Islamic State bombing of Shiite area in Baghdad kills 63

BAGHDAD (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a commercial area in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 63 people and wounding dozens in an attack that was swiftly claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.

  • Written by SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press

Japanese happy Obama to visit Hiroshima, apology or not

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese are welcoming President Barack Obama's decision to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima, and those interviewed Wednesday said they aren't seeking an apology.

  • Written by MIKI TODA, Associated Press MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Shallow quake hits Tibet, causing landslides, 60 hurt

BEIJING (AP) — A shallow magnitude-5.5 earthquake struck the mountainous region of Tibet on Wednesday, injuring 60 people, collapsing houses and damaging bridges and roads, authorities said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

US won't seek death penalty against Benghazi suspe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday.

  • Written by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Staples, Office Depot scrap merger after judge blocks deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staples and Office Depot said Tuesday they are scrapping their planned $6.3 billion merger after a federal judge blocked the deal, saying the government had made the case that the combination would likely hurt competition in office supplies.

  • Written by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer