Review: Book brings JFK’s heady final days to life

“JFK’s Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President” (Penguin), by Thurston Clarke For a blunt-titled book with a tragic conclusion that every reader knows from the start, Thurston Clarke’s “JFK’s…

ABBA items bring in money, money, money

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A fan of the Swedish pop group ABBA saw the money, money, money roll in as his collection of more than 25,000 ABBA albums, posters and other memorabilia was sold at an auction house in…

10 exposed to radiation at Japanese nuclear plant

IWAKI, Japan (AP) — Ten workers at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant were exposed Monday to small amounts of radiation while conducting cleanup activities, the plant’s operator said. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it is still investigating how the…

Indonesian police arrest suspected militant

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police say they have arrested a suspected militant on the country’s main Java island accused of raising funds for an alleged plot to bomb the Myanmar Embassy. Police spokesman Lt. Col. Agus Rianto…

Most NY voters embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new poll shows that most New Yorkers watching Anthony Weiner (WEE’-nur) and Eliot Spitzer in political races dominated by sex scandals want to forget about them. The Siena College poll finds that 68…

Rights group: Angola must drop journalist charges

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A rights group is calling on Angola to drop criminal defamation charges against an investigative journalist who wrote a book on human rights abuses in Angola’s diamond-rich region. Human Rights Watch said Monday that Rafael…

Chinese businessman’s plan produces few cars, jobs

TUNICA, Mississippi (AP) — In October 2009, GreenTech Automotive Inc.’s owner, Chinese businessman Xiaolin “Charles” Wang, unveiled four prototype cars during a flashy ceremony and promised to build a $2 billon plant in Mississippi, the poorest state in…

Holder proposes changes in criminal justice system

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain…

Zimbabwe president: ‘Enemy’ tossed like ‘garbage’

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s longtime President Robert Mugabe said Monday his party will not yield its victory in elections that, although disputed, were endorsed by African observers and conducted without the violence that marred previous polls. In…

Top Syria rebel visits fighters in Assad homeland

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the military wing of the main Western-backed Syrian opposition group has visited rebels in an embattled coastal province that is a stronghold of President Bashar Assad’s Alawite sect. The Syrian National Coalition…

In Germany the trains aren’t running on time

BERLIN (AP) — In Germany, the trains aren’t running on time. Officials of German Rail said Monday the problem began in Mainz where half of the 15 dispatchers are either sick or on vacation. As a result, regional…

APNewsBreak: Author Berry wins US peace award

CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. author, essayist and poet Wendell Berry has been named winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize’s lifetime achievement award for his promotion of the need for people to live at peace with their environment.…