Bombings kill 31 as Iraq grapples with political crisis

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two car bombs in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah on Sunday killed 31 people and wounded dozens, the latest in a series of large attacks claimed by the Islamic State group as the country grapples with a worsening political crisis. The attacks came the day...

CSX train derails in Washington, DC; possible hazardous leak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop in Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning, sending about 10 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material from one of them, emergency officials and the railroad company said. No injuries were immediately...

Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago....

US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome. At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process...

Thousands march in Moscow’s Red Square for May Day rally

Trade unions and other groups are staging rallies around the world to mark International Workers Day. A look at some May Day events: RUSSIA Tens of thousands of people marched across Moscow’s Red Square on a sunny Sunday morning in a pro-Kremlin workers’ rally. The...

Iraq: Car bombings kill at least 23 people in southern city

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants on Sunday unleashed dual car bomb attacks in southern Iraq, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens, officials said, at a time when the country’s government is struggling with mounting public unrest in the capital over delays in...

Iraq: Car bombings kill at least 18 people in southern city

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say separate car bombings in southern Iraq have killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens. A police official says the first explosives-laden car went off around midday Sunday near government offices in the city of Samawah, while the second...

Trump backers yell foul over loss at Arizona GOP convention

PHOENIX (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at the Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump. The Cruz slate won...

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the last time — wrapping up with “Obama out” and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered. Obama’s performance...

Iraq: PM orders arrest of protesters who attacked lawmakers

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday ordered authorities to arrest and prosecute protesters who attacked security forces, lawmakers and damaged state property after breaking into Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone to protest delays in...