Rights group: Iraqi panel needs help probing raid

BAGHDAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch on Saturday urged Iraqi authorities to give more financial and political backing to a government panel probing a deadly raid by security forces at a protest camp last week to find out…

7 American service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the director of the CIA assured him that regular funding his government receives from the agency will not be cut off. He says Afghanistan has been receiving such funding…

Saudi security court has issued 2,145 sentences

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi Justice Ministry says a special security court has issued 2,145 jail sentences for “supporting terrorism” since it was formed four and a half years ago. The Specialized Criminal Court often tries…

Solar plane lands in Ariz., 1st leg of major trip

PHOENIX (AP) — Flying for several hours after sundown, a solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning on the first leg of a cross-country trip. The Solar Impulse — considered the world’s most-advanced sun-powered plane — set…

China city quashes protest against petro plant

BEIJING (AP) — After word spread about an environmental protest that was planned for Saturday in the central Chinese city of Chengdu, drugstores and printing shops were ordered to report anyone making certain purchases. Microbloggers say government fliers…

Rumford leads by 1, teen shoots 72 at China Open

TIANJIN, China (AP) — Brett Rumford of Australia shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to lead by one stroke after the third round of the China Open. Conditions were windy on the Binhai Lake Golf Club course as Rumford…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, May 04, 2013. Precipitation continues for the Mississippi River Valley and Eastern Valleys on Saturday as a strong low pressure system continues pulling moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico. This will allow…

Syria news agency: Israel strikes near Damascus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli officials confirmed Saturday the country’s air force carried out a strike against Syria and say it targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The officials said the attack…

Bodies of 2 US crew found at Kyrgyzstan crash site

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American crew members near where their military refueling plane crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, while the third crew member was still missing, the…

Grizzlies advance, win 4 straight over Clippers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies are very happy after finally getting a bit of payback for their first-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers a year ago. They also made a bit of NBA history. Memphis became…

Sunnis flee Syrian city after reports of killings

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say thousands of Sunni Muslims are fleeing a city on Syria’s Mediterranean coast following the alleged mass killing of Sunni villagers by regime troops and pro-government militiamen. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights…

Thunder beat Rockets 103-94 to advance

HOUSTON (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder were unhappy about coming back to Houston for Game 6. They left town in a much better mood. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Kevin Martin added 25 to lead the…

Cooler weather aids fight against Calif. wildfire

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire tearing through a coastal region in Southern California nearly tripled in size as high temperatures fueled the flames, but an expected weekend change in the weather will likely give crews manning the…

Jurors start deliberating in Arias murder trial

PHOENIX (AP) — The murder case against Jodi Arias in the death of her onetime boyfriend has gone to the jury, which is weighing weeks of evidence and the defendant’s ever-changing version of events. After closing arguments, the…