HBO film explores Vanderbilt’s life through her son

NEW YORK (AP) — For much of his career, CNN’s Anderson Cooper rarely talked publicly about being Gloria Vanderbilt’s son. He wasn’t ashamed. Cooper just didn’t want the baggage, the assumption that his life was set because he was a descendant of...

Siege tactics complicate fight for key IS-held Iraqi town

HIT, Iraq (AP) — As they advanced on the Islamic State-held town of Hit, Iraqi counterterrorism troops had to decide how to press the attack. If they stormed in with armor and airstrikes, they risked heavy casualties and might allow the militants to flee. Gen. Abdel Ghani...

Putin says Panama Papers part of US plot to weaken Russia

ST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied having any links to offshore accounts and described the Panama Papers document leaks scandal as part of a U.S.-led plot to weaken Russia. Putin also defended a cellist friend named as the alleged owner...

AP-GfK Poll: Americans overwhelmingly view Trump negatively

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Americans of nearly every race, gender, political persuasion and location, disdain for Donald Trump runs deep, saddling the Republican front-runner with unprecedented unpopularity as he tries to overcome recent campaign setbacks. Seven in 10 people,...

Clinton, Sanders clash over qualifications, background

NEW YORK (AP) — With accusations of lying, hustling for money and failed leadership, the race for the Democratic nomination took a decidedly negative turn, with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders exchanging a series of barbs over qualifications for the presidency. The testy...

IS militants abduct 300 cement workers near Syrian capital

BEIRUT (AP) — In a brazen assault near the Syrian capital, Islamic State militants on Thursday abducted 300 cement workers and contractors in an area northeast of Damascus, Syrian state TV reported as fighting elsewhere in the country also worsened. Meanwhile, the U.N....

Caller Who Reported Man With Gun At Wal-Mart May Be Charged

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart before police fatally shot him could face a charge of making a false alarm. The man actually was toting an air rifle he picked up from a shelf. The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1Mh5PET)...

Space station getting inflatable room, a cosmic 1st

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forget blowup air mattresses. Space station astronauts are getting their first inflatable room. The technology demo is meant to pave the way for moon bases and Mars expeditions, as well as orbiting outposts catering to scientists and tourists....

Military takes cues from colleges for sex assault prevention

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As the U.S. Air Force prepared to roll out a new sexual assault prevention strategy, it sent a delegation to Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school that introduced the same program several years earlier. The visit last month –...

Longtime GM design chief Ed Welburn to retire after 44 years

AP Photo/Gary Malerba DETROIT (AP) — Ed Welburn, General Motors’ longtime head of automotive design and the first African-American to lead global design for any automaker, is retiring after 44 years with the company. Welburn, 65, has led GM Design in North America...