Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered without a shot being fired, leaving behind a vandalized federal property that authorities will spend weeks combing for evidence, explosives and damage before it can reopen to the public.

  • Written by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press

Seoul, US to open talks on missile defense aimed at N. Korea

 

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Looking to take a harder line after North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch, Seoul and Washington will begin talks as early as next week on deploying a sophisticated U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, officials said Friday.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

Police officer dies after gun battle in suburban Atlanta

RIVERDALE, Ga. (AP) — A police officer in suburban Atlanta was shot twice and killed Thursday by a suspect who was also wounded during a law enforcement operation, authorities said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Congress bans import of forced labor products

A bill headed for President Barack Obama this week includes a provision that would ban U.S. imports of fish caught by slaves in Southeast Asia, gold mined by children in Africa and garments sewn by abused women in Bangladesh, closing a loophole in an 85-year-old tariff law that has failed to keep products of forced and child labor out of America.

  • Written by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer