• This undated photo provided by Cindy Anderson shows her son, Sean O'Connor. The 31-year-old was found dead in a home in suburban Cleveland in early May 2015 with heroin and the painkiller fentanyl in his system. Ohio health authorities are blaming a spike in fentanyl-laced heroin for another record year of overdose deaths in 2014. (Cindy Anderson via AP)

    Ohio mom says son knew risks of painkiller-laced heroin

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio mother whose adult son died of a drug overdose this year said her son knew the risks posed by painkiller-laced heroin flooding the state.

  • This Sept. 29, 2015 photo shows Lucy The Elephant, the giant wood and tin elephant in Margate N.J. that is a national historic landmark. The group that maintains Lucy needs to raise tens of thousands of dollars to replace rotting wood atop her passenger carriage, and to pay for a head-to-toe coat of paint for the 134-year-old tourist attraction.(AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Jersey shore’s giant wooden elephant needs a trunk lift

    MARGATE, N.J. (AP) — She’s been hit by lightning — twice — had a giant tent pole slammed into her posterior, and been subjected to pokes and prods from the feet of climbing children.

  • North Dakota State University football alums Brent Tehven, left, and Mike Dragsoavich pose in the Herd & Horns sports bar and grill in Fargo, N.D., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. They are two of six owners of the bar on the edge of campus that has the capability of turning a second of the establishment into a TV studio for student journalists and others to broadcast sports talks shows and interviews. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

    New NDSU sports bar doubles as school television studio

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — With North Dakota State enjoying a stretch of four straight national football titles since it moved up to Division I athletics, a group of NDSU athlete alumni decided it was time for Bison Nation to have a new sports bar.

  • New search for ship lost off Bahamas in Hurricane Joaquin

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Aircraft have returned to the southeastern Bahamas to resume the search for a U.S. cargo ship with 33 people on board that caught in Hurricane Joaquin.

  • Meet Val the bartender: Hillary Clinton does an ‘SNL’ skit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Set ’em up, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

    Updated: 5:18 am

  • Palestinians carry an injured man during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. Israeli troops shot and wounded at least 18 Palestinians in violence during an arrest raid in the Jenin refugee camp, a Palestinian hospital director said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Israel bars Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Old City

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unprecedented measure, Israeli police barred Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday in response to stabbing attacks that killed two Israelis and wounded three others, as Israel’s prime minister vowed a “harsh offensive” to counter rising violence.

    Updated: 7:54 am

  • Black Lives plans peaceful protest at Twin Cities Marathon

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Members of the St. Paul-based Black Lives Matter group say they’re planning a peaceful rally at the Twin Cities Marathon.

  • Pope Francis raises the book of the Gospels as he celebrates the opening Mass of the Synod of bishops, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Pope opens family meeting and sparks are expected to fly

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world’s bishops on family issues Sunday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman. But he said the church doesn’t judge and must “seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of acceptance and mercy.”

    Updated: 3:16 am

  • A man carrying his bicycle tries to make his way after floods in Biot, near Cannes, southeastern France, Sunday Oct.4, 2015. Sudden heavy rains around the French Riviera have killed at least 10 people, including some trapped in cars, a campsite and a retirement home, and left six missing. Car and train traffic was disrupted along the Mediterranean coast. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Flash floods on French Riviera kill at least 13

    ANTIBES, France (AP) — Flash flooding around the French Riviera has killed at least 16 people, some drowned in a retirement home and others trapped in cars and campsites. Torrents of muddy water inundated buildings, roads and railway tracks, disrupting movement along the Mediterranean coast Sunday.

    Updated: 6:19 am

  • Anna Wilson, center, laughs as she plays with friends Madi Kois, left, and Wesli Jones on a flooded street in Charleston, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rain pummeling parts of the East Coast showed little sign of slackening Saturday, with record-setting precipitation prolonging the soppy misery that has been eased only by news that powerful Hurricane Joaquin will not hit the U.S. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Gusty wind may add to weather risks on soggy East Coast

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina — cutting power to thousands, forcing dozens of water rescues around the capital city and closing “too many roads to name” because of floodwaters.

    Updated: 8:50 am