EU chief appeals for more unity in Europe rife with division

BRUSSELS (AP) — With Britain walking away and some eastern nations routinely showing open hostility, the European Union's chief painted a bleak picture Wednesday of the bloc and implored the 27 remaining nations to stop bickering at a time when ever more people question its relevance.

  • Written by RAF CASERT, Associated Press, LORNE COOK, Associated Press

DNA match brings arrests in California girls' 1973 killings

MARYSVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An investigator "with a bit of free time" decided to send for testing DNA samples from a long-dormant cold case, which led authorities to arrest a pair of men linked to the 1973 shotgun slayings of two young girls, authorities said.

  • Written by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press, TIM TALLEY, Associated Press

Israel's Peres in serious but stable condition after stroke

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was in "serious but stable" condition after suffering a major stroke, doctors treating him said Wednesday, as the nation rallied in prayer and support for the 93-year-old elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

  • Written by ARON HELLER, Associated Press

Stocks tumble as weaker forecast sends oil prices lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are skidding Tuesday as investors worry that the global economy will grow at a slower rate, which would hurt a wide swath of businesses. The International Energy Agency said it expects slower growth in demand for oil this year. That's pushing the price of oil down and sending energy companies lower. Banks and phone companies are also falling.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer