Report: US came close nuclear disaster in 1961

LONDON (AP) — A U.S. hydrogen bomb nearly detonated on the nation’s east coast, with a single switch averting a blast which would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that flattened Hiroshima, a newly published…

Tunisia talks end in stalemate after assassination

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The head of a Tunisian labor union negotiating with the Islamist-led government to end weeks of political paralysis following the assassination of an opposition figure says the talks have failed. Houcine Abassi said Saturday…

Quotations of the day

“We can do a lot of really good policing. … We can reduce crime, like we’re doing, but we’re not going to have success occur as long as these guns keep flowing into our community.” Chicago Police Superintendent…

Assault on Iraq funeral, other attacks kill 96

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide assault on a police headquarters and other insurgent attacks in northern Iraq killed 10 members of the security forces on Saturday, police said. The attacks are the latest in a months-long surge of…

Survey attempts to number Detroit’s stray dogs

DETROIT (AP) — It doesn’t matter to Jessie Clarke how many stray or loose dogs are roaming the ruins of Detroit. Even one or two are far too many. On Clarke’s left arm is scar tissue from dozens…

At food-filled Farm Aid, music isn’t only focus

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Farm Aid is more than a family of musicians banding together to help the small farmer. It’s also a family meal. A key component of Farm Aid concerts — this year’s is taking…

UN expert: Family threatened over Kenya ICC trial

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A United Nations expert says his family is under threat after bloggers in Kenya identified him as a witness in the trials of Kenya’s leaders at the International Criminal Court. Maina Kiai said Saturday…

Old school rules at iHeartRadio music festival

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elton John may not have a current hit on the radio, but he earned the most cheers at the iHeartRadio music festival. John was one of top performers Friday night at the MGM Garden…

Obama to GOP: End brinkmanship on budget, debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is appealing to the public anew to pressure Congress to stop undermining his health care law through measures that would threaten a government shutdown or a default on the government’s debts. In…