• In this July 14, 2016 file photo, a woman walks past a billboard featuring an image of an island in South China Sea on display with Chinese words that read: "South China Sea, our beautiful motherland, we won't let go an inch" in Weifang in east China's Shandong province. An international arbitration panel’s decision on the contested waters of the South China Sea so far is fueling regional tensions rather than tamping them down. In the ensuing 11 days, China has responded to the sweeping victory for the Philippines by flexing its military might. The Philippines faces pressure both at home and abroad not to cede an inch to China after the July 12 decision by a tribunal at The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

    ASEAN split on how to deal with China in South China Sea row

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Southeast Asia’s main grouping opened a meeting of their foreign ministers Sunday, deeply divided on how to deal with China’s territorial expansion in the South China Sea that has impacted some of its members and whipped up an increasing diplomatic quagmire.

  • In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, a worker attaches a banner to a scaffolding in New Orleans in preparation of the NBA All-Star basketball game. The league took the 2017 game out of Charlotte on Thursday, July 21, 2016,  because of its objections to a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people. As the NBA looks for a new home for the 2017 All-Star Game, cities are lining up with open arms to welcome LeBron James, Stephen Curry and the hundred million or so dollars they would bring to the local economy. New Orleans is the favorite, with one official familiar with the discussions telling The Associated Press that the league and city are “deep in negotiations” to stage the game there for a third time.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    Blame game follows NBA’s removal of Charlotte All-Star game

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game’s exit from North Carolina because of a law limiting protections for LGBT people represents some of the worst publicity yet for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s re-election campaign, even as he dismisses the move as political correctness gone too far.

  • Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., listens to community leaders at a roundtable discussion on religious freedom with the regional interfaith community at All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Mosque in Sterling, Va., Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Kaine liberal appeal muted by energy ties, abortion concerns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are closely aligned on many issues, but Kaine’s cautious, left-leaning political profile in a closely contested state is blurred by his ties to energy industry interests and his personal qualms over abortion.

  • Zimbabwe calls veterans’ statement on Mugabe traitorous

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s government says a surprise statement by the country’s independence war veterans attacking President Robert Mugabe is traitorous and treasonous.

  • In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, a woman looks at a handgun at the Glock booth at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Nearly two-thirds of Americans expressed support for stricter gun laws, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday, July 23, 2016. A majority of poll respondents oppose banning handguns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

    AP-GfK poll finds clear divisions in views on gun limits

    A new poll shows that Americans generally support some of the most often-proposed limits on gun ownership, including universal background checks and banning semi-automatic weapons such as the AR-15.

  • In this Friday, July 8, 2016 photo, Grete Bader, a recent masters graduate of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, poses among orchid populations that grow from waste left from a former iron mine in Star Lake, N.Y. Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Millions of orchids grow on former mine site in upstate NY

    STAR LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — Millions of orchids are now growing in a hundred-acre wetland in the Adirondack Park that developed on waste from a vast open-pit iron mine, a transformation scientists say is most impressive because it happened naturally.

  • Unbeaten Enola Gray romps to 7 3/4-length win at Del Mar

    DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Unbeaten Enola Gray romped to a 7 3/4-length victory Friday in the $150,000 Fleet Treat Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies.

  • Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, walks to the podium during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Trump, by Trump: Ivanka Trump’s dress in the spotlight

    NEW YORK (AP) — It was a moment the head of any fashion label hopes for: A presidential candidate’s daughter wears the brand’s dress as she introduces him to accept the nomination. The speaker was Ivanka Trump, the sleeveless studded sheath came from her own line, and the candidate she spoke about was her father.

  • Pelicans sign Jones for 1 year, Frazier for 2 years

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say they have signed free-agent forward Terrence Jones and re-signed guard Tim Frazier.

  • The Latest: Judge inclined to deny Trump request

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The latest developments on Donald Trump’s lawyers seeking to dismiss one of three lawsuits involving Trump University alleging the Republican presidential contender defrauded customers at the now defunct business (all times local):