Brazil concerned about hotel price hikes at WCup

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government is concerned that some hotels listed on FIFA’s website for the 2014 World Cup plan steep price hikes during the tournament and is reportedly considering investigating the FIFA-appointed agency in charge…

Roll Tide! Alabama No. 1 in AP preseason poll

NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1. Nick Saban and the two-time defending national champion Crimson Tide are top-ranked in The Associated Press preseason college football…

Malaysia punishes Singaporean in prayer room row

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities on Saturday revoked the immigration privileges held by a Singaporean man who offended some Muslims by allegedly letting Buddhists use an Islamic prayer room. The case has provoked debate about whether…

Key events in Egypt’s uprising and unrest

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities are considering disbanding the Muslim Brotherhood group, a government spokesman said Saturday, as security forces raided a mosque in Cairo where protesters supporting the nation’s ousted president had been barricaded inside. Here are…

First methadone clinic in northern Ky. opens

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The first full-service substance-abuse treatment center that offers methadone therapy has opened in northern Kentucky. The Kentucky Enquire……

Egypt challenges Obama’s Arab Spring philosophy

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Arab Spring democracy uprisings spread across the Middle East, President Barack Obama’s response to the political unrest has been to voice support for people seeking representative governments but limit the role the United States…

Atlanta VA holds community mental health summit

ATLANTA (AP) — The troubled Atlanta VA Medical Center is taking steps to improve mental health care. The Atlanta VA hosted dozens of local health care organizations an……

German leader: Far-right extremists remain threat

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says anti-Semitism and racism remain a threat to democracy in Europe almost 70 years after the end of World War II. Merkel cited the ongoing trial of five alleged neo-Nazis over…

Crews rush to clean up former California nuke lab

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The sun was barely up at a former Cold War rocket test site when crews in hard hats, neon vests and steel-toe boots collected jars of dirt as part of a massive effort…

Israeli settlers defy stereotype amid peace talks

BARKAN, West Bank (AP) — Micha Drori is living the Israeli dream: a house, a yard, a wife and three kids. The 42-year-old businessman has found an affordable alternative to Israel’s booming real estate market in a quiet…

Iran president: Nation wants foreign policy change

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s new president said Saturday that his countrymen elected him to change the country’s foreign policy and shift away from the bombastic style adopted under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hasan Rouhani said his government…

Prepping kids for back-to-school sleep cycles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Too many kids are sleep deprived, and the start of a new school year only makes matters worse. Sleep specialists and child psychologists say it’……

New England editorial roundup

The Portland (Maine) Press Herald, Aug. 13, 2013 Congress left Washington for its August recess without taking action on a farm bill that is set to expire next month. Th……