China foreign minister downplays missile deployment reports

BEIJING (AP) — China sought to downplay reports it had positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, with Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday accusing the media of hyping the issue and saying more attention should be paid to the "public goods and services" provided by China's development of its maritime claims.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press

Iran snubs Doha proposal, won't freeze oil output

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran appeared Wednesday to back a plan laid out by four influential oil producers to cap their crude output if others do the same, though it offered no indication that it has any plans to follow suit itself.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

For some, desire to work past 65 can often be problematic

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Earl Johnston was 12 when he got his first job, a paper route that he quickly expanded by "buying out" additional routes from other, less industrious boys.

  • Written by ADAM ALLINGTON, For The Associated Press

US stealth jets fly over S. Korea amid N. Korea standoff

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AP) — Four of the most advanced U.S. fighter jets flew over South Korea on Wednesday in a clear show of force against North Korea, a day after South Korea's president warned of the North's collapse amid a festering standoff over its nuclear and missile ambitions.

  • Written by LEE JIN-MAN, Associated Press

Experts: Building case in 2014 Nevada standoff is complex

LAS VEGAS (AP) — When rancher Cliven Bundy faces a federal judge in Oregon on Tuesday, it won't be because he is accused with his sons of having a hand in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife preserve that ended last week.

  • Written by KEN RITTER, Associated Press