APNewsBreak: Prayers before SC woman killed family

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hours before she killed her two sons, her ex-husband and her stepmother and tried to frame it on one of the slain children, Susan Hendricks gathered her family together to pray. She said she…

3 firebombs explode in Athens; 1 woman wounded

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police say three firebombs have exploded at different locations in central Athens, with one wounding a woman. Plice said in a statement Monday that all devices consisted of camping gas canisters. One exploded at…

Situation in flood-hit German city ‘dramatic’

BERLIN (AP) — Raging waters from three rivers have flooded large parts of the southeast German city of Passau following days of heavy rainfall in central Europe. A spokesman for the city’s crisis center said Monday that the…

Trade winds drop, and Hawaii gets muggy

HONOLULU (AP) — Part of what makes living in Hawaii so pleasant is the gentle breeze. Arriving from the northeast, it’s light enough that it is barely noticeable but strong enough to chase away the humidity. It’s a…

Containment of Calif. fire doubles to 40 percent

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people from some 700 homes are under evacuation orders as a wildfire north of Los Angeles kept growing, feeding on old, dry brush, some of which hadn’t burned in decades. The blaze…

Chinese activists call on people to wear black

BEIJING (AP) — Activists in China are taking to social media to call on the public to wear black on the 24th anniversary of the bloody military crackdown on protesters in Tiananmen Square. The crackdown on pro-democracy protesters…

Despite hot issues, lawmakers meet public less

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — From her front row seat at the Fort Dodge Public Library, pugnacious retiree Betty Nostrom wasted no time grilling the U.S. senator standing before 80 constituents over how he was investigating the deaths…

Cybersecurity tops Obama’s agenda for China talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will be looking for signs from China’s leader at their upcoming meeting that Beijing is ready to address its reported high-tech spying, which the White House sees as a top threat to…

Leak probe latest big case for US prosecutors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ronald Machen and James Cole have pursued their share of headline-makers, taking on between the two of them an All-Star baseball pitcher, government contractors, members of Congress, a federal judge and a mayoral campaign. The…

Turkish PM, president at odds over protests

ISTANBUL (AP) — Violence has flared in Istanbul between a group of demonstrators and police on the fourth day of protests set off by a brutal police crackdown of a peaceful environmental protest. The private Dogan news agency…

Q&A: Questions and answers about the farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is considering a massive, five-year farm bill this week that would set policy for farm subsidies and food stamps. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the nearly $100 billion-a-year bill:…

IRS woes grow with report of conference spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service, already under fire after officials disclosed that the agency targeted conservative groups, faces increased scrutiny because of an inspector general’s report that it spent about $50 million to hold at least…

Webb wins ShopRite Classic for ill grandmother

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Winning for the first time in two years on the LPGA Tour didn’t cause Karrie Webb’s eyes to well. The 38-year-old Hall of Famer cried thinking of her seriously ill 87-year-old grandmother after…