Evidence suggests new bird flu spread among people

LONDON (AP) — Chinese scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a new bird flu strain is sometimes able to spread from person to person, but they are emphasizing that the virus still does not transmit easily.…

Radio journalist shot to death in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemalan authorities say a radio journalist has been shot to death in the eastern province of Zacapa. Fire department spokesman Sergio Vasquez says firefighters found the body of Jesus Lima on Tuesday inside his…

Plaintiff drops abuse case against Vatican

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Oregon man who said he was sexually abused by a pedophile priest nearly 50 years ago has withdrawn his appeal of a ruling that said the Vatican did not employ the priest…

Aides: US to extend Myanmar gems ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional aides say the Obama administration is planning to extend a ban on imports of rubies and jade from Myanmar because of the powerful military’s involvement in the trade. The gemstones are sourced from border…

De Niro, Streep to reunite for ‘The Good House’

NEW YORK (AP) — More than a dozen years after their last film together, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep will reunite on screen for an adaption of Ann Leary’s darkly comic small town New England tale, “The…

Doctor sentenced in malnourished Ohio teen’s death

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The doctor of a 14-year-old Ohio girl who had cerebral palsy and weighed 28 pounds when she died has been sentenced to six months in jail and a year’s probation on three counts of…

APNewsBreak: Romney warns against govt shutdown

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney jumped into the debate over the GOP’s future Tuesday night, warning congressional Republicans against forcing a government shutdown in their quest to stop President Barack Obama’s signature health…

Agent drank 4 beers night of Waikiki shooting

HONOLULU (AP) — A State Department agent accused of murder after he shot and killed a man at a Waikiki McDonald’s in 2011 took the stand in his own defense on Tuesday. Federal agent Christopher Deedy began testimony…

GE scraps nation’s largest solar panel plant

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — General Electric Co. is permanently scrapping plans to build the largest solar factory in the U.S. near Denver. GE blamed the cancellation on a glut of solar panels on the market and falling prices,…

Maine candidate in swimsuit video defends self

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A candidate for Maine Senate who’s getting heat for appearing in Brazilian-style swim trunks in an online video says his acting background is the kind of experience Mainers should want from their lawmakers. Eric…

Sgt. Bales’ lawyers want prosecutors off case

SEATTLE (AP) — Lawyers for the American soldier convicted of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians during nighttime raids last year want the entire prosecution team removed from the case before his sentencing, which is scheduled for this month. John…

Black Keys guitarist accused of abuse by wife

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The estranged wife of Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach accuses him of abuse in divorce filings dealing with the custody of their child. Stephanie Ann Gonis Auerbach alleges that the unspecified abuse culminated in…

Judge: Theater shooting jury can ask questions

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Jurors in the trial of the suspect in last year’s Colorado movie theater shooting rampage will be allowed to ask questions of witnesses, a judge ruled Tuesday. Defense attorneys for James Holmes had objected…

New chief named for military police in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The city of Rio de Janeiro has a new leader for its military police. That comes one day after the previous chief was fired after he decreed an amnesty for police officers who…

PBS doc looks at Journey’s lead singer search

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The resurgence of Journey through the band’s discovery of a new lead singer via the Internet gets a close-up look on a new PBS documentary. “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” airs on Sept.…

Black Keys guitarist accused of abuse by wife

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The estranged wife of Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach accuses him of abuse in divorce filings dealing with the custody of their child. Stephanie Ann Gonis Auerbach alleges that the unspecified abuse culminated in…