China launches crackdown on drug industry

BEIJING (AP) — China has launched a crackdown on misconduct in its drug market, stepping up pressure on the problem-prone industry while it pursues a bribery investigation of GlaxoSmithKline. The State Food and Drug Administration said the six-month…

Official: Iran open for nuke talks once team named

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister says Tehran will be ready to resume nuclear talks with world powers as soon as the country’s president-elect puts together his negotiating team. Wednesday’s comments by Ali Akbar Salehi follow a…

2nd arraignment set for kidnap suspect

A Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for more than a decade has pleaded not guilty to 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape.…

Online shows may take big Emmy leap

If Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development” on Thursday become the first online contenders to nab top Emmy nominations, it will be a breakthrough moment for shows making a splash without the aid of a TV set.

No progress from Korean talks on factory complex

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea have failed again to agree on how to reopen a shuttered inter-Korean factory park. They have decided to meet again next week. Wednesday’s meeting at the North Korean border…

Pope nixes popemobile for Rio trip

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is forgoing the bulletproof popemobile for his upcoming trip to Brazil for the Catholic Church’s youth festival. The Argentine pope will instead use the same open-topped car he uses for zooming around…

Asiana no longer suing San Francisco TV station

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asiana Airlines has abandoned its plans to sue a San Francisco TV station over the use of racially offensive names. The South Korean air carrier said Wednesday in a statement that KTVU-TV has…

South Korea raids former dictator’s compound

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors have staged two days of raids on properties associated with ex-dictator Chun Doo-hwan as part of efforts to collect money he owes the country, officials said Wednesday. Chun was ordered…

Officials: Attacks kill 10 people in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a bombing targeting a stream where youngsters had sought refuge from the summer heat has killed four people. It was the second such attack in less than a week. Police officials say…

Mother, 3 sons killed crossing Philly road; 1 hurt

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police are investigating whether cars were drag racing when a mother and two young sons were struck and killed while attempting to cross a busy highway. The woman’s two other sons were injured. The…

R&A will look at gender issue after British Open

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — The Royal & Ancient intends to look at the issue of male-only clubs after the British Open. Even so, the head of the governing body said Wednesday that gender policies in golf don’t compare…

Major economies still struggling to create jobs

GENEVA (AP) — Jobs growth remains weak among the world’s 20 biggest economies, where almost a third of the 93 million unemployed have been out of work for more than a year, top labor and development officials said…

APNewsbreak: Andretti to run electric car series

Andretti Autosport announced Wednesday it has signed on as the third team to compete in the environmentally friendly FIA Formula E championship, which will feature electric cars racing in 10 cities around the world beginning in 2014. Michael…

Attackers kill Afghan prosecutor linked to Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Officials say gunmen have killed an Afghan prosecutor with ties to President Hamid Karzai in the latest attack targeting those linked to the government. Police Chief Rahmatullah Safi says prosecutor Ahmad Wali Taheri was…

Dubai diet: Slim down, get paid in gold

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Shedding weight is as good as gold under an unusual slim-down initiative in Dubai over growing concerns about rising obesity levels in the wealthy Gulf city-state. Municipal officials are offering a gram…