Despite cease-fire, fighting erupts in Syrian capital

BEIRUT (AP) — Heavy fighting broke out in the Syrian capital between government forces and an insurgent group Friday in some of the most serious clashes since a U.S.-Russia brokered cease-fire went into effect four days earlier and brought relative calm to the war-ravaged country.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press, JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Julia maintains tropical storm strength off southeast coast

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Julia maintained tropical storm strength Thursday night after earlier weakening to a tropical depression, but forecasters said it would gradually lose steam again while meandering off the coast of the Carolinas.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

Deutsche Bank: No plan to pay $14B Justice Dept. settlement


Deutsche Bank AG said Friday it does not intend to pay $14 billion to settle civil claims with the U.S. Department of Justice for its handling of residential mortgage-backed securities and related transactions.