US official visits senior Egypt Islamist in jail

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian government officials say a top U.S. diplomat has visited in prison a Muslim Brotherhood leader awaiting trial on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters. The officials say U.S. Deputy Secretary of State…

Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City — one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant — but he says his paychecks aren’t enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his…

Man to go solo hauling ton of bricks across lake

ALGONAC, Mich. (AP) — A long-distance swimmer who calls himself “The Shark” is ready to jump into Lake St. Clair for a 30-hour, 22-mile dip. If that isn’t enough, Jim Dreyer plans to haul dinghies filled with 2,000…

Manning sentencing hearing continues at Ft. Meade

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The sentencing hearing of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is resuming with more evidence that the classified information he disclosed through WikiLeaks damaged U.S. foreign relations. State Department Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy is Monday’s only…

Bomb hidden in cart kills 4 in south Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says a bomb hidden inside a cart in a livestock market has killed four civilians in the country’s south. Jawed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor, another 10 were wounded…

House GOP plans anti-Washington push in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans will take a carefully orchestrated, staunchly anti-Washington campaign to voters this month, blaming President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats for Americans’ unhappiness with government. “Every day I serve in Congress, I work…

Deaths from heavy rains up to 53 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavy rains that caused flash floods and collapsed houses in different parts of Pakistan have killed 53 people over the past three days, a senior disaster management official said Monday. Civil and military authorities have…

Diplomatic posts scheduled to stay closed, reopen

The State Department released the following list announcing some U.S. consulates and embassies that are scheduled to be closed through Saturday, Aug. 10, and some that were closed Sunday, Aug. 4, and scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 5:…

State Dept: Posts in 19 cities to remain closed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid online “chatter” about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said…

Ban on rebel flag stirs ire in Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — The governor of Indonesia’s semiautonomous Aceh region is protesting that national security forces have seized hundreds of flags of the former separatist movement. Authorities confiscated the Free Aceh Movement’s red crescent-star flags from…

Will fast-food protests spur higher minimum wage?

Terrance Wise has two fast-food jobs in Kansas City, but he says his paychecks aren’t enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car. So he walked off work in protest. Wise was among…

Punks break Myanmar’s silence on religious attacks

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Punk rockers draw double-takes as they dart through traffic, but it’s not just the pink hair, leather jackets or skull tattoos that make these 20-somethings rebels: It’s their willingness to speak out against Buddhist…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0800 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

Comics look to Obama, Democrats for humor

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama, the joke’s on you. A study of gags by late-night comics during the first half of the year found an abrupt change from 2012. Now Obama and Democrats are providing the…

Valiant to field its first super team book ‘Unity’

The Valiant universe has found its unifying force: A hero gone rogue whose misguided intent to rebuild his long-lost home has made him global enemy No. 1. That’s the thrust of Valiant’s first super team book “Unity,” which…

Lengthy closing arguments in store at Bulger trial

BOSTON (AP) — Jurors in James “Whitey” Bulger’s racketeering trial can expect to hear lengthy closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys as they lay out their views of the case. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in…