47 rescued from Gulf rig; natural gas leaking

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal authorities say natural gas but not oil is flowing uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast, forcing the evacuation of 47 workers aboard an oil rig.No injuries have been reported.The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says inspectors flying over the site Tuesday … [Read more...]

House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn't enough.The dismissive reaction to the GOP proposal to offer eventual citizenship to … [Read more...]

Dallas suburb’s renting ordinance blocked

DALLAS (AP) — The city of Farmers Branch will soon decide whether to continue its long, expensive court battle to ban immigrants without legal permission from renting apartments within the town after a court again ruled against the controversial ordinance.Council members of the suburb just a few miles north … [Read more...]

Hiker dies on trek to ‘Wave’ in Ariz-Utah desert

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The brutal summer heat proved too much on Tuesday for another hiker visiting The Wave, a flowing sandstone rock formation near the Utah-Arizona border that claimed the lives of a California couple earlier this month.Elisabeth Ann Bervel, 27, of Mesa, Ariz., died of cardiac arrest when a … [Read more...]

Oil little changed as market eyes supply data

NEW YORK (AP) — The price of oil was little changed Tuesday as the market awaits the latest data on U.S. crude oil and gasoline supplies.By early afternoon in New York, benchmark crude for September delivery was down 5 cents at $106.89 on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The government's weekly report on … [Read more...]

Wendy’s tops expectations; to sell restaurants

NEW YORK (AP) — Wendy's reported a quarterly profit above Wall Street expectations and said it's selling 425 of its restaurants to franchisees, a move that's expected to help boost its profit margins.The move isn't unusual; fast-food companies often own only a small percentage of their restaurants. This helps … [Read more...]

It’s a boy! UK’s Kate gives birth to royal heir

LONDON (AP) — Champagne bottles popped and shouts of "Hip! Hip! Hooray!" erupted outside Buckingham Palace on Monday as Britain welcomed the birth of Prince William and his wife Kate's first child, a boy who is now third in line to the British throne.Hundreds of Britons and tourists broke into song and dance … [Read more...]

Amis, Rushdie and McEwan appear together in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — Put Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan on a stage and expect a night of high art and school boy humor, of reading, writing and Christopher Hitchens.And hysterical sex.The three literary stars, all in their 60s and friends for more than half their lives, appeared together Monday night … [Read more...]

NJ town: Snooki and storm rebuilding don’t mix

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Some residents of a Jersey shore town say they don't want reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to benefit from efforts to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.Berkeley Township residents and officials say Polizzi plans to vacation and film in a house there for the new season of her … [Read more...]

Jim Crace, Colm Toibin among Booker contenders

LONDON (AP) — Jim Crace, Tash Aw and Colm Toibin are among 13 authors in the running for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction."Harvest" by Britain's Crace, "Five Star Billionaire" by Malaysia's Aw and Irish writer Toibin's "The Testament of Mary" are among nominees announced Tuesday from Britain, … [Read more...]