No exit: Safety failures turned Baghdad bombing into inferno

BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of men were watching a soccer match at the "Smile" cafe when the blast hit in the street below. Within minutes, a fire ripped through the Baghdad shopping mall where they were gathered, trapping them in a crowd on the second floor.

  • Written by HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have touched a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement.

  • Written by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

Macy's tests artificial intelligence tool to improve service

NEW YORK (AP) — Macy's is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they're in — like where a particular brand is located or what's in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.

  • Written by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Top US admiral says China exchanges conditional on safety

BEIJING (AP) — The top U.S. admiral said Wednesday that friendly exchanges with China's navy are conditional on safe interactions at sea, an indication of Washington's concern over recent fractious encounters with Chinese forces in and over the disputed South China Sea.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Russian balloon more than halfway to circumnavigating globe

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask but was ahead of schedule for his record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop, his son said on Wednesday.

  • Written by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press