France foils plot days before Paris Olympics

PARIS (AP) - French security authorities have thwarted a plot against the Paris Olympics, the country’s interior minister said Wednesday, two days before the official start of the Summer Games. France has been on high alert over the past few weeks as preparations to host the 2024 Olympics hit the final stretch.

EU criticizes rule of law in Hungary, Slovakia, Italy

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union’s executive commission Wednesday criticized rule of law developments in Hungary, Italy and Slovakia, but welcomed reforms in Poland and Spain in its latest democracy health check across the 27-nation bloc.

Germany's Scholz confident of turning round party's fortunes

BERLIN (AP) - Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday he is confident of turning around his struggling center-left party’s fortunes and will run for a second term as Germany’s leader in an election expected next year, dismissing a suggestion that he could emulate U.S. President Joe Biden and make way for someone else.

Israel's national anthem loudly jeered before Olympic soccer match

PARIS (AP) - Israel’s national anthem was loudly jeered before its soccer team kicked off play at the Paris Olympics against Mali on Wednesday night.

Fake protest set for TV shoot on NYC campus sparks real demonstration by pro-Palestinian activists

NEW YORK (AP) - A fake protest encampment set up for a TV shoot on a New York City college campus sparked a real reaction from pro-Palestinian activists, who organized their own demonstration against the filming, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Strike forces production stoppage for Missouri General Motors

Production has halted at a Missouri General Motors plant that manufactures trucks and vans, the result of a strike at the company that supplies seats for the vehicles.

Salman Rushdie attacker charged with supporting terrorist group

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A man who severely injured author Salman Rushdie in a frenzied knife attack in western New York faces a new charge that he supported a terrorist group.

Air traffic controllers to get more rest between shifts

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday it will increase minimum rest time between shifts for air traffic controllers after highly publicized close calls between planes that were following orders from controllers.