Thai official says ex-PM’s whereabouts unknown

Yingluck failed to appear for the verdict on negligence charges linked to rice subsidy program that cost the state billions of dollars. She could face 10 years in prison if convicted in the case, which she has called politically motivated.

Weekly anti-Netanyahu rallies grow larger in Israel

Weekly anti-corruption vigils in front of the home of Israel’s attorney general have gone from a trickle to drawing thousands. Recent arrest of the protest’s two main organizers seems to spell stress within Netanyahu’s circle while further energizing his opponents.

2nd victim found from USS McCain crash; 8 still missing

The 7th Fleet said Friday that Navy and Marine Corps divers recovered and identified remains of 26-year-old Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon on Thursday night. He is from Connecticut.

Florida executes convicted killer using new drug

Authorities say 53-year-old Mark Asay, the first white man executed in Florida for killing a black man, was pronounced dead at 6:22 p.m. Thursday at the state prison in Starke. His death followed a three-drug injection that began with the anesthetic, etomidate.

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Hurricane Harvey likely to boost gas prices for US drivers

Some refineries are expected to shut down until the storm passes, possibly disrupting gasoline supplies. Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 caused about a 40-cent increase overnight, according to Patrick DeHaan, an analyst with Gas Buddy.

Wells Fargo wants lawsuits tossed in favor of arbitration

Class-action lawsuits filed around the country have accused Wells Fargo of changing the order of debit card transactions — from highest dollar amount to lowest dollar amount — to unfairly increase the number of transactions eligible for overdraft penalties.

Sears to close more stores, sales continue to fall in 2Q

The Hoffman Estates, Illinois retailer, which operates Sears and Kmart stores, has been trying to cut costs by closing stores, including 180 this year and already had plans to cut another 150 stores. It now plans to shutter an additional 28 Kmart stores.

Judge tosses out suits over ‘100 percent Parmesan’ claims

He noted that full ingredients are listed on the products and make clear that cellulose, a filler made from wood pulp, is mixed into the Parmesan. Feinerman cites one Kraft Heinz Parmesan product that lists “cellulose powder” as an ingredient meant “to prevent caking.”

Apple gets $208M in tax breaks to build Iowa data center

In addition to the promised 50 jobs, Apple has agreed to buy 2,000 acres of land for the $1.4 billion project, enough to allow for future development, according to Debi Durham, the state’s economic development director.

Taylor Swift releases new song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

The song, featuring elements of pop, dance and house, includes sharp lyrics like: “Honey, I rose up from the dead I do it all the time/I got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined I check it once/Then I check it twice.”

4 more religious sect members arrested in New Mexico

Four members of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps were arrested late Wednesday as deputies tried to execute a court order to pick up the children for interviews from the group’s isolated compound in western New Mexico.

‘Cheers’ actor, radio host Jay Thomas dies at 69

Thomas’ best-known roles were as Eddie LeBec, the former-hockey-player husband of barmaid Carla on “Cheers,” and tabloid-talk-show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown,” for which he won two Emmys.

Trump attacks Republican leaders over debt ceiling ‘mess’

“Could have been so easy-now a mess!” Trump tweeted. The president’s sharp words underscored the perilous state of play as Congress heads into the fall without a clear plan to take care of its most important piece of business.

Hiker hit by lightning woke up with “blood everywhere”

An Austrian man hiking 9,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada was on a peak taking a photo when he was struck by a lightning bolt that blasted away his clothes, burned a hole in one of his shoes and left him with severe burns.

Teen tells judge he bought tiger cub on streets of Mexico

A California teenager charged with smuggling a Bengal tiger into the United States told a judge Thursday that he bought the animal on the streets of Tijuana, Mexico, where several of the endangered animals have been spotted this year.