APNewsBreak: Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — International crime rings targeting California's booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree costing millions.

  • Written by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Judge orders Abrini, 6 other suspects held for another month

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian judge on Thursday ordered Mohamed Abrini and six other suspects arrested in connection with the attacks in Paris and Brussels kept behind bars for another month, prosecutors said.


China blasts US human rights in tit-for-tat report

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday blasted U.S. human rights record in its annual tit-for-tat report, saying money and family connections are corrupting politics and calling U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq a "gross violation of other countries' human rights."

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it has been conducting joint South China Sea patrols — and eventually will conduct air patrols — with the Philippines, while dispatching U.S. troops and combat aircraft there on more frequent rotations.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Powerful earthquake hits south Japan; no reports of damage

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck southern Japan on Thursday, but there was no danger of a tsunami or any immediate reports of casualties or damage.