China Extreme Heat

Bacon fries on pavement as heat wave grips China

It’s been so hot in China that folks are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself.…

Snowden’s WikiLeaks ‘adviser’ takes public role

LONDON (AP) — While Edward Snowden has been seeking asylum, Wikileaks staffer Sarah Harrison has been by his side from the time he left Hong Kong to fly to Russia. Little is known about Harrison, who rose from…

Airline donates to coral reef restoration project

HONOLULU (AP) — Alaska Airlines is partnering with The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii to restore near-shore coral reefs. The airline says in a release that it will donate $1 to the conservancy for every download of its mobile…

Bride-to-be killed in NY boat crash is remembered

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — The mother of a bride-to-be killed in a suburban New York boat crash is urging the grieving groom to use the wreck as “a source of strength.” Carol Stewart-Kosik (KOH’-sihk) spoke Thursday at…

Anthony paying $25,000 to avoid writing life story

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony has agreed to pay $25,000 to her bankruptcy estate to avoid having to sell her life story. A judge in her bankruptcy case in Tampa approved the agreement between Anthony and her…

Natalie Cole to kick off Newport Jazz Festival

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Jazz Festival is poised to kick off with performances from Natalie Cole, her uncle Freddy Cole and the Bill Charlap Trio. The venerable music event returns Friday at the International Tennis Hall…

Nevada brewpub shames patron online for unpaid tab

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada brewpub has turned to Facebook to publicly shame a patron who left the restaurant without paying his $100 tab. Employees of the Brewer’s Cabinet in Reno posted a picture of smiling patron…

‘Captain Phillips’ to open London Film Festival

LONDON (AP) — Tom Hanks looks set to have a busy autumn. Maritime piracy drama “Captain Phillips,” in which he stars, is set to open the London Film Festival, as well as cinema fests in New York and…