• AP All-Time Top 100: Maryland tops the list of never No. 1s

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gary Williams had great players and great teams during his tenure at Maryland, even won a national championship.

  • First Afghan women’s orchestra tries to change attitudes

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s first — and only — all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women.

    Updated: 8:30 am

  • Photo op turns into chance encounter with big gator on links

    KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Carrie Moores says she’d only seen alligators at the zoo before relocating last year from Connecticut to South Carolina. That changed this week during a chance encounter with a very big gator on the golf links.

  • White Sands sees increase in visitors for 2016

    ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico is celebrating the highest number of visits in more than a decade.

  • Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he’s found that even the president’s son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight.

  • Fears for Indonesian park’s rare species as Trump town rises

    GUNUNG GEDE PANGRANGO, Indonesia (AP) — Shrouded in mist and cloud, the twin volcanoes of the lushly forested Gunung Gede Pangrango national park are the brooding guardians of nature’s last stand on teeming Java island. Indonesia’s overflowing, polluted capital is a couple of hours north, and with Trump-branded properties being built next to this protected area, Jakarta may soon feel even closer.

  • With monster trucks and Comic-Con, Saudis defy killjoy image

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia.

  • World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame’s 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic “Donkey Kong” that launched Mario’s plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit “Wii Sports,” that made gamers out of grandparents.

  • Sheriff warns kayaker to avoid trouble on Great Lakes paddle

    LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff is warning a Missouri kayaker who’s trying to paddle the Great Lakes that she could lose her boat if she gets into trouble again in Lake Huron.

  • Ooh la la! Cypriot renews Platini memorabilia record bid

    MOSFILOTI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot fan of former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini renewed a bid Sunday to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest collection of Plantini memorabilia.