• Huskers sign prep school star, grad transfer from Winthrop

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Guard Thomas Allen of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire and graduate transfer center Duby Okeke (DOO’-bee OKAY’-Kay) of Winthrop have signed basketball letters of intent with Nebraska.

  • White-power groups banding together, but for how long?

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — White extremists, almost by nature, are seldom good at working together.

    Updated: 11:32 am

  • Santa Fe college, Seattle Film Institute partner on degree

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe Community College is partnering with the Seattle Film Institute to offer an accelerated degree in film.

  • Volunteers usher US immigrants to court to allay their fears

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Salvadoran immigrant Joselin Marroquin-Torres became flustered in front of a federal immigration judge in New York and forgot to give her asylum application, a woman she had just met stood up to provide it.

  • Arkansas denies man gulped for air during 1 of 2 executions

    VARNER, Ark. (AP) — After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days — including two in one night.

  • Smugglers become a lifeline for the starving in South Sudan

    WANYJOK, South Sudan (AP) — Sadiq Mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler’s perch. Red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. He switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he’s fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair.

    Updated: 2:36 am

  • Athletic Director says complaints led to Iowa coach’s firing

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Monday that three rounds of complaints from parents and field hockey players prompted an investigation into the program that ultimately led to the firing of coach Tracey Griesbaum in 2014.

  • Federal law prompts spike in New Mexico name change requests

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Since New Mexico began complying with tougher federal identification requirements, hundreds of state residents have legally changed their names or amended their birth certificates to prove their identities.

  • New Mexico Democrat attacked for stalling Latino appointment

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Democratic senator, who decried the lack of diversity on state college boards, is facing scrutiny for stalling a popular Hispanic business leader’s nomination.

  • Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election

    NEW YORK (AP) — Karen Oliveto clutched a friend’s hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination’s first openly gay bishop.