Another try to place levee sites on historic list

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An advocacy group is making a second attempt to place a site where a levee breached during 2005′s Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places. This time the group’s application is trying…

Thais arrest alleged arms dealer wanted in India

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested a Thai man wanted in India for alleged involvement in international arms deals with an Indian insurgent group worth nearly $2 million, authorities said Saturday. Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich, also known as…

Forced chemo: Should court overrule Amish parents?

A legal fight between a hospital and an Amish family in Ohio over whether doctors can force their 10-year-old daughter to resume chemotherapy after her parents stopped treatment is again raising questions about what rights parents have in…

With parade, Newtown reflects ‘how we’re healing’

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Ten thousand decisions go into creating a big, boisterous parade. No one knows that better than Robin Buchanan, who for years has juggled the lineup at the Labor Day parade that has jubilantly closed…

Nyad tries daunting Cuba-Florida swim again

HAVANA (AP) — The Florida Strait, a dangerous stretch of sea full of sharks and jellyfish that is prone to sudden, violent storms, has stubbornly resisted Diana Nyad’s repeated attempts to conquer it. Yet the Florida-raised endurance athlete…

Egyptian authorities detain suspected ‘spy’ bird

CAIRO (AP) — In a case that’s ruffling feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a swan that a citizen suspected of being a spy. Officials say a man brought the suspected winged infiltrator to a police station Friday…

‘Child of God’ star slept in caves preparing role

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Director James Franco says his star in the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God” lived in isolation and slept in caves to prepare for the role. Scott Haze plays Lester Ballard, a man…

New Bay Bridge to open decades after ’89 quake

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When traffic flows across the new stretch of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the first time next week, it will do so nearly a quarter-century after a deadly earthquake during the 1989 World…

New England expects ample apples after dismal 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Apple pickers are descending on New England’s orchards for the early varieties as growers around the region predict a strong rebound from a dismal 2012. Weather conditions have been favorable to apple production this…

Egypt security forces arrest top Sinai militant

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Interior Ministry says gunmen have killed a police officer in the country’s restive Sinai peninsula. In a statement Saturday, the ministry said the riot police officer was shot in the chest Friday while on…

Storm ends retired Cuban baseball stars’ Fla. game

MIAMI (AP) — Baseball. It’s the national pastime of Cuba and has long united exiles and those still on the island. It also has divided them. Over the years, dozens of top players have defected to the U.S.…

Naval Academy sex assault case continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors and three separate legal defense teams will gather for the resumption of a hearing to determine whether three Naval Academy midshipmen will be court-martialed over sexual assault allegations. The hearing resumes Saturday in the…

Pope taps Vatican diplomat to be his top aide

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday tapped a veteran diplomat as the Vatican’s No. 2 to replace the Holy See’s secretary of state, who in recent years increasingly became a divisive figure in the church’s hierarchy.…

India convicts youngest Delhi gang rape defendant

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian juvenile court on Saturday handed down the first conviction in the fatal gang rape of a young woman on a moving New Delhi bus, convicting a teenager of rape and murder and…

Ethiopian Airlines: Dreamliner boosted profits

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines’ chief executive officer says that the company has made a record profit he partly credited to Boeing’s problematic 787 planes. Tewolde Gebremariam said this week the company’s operating profit between July…