- Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join US majors Updated: Feb-08-16 3:27 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball.
- Syrian family flees war, finds refuge in Evansville Updated: Feb-08-16 8:56 am
EVANSVILLE, Indiana - When Razan heard an explosion rock her Syrian city in the summer of 2012, she felt a pang of terror.
- Spain: Madrid city calls for release of puppeteers Updated: Feb-08-16 7:37 am
MADRID - Madrid city hall apologized Monday to parents for exposing their children to a violent puppet show, but says jailing the puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism was disproportionate.
- Arkansas Supreme Court race pits judge vs Little Rock lawyer Updated: Feb-07-16 11:02 am
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - The race for an open seat on the Arkansas Supreme Court pits a state judge and ex-lawmaker who once advocated banning gays and lesbians from fostering and adopting children against a Little Rock lawyer who touts his lack of political experience as an asset.
- Bosnian first-graders reach out to deaf schoolmate Updated: Feb-07-16 6:44 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - When Mirzana Coralic asked the primary school in her Sarajevo neighborhood whether they would enroll her deaf son, teacher Sanela Ljumanovic volunteered without thinking much about it.
- NY gov moves to stop gay 'conversion' therapy for minors Updated: Feb-06-16 1:24 pm
NEW YORK - New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what's known as "conversion therapy."
- Former New Jersey mayor wants brother's remains returned Updated: Feb-06-16 11:25 am
CLAYTON, New Jersey - Gene Costill has a lot to be proud of.
- Fire chaplain marries couple at site of NYC crane collapse Updated: Feb-05-16 10:30 pm
NEW YORK - A New York City fire chaplain who responded to a crane collapse in Manhattan found herself helping in a way she never expected - performing an impromptu wedding ceremony.
- Judge's order strikes down Nebraska ban on gay marriage Updated: Feb-05-16 2:58 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska - A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction striking down Nebraska's now-negated constitutional ban on gay marriage and civil unions.
- Referee call barring Native American hair buns causes uproar Updated: Feb-05-16 12:54 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The board that governs Arizona high school sports says members of a girls' basketball team can wear their hair in traditional Navajo buns after a referee's decision to ban the hairstyle at a game this week caused an outcry.
- Woman, 82, tracks down and meets 96-year-old birth mother Updated: Feb-05-16 8:57 am
ALBANY, New York - Eighty-two years after she was born to a teenage girl and put up for adoption, Betty Morrell finally has met her 96-year-old birth mother, thanks to the dogged persistence of her granddaughter during 20 years of searching.
- Court: Time limit on parenting time changes applies to moves Updated: Feb-05-16 8:01 am
PHOENIX - The new court ruling says an Arizona law that generally requires a parent to wait a year before asking to change court-approved parenting time also applies to moves that would affect another parent's parental visitation and decision-making.
- Senate Democrats block energy bill in impasse over Flint Updated: Feb-04-16 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats on Thursday blocked the first bipartisan energy bill in almost a decade after majority Republicans balked over sending hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Flint, Michigan, to fix and replace the city's lead-contaminated pipes.
- Zika spotlights rare birth defect with a variety of causes Updated: Feb-04-16 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The Zika virus is putting a spotlight on a potentially devastating birth defect that until now has gotten little public attention.
- Duggan's office announces date of State of City Address Updated: Feb-04-16 1:54 pm
DETROIT - Mayor Mike Duggan's office has announced the date for Detroit's annual State of the City Address.
- Poland reopens probe into 2010 crash that killed president Updated: Feb-04-16 12:22 pm
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's government opened a new investigation Thursday into the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, with the defense minister saying that evidence pointing to Russian involvement was covered up in an earlier probe.
- Facebook celebrating its users' friendships for its birthday Updated: Feb-04-16 12:15 am
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook is giving friendship collages to its 1.6 billion users in celebration of the social network's 12th birthday.
- Utah lawmaker wants to revive polygamy ban with revisions Updated: Feb-03-16 7:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - In the wake of a court decision that de-criminalized polygamy in Utah, a state lawmaker unveiled a proposal Wednesday to revive the ban on living with multiple so-called spiritual wives.
- Kik Messenger app scrutinized following 13-year-old's death Updated: Feb-03-16 4:57 pm
ATLANTA - Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man.
- Teachers, students protest education system in Hungary Updated: Feb-03-16 2:14 pm
MISKOLC, Hungary - Thousands of teachers, students and parents in several cities in Hungary protested Wednesday against the government's centralization of the education system and the increasing overburdening of pupils and educators.
- New book sheds light on Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X's friendship Updated: Feb-03-16 4:01 am
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana - A new book co-authored by a Purdue University historian is shedding light on the secret friendship between boxing great Muhammad Ali and civil rights leader Malcolm X.
- Court says no to ineffective counsel appeals for parents Updated: Feb-02-16 7:50 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled that parents have a constitutional right to be treated fairly during court proceedings in which they face losing their children but they cannot appeal termination orders on the grounds that their appointed attorneys were ineffective.
- Girl, 12, killed by car crossing street with her twin sister Updated: Feb-02-16 6:05 am
ELMONT, New York - Officials say a 12-year-old Long Island girl on her way to school was struck and killed while crossing the street with her twin sister.
- Senate considers bill protecting same-sex marriage objectors Updated: Feb-01-16 3:11 pm
ATLANTA - A powerful Georgia Senate committee discussed but took no action Monday on a contentious bill allowing religious adoption agencies, schools, government workers and others to refuse services to same-sex couples without being penalized.
- AP News Guide: Facts about gene editing as Britain OKs study Updated: Feb-01-16 1:48 pm
WASHINGTON - Britain's decision to allow researchers to edit the genes of human embryos - not to create babies but to start unraveling the earliest stages of development - is raising new questions about the ethics of this hot new technology.