WASHINGTON — Another embarrassing stumble by the U.S. nuclear missile force, this time a safety and security inspection failure, is raising questions about the Air Force's management of arguably the military's most sensitive mission. By AP National Security Writer Robert Burns. AP Photos.
DALLAS — The federal government and six states sue to block a gigantic merger between American Airlines and US Airways — a deal that would create the world's biggest airline worth $14 billion on paper. The government said it would harm consumers by leading to higher fares and fees. By AP Airlines Writer David Koenig.
With: AIRLINES STOCKS; JUSTICE-AIRLINE MERGER-EXECUTIVES.
FORT HOOD SHOOTING
FORT HOOD, Texas — The U.S. Army psychiatrist on trial for the 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood military base told mental health experts after the attack that he "would still be a martyr" if convicted and executed by the government, according to newly released documents. By Nomaan Merchant and Mike Graczyk. AP Photo.
FORT MEADE, Maryland — U.S. soldier Bradley Manning's violent outbursts and a photo of himself dressed as a woman ideally should have blocked him from working with classified information in Iraq, but the Army needed his skills, the soldier's former boss testifies.
BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil demands answers from the U.S. about National Security Agency spying in the country and warns that trust between the two nations would be damaged if U.S. explanations about the program were not satisfactory. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.
BOSTON — Even after James "Whitey" Bulger's two-month trial in federal court ended with his conviction in 11 killings, the former Boston mob boss' fate is uncertain and his day in the spotlight is not over. By Jay Lindsay. AP Photos. AP Video.
UNITED NATIONS — U.N. chemical weapons experts have delayed a trip to Syria because the United Nations and the Syrian government haven't agreed on arrangements for the investigation of alleged chemical weapons use, a spokesman for the world body says. By Edith M. Lederer.
TAMPA, Florida — The Chechen man who was fatally shot during questioning about ties to a Boston marathon bombing suspect would have had trouble attacking officers because he was recovering from a knee injury, lawyers for his father say. By Mike Schneider. AP Photos.
With: BOSTON MARATHON-SUSPECT'S FRIENDS.
MIAMI — Two men accused of providing thousands of dollars and recruiting fighters for terrorist organizations overseas plead not guilty at a hearing where prosecutors revealed the case against them was built largely by an undercover FBI agent posing on the Internet as a terror finance middleman. By AP Legal Affairs Writer Curt Anderson.
LIMA, Peru — The ambush killing of what Peruvian authorities say is almost certainly half the Shining Path's four-man leadership comes amid a territorial expansion by the cocaine-fueled insurgency and, analysts say, is not apt to cripple it. By Frank Bajak and Carla Salazar. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. signals a willingness to engage North Korea to secure the release of an American sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in the authoritarian country. By Matthew Pennington.
CANADA-OIL TRAIN DERAILMENT
TORONTO — Canada's transportation agency says it will suspend the operating license of the U.S.-based rail company whose runaway oil train derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, killing 47 people. By Rob Gillies.
SANTIAGO, Chile — Presidential front-runner Michelle Bachelet, who is campaigning on a promise to reduce income equality in Chile, says she is studying changes in mining policy for the world's top copper-producing country. By Luis Andres Henao. AP Photos.
HAVANA — Fidel Castro turns 87 behind closed doors, with official tributes in state media serving as a reminder that the clock is ticking on his revolutionary generation's grip on power. By Peter Orsi. AP Photo.
MARS FOOD MISSION
HONOLULU — Six researchers have spent the past four months living in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at 8,000 feet (2,400 metres) trying to figure out what foods astronauts might eat on Mars and during deep-space missions. By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher.
MEXICO CITY — Mexican and U.S. officials say they're working to put a freed drug lord back behind bars although there is no sign the U.S. has taken formal legal steps to seize Rafael Caro Quintero. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photo.
ATLANTA — A baseball fan who fell to his death from the upper deck of an Atlanta stadium spoke to his mother on the phone shortly before the accident during a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. By Jeff Martin and Phillip Lucas. AP Photos. AP Video.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis cheers fellow Argentine Lionel Messi and other soccer stars as he leads a morality-focused pep rally of sorts at the Vatican for Argentina and Italy's national teams ahead of their eagerly awaited friendly match. By Frances D'Emilio. AP Photos.
SAN FRANCISCO — Activist investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple should be doing more to revive its stock price, and wants to help CEO Tim Cook with the resuscitation. By AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke.
DETROIT — Toyota will not relinquish the Camry's spot as America's most popular car this year, a top executive told industry analysts on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales edged up in July despite a drop in auto sales. A category of purchases that excludes the most volatile areas rose by the most in seven months, a sign that consumer spending could boost economic growth in the coming months. By AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. AP Photo.
PLANO, Texas — William Ackman has resigned from J.C. Penney Co.'s board as part of a deal to resolve an unusually public battle between the activist investor and the struggling department store operator. By Anne D'Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman. AP Photos.
LOS ANGELES — It's clear from Ashton Kutcher's tone — even though he's sitting 2,500 miles away in New York — that the 35-year-old actor and technology enthusiast holds an unflinching reverence for Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder he portrays in the film "Jobs," opening Friday. By AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. AP Photos.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee— Luke Bryan has taken an unusual approach to the business side of his career since winning the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year in April: He's turning down almost everything. By Chris Talbott. AP Photos.
ATLANTA — The son of Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher has been released from the hospital after nearly drowning in an Atlanta pool, a lawyer for the boy's mother said Tuesday. By Jonathan Landrum Jr.
LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey says she's "sorry" about the media frenzy that emerged after she said she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. By Nicole Evatt. AP Photos.
LOS ANGELES — A man who claims he was punched and kicked by a member of Chris Brown's entourage during a fight at a recording studio sued the R&B singer on Tuesday for assault and battery.
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