Spinning top, puppet among 12 Toy Hall of Fame finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The spinning top, coloring book, Wiffle Ball and puppet are vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame.… Continue reading

Prison worker who helped killers escape gets up to 7 years

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A sobbing former prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup said she regretted her “horrible mistake” as she… Continue reading

Don’t get drunk: advice college kids may not get from docs

CHICAGO (AP) — Government researchers say “deplorably” few college students are warned by doctors about the danger from alcohol and drugs or encouraged to reduce… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water. Researchers said Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, that the latest observations strongly support the longtime theory that salt water in liquid form flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona via AP)

NASA says Mars appears to have water

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that boosts… Continue reading

This undated photo provided by NASA and taken by an instrument aboard the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows dark, narrow, 100 meter-long streaks on the surface of Mars that scientists believe were caused by flowing streams of salty water. Researchers said Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, that the latest observations strongly support the longtime theory that salt water in liquid form flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. (NASA/JPL/University of Arizona via AP)

States monitor alcohol offenders with twice-daily tests

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Every day before sunrise, people stream through a nondescript door behind the county jail in South Dakota’s largest city.Wearing neatly pressed… Continue reading

A familiy takes a selfie on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars" on Sunday in Paris, France.

Pretty Paris’ dirty secret: Pollution

PARIS — Guidebooks rarely mention it, but Paris is one of the most polluted cities in the rich world. The Eiffel Tower is periodically shrouded… Continue reading

A familiy takes a selfie on the Champs Elysees during the "day without cars" on Sunday in Paris, France.

India clamping down on critics, activist groups

NEW DELHI — It takes courage to accuse a powerful politician — a man who would go on to become India’s prime minister — of… Continue reading

Boehner slams ‘false prophets’ among GOP

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner warned Sunday against “false prophets” in his own party making unrealistic promises, saying his resignation had averted a government… Continue reading

Pope Francis blesses the bread while preparing communion during Mass Sunday in Philadelphia.

Pope Francis wraps up joyful US visit with big open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to… Continue reading

Pope Francis blesses the bread while preparing communion during Mass Sunday in Philadelphia.

Asians to become largest migrant group

WASHINGTON — In a major shift in immigration patterns over the next 50 years, Asians will have surged past Hispanics to become the largest group… Continue reading

Chinese President Xi Jinping laughs during a meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment Sunday at United Nations headquarters.

UN pledges support for women’s equality

UNITED NATIONS — World leaders pledged money and political clout to achieve equality for women by 2030 at a U.N. meeting Sunday co-chaired by China’s… Continue reading

Chinese President Xi Jinping laughs during a meeting on gender equality and women's empowerment Sunday at United Nations headquarters.
President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Sunday at the United Nations headquarters.

Obama makes forceful defense of UN goals

UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama on Sunday committed the U.S. to a new blueprint to eliminate poverty and hunger around the world, telling a… Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Sunday at the United Nations headquarters.
Pope Francis speaks in front of Independence Hall from the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address alongside a statue of President George Washington on Saturday in Philadelphia.

Pope extols America’s founding ideals

PHILADELPHIA — He spoke at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. He stood at the very lectern Abraham Lincoln… Continue reading

Pope Francis speaks in front of Independence Hall from the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address alongside a statue of President George Washington on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Women stand with their children and belongings in rebel held Bauw village in Koch county of South Sudan's Unity state on Friday.

In South Sudan a fragile peace allows food deliveries

KOCH, South Sudan — Sarah Nyanchar fled her home in South Sudan’s war-torn Unity state months ago, but with fighting continuing despite a peace deal… Continue reading

Women stand with their children and belongings in rebel held Bauw village in Koch county of South Sudan's Unity state on Friday.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington where he announced that he would resign from Congress at the end of October.

After Boehner: Can House GOP be led?

WASHINGTON — The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has grown so wide that it just swallowed up the speaker of the House… Continue reading

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington where he announced that he would resign from Congress at the end of October.

Border tensions rise between Croatia and Serbia

ZAGREB, Croatia — Tensions escalated between Serbia and Croatia on Thursday as the longtime rivals struggled to come up with a coherent way to deal… Continue reading

Muslim pilgrims gather around bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hundreds were killed and injured, Saudi authorities said. The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from the holy city of Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past. (AP Photo)

Over 700 killed in crush of hajj pilgrims

MINA, Saudi Arabia — Two giant waves of Muslim pilgrims collided at an intersection Thursday near a holy site in Saudi Arabia, and more than… Continue reading

Muslim pilgrims gather around bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hundreds were killed and injured, Saudi authorities said. The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from the holy city of Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past. (AP Photo)

Political, legal barriers face historic Colombia peace deal

BOGOTA, Colombia — A stunning diplomatic breakthrough leaves a minefield of problems standing between Colombia and the tantalizing prospect of peace after generations of armed… Continue reading

Six killed while being transported by smuggling ring

EDNA, Texas — Federal immigration officials say six people who were killed after the SUV they were in crashed following a police chase were being… Continue reading

Border Patrol agent indicted in 2012 fatal shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Mexican teen is one of only three agents to… Continue reading