• Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military...

  • Arctic-bound ship leaves Portland after oil drilling protest

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker that was the target of environmental protesters left Portland, Oregon, on Thursday bound for an Arctic drilling operation after a tense standoff ended with kayakers and activists who had dangled from a bridge to block its path. The...

  • Former top Chinese general suspected of corruption

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — China has expelled a former top general from the ruling Communist Party over corruption accusations as President Xi Jinping's campaign to root out graft in the government and military churns onward. Guo Boxiong, a former vice chairman of the powerful Central Military...

  • Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of...

  • The Latest: Pilot calls search for adrift boys heartbreaking

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The latest on the search for the two Florida teens who went missing while on a fishing trip off Florida's Atlantic coast: 7:05 p.m. One of the pilots who volunteered his time in the private search effort for two missing teenagers calls it "heartbreaking"...

  • Coast Guard continues search for overdue paddle boarder

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it's continuing to search for a paddle boarder who is overdue for arrival in South Carolina. A statement from the Coast Guard says 58-year-old William Morlock was traveling between Daytona, Florida, and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina....

  • Rescuers hope for 'best-case scenario' for boys lost at sea

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mustering hope for a "best-case scenario" in the face of countless unknowns, search crews braced for a seventh day and night at sea Thursday in the hunt for two teenagers missing from their capsized boat. Five things to know about air-and-sea search for...

  • Ex-Maine congressman is Obama pick for administration post

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has tapped a former Maine congressman for an administration post to help veterans seeking training and jobs. Obama on Thursday announced the nomination of Maine's Michael Michaud to be assistant secretary for veterans' employment and training...

  • New Nigerian general to head multinational Boko Haram fight

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's Defense Ministry has appointed a new general to head the multinational army it is hoped can defeat the Boko Haram Islamic uprising that has killed 20,000 people and driven nearly 2 million from their homes. Thursday's appointment comes as the West...

  • Unusual terror case going to trial in US court in Virginia

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of terror suspects have been tried in federal courts since the 2001 attacks, but a case unfolding in Virginia differs from most in at least one key respect. Irek Hamidullin was a combatant captured on the battlefield — not a financier, recruiter or...

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