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

Bombings in Thailand target tourist cities, killing 4 people

HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Coordinated explosions targeting some of Thailand's most popular resort cities and beach towns killed at least four people and wounded dozens more. Police said Friday that 10 foreigners were injured in the violence, some of the worst in the country since the military seized power in a coup two years ago.

  • Written by JERRY HARMER, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press

Gas smell investigated in probe of deadly apartment fire

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — First came an explosion that witnesses likened to a boom, a bomb or maybe even an earthquake. Then, a fire that torched a four-story apartment building, forcing people to drop their children from balconies and firefighters to rescue trapped residents from upper floors.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press