In Afghanistan, mixed reasons for drop in attacks

CAMP GARMSER, Afghanistan (AP) — When Marine Maj. Chris Bourbeau walked alone into an Afghan base last spring, he left behind his helmet, bulletproof jacket and rifle. Given the deadly insider attacks that had rocked U.S.-Afghan relations, he…

Military paints dire picture from budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials insist they are not crying wolf when they say proposed budget cuts could severely harm the military. In a detailed and stark warning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said about $500 billion in automatic…

Shell Q2 earnings fall on charges, higher costs

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC reported a 57 percent fall in second quarter earnings due to impairment charges, lower production and higher costs. Net profit was $1.74 billion, down from $4.08 billion in the same period…

Transportation funding bill faces GOP opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure awarding generous funding to road and bridge projects, community development grants and housing help for the poor is running into stiff Republican opposition in the Senate. The bill appeared likely to fall prey…

Bahrain king boosts backlash on violent protests

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s king has issued new decrees, giving authorities more powers to strip citizenship and block suspected funding channels in attempts to quell escalating anti-government violence in the Gulf nation. The measures are part of…

BC-WEA–Global Weather-Fahrenheit, WEA

NEW YORK (AP) — Minimum and maximum temperatures in Fahrenheit, precipitation in inches and weather conditions as recorded for the previous day and forecast for the current and following day in each city as of 0700 GMT: ;MIN;MAX;COND;PRECIP;MIN;MAX;COND;MIN;MAX;COND…

NTSB gets complaints about air crash attorneys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials are looking into whether some attorneys may have violated a U.S. law barring uninvited solicitation of air disaster victims in the first 45 days after an accident in connection with the crash landing…

Critics: Consumers should know more about outbreak

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Food safety advocates are sounding an alarm at the lack of information being disseminated about an enduring intestinal illness tied to prepackaged salad that has sickened nearly 400 people nationwide. The outbreak of the…

BMW net profit rises despite Europe

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German luxury car maker BMW AG says it overcame tough auto markets in Europe and posted a 9 percent increase in net profit in the second quarter. Profits rose to 1.39 billion euros from…

AP Source: MLB threatening A-Rod with lifetime ban

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez might not make it back to the Yankees this year. Or ever. Major League Baseball is threatening to kick A-Rod out of the game for life unless the New York star agrees…

Singer’s arrest in China fires free speech debate

BEIJING (AP) — Hours after a man with long-running grievances against officialdom set off a homemade explosive at Beijing’s airport, a singer-songwriter turned to the Internet to release her own sarcastic wish list of to-be-bombed targets. By the…

Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins, bacteria

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot…

Your Top Plays for Today

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide –A-ROD STARING AT LIFE BAN AS MLB DOPING D-DAY NEARS A life ban is contemplated for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez as Major League Baseball prepares to announce penalties…

Ohio man gets life term in kidnapping of 3 women

CLEVELAND (AP) — Three months after an Ohio woman kicked out part of a door to end nearly a decade of captivity, a onetime school bus driver faces sentencing for kidnapping three women and subjecting them to years…