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August 6, 2013

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US-EMBASSY SECURITY

WASHINGTON — An intercepted secret message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack was the trigger that set off the current shutdown of many U.S. embassies, two officials tell The Associated Press. By Lara Jakes and Kimberly Dozier. AP Photos. AP Video.

FORT HOOD SHOOTING

FORT HOOD, Texas — After years of delays, the trial of the man who carried out the Fort Hood shooting seems likely to unfold as a faceoff between the gunman and his victims. Starting Tuesday, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan will represent himself at a court-martial charging him with murder and attempted murder for the 2009 attack that left 13 people dead. Over the next several weeks, he is expected to deliver an opening statement, to question witnesses and possibly present his own evidence. By Nomaan Merchant.

MUNICIPAL BUILDING-SHOOTING

A gunman blasted shots through the wall of a municipal building in northeastern Pennsylvania during a meeting on Monday and then barged into the room and continued firing, killing three people, before he was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun, a witness says. By Joann Loviglio. AP Photos.

MLB DRUG INVESTIGATION

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was suspended to the end of the 2014 season and three other All-Stars were also handed bans as 13 players were punished by Major League Baseball on Monday for their role in a doping scandal which has rocked the sport. By AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum. AP Photos. AP Video.

With DRUG INVESTIGATION-PLAYOFFS; MLB DRUG INVESTIGATION-QUOTEBOX.

HILLARY CLINTON-REPUBLICANS

WASHINGTON — The Republican National Committee charges that NBC and CNN are promoting a potential presidential candidacy by Hillary Rodham Clinton, threatening to blackball them from future Republican primary debates if they air upcoming programs on the former secretary of state. By Ken Thomas. AP Photos.

MANNING-WIKILEAKS

FORT MEADE, Maryland— The more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning disclosed through WikiLeaks have had a chilling effect on American foreign relations, a high-ranking State Department official testifies. By David Dishneau.

ARGENTINA-ELECTION

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Investigators arrest an Argentine intelligence agent in a burglary at the home of a key opposition politician. The candidate says he won’t be intimidated by the government, while the agent’s boss suggests the candidate staged the burglary. By Michael Warren. AP Photos. AP Video.

SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING-UNLIKELY ALLIANCE

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin — Six weeks after a white supremacist gunned down Pardeep Kaleka’s father and five others at a Sikh temple in the U.S. exactly a year ago, Kaleka was skeptical when a former skinhead invited him to dinner. But Kaleka accepted, and he’s grateful he did. Since then, the grieving son and repentant racist have formed an unlikely alliance, teaming up to preach a message of peace. AP Photos.

With: SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTING-ANNIVERSARY.

FLORIDA EXECUTION

STARKE, Florida — A man convicted of murdering eight people in the late 1970s was executed Monday night at the Florida State Prison, despite his lawyers’ pleas that he was too mentally ill to be put to death. By Associated Press Writer Tamara Lush.

BRAZIL-PET MONKEY

RIO DE JANEIRO — When police took little Chico from Elizete Carmona, they said it was for his own good: 71-year-old women aren’t supposed to have endangered tufted capuchin monkeys. But thousands have signed an online petition demanding Brazilian officials return Chico to the only home he’s known for 37 years. By Jenny Barchfield.

CANADA-PYTHON-BOYS KILLED

CAMPBELLTON, New Brunswick — A python escaped from its enclosure at a pet store in Canada, slithered through a ventilation system into an upstairs apartment and killed two young boys as they slept, police say.

SOUTH AMERICA-US

UNITED NATIONS — Foreign ministers from the South American trade bloc Mercosur express their indignation at alleged U.S. spying in the region and throughout the world to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday. By Edith M. Lederer.

CHILE-BACHELET-TORTURE

SANTIAGO, Chile — For the second time in a year, a Chilean judge decides not to charge the father of one presidential candidate with the torture and murder of her rival’s father in 1974. By Eva Vergara. AP Photos.

REFEREE PUNCHED

SALT LAKE CITY — A teenager charged with killing a Utah soccer referee because he didn’t like the man’s call during a game pleads guilty to a charge of homicide by assault in a case that brought new attention to the issue of violence and sportsmanship in athletics. By Brady McCombs. AP Phoots. AP Video.

URUGUAY-GAY MARRIAGE

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — A gay couple shows up before dawn to be the first to register under Uruguay’s new “marriage equality law,” but another pair is married first after getting special permission for a rushed wedding at a hospital where one of the men is dying of cancer. By Pablo Fernandez. AP Photos.

