Terminally ill woman holds party before ending her life

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her closest friends and relatives to invite them to a two-day party, telling them: "These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness and openness."

And just one rule: No crying in front of her.

  • Written by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

Department stores hope to recapture appeal, be destinations

NEW YORK (AP) — Department stores trying to recapture their appeal to consumers are making plans to provide more experiences like spas and restaurants, and offer exclusive selections to transforms the store into more of a destination.

  • Written by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Ecuador to set date for Assange to be questioned by Sweden

LONDON (AP) — Ecuador said Thursday it's ready to set a date for Swedish prosecutors to question Julian Assange inside its London embassy — a potential breakthrough in the years-long international impasse over the WikiLeaks founder.

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press