Baldacci to write fantasy novel for young adults

NEW YORK (AP) — David Baldacci has decided to enter the fantasy world. The best-selling thriller writer has a deal with Scholastic Inc. for a young adult novel, “The Finisher.” Scholastic, a top children’s publisher, announced Monday that…

New service brings retro video games to your door

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new monthly subscription service run by a pair of San Francisco Bay Area brothers aims to ease suffering for those with a serious case of Pac-Man fever. With their rental service, All You…

Bombs in cafe, near restaurant kill 21 in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq has claimed responsibility for attacks that killed 69 people during the Muslim holiday following the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Saturday’s attacks targeted mostly cafes and busy marketplaces. They…

NY Comic Con poster features trade center tower

NEW YORK (AP) — The official DC Comics poster for the New York Comic Con features Superman and Wonder Woman in front of a completed One World Trade Center. The Daily News (http://nydn.us/11YB6ma ) reports that French artist…

Yemen’s al-Qaida leader vows to free prisoners

CAIRO (AP) — The leader of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot has vowed to free fellow militants from prisons everywhere and urged them to remain faithful to the terror group’s ideology. The message by Nasser al-Wahishi, posted on militant…

Car company’s big plans haven’t come to fruition

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — It seemed like a win for everyone involved when a startup car company, backed by political heavyweights, wooed investors with plans to build a massive auto plant in the Mississippi Delta, hire thousands of…

Manning defense keys on mental health, leadership

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s defense team is opening its case at the soldier’s sentencing hearing. Defense attorney David Coombs says he expects to call the first of more than a dozen witnesses Monday…

India unveils home-built aircraft carrier

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has launched its first home-built aircraft carrier, marking another milestone in its efforts to bolster its maritime presence. Defense Minister A.K. Antony said Monday that India needed a strong navy to defend itself,…

Sheriff: Suspect in Idaho exchanged gunfire

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The highly publicized multistate search for a Southern California teenage girl probably would have taken longer if she and her abductor hadn’t encountered a sharp-eyed retired sheriff and three others riding horseback in Idaho’s…

Michele dedicates Teen Choice Award to Monteith

Lea Michele made her first public appearance following the death of her co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith at the Teen Choice Awards. Monteith, who co-hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2010, was found dead July 13 in…

Reality TV meets real world, ‘Mountain Man’ style

TRIPLETT, N.C. (AP) — The way Eustace Conway sees it, there’s the natural world, as exemplified by his Turtle Island Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And then there’s the “plastic, imitation” world that most other humans inhabit.…

Manila negotiates larger US presence amid sea row

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A proposed increase in the U.S. military presence in the Philippines, including the pre-positioning of equipment, will help the country defend its territorial waters amid a conflict with China in the South China Sea,…

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts offers online access

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has launched a new eMuseum that gives online visitors access to its collection of more than 4,200 works. The KIA recently announced that online visitors may search a database…