• Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

    In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, Palestinian laborer Sami Abu Baker, 35, who has a fifteen years service in the charcoal factories, poses for a picture during a day work, in the West Bank town of Yabad, near Jenin. For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about the air pollution emanating from nearby Palestinian factories in the West Bank and the potential health hazards they pose. But now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting the worst offending charcoal plants, Palestinians say hundreds have been put out of work in a swift stamp of the military occupation.(AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

    YABED, West Bank (AP) — For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers.

  • Next test for pipeline protesters: the North Dakota winter

    In this Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 photo, Grandma Redfeather of the Sioux Native American tribe walks in the snow to get water at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. "It's for my people to live and so that the next seven generations can live also," said Redfeather of why she came to the camp. "I think about my grandchildren and what it will be like for them." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.

  • Dodgers, Latin American players losers in MLB labor deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, Latin American teenagers and Cubans approaching their mid-20s were losers in baseball’s new labor contract, which includes stiffer penalties for high-spending teams and a hard cap on signing bonuses for international amateurs.

  • Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers

    File - This Aug. 7, 2011 file photo, shows a tin of non-tobacco dip in the pocket of former San Francisco Giants bullpen catcher Bill Hayes as he throws batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in San Francisco. That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers everywhere, a sure sign of smokeless tobacco, might be far less common next season. Rookies won't be able to dip next year without risk of penalty, a provision under baseball's tentative five-year labor agreement reached late Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers — typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco — might be far less common next season.

  • Only on AP: NFL plans to hire 17 full-time officials

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Get ready for some full-time NFL officials to start throwing yellow flags next year.

  • Grief turns to anger amid reports of lack of fuel in crash

    A funeral employee walks past coffins containing the remains of the victims of the Colombian air tragedy are lined up in the parking garage of the San Vicente funeral home in Medellin, Colombia, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Because of the large number of casualties, the funeral home had to place the coffins in its parking garage. Forensic authorities say they have managed to identify a majority of the victims of Monday's crash and hope to finish their work on Thursday. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Authorities prepared Thursday to transport home the bodies of dozens of victims of this week’s air tragedy in Colombia as grief turned to anger amid indications the airliner ran out of fuel before slamming into the Andes. Bolivian aviation officials announced they were indefinitely suspending the charter company that operated the flight.

  • Caffeine rush: Monster Energy to sponsor NASCAR’s top series

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — NASCAR announced an agreement with Monster Energy on Thursday that makes the energy drink maker the title sponsor of its top series in 2017, ending a lengthy process of finding a replacement for Sprint.

  • Jury reviews assistant’s testimony in sport institute trial

    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The jury deliberating in the embezzlement trial of the founder of a Rhode Island-based sport institute has asked to review some testimony.

  • To move into White House, Trump may have to dump DC hotel

    In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, pedestrians cross Pennsylvania Avenue across the street from the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. Several experts in government contract law say that President-elect Donald Trump will have to give up his stake in his prized Washington, D.C. hotel if he wants to be president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump may have to give up one property on Pennsylvania Avenue if he wants to move into another down the street.

  • The Latest: Republican vows to reverse land planning change

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an overhaul of federal land-use planning for almost 250 million acres in the U.S. West (all times local):