• Executive dropping off UVA student dies in car crash

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A top executive with a California investment-management firm who was in Virginia to drop a student off at college has died after being struck by a car near campus.

  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, amusement device inspector Avery Wheelock inspects the safety pins on a children's merry-go-round at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Miss. In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

    Thrill-ride accidents spark new demands for regulation

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In some parts of the U.S., the thrill rides that hurl kids upside down, whirl them around or send them shooting down slides are checked out by state inspectors before customers climb on. But in other places, they are not required to get the once-over.

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  • In this July 29, 2015, file photo, French police officers carry a piece of debris from a plane known as a "flaperon" on the shore of Saint-Andre, Reunion Island. An Australian official says experts hunting for the missing Malaysian airliner are attempting to define a new search area by studying where in the Indian Ocean the first piece of wreckage recovered from the lost Boeing 777 _ a wing flap _ most likely drifted from after the disaster that claimed 239 lives. (AP Photo/Lucas Marie, File)

    Experts use drift modeling to define new MH370 search zone

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Experts hunting for the missing Malaysian airliner are attempting to define a new search area by studying where in the Indian Ocean the first piece of wreckage recovered from the lost Boeing 777 — a wing flap — most likely drifted from after the disaster that claimed 239 lives, the new leader of the search said.

  • Prosecutor says Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.”

  • The Latest: 5 acquitted, 2 convicted of BP oil spill fraud

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on verdicts in a trial where prosecutors alleged a Texas lawyer and six others submitted fake oil spill claims (all times local):

  • In this Aug. 12, 2016 photo, a glacier is seen from inside a bus in Huaraz, Peru. Peru has 70% of the world's tropical glaciers and facing imminent water resource issues while glaciers retreat. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

    Melting glaciers pose threat beyond water scarcity: floods

    PASTORURI GLACIER, Peru (AP) — The tropical glaciers of South America are dying from soot and rising temperatures, threatening water supplies to communities that have depended on them for centuries. But experts say that the slow process measured in inches of glacial retreat per year also can lead to a sudden, dramatic tragedy.

  • The wreckage ogf an ultralight aircraft stucks in a tree near Degenfeld, Germany Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016. The pilot of an ultralight aircraft in Germany has spent a night stuck up a tree awaiting rescue. Police in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg say the unidentified man crash-landed in the tree late Monday about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Stuttgart. Rescuers were unable to reach him during the night and planned to resume the rescue operation Tuesday. (Jan-Philipp Strobel /dpa via AP)

    Ultralight pilot spends night in tree awaiting rescue

    BERLIN (AP) — The pilot of an ultralight aircraft in Germany spent more than 12 hours stuck up a tree after rescuers were unable to reach him overnight.