Study: Twice as much trash put in landfills than estimated

WASHINGTON — Americans are sending more than twice as much trash to landfills as the federal government has estimated, according to a new study.It turns… Continue reading

State obesity rates hold steady; 30 pct or more in 22 states

NEW YORK (AP) — New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving.Results from a telephone survey show… Continue reading

Pope Francis looks out from the Hill of the Cross in Holguin, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Francis traveled to Cuba's fourth-largest city, Holguin, to celebrate a Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution, and visit the pilgrimage site, before heading to Santiago de Cuba. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope’s message to Cuba: Be willing to change

SANTIAGO, Cuba — Pope Francis marked the anniversary Monday of the day he decided as a teenager to become a priest by pressing a subtle… Continue reading

Pope Francis looks out from the Hill of the Cross in Holguin, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Francis traveled to Cuba's fourth-largest city, Holguin, to celebrate a Mass at the Plaza of the Revolution, and visit the pilgrimage site, before heading to Santiago de Cuba. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)
Captured migrants rest near the M5 motorway on the outskirts of the border village of Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

Bickering in the Balkans: Officials clash over migrants

BELGRADE, Serbia — The war of words over Europe’s migrant crisis is turning vicious, with officials in the bickering Balkans trading blame and accusations of… Continue reading

Captured migrants rest near the M5 motorway on the outskirts of the border village of Roszke, 180 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. (Zoltan Gergely Kelemen/MTI via AP)

UN agency: Iran’s role in nuclear probe meets standards

VIENNA (AP) — The chief of the U.N. nuclear agency acknowledged Monday that samples used to determine whether Iran tried to develop a nuclear weapon… Continue reading

Apple withdraws some China apps after malware found

BEIJING (AP) — Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its App Store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added… Continue reading

This undated photo made available by the Butler County Jail shows James Hammes.

Man facing $8.7M embezzlement case hid on Appalachian Trail

CINCINNATI — He was known as “Bismarck,” a genial, thick-bearded hiker who had become a familiar character along the Appalachian Trail over the past six… Continue reading

This undated photo made available by the Butler County Jail shows James Hammes.

No votes cast in small-town Iowa school board race

MCINTIRE, Iowa — An Iowa farmer who was running unopposed for his local school board failed to earn any votes — not even his own… Continue reading

GOP wants to broaden appeal; will candidates get in the way?

WASHINGTON — Anyone in America can grow up to be president, as the saying goes — unless you happen to be a Muslim, a leading… Continue reading

Police: Man suspected in church shooting was upset over breakup

EAST SELMA, Ala. — A man suspected of shooting three people in an Alabama church was likely upset over a recent breakup and visitation issues… Continue reading

In this Sept. 15 photo, community members look along a stream after a flash flood in Colorado City, Arizona.

Fatal floods expose delicate balance in polygamous towns

SALT LAKE CITY — The secluded polygamous towns tucked between stunning red-rock cliffs have survived for more than 100 years, despite Utah and Arizona’s efforts… Continue reading

In this Sept. 15 photo, community members look along a stream after a flash flood in Colorado City, Arizona.

US to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016

BERLIN — Scrambling to address a growing Syrian refugee crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would significantly increase… Continue reading

A protester holds a poster with portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during an opposition rally Sunday in Moscow, Russia.

Russian opposition protest draws thousands

MOSCOW — Russia’s beleaguered opposition drew several thousand people on Sunday to a protest rally in an outlying Moscow neighborhood to decry the 15-year rule… Continue reading

A protester holds a poster with portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during an opposition rally Sunday in Moscow, Russia.

Pope meets Fidel Castro after warning against ideology

HAVANA — Pope Francis met with Fidel Castro on Sunday after urging thousands of Cubans to serve one another and not an ideology, delivering a… Continue reading

Left-wing Syriza wins Greek vote

ATHENS, Greece — A jubilant Alexis Tsipras vowed to continue fighting for his country’s pride and to quickly form a coalition government after his left-wing… Continue reading

Fed leaves key interest rate unchanged, citing low inflation

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve ended weeks of speculation Thursday by keeping U.S. interest rates at record lows in the face of threats from a… Continue reading

GOP leaders seek to avert shutdown over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders scrambled Thursday to head off a politically damaging government shutdown in two weeks over rebellious conservatives’ demand that any stopgap… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Fiorina looks to turn debate accolades into dollars, votes

WASHINGTON — Propelled by her standout debate performance, Carly Fiorina sought on Thursday to turn accolades for her crisp, confident showing into actual support from… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

State could get first tribe-owned pot store

SUQUAMISH, Wash. (AP) — North Kitsap may be getting the state’s first tribe-owned pot shop.The Kitsap Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1KPbel4) the state Liquor and Cannabis Board… Continue reading

3 plead guilty in murder-for-hire plot

SPOKANE, Wash. — Three men have pleaded guilty in federal court in the murder-for-hire slaying of a Spokane businessman that arose from business dealings in… Continue reading