Pope Francis a stranger to the US in many ways

AP Photo/Cesar Olmedo NEW YORK (AP) — When Pope Francis sets foot on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington on Sept. 22, it won’t just be his first time in the United States as pontiff. It will be his first time in the country – ever in his life....

Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

AP Photo/Matt Snyder ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. Obama leaves Monday for a three-day visit to the 49th state in which he will speak at a State Department climate change...

AP PHOTOS: Neighbors fill buckets, pray for rain in drought

AP Photo/Gregory Bull OKIEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — People living in this dusty neighborhood called Okieville at the heart of California’s Central Valley know the harsh reality of drought. Many of their wells have dried up, so some neighbors rig lines from house to house...

When the wells run dry: California families cope in drought

AP Photo/Gregory Bull TULARE, Calif. (AP) — Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets in the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s Dust Bowl. But only a...

Teen charged with pushing Texas boy into pond in drowning

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — An East Texas teenager is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend’s 3-year-old nephew into a pond so the boy would drown to make room for the unborn child to live at their home. Bobby Woods, 17, faces a charge of capital murder of a person...

Dozens under observation as Legionnaires’ hits prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dozens of San Quentin prisoners were under observation Saturday after an inmate was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, prompting a weekend halt to visitors and limited drinking water supplies at the Northern California lockup. An inmate...

Donald Trump says he’ll decide on third party bid soon

AP Photo/RICHARD SHIRO NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donald Trump says he’s going to make a decision once and for all about whether he’ll mount a third party bid if he loses the Republican nomination for president. Trump told reporters following a speech in Nashville...

Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

AP Photo WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth. The...

Health, election work elevated Jimmy Carter post-presidency

AP Photo/David Goldman ATLANTA (AP) — To Azaratu Zakaria, Jimmy Carter’s battle against the Guinea worm is represented by a scar. Zakaria was the last person to be declared disease-free in Ghana after more than 20 years of work spearheaded by the former...

The Latest on Houston deputy: Sheriff: ‘Cops’ lives matter’

HOUSTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments regarding the fatal shooting of a suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says authorities will “follow the evidence to the logical and legal...