• In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photograph, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker answers a question from students as he visits his childhood school, Harrington Park School, in Harrington Park, N.J. In his first book, “United,” Booker traces his political rise from a councilman in Newark to the mayor to the U.S. Senate through stories about the people he learned from or was inspired by along the way. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    Sen. Cory Booker uses book to trace story of political rise

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — In his first book, “United,” Sen. Cory Booker traces his political rise from a councilman in Newark to the mayor to U.S. senator through stories about the people he learned from or was inspired by along the way.

  • Court cases challenge ‘Shaken Baby’ diagnosis

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California jury convicted Alan Gimenez of killing his infant daughter Priscilla after medical testimony revealed what some doctors say is a tell-tale sign she had been shaken: brain swelling and bleeding inside her skull and behind her eyes.

  • A stream meanders through a portion of the Malheur National Wildlife refuge outside of Burns, Ore., that is closed to the public Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The headquarters buildings at the refuge, near the trees in the distance, were taken over by armed protesters for 41 days. The FBI allowed a group of reporters to move nearer to the refuge Friday morning as part of a guided tour. The group was not allowed to enter the refuge, which is now considered a crime scene.(AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)

    As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.

    Updated: 12:30 pm

  • Albuquerque man charged in fatal shootings of 2 women

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police have arrested a man they say shot and killed two women on the same day.

    Updated: 11:08 am

  • In this Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 photo, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., right, meets with Stephen Manny of the Community Hospice Foundation, in his district office in Kinderhook, N.Y. The 51-year-old Gibson is edging closer to a 2018 run for governor, an office Democrats have held since 2006. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    GOP congressman mulls run for governor in deep blue New York

    KINDERHOOK, N.Y. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson says his cross-aisle success in his upstate district can be scaled up statewide. The 51-year-old is edging closer to a 2018 run for governor, an office Democrats have held since 2006. Though confident, Gibson acknowledges the path to victory is “steep and narrow” in a state with twice as many Democrats as Republicans.

  • In this March 31, 2015 photo provided by NY/NJ Baykeeper, Mitchell Mickley left, and Justin Procopio process samples of water just collected from New York Harbor near the Statue of Liberty. A report by NY/NJ Baykeeper, says the waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply. (Sandra Meola/NY/NJ Baykeeper via AP)

    NYC waters are teeming with plastic particles, study finds

    NEW YORK (AP) — The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group.

  • Mexican Mariachis Play and wave to Pope Francis on his route to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. The pontiff's five-day visit includes a prayer before the Virgin of Guadalupe shrine, the largest and most important Marian shrine in the world and one that is particularly important to the first Latin American pope. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    The Latest: Pope greets faithful on 1st full day in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico (all times local):

    Updated: 9:27 pm

  • Old, faulty police cruisers are driving officers crazy

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Holes in the floorboards. Cracks in fenders and bumpers. Metal that sticks out of torn seats and rips uniforms. Gas gauges that don’t work. Radio equipment that malfunctions. Occasional breakdowns. Peeling paint.

  • In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 photo, a building is seen with heavy damage in Aleppo, Syria. The fighting around Syria's largest city of Aleppo has brought government forces closer to the Turkish border than at any point in recent years, routing rebels from key areas and creating a humanitarian disaster as tens of thousands of people flee. (Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

    AP News Guide: Diplomats push as Syria battlefield shifts

    Diplomats from a dozen countries, led by the United States and Russia, are struggling to make progress in Syria, even as fighting in the north sends tens of thousands fleeing and threatens a deepening humanitarian crisis. Next month, Syria’s civil war will reach the end of its fifth year, and its consequences continue to reach new and disastrous levels.

  • In this Feb. 11, 2016 photo, Shaun McCarthy, of Avoca, Iowa, poses for a photo in Omaha, Neb. A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete "isolation boxes" for days or weeks and wouldn't let them out unless they sat in a specific posture for 24 hours, according to several former students including McCarthy. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Ex-students say boarding school kept them in isolation boxes

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boarding school for troubled teenagers in Iowa that is being investigated by the FBI routinely kept pupils in small concrete “isolation boxes” for days or weeks and wouldn’t let them out unless they sat in a specific posture for 24 hours, according to several former students.