Barbs fly as Spitzer, NYC rival Stringer debate

NEW YORK (AP) — Eliot Spitzer and Democratic rival Scott Stringer are trading broadsides in their first debate in their campaign for New York City comptroller. The scandal-scarred former New York governor and the current Manhattan borough president…

Kid Rock’s beer returns for Detroit-area shows

CLARKSTON, Mich. (AP) — Kid Rock’s beer is back. The musician announced on his website that American Badass Beer will be sold again starting Friday at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, where he begins a string of…

Jeb Bush backs new school standards, choices

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is defending new achievement standards for students around the nation while calling for an expansion of school-choice initiatives in states. Bush spoke Friday at a conference of conservative lawmakers and…

Police: W. Pa. man beat wife with frozen meat

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a western Pennsylvania man beat his wife with a package of frozen ground beef, then ran away when police were called. Police were called to the Aliquippa home of 51-year-old William Neugebauer…

Cattle raid leaves 9 dead in South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Officials in South Sudan say cattle rustlers killed nine people in the country’s most violent state. Dau Akoi Jurkuch, a county commissioner in Jonglei state, said Friday that armed raiders in military uniform…

Correction: Obama-Bush story

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 8 about President Barack Obama telephoning former President George W. Bush after Bush’s heart procedure, The Associated Press reported erroneously that they last met in person in April at the opening…

US wholesale stockpiles fell 0.2 percent in June

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesalers cut their stockpiles in June for a third straight month even as their sales rose again. The combination suggests businesses have underestimated demand, a trend that could lead to stronger economic growth in…

German companies to automatically encrypt emails

BERLIN (AP) — Two of Germany’s biggest Internet service providers say they will encrypt customers’ emails by default following reports that the U.S. National Security Agency monitors international electronic communications. Deutsche Telekom AG and United Internet AG say…

Bahraini activist barred from flight to kingdom

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Bahraini rights activist has been barred from a flight to the gulf kingdom after a request from government authorities. A British Airways spokesman told The Associated Press that Maryam al-Khawaja…

Stocks slide on a quiet day, end down for the week

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved between the tiniest of gains and losses on Friday morning. Trading volume was light, typical of an August Friday, and there was little economic news to move the market. In morning…

Zimbabwe opposition glum, resigned to more Mugabe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The gloom among some Zimbabweans following elections last week was evident on a recent minibus ride into Harare as conversation turned to politicsPassengers stared at the passing landscape of winter-scorched grass and scattered trees.…

Romania’s top court examines communist guard case

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s top court will examine the case of a former commander of a communist prison who is accused of aggravated murder in the deaths of six political prisoners. The High Court of Cassation and…

H&M pulls headdresses from Canadian stores

TORONTO (AP) — H&M has pulled faux feather headdresses from its stores across Canada after receiving complaints the accessories are offensive to aboriginals. H&M spokeswoman Emily Scarlett says the hair pieces — patterned head bands with bright pink…

Danish Muslim leader regrets role in cartoon rage

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A former Danish Islamist who seven years ago travelled the Muslim world fuelling the uproar over newspaper caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad is back in the headlines in Denmark after doing an about-face on…

Black bear breaks into Idaho kitchen

KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — A black bear in search of a late-night snack broke into an Idaho house and licked leftover Chinese food from a cast iron pan on the stove. David Edwards of Ketchum tells the Idaho…