SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A day after arriving home to California, the 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained for weeks by North Korea said Sunday that he was well-fed and kept comfortable in a hotel room, not a jail cell.
Merrill Newman spoke briefly with the Santa Cruz Sentinel (http://tinyurl.com/m2dbeyl ) outside his vacation home steps from the beach in Santa Cruz, a coastal community about
EDITOR’S NOTE -- On Dec. 7, 1941, Eugene Burns, AP’s chief of bureau in Honolulu, couldn’t get out the urgent news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which drew the U.S. into World War II, because the military had already taken control of all communication lines.
In Washington, AP editor William Peacock and staff got word of the attack from President Franklin D.
VATICAN CITY -- Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is getting married this weekend to the child’s mother, The Associated Press has learned.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Creative industries led by Hollywood account for about $504 billion, or at least 3.2 percent of U.S. goods and services, the government said in its first official measure of how the arts and culture affect the economy.
On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) -- Herb Weatherwax cruises the open-air grounds of the visitors center at Pearl Harbor on a motorized scooter dubbed "Herb’s Hot Rod." When a woman notices his blue and white cap embroidered with the words "Pearl Harbor Survivor," he coaxes her over.
"Come get a picture," Weatherwax says.
JOHANNESBURG -- South Africans erupted in song, dance and tears on Friday in public and emotional celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leader who bridged this country's black-white divide and helped avert a race war.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) -- Wielding rifles and machetes, armed Christian fighters who support the Central African Republic’s exiled president assaulted the capital at dawn on Thursday, leaving nearly 100 people dead. Shrouded bodies were lined up in a mosque as dozens of wounded lay on blood-stained hospital floors.
ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- With hopes of a "grand bargain" long gone, congressional negotiators now are seeking a more modest deal before year-end to ease the automatic spending cuts that are squeezing both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs. But the going is getting rougher.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy is growing faster, corporate profits are rising and companies are laying off the fewest workers in six years.
The latest government reports point to economic momentum in the midst of the critical holiday shopping season.
"The momentum looks strong," said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday amid a push for higher wages.
Organizers say employees planned to forgo work in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But by late afternoon, it was unclear what the actual turnout was or how many of the participants were workers.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A deadly epidemic had gripped a gold rush town in the impenetrable U.S. territory of Alaska nearly 90 years ago, transfixing the nation.
A cure existed, but there was no way to deliver it. There were no roads available, and air supply drops weren’t an option.
The only solution was a nearly 700-mile sled dog relay to deliver a life-saving serum to
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faces a tough challenge as he looks to reassure nervous allies in the Gulf that the U.S. will continue its strong military support to the region, even as world powers move forward on the nuclear pact with Iran.
Hagel, who arrived in Bahrain Thursday, is slated to speak to a gathering of Gulf leaders later this week at a security
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A top Ukrainian official on Thursday rejected the opposition’s demand for early presidential elections amid major street protests gripping the country, as Western officials scramble to help work out a solution to the crisis.
Thousands of angry Ukrainians have been rallying for days against President Viktor Yanukovych’s abrupt decision to freeze ties with
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Officials were engaged Thursday in the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a rural field in central Mexico state.
The material, which the International Atomic Energy Agency called "extremely dangerous," was found removed from its protective container.
JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. -- With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot’s mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked a well in North Dakota’s booming oil patch.
On palm trees and beaches, in fact.
"Sometimes you just got to close your eyes and dream of a warm, happy place," said Hendershot,