• Iraq officials: Car bomb in busy Baghdad commercial district kills 10 people, wounds 25.

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq officials: Car bomb in busy Baghdad commercial district kills 10 people, wounds 25.

  • Iran digs in on underground nuke facility

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Diplomats are reporting a setback at talks on Iran's nuclear program, saying Tehran has resumed rejecting U.S. demands it repurpose a uranium enrichment site. They told The Associated Press Monday that Tehran is invoking what it says was an Israeli drone shot down last month near another Iranian enrichment site in arguing that it wants to leave the underground facility as an enrichment plant. The U.S. wants the site shut down or converted because it is dug deep into a mountain. Washington fears it is impervious to air attack. Enrichment can make both reactor fuel and the core of a nuclear weapon. Iran denies it wants nuclear arms. It was discussing reconfiguring the site until the start of the cu

  • Giuliani to help fight Noriega's video game suit

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining a video game company's legal fight against disgraced Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is suing Activision over his inclusion in one of its popular "Call of Duty" games. Activision Blizzard Inc. announced Monday that Giuliani and his firm will ask a Los Angeles judge to dismiss Noriega's lawsuit, which claims his likeness was used without permission in 2012's"Call of Duty: Black Ops II." Giuiliani told The Associated Press he took the case because he doesn't want the imprisoned Noriega to profit from his crimes, which include convictions for murder, drug trafficking and money laundering.

  • UPS expands 3-D printing to 100 more stores

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — UPS says it will put 3-D printers in nearly 100 more stores as it seeks to lure small businesses. United Parcel Service Inc. said Monday that it has been testing the printers at six stores. The company said they have been used by businesses, inventors and artists to make architectural models, prototypes and other items. UPS hopes to convince consumers that it would be easier to use a 3-D printer at one of its stores than to buy and set up a machine at home. The shares fell $1.18, or 1.2 percent, to $98.26 in midday trading. They started the day down 5 percent in 2014.

  • UK premier hosts talks on Scottish voting rights

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron sought Monday to limit the divisive political fallout following the Scottish referendum, gathering senior Conservatives at his official country retreat to placate anger over promises made to Scotland to keep it in the United Kingdom. Britain's politicians now have the headache of mapping out how to implement the new powers pledged to Scotland and how that impacts the rest of the realm — England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here is a guide to the issues being discussed. ___ WHAT IS THE 'ENGLISH QUESTION?' Cameron's main problem is anger over the "English question," or the "English votes for English laws" issue.

  • Weekend iPhone sales top 10 million

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Apple says weekend sales of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones topped 10 million, a new internal record, according to USA TODAY. The company did not detail how much of the 10 million were attributed to the iPhone 6 Plus versus the iPhone 6, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says the launch shattered the previous sales record of 9 million held by last year's release of the iPhone 5s and 5c. "Sales for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded our expectations for the launch weekend, and we couldn't be happier," said Cook in a statement Monday.

  • Kiev notes progress on eastern Ukraine cease-fire

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Both government troops and pro-Russian rebels began withdrawing heavy artillery in the east of the country, Ukrainian officials said Monday, a significant step toward implementing an effective cease-fire in the region. Col. Andriy Lysenko, spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said Kiev's forces had started withdrawing from frontline positions. He said the rebels had also begun their withdrawal of heavy artillery, although it was "not as massive as we expected." "We are seeing a trend that (the rebels) are reducing their use of heavy armed weaponry," Lysenko told journalists in Kiev.

  • Engineers call for national approach to flooding

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers was scheduled to release its recommendations Monday in Philadelphia. The report was provided to The Associated Press before its release. The group is calling for Congress and the Obama Administration to develop a sustainable way to pay for infrastructure maintenance and updates to help manage floods. It also wants more use of nature, rather than engineered solutions such as levees, to help contain risks.

  • Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone is available in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the U.K. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year. CEO Tim Cook says demand for the phones has exceeded the company's expectations. Besides larger screens, the new phones offer faster performance and a wireless chip for making credit card payments. The phones start at $199 with a two-year service contact.

  • Iraq military official: 40 soldiers killed in clashes with Islamic State militants; 68 missing

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq military official: 40 soldiers killed in clashes with Islamic State militants; 68 missing.

  • New Afghan leader promises equal rights for women

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's new president-elect pledged in his victory speech on Monday to give women prominent roles in his government and told his nation that women are important to the country's future. The remarks by President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai came a day after the landmark power-sharing deal signed by Afghanistan's two presidential candidates. The agreement resolved a drawn-out dispute that threatened to plunge Afghanistan into political turmoil while complicating the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops. Ghani Ahmadzai also said his former opponent — Abdullah Abdullah, who will fill the newly created role of government chief executive — has turned from competitor to colleague and that the tw

  • Egypt: Brotherhood leader, 104 referred to trial

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top prosecutor has referred the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and 104 supporters to trial on charges of murder and terrorism. The prosecutor's office said in a statement on Monday that the charges arise from deadly riots in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia on July 5, 2013, two days after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, himself a longtime Brotherhood leader. At least three people were killed. Seventy-five of the 105 defendants are in detention and 30 are at large, said the statement. The fugitives will be tried in absentia. Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, Morsi and other group leaders are facing several trials on charges of murder and inciting violence.

  • Death toll rises in Nigeria building collapse

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A total of 115 people, including 84 South Africans, died in the Sept. 12 collapse of a building at a church complex in Nigeria, the South African government said Monday. Phumla Williams, a South African government spokeswoman, said South African officials in Nigeria provided the updated death toll. "There is a team that is working with the Nigerians there," said Williams, who spoke after a plane carrying South Africans who were injured in the disaster arrived in South Africa. Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesman for the Nigerian Emergency Management Agency, said he was unable to confirm the South African government report of 115 dead. Last week, Farinloye reported a death toll of 86.

  • Affluence eludes poor crowding into Asian cities

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Down a concrete path, between rail tracks that buzz with each approaching train and a river choked by plastic and raw sewage, Asih Binti Arif cradles her baby and reflects on dreams gone dark. Five years ago, Arif and her husband left impoverished Madura Island, joining the stream of migrants from across the vast Indonesian archipelago seeking a better life in its capital. Across the developing world, migration from country to city has long been a potential path out of poverty. Less and less is that true for Arif and millions of others in Asia, where the wealth gap is growing in many of the most densely populated cities in human history.

  • IAEA urges Iran to meet investigation request

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. atomic agency is urging Iran to provide answers over suspicions that Tehran worked on nuclear arms. Speaking at Monday's general conference of his International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano said Iran had implemented some measures in an agreement meant to give the agency a deeper knowledge of Iran's nuclear program. But they have been mostly in areas that have nothing to do with the alleged weapons work. Amano says two of the measures remain to be implemented. Iran says it does not want nuclear arms and never worked toward them. But the agency says it has collected about 1,000 pages of information that point to attempts to develop such weapons.

  • Germany organizing conference on refugee crisis

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry says it is organizing an international conference on the refugee crisis resulting from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sawsan Chebli said Monday that Germany was planning the conference for Oct. 28, "since we can't assume that the situation in Syria will get better in the coming months." It wasn't immediately clear where the conference would be held. The announcement comes after Turkish officials said that about 130,000 refugees from Syria had spilled into their country over the past four days as they fled the advance of Islamic State militants. There have been nearly 3 million refugees, including more than 1 million who have fled into Turkey

  • Image of Asia: Kicking for Myanmar gold

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    In this photo by Eugene Hoshiko, Myanmar's Phyu Phyu Than kicks the ball as Laos player Koy Xayavong blocks during the women's doubles sepak takraw final match at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Myanmar beat Laos 2-0 to win the gold medal. Sepak takraw is a centuries-old sport originating in Asia, and it resembles hands-off volleyball with kicking and martial arts moves. The sport is among several, including bowling, cricket and squash, that are part of the Asian Games competition but not the Olympics.

  • Egyptian officials see controversial Ethiopian dam

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian News Agency says Egypt's irrigation minister has toured the site in western Ethiopia where the country is building a controversial dam on the Blue Nile River. The Ethiopian agency said Monday that Hossam El-Moughazi's visit Sunday marked the first time that an Egyptian official has been able to visit the site of the $4.2 billion hydro-electric project named the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia are currently holding talks aimed at reducing tension over the dam. Ethiopian officials have previously said they have arrested Egyptian citizens who allegedly entered the country illegally and tried to reach the site of the dam.

  • TTM to buy rival circuit board maker Viasystems

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — TTM Technologies Inc. said Monday that it plans to buy rival circuit board maker Viasystems Group Inc. for about $368 million in cash and stock. TTM, which makes circuit boards used in cellphones, medical devices and tablets, said it is buying Viasystems to expand into the auto industry. The deal is expected to close in the first half of next year. Costa Mesa, California-based TTM is paying $11.33 in cash and 0.706 share of its stock for each share of Viasystems. That comes to about $16.46 for each share of Viasystems, a 41 percent premium from its closing price of $11.70 on Friday. Viasystems, based in St. Louis, had 20.9 million shares outstanding as of Aug. 1.

  • Kerry: US looking for help from Turkey against IS

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. The hostages — 46 Turks and three Iraqis — were returned to Turkey on Saturday after more than three months in the hands of the Islamic State group, which captured them when it overran the Iraqi city of Mosul in June. Turkey, a U.S. ally and member of the NATO military alliance, has made commitments at various regional conferences to help in the effort against the Islamic State group but the help has been limited so far because "they first needed to deal with their hostage situation," Kerry said