UN-US AMBASSADOR

UNITED NATIONS — Samantha Power presented her credentials as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, stressing the critical link between the global superpower and the world body. By Edith M. Lederer. AP Photos.

CHILE-PINOCHET

SANTIAGO, Chile — A nine-year investigation into allegations of illegal enrichment by the late Gen. Augusto Pinochet ends with no charges filed against the dictator’s family. By Luis Andres Henao. AP Photo.

WHITEY BULGER

BOSTON — James “Whitey” Bulger’s lawyers try to put the government itself on trial during closing arguments, accusing federal prosecutors of making sweetheart deals with ruthless killers to put the reputed Boston crime boss behind bars. By AP Legal Affairs Writer Denise Lavoie. AP Photo.

PERU-FLAGS-PHOTO GALLERY

LIMA, Peru — Anyone traveling in Peru in recent weeks could easily have concluded it’s among the world’s most patriotic nations. Until they found out why the national flag flaps virtually everywhere: Failing to fly the banner for Independence Day can bring a hefty fine. With AP photos by Rodrigo Abd.

PARENTING-Q&A MALE BODY IMAGE

NEW YORK — Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflection in his mirror. Out this week from Brian Cuban, the middle of two younger brothers of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, is “Shattered Image,” his self-published account of cocaine, alcohol and steroid abuse, a brush with suicide, visits to a psychiatric hospital and three failed marriages. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

WASHINGTON POST-BEZOS

WASHINGTON — Jeff Bezos, the Amazon.com founder who helped bring books into the digital age, is going after another pillar of “old media”: the newspaper. Bezos is buying The Washington Post and other newspapers for $250 million, The Washington Post Co., announces. Bezos is buying the paper as an individual. Amazon.com Inc. is not involved.

With: WASHINGTON POST-PROFILE; BEZOS PROFILE; BOSTON GLOBE SALE.

OBAMA-HOUSING

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, seeking to buffer taxpayers from future housing market downturns, will urge Congress this week to back bipartisan efforts to shutter Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants bailed out by the federal government in 2008. By AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace.

GULF OIL SPILL-SETTLEMENT

NEW ORLEANS — BP says that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents for damage from the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. By Michael Kunzelman.

REFINERY FIRE

RICHMOND, California — Chevron Corp. agrees to pay $2 million in fines and restitution and pleaded no contest to six charges in a fire last summer at its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area that sent thousands of residents to hospitals, many complaining of respiratory problems.

TABLET SHIPMENTS

NEW YORK — Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn’t release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday. By AP Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun.

With: TABLET SHIPMENTS-iPAD MODELS; TABLET SHIPMENTS-GLANCE.

REVLON-COLOMER GROUP

NEW YORK — Revlon is buying Colomer Group, which sells hair dye and other products to beauty salons, for about $660 million, saying the deal will help it reach new salon customers. By AP Business Writer Michelle Chapman.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

FILM-SHARON STONE

NEW YORK — Actors make physical transformations for roles all the time; it’s what they do. Still, many have found it truly stunning to see Sharon Stone — who at 55 still looks unnervingly like the sleek, blonde, leg-crossing femme fatale she played two decades ago in “Basic Instinct” — appear dark, severe, ungainly and nearly unrecognizable in “Lovelace.” By AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. AP Photo. AP Video.

VALIANT’S SUPER TEAM

The Valiant universe has found its unifying force: A hero gone rogue whose misguided intent to rebuild his long-lost home has made him global enemy No. 1. By Matt Moore. AP Photo.

FEATURES:

HIGHER EDUCATION-INNOVATION

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — On a warm spring evening, hundreds of investment bankers, venture capitalists and geeky tech entrepreneurs gathered near the pool at the Phoenician, a luxury resort outside Phoenix, for a high-profile gathering of education innovators. As guests sipped cocktails and nibbled hors d’oeuvres, the mood was upbeat. And why not? Major innovations — forged by the struggles of the Great Recession and fostered by technology — are coming to higher education. By AP Education Writer Justin Pope. AP Photos. AP Video.

TRAVEL TRIP-WASHINGTON-SHI SHI BEACH

SHI SHI BEACH, Washington — First there’s a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there’s a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) hike along a wilderness trail with a descent down a 150-foot (46-meter) bluff, the reward is one of the most pristine spots on the coastline of Olympic National Park: Shi Shi Beach. By Manuel Valdes. AP Photos.

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