Afghan military faces surge in roadside bombs

GARDEZ, Afghanistan (AP) — Raqam Jan was at home on furlough after two years of fighting for the Afghan army when he stepped out of his house and onto a homemade mine. It had been planted not just…

Calif. man charged in black market drug scheme

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — FBI agents found him in the science fiction section of a small branch of the San Francisco public library, chatting online. The man known as Dread Pirate Roberts — 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht —…

Suicide car bombing kills 15 people in Pakistan

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into the compound of a rival militant commander in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, killing 15 people, a government official said. The commander, Nabi Hanfi,…

Montana Democrats get Senate candidate

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh will run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, his campaign said Thursday, giving Democrats the high-profile candidate they’ve been scrambling for in a bid to keep the seat they’ve…

Oil falls below $104 a barrel as inventories rise

BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices on Thursday shed some of the prior day’s gains after a report showed a bump upward in U.S. crude inventories. Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 38 cents to $103.69 per barrel…

US, Japan to deploy new radar, drones in next year

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. and Japanese officials said Thursday they will position a second early-warning radar in Japan within the next year and deploy new long-range surveillance drones to help monitor disputed islands in the East China Sea…

Markets wobble amid US budget standoff

LONDON (AP) — Financial markets remained fixated on developments in Washington as the partial shutdown of the U.S. government entered its third day and showed few signs of being resolved soon. The mood remained cautious — any buying…

Skillet is starting to win mainstream music fans

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Skillet has long been much more than a pan to Christian music fans, but a new set of mainstream music lovers are starting to get to know the rock band that has been around…

APNewsBreak: Tesla says car fire began in battery

SEATTLE (AP) — A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle’s battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said…

Far-right Golden Dawn party chief jailed in Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of Greece’s extremist right-wing Golden Dawn party was jailed early Thursday, pending trial on charges of running a criminal organization in an investigation into his political party triggered by the killing of…

Novelist Tom Clancy a master of military thrillers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With CIA analyst Jack Ryan, Tom Clancy created a character that spoke to audiences from both page and screen, representing the changing mood of a country facing growing geopolitical challenges. “Thrillers, like all art,…

Forging on: My vacation in a closed national park

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Everybody gathers around Joe, the guy who seems to have all the answers. Only he doesn’t. He’s worked in Yosemite National Park for about 30 years, and is trying to advise anxious…

93-year-old Glacier ranger park service’s oldest

KINTLA LAKE, Mont. (AP) — With a can of bear spray on his hip and hearing aids in both ears, Lyle Ruterbories whistles and hums as he tends to this patch of wilderness along the Canadian border. For…