Storms return to Southwest, but less intense than earlier

PHOENIX (AP) — Storms hit areas of the Southwest again on Wednesday, but with less intensity than a day earlier when monsoon rains swamped the desert region, stranding drivers, flooding streets and prompting water rescues.

  • Written by TERRY TANG, Associated Press PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press

Look at 11 key challenges facing Nepal's new government

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Another coalition government has taken over in Nepal, where Parliament elected former communist rebel leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal as prime minister on Wednesday. The change is unlikely to ease the political instability that has plagued this Himalayan nation for years. A look at 11 main challenges facing the tiny South Asian nation, home to the world's tallest mountains:

  • Written by BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press

DIVIDED AMERICA: Even in fractured land, there's much unity

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (AP) — Outside the Annin Flagmakers factory in this perennial swing state, a summer of discontent is brewing. They feel the country's divides inside, too — gulfs between rich and poor, left and right, this side and that side, that seem to grow deeper with each passing week.

  • Written by MATT SEDENSKY, AP National Writer

Alabama board denies parole for Birmingham church bomber

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's parole board decided Wednesday against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press

In a sign of broader ambitions, Facebook opens hardware lab

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

  • Written by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer