• An Afghan newspaper headlines pictures of the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, left, and Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody, nearly 14-year insurgency in an audio message released Saturday, urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    New Afghan Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Political uncertainty inside the Taliban has cast doubt on the prospects for an end to the war in Afghanistan. On Saturday the Taliban’s controversial new leader vowed to continue fighting while urging unity among his followers in a message aimed at preventing a split in the group between those who want peace and those who still believe they can win.

  • Former UNM lobbyist pulls out of consulting contract

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico’s former chief lobbyist, who resigned after a drunken driving arrest, will not be returning to the school through a $50,000 consulting contract.

    Updated: 4:15 pm

  • In this image takem from a November 2012 video made available by Paula French, a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil strolls around in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for Walter Palmer, the American dentist who killed a Cecil.  (Paula French via AP)

    Zimbabwean authorities restrict hunting after lion killing

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has suspended the hunting of lions, leopards and elephants in an area where a lion popular with tourists was killed, and is investigating the killing of another lion in April that may have been illegal, the country’s wildlife authority said Saturday.

    Updated: 2:46 pm

  • R&B singer Bobby Brown hugs an unidentified woman after a funeral service for his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in Alpharetta, Ga. Bobbi Kristina, the only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died in hospice care July 26, about six months after she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Family feud in evidence at Bobbi Kristina funeral

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (AP) — R&B singer Bobby Brown emerged from the funeral of his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, staring toward the ground before lifting his head up and briefly gazing at the sky.

    Updated: 4:05 pm

  • This July 15, 2015, file photo shows mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey working out at Glendale Fighting Club in Glendale, Calif. Rousey's star power grows with each month, and the UFC's dominant bantamweight champion could have held her next title defense anywhere. She chose to travel to Bethe Correia's native Brazil for UFC 190 on Saturday, Aug. 1,  just so she can embarrass the challenger in front of her home fans. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

    Rousey roams to Brazil with plan to beat Correia at UFC 190

    GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Ronda Rousey is in charge now. The unbeaten bantamweight champion is the biggest star in the UFC, and she could have staged her next title defense anywhere in the world before she moves on to her next acting job or book tour stop or red-carpet appearance.

    Updated: 12:16 pm

  • New Mexico confirms 1st case of plague this year

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say a Santa Fe County woman’s death was the result of the plague.

  • ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2015 AND THEREAFTER - In this Friday, June 12, 2015 photo, Martin Meltzer stands in his office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Meltzer has made predictions on pandemic flu, smallpox, and other contagious diseases. Experts call the work "modeling." Only a few hundreds U.S. scientists do this kind of work seriously, and many of them regard Meltzer as the most famous, and infamous, disease modeler at the CDC. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    CDC’s top modeler makes estimates and courts controversy

    ATLANTA (AP) — Last fall, when Martin Meltzer calculated that 1.4 million people might contract Ebola in West Africa, the world paid attention.

    Updated: 11:06 am

  • Albuquerque police ID fatally shot kidnapping suspect

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A kidnapping suspect, the first shooting fatality involving Albuquerque police since a federal agreement on department reforms was approved, was identified by authorities Saturday.

    Updated: 3:59 pm

  • British swimmer Peaty in fight for world record ratification

    KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Nearly a year later, British swimmer Adam Peaty’s world record in the 50-meter breaststroke isn’t ratified.

    Updated: 10:17 am

  • Rail Runner train service canceled because of flash flooding

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Flash flooding has led to the suspension of all Rail Runner train service this weekend.