The dusty curve fronting the copper and gold mine where 33 men have been trapped alive underground since early August may be called "Camp Hope." But it also has been a bevy of intrigue, envy and rivalries that have divided the miners' relatives holding vigil here — just as their shared plight unites them.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A train crashed into a crowded bus in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing 40 people and leaving 11 in critical condition, officials said. The Interior Ministry said the accident occurred outside the town of Marhanets in the Dnipropetrovsk region after the bus attempted to cross the track, ignoring a siren that indicated an oncoming train.
BEIJING (AP) — The casino-loving eldest son of North Korea's Kim Jong Il — once tipped to succeed him before trying to sneak into Japan to go to Disneyland — says he opposes a hereditary transfer of power to his younger half-brother. While his disapproval is unsurprising, it's the first public sign of discord in the tightly choreographed succession process, though analysts said Kim Jong Nam has lived outside his native land for so long his opinion will carry little weight.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. and U.K. military officials have started what's promised as a thorough investigation into the death of a kidnapped British aid worker who may have been killed in error by U.S. special forces — rather than, as originally stated, by her Taliban captors. Linda Norgrove's death has reverberated through the corridors of power from Kabul, to London, to Washington — where President Barack Obama expressed condolences and pledged "to get to the bottom" of what happened during the deadly raid.
BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that trying to change its political system by awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to an imprisoned dissident was a mistake and accused other countries of using the award to attack the country. Meanwhile, prison authorities began giving Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo better food, his wife, Liu Xia, said in a rare phone interview with The Associated Press. She said authorities will not allow her to meet with friends or journalists, and police accompany her whenever she leaves her home.
HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Neighbors in a North Carolina city feared the worst in the case of a missing 10-year-old girl with the bright smile who stayed upbeat even as she battled bone cancer that left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids. A search warrant revealed that police dogs detected the smell of human remains on cars belonging to the father and stepmother of Zahra Clare Baker. Hours earlier Monday, the police chief said investigators were having trouble finding anyone outside the household who had seen the girl alive in the last few weeks and cast doubt on what the couple had told them. A police news conference was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday
PARIS (AP) — Teachers, mail carriers, bus drivers and other French workers try to shut down France in a showdown with President Nicolas Sarkozy over his government's attempt to raise the retirement age by two years to save money. The battle over the contested retirement reform has gone on for months, but this week could prove decisive. With the Senate expected to pass the pension reform bill by the end of the week, some unions have upped the ante by declaring open-ended strikes, meaning the walkout that begin on Tuesday could last for days or even weeks. Past walkouts lasted only one day.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Courteney Cox and David Arquette announced Monday they have been separated for some time but said they remain committed parents and "best friends." The actors released a joint statement announcing what they are calling a trial separation.
ATLANTA (AP) — The San Francisco Giants couldn't wait to get to the champagne, to pop the cork on a celebration eight years in the making. But first, they had to pay their respects to the guy in the other dugout.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Brett Favre addressed his teammates before the game amid all the distractions. Hours later, the record-breaking quarterback put all that aside and nearly led the Minnesota Vikings to another of his classic comebacks. The New York Jets would have none of it. With Favre trying to rally his team, Dwight Lowery returned an interception 26 yards for a touchdown with 1:30 left as the Jets beat the Vikings 29-20 on Monday night.