• In this Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, photo Syrian refugee Ahmad Alkhalaf, 9, smiles as he talks with his father and sponsors at a mosque in Sharon, Mass. Ahmad, who arrived in the Boston area this past summer for medical treatment, said he used to have restless nights when he would relive his mother’s screams from the night a bomb killed three of his siblings and left him without arms. But those sounds, he said, have largely faded. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    Refugee mental health needs could overwhelm, experts fear

    BOSTON (AP) — For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home.

  • Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.

  • Feds plan outreach to New Mexico youth in opioid fight

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are citing a rise in drug overdose deaths in New Mexico as the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration release a documentary aimed at educating high schoolers on the dangers of opioids.

  • In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, LL Cool J attends the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a stable family life and love of music. But the couple kept a secret from both LL Cool J and his mother: She was adopted, as the hip-hop artist and actor learns in PBS' "Finding Your Roots." The episode, which also traces Sean "Diddy" Combs’ ancestry, airs Tuesday, Feb. 16, on PBS stations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    LL Cool J learns family secret in ‘Finding Your Roots’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J’s childhood was scarred by his parents’ separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.

  • In this March 29, 2014 photo, Park Tutor coach Kyle Cox attends the IHSAA Class 2A Indiana state boys' basketball championship game in Indianapolis. Federal prosecutors have charged the former boys basketball coach at the exclusive private school with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship. Prosecutors filed the charges Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, against Cox, who resigned Dec. 15. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

    Indianapolis coach facing sex charge remaining in custody

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A former boys basketball coach in Indianapolis who’s charged with trying to entice a 15-year-old female student into a sexual relationship told other students after he was forced to resign that the girl was trying to slander him and that he would turn his head if someone were to “mess her up,” prosecutors said Monday.

  • Greyhound Lines resolves alleged ADA violations

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Greyhound Lines has agreed to pay $300,000 to certain bus passengers and a $75,000 civil penalty to resolve allegations that it repeatedly violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Correction: Medical Marijuana-Woody Harrelson story

    HONOLULU (AP) — In a story Feb. 5 about actor Woody Harrelson applying for a medical marijuana license in Hawaii, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of another business seeking a medical marijuana dispensary license. It is Blue Planet Healing, not Blue Planet Foundation.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speak after a welcome ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Merkel is meeting Davutoglu and other Turkish officials for talks on reducing the influx of migrants to Europe. Turkey, a key country on the migrant route to Europe, is central to Merkel's diplomatic efforts to reduce the flow.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

    Merkel says ‘horrified’ by Russian bombings in Syria

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and Germany agreed on Monday on a set of measures to try to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, including a joint diplomatic initiative aimed at halting attacks against Syria’s largest city.

  • Gallup senator’s detox center proposal goes before committee

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to fund detox and substance abuse treatment centers for the homeless with money from the state’s liquor excise tax is scheduled to go before the state Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee on Monday.

  • A man makes enquires regarding the opening of the closed Turkish border crossing with Syria, on the outskirts of the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Turkey is facing mounting pressure to open its border as tens of thousands of Syrian fleeing a government onslaught and intense Russian airstrikes arrived at the frontier. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Turkey: Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees

    KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has reached the end of its “capacity to absorb” refugees but will continue to take them in, the deputy premier said Sunday, as his country faced mounting pressure to open its border to tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled a government onslaught.