California teen welcomed home after kidnapping

LAKESIDE, Calif. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl got a warm welcome home reception five days after FBI agents killed a longtime family friend suspected of torturing and killing her mother and brother and escaping with her to the…

Other crises overshadow growing violence in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top U.S. priority in the Mideast. However, the prospect that sectarian violence…

Abortion coverage for Congress under health law?

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s an issue lawmakers may not want to have to explain at town hall meetings back home: An attempt to fix a problem with the new health care law has created a situation in which…

Verges, French ‘Devil’s advocate,’ dies age 88

PARIS (AP) — A French publishing house says Jacques Verges, called the “Devil’s advocate” for his flamboyant courtroom defense of the likes of former Nazi Klaus Barbie and Carlos the Jackal, has died. Verges, 88, died Thursday of…

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…

Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighborhoods south of Seattle. Their aim wasn’t just to entertain kids — but to…

Egypt street battles leave at least 82 dead

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt is bracing for more violence after the Muslim Brotherhood called for nationwide marches after Friday prayers and a “day of rage” to denounce this week’s unprecedented bloodshed in the security forces’ assault on the…

4 bodies found on Indian sub; 14 more likely dead

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian navy divers on Friday recovered three severely burned bodies of sailors who had been trapped inside a submarine damaged by twin explosions, a navy spokesman said. He added that it was doubtful that…

Turkey, Egypt recall envoys in wake of violence

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Foreign Ministry says its ambassador to Egypt is returning to Ankara Friday after both countries recalled their ambassadors following the violent crackdown on supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the ousted Egyptian president. Turkey’s Islamic-based…

Lyin’ den? China zoo replaces big cat with big dog

BEIJING (AP) — Behold the regal lion and hear its mighty … bark? A zoo in the central China city of Luohe attempted to pass off a Tibetan mastiff as a lion, state media reported. The large, aggressive…

Pyro-mania: Fireworks fans hold explosive meeting

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) — One tent promises you’ll “Have fun and learn to make almost perfect Gasoline Fireballs.” Another display provides tips on “Black-Powder-Coated Rice Hulls for Lift and Burst, An Easy Way, Using an Optimized Ball-Mill…

Boston bomb survivor, 7, using new prosthetic leg

BOSTON (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who lost part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings is learning to use a prosthetic leg as her family still mourns the death of her older brother in the…

Quakes shake central New Zealand, damaging homes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Strong earthquakes shook central New Zealand on Friday, damaging homes, destroying a bridge and sending office workers scrambling for cover in the capital. No serious injuries have been reported. A magnitude-6.5 temblor struck…

Cambodia opposition says mass protests last resort

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition leader whose party is disputing its narrow loss in last month’s elections said Friday his supporters will take to the streets only as a last resort if their complaints of poll…

Report: NSA spying broke privacy rules many times

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, The Washington Post reports. Most of the…

Cambodian opposition chief home to face standoff

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition leader returned from abroad Friday to lead his party’s challenge to last month’s election results. Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy’s return from the United States could accelerate resolution of…