US embassies in four African countries also closed

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. State Department has closed its embassies in four sub-Sarahan African nations. It’s part of a heightened security alert — days before the 15th anniversary of al-Qaida’s bombings of American diplomatic missions in…

Taliban talking secretly to Kabul government

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Taliban have held secret talks with representatives of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to try to jumpstart a peace process that stumbled and stalled at the starting gate, according to Afghan officials and a…

Arms dealer ‘expelled’ from Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A Sierra Leone court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a top ally of former Liberian President Charles Taylor who was recently found living in Freetown, though a lawyer involved in the…

A look at the players suspended by MLB on Monday

A look at the penalties agreed to by players and Major League Baseball on Monday in the Biogenesis drug case, along with their salaries lost: ___ Antonio Bastardo, left-handed pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies, 50 games: At times in his…

Book offers rare glimpse of male body dysmorphia

NEW YORK (AP) — Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflection in his mirror. Out this week from Brian…

Book offers rare glimpse of male body dysmorphia

NEW YORK (AP) — Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflec……

Review: Duke offers heartfelt tribute to late wife

George Duke, “DreamWeaver” (Heads Up International) George Duke was left devastated by the death of his wife, Corine, from cancer a year ago and unable to make music for months, but the keyboardist and composer eventually overcame his…

Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials

Wisconsin State Journal, Aug. 5 Let them smoke pot — for medical use In general, we’re not keen on looking to Illinois for leadership and direction on, wel……

Ivory Coast releases allies of former president

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A government spokesman in Ivory Coast says judges have approved the provisional release of 14 loyalists of former President Laurent Gbagbo who were arrested following the country’s 2010-11 postelection violence. Bruno Kone said…

Review: ‘Tap on the Window’ is worth answering

“A Tap on the Window” (New American Library), by Linwood Barclay Private detective Cal Weaver makes a simple mistake and destroys everything he holds dear in Linwood Barclay’s new thriller, “A Tap on the Window.” Weaver and his…

News Summary: China, Russia halt some NZ imports

DAIRY SCARE: A botulism scare has prompted China and Russia to stop importing some New Zealand dairy products, New Zealand officials said Monday. TAINTED WHEY: New Ze……