NFL set to pay more than $750M to settle lawsuits

NEW YORK (AP) — They were Hall of Famers like Tony Dorsett, Super Bowl MVPs like Mark Rypien, and longtime backups like Don Strock. In all, more than 4,500 retired players began suing the NFL two years ago,…

DOJ green light for Wash., Colo. pot reformers

SEATTLE (AP) — For generations, pot crusaders have called for an end to the nation’s prohibition of marijuana, citing everything from what they say are the government’s exaggerated claims about its dangers to the racial disparities in who…

Australian troops investigated in Afghanistan

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian special forces troops are under investigation for allegedly cutting off the hands of at least one dead insurgent in Afghanistan, a national broadcaster reported Friday. The hands of at least one insurgent were…

It’s justice time for China’s ‘Brother Watch’

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese work safety official nicknamed “Brother Watch” for his collection of luxury timepieces, as spotted by netizens in news photos, has gone on trial on corruption charges. State media said Yang Dacai, former director…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Hip-hop version of ‘Othello’ resonates behind bars

CHICAGO (AP) — Act I, Scene 1: Four actors in well-worn coveralls and baseball caps take the stage at the county jail. They’re here to tell a tale of love, friendship, jealousy and betrayal. It’s the stuff of…

China acts to chill interest in independent films

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have disrupted an independent film school, shut down two film festivals and harassed organizers of a third in recent months, say independent filmmakers, who see the actions as part of a general clampdown…

AP Interview: new Polish movie honors Lech Walesa

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Solidarity leader Lech Walesa has largely fallen from grace in the eyes of his Polish countrymen. Oscar-winning filmmaker Andrzej Wajda says he wants to restore his longtime friend as Poland’s hero in his latest…

Suicide attack kills 8 in northern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber attacked people leaving a memorial service at a mosque in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing his apparent target, a district chief, while leaving several others dead or wounded, police said. Exact…

Judge: VA can’t deny benefits to lesbian Army vet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that a lesbian Army veteran and her spouse should be entitled to disability benefits given the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Defense…

Report: China to investigate former security czar

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top leaders have endorsed a corruption investigation into a former security czar who was once one of the country’s most powerful politicians — the topmost official targeted so far in a sweeping anti-graft campaign,…

Indonesia upholds death sentence for British woman

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s highest court has upheld the death sentence for a British woman convicted of smuggling $2.5 million worth of cocaine into the resort island of Bali, a court official said Friday. The three-member judge…

APNewsBreak: US says Iran can’t access oil money

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has concluded that nearly half of Iran’s monthly earnings from crude oil exports are accumulating in accounts outside the country because of sanctions that restrict Tehran’s access to the money. The estimates,…

Correction: Church Bombing Dad-Prison story

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 was released from a prison medical facility Thursday after a judge sided with an Obama administration call to free him.…

Today in History

Today is Friday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2013. There are 123 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 30, 1983, Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first black American astronaut to travel…

China oil majors barred from expanding refineries

BEIJING (AP) — Environmental regulators have taken the unusual step of blocking China’s two biggest oil producers from expanding their refining capacity after they failed to meet targets for reducing pollution. The penalties for PetroChina and Sinopec are…