China barely notes start of Cultural Revolution 50 years ago

BEIJING (AP) — Exactly 50 years ago, China embarked on what was formally known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a decade of tumult launched by Mao Zedong to revive communist goals and enforce a radical egalitarianism. The milestone was largely ignored Monday in the Chinese media, reflecting continuing sensitivities about a period that was later declared a "catastrophe."

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.

  • Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

Toddler, granddad found after vanishing amid Craigslist buy

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say they have found a toddler and his grandfather who were reported missing after they failed to return from a trip to complete a bunk bed purchase via the online sales site Craigslist.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona found in contempt of court

PHOENIX (AP) — The six-term sheriff of metro Phoenix has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge's orders in a racial profiling case, bringing the lawman who calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to fines and even jail time.

  • Written by WALTER BERRY, Associated Press JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press