Israel army shoots down rocket near Egypt border

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has shot down a rocket launched toward the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, near the border with Egypt. The army says the rocket was intercepted early Tuesday and that…

Sri Lanka acts against factory after fatal protest

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president said he would either shut or relocate a factory alleged to have polluted drinking water amid intense criticism of his government’s handling of a protest against the facility in which…

Plea deal reveals more of NH hepatitis tech’s past

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A traveling hospital technician accused of infecting dozens of patients with hepatitis C through needles tainted with his own blood reached an agreement with prosecutors that would give him a sentence of as little…

Family of murdered Briton seeks damages in China

BEIJING (AP) — The family of a British businessman who was murdered by the wife of an influential Chinese politician is seeking compensation from his killer, a lawyer said Tuesday. Beijing attorney Li Xiaolin said lawyers representing Neil…

NYC mayor lambastes stop-and-frisk ruling

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge’s stinging rebuke of the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory could effectively gut the tactic, ushering in a return to the days of high violent crime rates and ending New York’s…

Post-2003 blackout rules lead to millions in fines

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Regulators have imposed millions of dollars in civil penalties against energy companies that risk the dependability of the U.S. electrical grid since new rules following the 2003 Northeast blackout made such fines possible, including…

The day the lights went out: The blackout of 2003

A power blackout beginning the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2003, cascaded from northeast Ohio to seven other states and parts of Canada, reaching 50 million people. Some of the immediate and long-term effects: ___ THE DARK SIDE: Outages…

Asiana offers $10,000 to survivors of July crash

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asiana Airlines Inc. has offered $10,000 to each of the 288 surviving passengers of the flight that crash landed in San Francisco last month. Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said Tuesday the payout is…

Islamic party enforces shutdown in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party is enforcing a 48-hour general strike across the country to denounce a court decision that its registration with the Election Commission is invalid. On Aug. 1, a High Court panel…

Oil rises above $107 per barrel

BANGKOK (AP) — The price of oil rose modestly Tuesday as traders waited for more economic news from the U.S. Benchmark crude for September delivery was up 20 cents to $106.31 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in…

Markets solid amid European recovery hopes

BANGKOK (AP) — Japan’s Nikkei stock index posted solid gains Tuesday on hopes for more monetary stimulus and helped pull markets up elsewhere in Asia. The Tokyo benchmark rose 2 percent to 13,794.59, rebounding from a moderate drop…

Beijing cracks down on bizarre apartment-top villa

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing authorities are planning to demolish a bizarre rooftop villa embedded in rocks, trees and bushes that allegedly was built illegally atop a 26-story apartment block in the capital. Haidian district urban management official Dai…

Landslide kills 6 in Nepal mountains

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Authorities say a landslide has swept away part of a village in northeastern Nepal, killing at least six people. Police official Dipendra Jayswal said Tuesday that the landslide triggered by heavy rainfall struck Khimti…

NH governor joins clamor over exclusion of swimmer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s governor is adding her voice to those disappointed by the exclusion of a disabled teenage swimmer from this week’s Paralympic World Swimming Championships in Montreal. Gov. Maggie Hassan (HAS’-uhn) joins others including…

JPMorgan Chase’s list of legal challenges

NEW YORK (AP) — The London Whale trading loss is JPMorgan Chase’s legal headache-of-the-week, but it’s hardly its only problem. The bank, the nation’s biggest, faces a swirl of investigations and lawsuits in addition to the $6 billion…

Average credit card debt per borrower dips in 2Q

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New data show Americans remain stingy about carrying credit card balances and are making more of an effort to make timely payments. Credit reporting agency TransUnion said Tuesday that the rate of U.S. credit…