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…

SAfrica: possible arson at ruling party office

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police are investigating a possible arson attack at the Johannesburg headquarters of the country’s ruling party. Officials of the African National Congress say the incident happened Tuesday evening in a reception room where…

Portuguese summer wildfires claim 6th life

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s prime minister says fire officials are tightening safety procedures after an 18-year-old firefighter became the sixth fatality among emergency crews battling summer wildfires. Authorities said the firefighter died in hospital late Tuesday from…

China scoops up 100,000 kg of poisoned dead fish

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution…

Cause of Rim Fire could take months to determine

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Crews have pushed forward with building containment lines around the wildfire in and around Yosemite National Park as authorities lift evacuation orders and advisories for several Sierra Nevada communities once threatened by…

New hearing ordered in Montana rape case

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A former teacher sent to prison for 30 days for raping a student is set to return to court Friday because the sentence may have been illegal, but the move has failed to quiet…

NAACP-KKK meeting in Wyo. believed to be a first

DENVER (AP) — A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organizer paying $50 to join the civil rights organization, participants said. Saturday’s…