John McLaughlin, host of confrontational TV show, dead at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — John McLaughlin, the conservative political commentator and host of the namesake long-running television show that pioneered hollering-heads discussions of Washington politics, has died. He was 89.

  • Written by FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

Indonesian flees Filipino captors, found trapped in fishnet

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An Indonesian sailor swam to freedom Wednesday almost two months after he was abducted from a tugboat in the southern Philippines by Abu Sayyaf militants who threatened to behead him, officials said.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Turkey to release 38,000 from jail; frees space for plotters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey issued a decree Wednesday paving the way for the conditional release of some 38,000 prisoners, the justice minister said — an apparent move to reduce its prison population to make space for thousands of people who have been arrested as part of an investigation into last month's failed coup.

  • Written by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

S. Korea: Senior N. Korean diplomat based in London defects

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A senior North Korean diplomat based in London has defected to South Korea, becoming one of the highest Northern officials to do so, South Korea said Wednesday.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press

US stocks fall after mixed reports, with utilities skidding

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping Tuesday as investors continue to sell phone company and utility stocks. Energy companies are bucking the trend and rising with the price of oil and other fuels. Investors are also sifting through reports that showed inflation remained weak in July, but home building and factory production improved.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer