• Alpha Natural files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    BRISTOL, Va. (AP) — Alpha Natural Resources is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fourth big coal producer to do so within the last two years. The company operates about 60 coal mines throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Wyoming. Coal prices...

  • 2 military planes going to California to fight wildfires

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force Reserve firefighting planes are being sent to California to battle wildfires raging there. The C-130s from Colorado's Peterson Air Force Base are expected to arrive at McClellan Airtanker Base near Sacramento on Monday to fight fires...

  • Missing Special Olympics athlete turns up 350 miles away

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Albanian athlete who disappeared from the Special Olympics in Los Angeles turned up safe early Monday 350 miles away in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward. Andi Gusmari, 44, came to the Hayward Police Department on his own at about 2 a.m. Monday and used...

  • China bureau probing controversial Shaolin Temple abbot

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are investigating allegations of misbehavior made online against the controversial abbot of China's famed Shaolin Temple. The religious affairs bureau under the Denfeng city government says it was asked by the national body to look into the claims...

  • Moroccan dies while being smuggled into Spain in suitcase

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — A Moroccan man died from suffocation while being smuggled into Spain by his brother inside a suitcase that was in the trunk of a car on a ferry crossing, authorities said Monday. Francisco Jerez, spokesman for the Interior Ministry's office in Almeria, said the...

  • US consumer spending edges up in June

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending in June rose by the smallest amount in four months as shoppers cut back on purchases of cars and other big-ticket items. Consumer spending edged up 0.2 percent in June, the poorest showing since a similar increase in February, the Commerce...

  • Pelosi praises papal climate encyclical during Italy visit

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Leading U.S. Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Monday called the pope's climate encyclical "an important new effective asset" in pushing forward policy to slow global warming by bringing aboard a new audience. Pelosi said the pope's manifesto, which called for a bold cultural...

  • Soldiers in Hungary begin building fence to stop migrants

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    ASOTTHALOM, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian soldiers have begun building a fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop the rising flow of migrants trying to enter the European Union. On the outskirts of the southern village of Asotthalom, soldiers on Monday were using heavy machinery to...

  • Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi visits flood-hit area

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    BAGO, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited one of the country's many flood-afflicted areas Monday, raising her profile during a national disaster that could have consequences in this November's general election. Over the weekend President Thein Sein...

  • New Mexico Gov. Martinez: 'Coward' set off 2 church blasts

    Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is promising that the "coward" who set off explosions outside two Las Cruces churches will be caught. The small blasts just 20 minutes and a few miles apart shocked congregants Sunday morning at the churches in southern New...

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