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

Pennsylvania attorney general resigns a day after conviction

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's attorney general announced Tuesday that she was resigning amid pressure from the governor and lawmakers a day after she was convicted of abusing the powers of the state's top law enforcement office to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up.

  • Written by MARC LEVY, Associated Press