Accused of pimping, Strauss-Kahn faces French trial verdict

PARIS (AP) — Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn told a French court that he participated in sex parties reminiscent of orgies in antiquity because he needed "recreational sessions" while he was busy "saving the world" from one of its worst financial crises.

  • Written by PHILIPPE SOTTO, Associated Press

Burundi opposition to boycott elections, claiming unfair

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A group of 17 political parties have agreed to boycott elections in Burundi because they don't believe they will be free and fair, an opposition leader said Thursday.

  • Written by GERARD NZOHABONA, Associated Press

Madam gets 10 years after buttocks-enhancement death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former madam who performed illegal "body sculpting" was sentenced Thursday to 10 to 20 years in prison after the death of a dancer whose heart stopped after nearly half a gallon of silicone was injected into her buttocks.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

US retail sales jump in May as jobs boost spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans ramped up their spending on autos, building materials and clothing in May, a sign that strong job growth is starting to boost retail sales.

  • Written by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer