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New EPA chief delays mining rule after industry objects

The Trump administration has delayed consideration of a proposal to require companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up polluted mining sites after a pushback from industry groups and Western-state Republicans. Companies in the past have avoided cleanups of many mining sites by declaring bankruptcy. That prompted ...

Large sewage spill in Tijuana, Mexico, flows north of border

Officials in Southern California are crying foul after more than 140 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River in Mexico and flowed north of the border for more than two weeks, according to a report. The spill was caused Feb. 2 during rehabilitation of a sewage collector ...

The Latest: Syrian gov't demands opposition unity for talks

The Latest on developments in Syria and at peace talks in Geneva (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The Syrian government's top envoy to Geneva peace talks says his side will meet face-to-face with the opposition only if its various factions come together in a "unified, patriotic opposition." Bashar al-Ja'afari, Syria's ...

Thousands attend a pro-government rally in Targoviste, Romania, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Supporters of the ruling Social Democratic Party, holding banners reading "We support the Grindeanu government" and "My vote counts" have joined a pro-government rally, braving pouring rain, in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests that rocked the country. (AP Photo/David Muntean)

Thousands rally in Romania to back beleaguered govt

Thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally Saturday in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests. Braving the pouring rain, supporters of the ruling Social Democratic Party gathered in the town of Targoviste, a party stronghold, and sang patriotic songs ...

Models wait to go on the catwalk as they wear creations for Vionnet women's Fall-Winter 2017-2018 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Milan designers hit 'empowering women' theme in fall fashion

Milan Fashion Week took a formal turn on the fourth day of previews for next fall and winter. Mindful of the price point, designers were not churning out looks that could be tossed into a suitcase for a fanciful journey, but rather pieces that could hang in the closet for ...

FILE - In this April 14, 2016 file photo, a Syrian man carries a carpet through a devastated part of the town of Palmyra as families load their belongings onto buses in the central Homs province in Syria. Syrian media says a pair of attacks on two security locations in the central Syrian city of Homs killed at least 30 people. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

In a blow, twin attacks on Syrian security kill at least 32

In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria's central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported. The swift, high-profile attacks against the Military Intelligence and State Security offices, among ...

Hazmat crews gather at the main hall of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 in Sepang, Malaysia on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. Malaysian police order a sweep of Kuala Lumpur airport for toxic chemicals and other hazardous substances following the killing of Kim Jong Nam. (AP Photo/Daniel Chan)

The Latest: Malaysia says autopsy shows nerve agent effects

The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 3:30 am Malaysia's Health Minister S. Subramaniam says autopsy results suggest a nerve agent caused serious paralysis that led to the death of North Korean ruler Kim ...

A car stands in front of a store, guarded by police in Heidelberg, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. A man apparently drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the city of Heidelberg, injuring three people, then fled and was shot after being tracked down by officers, police said. (R. Priebe/PR-Video/dpa via AP)

Germany: Man hits 3 with car and flees, is shot by police

A man apparently drove a car into pedestrians in a central square in the German city of Heidelberg on Saturday, injuring three people, then fled and was shot after being tracked down by officers, police said. One of the three people hit outside a bakery on Saturday afternoon was seriously ...

n this Feb. 18, 2017, photo, Teams compete against each other playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive during the Dreamhack Masters e-sports tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A permanent 15,000 square-foot e-sports facility is scheduled to open in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Appealing to millennials, Las Vegas gets e-sports arena

The arena has all the features that a professional sports venue needs: stands, warm-up areas for teams, massive screens for spectators and a broadcast platform for commentators. But what distinguishes this new Las Vegas arena is its dozens of video game consoles. The 15,000-square-foot e-sports venue slated to open Friday ...

Lake created by coal waste landslide floods Bosnian highway

Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide of mine waste shut down one of Bosnia's main highways Saturday and raised fears of further flooding. Earlier this week, a massive landslide of mine waste from an open pit coal mine had blocked a river near the central Bosnia town ...

Displaced Iraqis flee their homes due to fighting between Iraqi special forces and Islamic State militants, on the western side of Mosul, Iraq, Saturday, Feb. 25. 2017. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

The Iraqi advance into Mosul's western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the ...

The Latest: Neighbor says alleged shooter was 'drunken mess'

The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated (all times local): 11:25 a.m. A longtime neighbor of a Kansas man accused of shooting three people at a bar says the man was a heavy drinker who deteriorated after his father died ...

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, at Tahrir Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Group urges UK envoy to raise human rights issues in Egypt

The human rights organization Reprieve is urging British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to speak about what it called the "appalling" human rights abuses in Egypt during his meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Reprieve urged Johnson to secure the release of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa, who was 17 when arrested ...

In this Feb. 14, 2017 photo, Mohamed Farah poses at his office in Minneapolis. Farah is executive director of Ka Joog, a group that works to engage Somali youth in Minnesota. The group rejected $500,000 in federal funding earlier this month, saying the actions and statements of President Donald Trump are anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)

Minnesota Somali group: Rejecting federal grant was right

The leaders of a Minnesota nonprofit that works to improve the lives of young Somalis knew the stakes were high when they rejected $500,000 in federal funding earlier this month. Eighty students who were expected to go through a career mentoring and job placement program over the next two years ...

Model Gigi Hadid waves as she arrives to attend a presentation for Tommy Hilfiger women's Fall-Winter 2017-18 collection, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno).

Correction: Milan Fashion Week-Watch story

In a story Feb. 24 about Milan Fashion Week, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote to Emporio instead of the line's designer Giorgio Armani. A corrected version of the story is below: Versace 'power woman' designs, Etro funky nomads in Milan Gigi Hadid drew a crowd to Milan's Rinascente ...

The Latest: UN's Syria ambassador expected talk 'spoilers'

The Latest on developments in Syria and at peace talks in Geneva (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The U.N. envoy for Syria is decrying a "tragic" string of deadly attacks by insurgents in the central city of Homs, and says he suspected "spoilers" would try to scuttle peace talks in ...

Marine Le Pen, French far-right 2017 presidential candidate of the Front National party, participates to the Construction Forum debate "Reinvest France" ("Reinvestissons la France") at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

France charges 2nd person tied to National Front in probe

French prosecutors have issued preliminary charges against a contractor for the far-right National Front party who's close to its presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, in an investigation into financing political campaigns in 2014 and 2015. The Paris' prosecutor's office confirmed Saturday that Frederic Chatillon was charged with "misuse of company ...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2007, file photo, Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid on Randall's Island in New York.   Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Celebrities launch pot brands as California legalizes drug

Country singer Willie Nelson, the children of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and comedian Whoopi Goldberg are just a few of the growing number of celebrities publicly jumping into the marijuana industry and eyeing the California pot market, which is expected to explode after voters legalized the recreational use ...

A dancer from the Tom Maior samba school performs during a carnival parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making. Here are ...

FILE - In this Dec, 17, 2016, file photo, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses people at an event before the closure of his party's 16th Annual Peoples Conference in Masvingo, south of Harare. Zimbabwe. Mugabe is celebrating his 93rd birthday on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing a leader who says he’ll run again in 2018 elections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 93rd birthday in opposition area

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday Saturday amid granite hills where ancient spirits are said to dwell, defying calls to resign after nearly four decades in power in a region known for opposing the man who says he'll run again in 2018 elections. Thousands of government supporters, some ...

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