Officials: US drone strike kills 5 in NW Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five people in the tribal region near the Afghan border. They say two missiles hit the Shawal area of North Waziristan Sunday evening…

Zimbabwe campaigns enter final frenetic stages

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Frenetic campaigning entered its last stages Sunday for make-or-break elections in Zimbabwe on July 31 with both main contenders calling for their supporters to turn out in large numbers to cast votes. President Robert…

Big question at Bulger trial: Will he testify?

BOSTON (AP) — As lawyers for James “Whitey” Bulger begin calling witnesses to defend him, the big question is: Will he testify? Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and ’80s when…

Col. Bud Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88

MIAMI (AP) — Retired Col. George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5½ years as a POW in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s cellmate, has died. He was 88. Doris Day said Sunday…

Some say industry arrogance fueled fracking anger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The boom in oil and gas fracking has led to jobs, billions in royalties and profits, and even some environmental gains. But some experts say arrogance, a lack of transparency and poor communication on the…

‘The Wolverine’ claws way to top of box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Wolverine” slashed monsters and minions to debut atop the weekend box office. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Fox film featuring Hugh Jackman’s sixth turn as the claw-wielding superhero opened with $55 million.…

59th Newport Jazz Festival stars Cole, Hancock

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Roger Lewis has hauled his baritone saxophone to gigs in far-flung places, from England to Japan to New Guinea. He’s played so many places he’s lost count of precisely where he’s been. But he’s…

2-headed turtle at Texas zoo gets Facebook page

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A two-headed turtle born last month at the San Antonio Zoo has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. Zoo officials say the Texas cooter called Thelma and Louise, for the…

Differences small between student loan bills

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is set to go along with a bipartisan Senate compromise that would link college students’ interest rates to the financial markets and offer borrowers lower rates this fall. The Senate bill hews closely…

US drone kills 6 suspected militants in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni military official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed six alleged al-Qaida militants in the group’s southern strongholds. The official said Sunday the attack took place late Saturday in the town…

Police: $53 million in jewels stolen in Cannes

PARIS (AP) — A staggering 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen Sunday from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe’s biggest jewelry heists recent years, police said. The…

AP Essay: Black male humanity shown in ‘Fruitvale’

Oscar Grant did not deserve to die. This is the central message of “Fruitvale Station,” a film dramatizing the real-life case of the young unarmed black man shot in the back by a white police officer in 2009.…

Gentrification in overdrive on DC’s 14th Street

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Great Recession and its messy aftermath will go into the record books for many things: jobs lost, household wealth destroyed, foreclosure auctions held. But the epic downturn is also the reason it’s so hard…