Hewitt, in final US Open, not relishing match vs countryman

NEW YORK (AP) — Lleyton Hewitt cheered from the stands Tuesday night as one young Australian took the court in the U.S. Open. On Thursday, the two-time major champion will be across the net from another. The 34-year-old Hewitt has served as a mentor to his country’s...

US Muslims hope new billboards reclaim Islam’s message

AP Photo/Stephan Savoia BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of billboards with Muslim themes are sprouting nationwide, proclaiming what organizers say is the true message of Islam and its prophet, Muhammad: peace and justice, not extremism and violent jihad. The New York-based Islamic...

Kershaw’s 15 Ks lead Dodgers over Giants 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once Dodgers manager Don Mattingly crossed the foul line without signaling the bullpen in the ninth inning, Clayton Kershaw knew he was safe to finish off the San Francisco Giants. Mattingly wanted to check on his ace, who after rolling through the first...

AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains

AP Photo/Matt Rourke Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure. In the wake of a half-dozen...

Q&A: What to look for with Guatemala’s embattled president

AP Photo/Moises Castillo GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A Guatemala judge has ordered President Otto Perez Molina to appear before a judge after Congress withdrew immunity of office this week, moving forward on his possible prosecution in a customs corruption scandal that has...

Big cities scramble to be prepared for an oil train disaster

AP Photo/Matt Rourke PHILADELPHIA (AP) — They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country – 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest. While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban...

Teens take on preservation work at national monuments

AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan AT THE BOTTOM OF FRIJOLES CANYON, N.M. (AP) — With the sun blazing overhead, the crew of Native American youth tries to work quickly. Their hands are covered with dry, cracked mud as they repair the stone walls that make up one of the more...

Bangkok security looks more serious in deadly bombing’s wake

AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit BANGKOK (AP) — Bangkok’s laid-back, anything-goes vibe has toughened a bit in the aftermath of last month’s deadly bombing in the heart of the city. Security appears tighter, with a more conspicuous contingent of police, soldiers and...

French farmers stage 1,000-strong tractor protest in Paris

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of tractors were descending on Paris on Thursday in a boisterous protest by farmers blocking highways to express their anger over falling French food prices and high taxes. They are protesting increasingly slim margins they blame on cheap imports and...

Lost Australian sheep yields 30 sweaters worth of fleece

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A lost, overgrown sheep found in Australian scrubland was shorn for perhaps the first time on Thursday, yielding 40 kilograms (89 pounds) of wool — the equivalent of 30 sweaters — and shedding almost half his body weight. Tammy Ven...