Mexican left proposes weakening oil union power

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s main leftist party says it is willing to cut back on the enormous power that the country’s oil workers’ union wields in the state-run oil company, Pemex. The Democratic Revolutionary Party opposes any…

A reality show with depth: Live ocean exploration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vicious fights! Stunning beauties! Surprises around every corner! Yes, it’s reality TV but with a lot more depth — as much as 10,000 feet. It’s live coverage of deep-sea exploration off Nantucket and tens of…

Report: Fake officer stopped real police agents

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a man driving a truck with police lights on top made a crucial misstep during a bogus police stop in northern New Mexico. Police say the two men he pulled over…

Uruguay’s ex-president Vazquez says he’d run again

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay’s former President Tabare Vazquez says he’s ready to run again. The 73-year-old oncologist invited leaders of the governing, left-leaning Broad Front coalition to his home Wednesday night to tell them what they had…

Man jailed for 2 weeks in Arizona terrorism hoax

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to two weeks in jail, in connection with a terrorism hoax that authorities say could have gotten his 16-year-old nephew killed. Michael Turley was convicted of sending the teen…

Cleveland Fed president announces resignation

Sandra Pianalto says she will retire early next year from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, ending her 10-year tenure as president. Pianalto is not one of the 12 voting member of the Fed this year. But she…

US messaging mess in Egypt complicates diplomacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s efforts to promote democracy in Egypt are being complicated by what many Egyptians see as mixed messages from Washington, exacerbating anti-American sentiment and threatening broader U.S. goals in the region. Any administration…

‘Amish Mafia’ star imprisoned after Pa. car chase

NEW BLOOMFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stars in the Discovery Channel show “Amish Mafia” has been sentenced to three to 23 months in prison for leading police on a chase that injured a state trooper…

McCain worries Egypt may suffer prolonged violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh off a contentious meeting in Cairo, a leading Republican senator expressed concern Thursday that Egypt may be headed toward a period of prolonged violence if the Arab country’s military and the Muslim Brotherhood cannot…

Obama announces Friday news conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he’ll hold a news conference at the White House on Friday. Obama will answer reporters’ questions in the midst of a terror alert that led the government to close nearly two…

‘The Real,’ ‘Exhale,’ take new approach to TV talk

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five women sitting around talking has become a TV staple. Five women talking, each of whom is either black, Asian or Latino, is something different. It’s the approach tested by two shows: “The Real,”…

Surging mining stocks end a slump on Wall Street

NEW YORK (AP) — Miners and other companies that deal in commodities helped pull the stock market out of a three-day slump. News that China’s trade rebounded last month signaled the end of a six-month slowdown for the…