China's actions in South China Sea seen as defying ruling

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Two Chinese aircraft landed on disputed reefs and Beijing's coast guard reportedly blocked a Filipino fishing boat from a contested shoal, in acts of defiance after a landmark ruling found China's vast claims in the South China Sea legally baseless.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Appeals Court opens door to more GM ignition switch lawsuits

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court has decided that people injured in crashes caused by faulty General Motors Co. ignition switches can sue the company even if they were hurt before GM's 2009 bankruptcy filing.

  • Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer

Barbershop singers try to update their image

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If the sound of barbershop harmony invokes Norman Rockwell images of white men singing vaudeville-style songs in straw hats, organizers of the Barbershop Harmony Society are trying to update that image.

  • Written by KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press

Son of slain Louisiana man speaks out for first time

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The 15-year-old son of a black man killed by Baton Rouge police spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, calling his father a good man and urging protesters not to resort to violence.

  • Written by MIKE KUNZELMAN, Associated Press, MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

Pakistan says school attack mastermind killed by US drone

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The mastermind of a 2014 attack on a Pakistani school that killed some 150 people, mainly children, was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan, Pakistan's military said Wednesday.

  • Written by ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press