive water leaks: How dangerous?

TOKYO (AP) — New revelations of contaminated water leaking from storage tanks at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have raised alarm, coming just weeks after Japanese officials acknowledged that radioactive water has been seeping into the…

Iraq awards $348 million in oil drilling deals

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has awarded oil drilling deals worth a combined $348 million to two Chinese firms and Swiss-based oilfield services company Weatherford. The deals approved by Iraq’s Cabinet cover work in oil fields in the southern…

5 myths about Sweden, as Obama visits

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Yes, Swedes eat a lot of meatballs and equip their homes with IKEA furniture. Many drive Volvos and listen to ABBA. But there are some cliches about the Swedes that are simply wrong. Here are…

Glance: Most and least competitive economies

Switzerland is the world’s most competitive economy, according to an annual survey published Wednesday by the World Economic Forum. The United States’ competitiveness is rising again after four years of decline, though northern European countries continue to dominate…