July 30, 2015

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New Toyota robot can pick up toys, help sick

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Toyota’s new robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to a single task: picking things up. HSR, short for “human support robot,” comes with a single mechanical arm that can grasp objects of various shapes and sizes and also pick up smaller items with a tiny suction cup. It doesn’t have Read More…

Katy Perry takes on nuns in dispute over convent in Hollywood hills

LOS ANGELES — The hills around Hollywood have always been coveted real estate, but a fight over the sale of a hilltop convent has pitted an order of elderly nuns against the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, who wants to sell the property to pop singer Katy Perry. The Sisters of the Most Holy and Immaculate Read More…

Brady fights on, filing lawsuit against suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback Read More…

Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic-stop shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand Read More…

Cincinnati university police shooting video to be released today

CINCINNATI — Video from a University of Cincinnati police officer’s fatal shooting of a motorist during a traffic stop will be released Wednesday, and an attorney for the officer said he expects it’s likely his client will be indicted, “given the political climate” and comments from city officials. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters planned to Read More…

Average vehicle age in U.S. hits record

DETROIT — In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, July 29

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Turkish strikes vex Islamic State plan Ankara’s air campaign against IS militants and Kurdish forces creates a conundrum for Obama, who is leading the fight against one of those targets while relying heavily on the other. 2. Read More…

Obama’s conundrum: Choose between Turkey and Kurds against Islamic State

WASHINGTON — Turkey’s dramatic air campaign against the Islamic State and Kurdish forces has created a bit of a conundrum for President Barack Obama, who is leading the fight against one of Turkey’s targets while relying heavily on the other target. In a dizzying array of alliances, Obama has been pleading with Turkey for nearly Read More…

UPDATED: Afghanistan intelligence confirms Mullah Omar’s death

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said Wednesday that the reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. The one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban hosted Osama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida in the years leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks and then waged a decade-long insurgency against U.S. Read More…

Sunni militant, 13 followers killed in shootout with Pakistan police

MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan — Pakistani police gunned down one of the country’s most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation’s minority Shiites. Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so feared Read More…