General says troop cuts would leave too few to train Afghans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan says if the American troop level is cut to 5,500 as President Barack Obama has proposed, there will be too few left to train the still-fledgling Afghan security forces.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

Roberts sold more than $250,000 in Microsoft stock


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's recent decision to step into a relatively unimportant case involving Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming system revealed that Chief Justice John Roberts has sold between $250,000 and $500,000 in Microsoft stock in the past year.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Leaders seek funds for Syria, elusive stability for region

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron urged world leaders on Thursday to dig deep to help millions of victims of Syria's civil war — even as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict stuttered and stalled.

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

Shadowy companies, big bucks: Election mystery money returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this election. More than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping presidential candidates has come from unknown or masked donors.

  • Written by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press CHAD DAY, Associated Press