• In this Monday, July 25, 2016 photo, skydiver Luke Aikins smiles as he jumps from a helicopter during his training in Simi Valley, Calif. After months of training, this elite skydiver says he's ready to leave his chute in the plane when he bails out 25,000 feet above Simi Valley on Saturday. That's right, no parachute, no wingsuit and no fellow skydiver with an extra one to hand him in mid-air. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    He’s a skydiver working with a net _ but no parachute

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — He’s made 18,000 parachute jumps, helped train some of the world’s most elite skydivers, done some of the stunts for “Ironman 3.” But the plunge Luke Aikins knows he’ll be remembered for is the one he’s making without a parachute. Or a wingsuit.

    Updated: 6:30 am

  • Faithful cheer Pope Francis in front of the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa, Poland, Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Pope visits Krakow convent ahead of Mass at Polish shrine

    CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis, visiting a shrine cherished by Poles, praised native son St. John Paul II on Thursday as a “meek and powerful” herald of mercy, and honored the countless “ordinary yet remarkable people” in Poland who held firm to their Catholic faith throughout adversity in the former Communist nation.

    Updated: 6:39 am

  • Merkel to face questions over migrant, security policies

    BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel is holding her annual summer news conference Thursday at which questions over her government’s policy on migrants and security are expected to dominate.

  • In this Wednesday, July 27, 2016 photo, Nyima Lhamo, 26, wipes a tear as she talks about her uncle Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a prominent Tibetan religious leader who died in prison last year, during an interview with the Associated Press in Dharmsala, India. She arrived in the northern hill town of Dharmsala via Nepal Sunday after two weeks on the road with the help of smugglers who she paid $9,700 for the trip, leaving her aging mother and a six-year-old daughter, whom she may never see again. “It was necessary as the story of my uncle had to be told to the world. We don’t trust what China is telling us and demand a thorough investigation into his death,” she said, speaking through two translators. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

    Niece of Tibetan priest flees China, says he died of torture

    DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The niece of a prominent Tibetan religious leader has fled China and arrived in exile in northern India to reveal what her family says is the truth about the man’s death in a Chinese prison.

    Updated: 12:58 am

  • In this Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 file photo the likeness of a whale adorns a door at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass. The museum has compiled a digital archive of more than a hundred thousand names of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of the Massachusetts port before the final one in 1927. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    Did your ancestor hunt whales? Museum database offers clues

    BOSTON (AP) — A digital list of the tens of thousands of men who embarked on whaling voyages out of New Bedford, from 10-year-old boys to a 70-year-old sailor who drank himself to death in South Africa, is a valuable resource for anyone researching their family’s seafaring past. Just be warned: You might not like what you find.

  • In this May 3, 2016 file photo, presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski looks out at his supporters during a rally on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Kuczynski assumes Peru’s presidency on Thursday, July 28, with a Cabinet sharing his Ivy League, pro-business pedigree, a reliance on technocrats that could become a liability as a hostile congress and resurgent left look to capitalize on social divisions. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

    Peru’s new president sworn in surrounded by Ivy League aides

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pedro Pablo Kuczynski assumes Peru’s presidency Thursday with a Cabinet that shares his Ivy League, pro-business pedigree — a reliance on technocrats that could become a liability as he deals with an unfriendly congress and a resurgent left.

  • An Associated Press reporter holds a mobile phone showing the Facebook Messenger app installation page in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Facebook is pushing more people to install its Messenger application, now by blocking people who want to send and receive messages via its mobile website instead of the app. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Facebook is pushing more people to an app they didn’t choose

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another.

    Updated: 10:43 pm

  • An Associated Press reporter holds a mobile phone showing the Facebook Messenger app icon in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Facebook is pushing more people to install its Messenger application, now by blocking people who want to send and receive messages via its mobile website instead of the app. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    5 cool things to do with Facebook Messenger

    NEW YORK (AP) — You’d be wrong to think that Facebook’s Messenger app is all about messaging.

    Updated: 10:42 pm

  • In this Feb. 5, 2016, file photo, University of Louisville president James Ramsey addresses the media in Louisville, Ky.  University of Louisville trustees have accepted the resignation of embattled President James Ramsey, whose long tenure was dogged by scandal. The action by the school's new board at a special meeting Wednesday, July 27, signals the end of an era. Ramsey has led the university for 14 years. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    University of Louisville president’s resignation accepted

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — University of Louisville trustees on Wednesday accepted the resignation of embattled President James Ramsey, whose long tenure was dogged by scandal.

  • Match at new Vikings stadium may set Minnesota soccer record

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An international soccer match next week at the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium could set a soccer attendance record in Minnesota.