Report: 21 hospitalized after condo deck falls

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — More than 20 people were taken to hospitals after a second-story deck on a condominium in North Carolina collapsed onto a patio below. Brunswick County emergency officials say the deck collapsed around…

Fire partially destroys landmark Paris mansion

PARIS (AP) — Fire has partially destroyed a landmark mansion on Paris’ Ile Saint Louis that once belonged to the Rothschild dynasty. The Hotel Lambert, a 17th century mansion overlooking the Seine river, suffered “serious damage” in a…
This aerial photo taken on July 9, 2013 shows reactor buildings Unit 2, left, and Unit 1 at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuama, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan. Japan's nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant's operator. Officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain. The watchdog said Wednesday, July 10, 2013 it would form a panel of experts to look into ways to contain the problem. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Japan: Radioactive water likely leaking to Pacific

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s nuclear watchdog says the crippled Fukushima plant is likely leaking contaminated water into sea, a problem long suspected by experts. Watchdog commissioners instructed operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Wednesday to find where the…

EU Commission clashes with Germany over banks plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has outlined another key part of its plan to deal with the economic and financial crisis by proposing a blueprint for a centralized system to deal with failing banks. Jose Manuel Barroso,…

Syrians struggle to find festive mood this Ramadan

BEIRUT (AP) — Many devout Muslims in the Middle East have started observing the dawn-to-dusk fast for the month of Ramadan even as the region is rocked by Egypt’s turmoil and the relentless civil war in Syria. For…

Tropical Storm Chantal weakens to tropical wave

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tropical Storm Chantal roared south of Puerto Rico early Wednesday on a path that will see it pass over the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where authorities warned of possible landslides and heavy…

Israel confirms it is holding missing Palestinian

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has confirmed that a Gaza man who disappeared in Egypt last month is being detained for “security crimes.” An Israeli court partially lifted a gag order on the case Wednesday, identifying the man as…

Postal workers to get shares in private Royal Mail

LONDON (AP) — The British government will lay out plans to privatize the Royal Mail in a 3 billion pounds ($4.5 billion) share offering that will see tens of thousands of workers get a stake in the company.…

House Republicans grapple with immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans confronting the politically volatile issue of immigration are wrestling with what to do about those already in the U.S. illegally, with most Republicans reluctant to endorse citizenship for 11 million unauthorized immigrants but…

Mountain fire near Vegas burns 6 ranch structures

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fire crews burned forest undergrowth near homes in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas to protect them from one of two large Nevada wildfires while local casino owners offered rooms to evacuees. The wildfire…

Still no sign of missing autistic boy in SCal

MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — There’s still no sign of an 11-year-old autistic boy who’s been missing from his Southern California home since Saturday night. Some 1,000 emergency workers and volunteers have been combing the sun-scorched hills of Menifee,…

Santa Fe Opera plans symposium on Oscar Wilde

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera plans a symposium on the author and playwright Oscar Wilde, whose life is the subject of an opera premiering this month. The four-day symposium (http://bit.ly/1a9eAt0 ) starts July 25…

SF probe brings questions over auto speed controls

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214′s pilots say they were relying on to control the airliner’s speed may have contributed to the plane’s dangerously low and…

Ex-Bengals cheerleader libel suit trial winds down

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit against a gossip website by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager is set for closing arguments. Attorneys were expected to present final arguments Wednesday in Sarah…