• Other nations shaking heads at US transgender toilet battle

    DUBLIN (AP) — Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start using the boys’ restrooms at school — because Ireland, like some other parts of the world, doesn’t make a federal issue about where children do their business.

  • Australians doubt Trump’s commitment to its traditional ally

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Some Australians foresee trouble in their country’s traditionally strong alliance with the United States because of what they see as “unpresidential” behavior from President Donald Trump, while others think outspoken businessman-turned-Australian-leader Malcolm Turnbull is a good match for him.

  • Older refugee students seek seats at mainstream high schools

    LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy.

  • Conspiracy charge added against Penn State ex-administrators

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

  • Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.

  • AP Analysis: In Venezuela, short on food, short of hope

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line — three times more than in 2014.

  • New Mexico Senate confirms Gallagher as health secretary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Senate has confirmed Lynn Gallagher as the head of the state’s public health agency.

  • AP PHOTOS: Brazil’s crowded prisons feed gangs, violence

    BOA VISTA, Brazil (AP) — First, dominate overcrowded prisons. Then, control the streets and international drug routes.

  • ‘It saved my life’: Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

    CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation’s opioid-addiction crisis.

  • Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.