Obama’s unlikely climate change partner: China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has stumbled on an unusual partner in his quest to combat climate change: China. The world’s two biggest emitters of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are finding common cause in efforts to reduce global…

2 men convicted in Calif. high school gang rape

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Two more men have been found guilty for their roles in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside a Northern California high school. Contra Costa County jurors on Thursday convicted 20-year-old Marcelles Peter…

Suspected Civil war cannonball dug up in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a construction crew has unearthed what appears to be a cannonball near Centennial Olympic Park. Police spokesman Gregory Lyon says the crew dug up the suspected cannonball Thursday afternoon and authorities took…

General: US considering use of force in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer told a Senate panel Thursday that the Obama administration is deliberating whether to use military power in Syria, where a civil war entering its third year has killed almost 93,000…

Once-mighty Motor City files for bankruptcy

DETROIT (AP) — Once the very symbol of American industrial might, Detroit became the biggest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy Thursday, its finances ravaged and its neighborhoods hollowed out by a long, slow decline in population and…

Obama monitoring Detroit after bankruptcy filing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it’s standing by Detroit after it became the biggest city in America to file for bankruptcy. Spokeswoman Amy Brundage says President Barack Obama and senior advisers are monitoring the situation. Brundage…

Powerball winner buys $1M home in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The retiree from Maine who won a $590 million Powerball jackpot in May has bought a 6,300-square-foot, five-bedroom home in a gated golf course community in southeast Jacksonville, Fla. Eighty-four-year-old Gloria MacKenzie has remained…

Moody’s upgrades outlook for US government debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the outlook for U.S. government debt to ‘stable’ from “negative” and affirmed the United States’ blue chip Aaa rating. The rating agency cited a surprising drop in the federal deficit —…

Award-winning illustrator Marc Simont dies

CORNWALL, Conn. (AP) — Illustrator Marc Simont, whose work adorned some of the most celebrated titles in children’s literature, has died after a short illness, his family said Thursday. Simont died Saturday at his home in Cornwall, his…
In this July 12, 2013, photo an Outsource to Detroit banner from Galaxe.Solutions is seen on a Detroit building. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Thursday, July 18, 2013, asked a federal judge permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Once-mighty Motor City files for bankruptcy

Detroit on Thursday became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, as the state-appointed emergency manager filed for Chapter 9 protection.…

IRS watchdog ‘disturbed’ agency withheld documents

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigator who wrote a scathing report about the Internal Revenue Service targeting tea party groups says he is “disturbed” the agency withheld newly released documents showing progressive groups may also have been singled out…