Suicide bomber hits Iraq Sunni funeral, killing 16

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say two separate bombings, including a suicide car bomb attack, have killed two security force members and wounded 37 people in the country’s north. Kirkuk Police Brig. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Qadir said a…

At U of Ala., leaders tread lightly on segregation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — On the heels of recent controversy, state and other leaders are trying to figure out how to permanently change the racially segregated Greek system at the University of Alabama. So far, they’re treading lightly.…

Guatemalan indigenous designs win new respect

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — With their brightly colored fabrics filled with animals and landscapes, Guatemala’s indigenous had long used textiles to tell stories and share their visions of the universe. In modern times, however, those same fabrics made…

In Miami, Cuban travelers get taste of US tourism

MIAMI (AP) — At 67, Cuban taxi driver Benito Perez had never been on a plane. For years, friends in Miami had invited him to visit, but he couldn’t afford to pay for the flight and didn’t want…

Clinton: ‘Pragmatic and realistic’ about 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an interview with New York Magazine that she is wrestling with running for president but is “pragmatic and realistic” as she considers a potential White House campaign in 2016. The…

Blame already being cast over budget fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi says Republicans are using their opposition to health-care reform as an excuse to shut down the federal government. The California Democrat says anti-government ideologues dominate the GOP and for them forcing a…

Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be…

ATF kept out of the loop after Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Within hours of the Navy Yard shootings, the FBI had traced the gunman’s recent shotgun purchase and sent agents to the shop in northern Virginia where he bought it. Left out of the loop was…

Spain’s King to undergo hip surgery Tuesday

MADRID (AP) — The royal palace says Spain’s king is to undergo a hip operation this week on a suspected infection that is hampering his ability to walk. Miguel Cabanela, a specialist surgeon who flew in from Mayo…