Nation/World

Spring buying boosts U.S. home prices for 4th month

DEREK KRAVITZ,AP Real Estate Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices rose for a fourth straight month in most major U.S. cities in July, buoyed by the peak buying season. But the housing market remains depressed, and prices are expected to decline in the coming months.


Obama pitches jobs plan in Denver

ERICA WERNER,Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to Denver to pitch his jobs plan in the city where he accepted the Democratic nomination. But as he's acknowledged at fundraisers up and down the West Coast, this election isn't like 2008.


Opening statements begin in Jackson doctor's trial

ANTHONY McCARTNEY/AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of the doctor accused of killing Michael Jackson, with a prosecutor saying the superstar's misplaced trust in the doctor led to his death.


Typhoon rains flood Philippine capital, kill 16

HRVOJE HRANJSKI and JIM GOMEZ,Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Manila residents waded through waist-deep floodwaters and dodged flying debris Tuesday as a powerful typhoon struck the Philippines, killing at least 16 people and sending waves as tall as palm trees crashing over seawalls.


Freed hikers: Iran held us because we're American

VERENA DOBNIK/Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Two American hikers held for years in an Iranian prison came home Sunday, declaring that they were detained because of their nationality, not because they might have crossed the border from Iraq.


Police: 5 people found dead at 2 rural Indiana homes

LAUREL, Ind. (AP) — Five people were found dead Sunday at two homes in rural southeastern Indiana, and authorities warned residents to be careful because it wasn't immediately clear whether there was one or more suspects on the loose.


Pope urges spiritual renewal in Germany

JUERGEN BAETZ/Associated Press
VICTOR L. SIMPSON/Associated Press

FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI issued a strong call for spiritual renewal among Germans, as he wrapped up a visit to his homeland in which he addressed parliament and met with victims of clerical abuse.


Obama sells jobs plan in Silicon Valley

ERICA WERNER/Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif.  — President Barack Obama is on the road selling his jobs plan — and his re-election hopes — to plugged-in networkers in Silicon Valley and around the country.


Effort to contain oil spill stalls with stuck saw

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The risky effort to contain the nation’s worst oil spill hit a snag Wednesday when a diamond-edged saw became stuck in a thick pipe on a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.


Dives in Micronesia show World War II remnants, sea's beauty

Truk Lagoon (now known as Chuuk) is a volcanic atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia. Today it is one of the world's most fascinating destinations for scuba diving.


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