BANGKOK (AP) - Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets .
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's Defense Ministry has offered to help organize the return of Syrian refugees who fled during their country's civil war and want to go home. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that it has created a center for sorting and resettling refugees who fled abroad, as well as people displaced within Syria during the seven-year war. The statement says Russia is in contact with the United Nations and the 36 countries with the most Syrian refugees.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interaction with a woman accused of being a Russian operative, saying Wednesday that they only met one time in 2015 when she showed up at a National Rifle Association convention and had her picture taken with him.
MADRID (AP) - The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The European Union and Macedonia have agreed to allow EU border guards to be deployed in Macedonia if the country, which borders Greece, faces "sudden migratory challenges." The deal, initialed by EU commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Macedonian interior minister Oliver Spasovski Wednesday, will allow the EU's border agency to carry out joint operations with Macedonia.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Three black teenagers say they feared for their lives when a Minneapolis Park Police officer pulled a gun on them while responding to a bogus 911 report that they were armed. The July 10 incident at Minnehaha Park drew widespread attention after a bystander recorded part of it and posted a video to Facebook that's been viewed over 2.8 million times.
BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - California transportation officials say an iconic stretch of Highway 1 in the scenic Big Sur coastal region that was blocked last year by a massive landslide is ready to reopen to traffic. The California Department of Transportation says the road that connects Los Angeles to San Francisco will be open to all travelers by midmorning Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Commerce Department has started an investigation into the impact of uranium imports on U.S. national security, a move that could result in tariffs and add another front to the Trump administration's trade fight. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the United States produces just 5 percent of the uranium needed for the U.S. military and for electricity generation, down from nearly half in 1987.
LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio inmate was executed Wednesday for choking and stabbing a man to death he met in a bar in 1985. The execution of Robert Van Hook by lethal injection was carried out at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Prison warden Ron Erdos announced the time of death as 10:44 a.m. During the execution, Van Hook, weeping, told his victim's sister, brother and brother-in-law, "I'm very sorry for taking your brother away from you."
CHIANG RAI, Thailand (AP) - Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave in northern Thailand, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet. "We weren't sure if it was for real," said 14-year-old Adul Samon. "So we stopped and listened. And it turned out to be true. I was shocked."