• President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Willie Mays during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington. Obama is recognizing 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award, including giants of the entertainment industry such as Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg, baseball legends Willie Mays and Yogi Berra, and politicians, activists and government innovators. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation’s highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a “Funny Girl.”

  • Thanksgiving flying: tips to survive the travel madness

    NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re braving the airports this Thanksgiving, you won’t be alone.

  • Soldiers patrol at the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. French authorities on Tuesday questioned a top suspect linked to attackers who terrorized Paris, while Belgium's capital remained locked down under threat of a possible similar attack. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Paris attackers exploited intelligence gaps that remain open

    PARIS (AP) — The Paris attackers exploited intelligence holes from France to Syria, authorities say, taking advantage of mistrust between European governments, France’s overwhelmed security services and the collapse of authority across the war zone contested by the Islamic State group.

  • In this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 photo customers stand in front of a makeshift Afghan shop inside the migrants camp in Calais, northern France. Dozens of wooden-framed shops and restaurants, mostly Afghan, stock shelves with supplies bought at Calais supermarkets. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    Migrants build society in French camp they call ‘the jungle’

    CALAIS, France (AP) — Outside, acrid smoke from wood fires stings the eye, the stench of uncollected garbage and neglected toilets assaults the nose, and an autumn wind chills the bone. But inside Mimi Amanuel’s immaculate wood-framed shack, the nightmare life of Calais’ migrant camp cannot overpower a woman’s dreams.

  • In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  According to an Associated Press analysis, airplanes spent a record 23 minutes and 32 seconds, on average, taxiing between gates and runways during the first nine months of 2015. That’s the highest since the Bureau of Transportation Statistics started tracking taxi times in 1995 and a 50-second increase over last year’s average. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Stuck waiting: ground delays at US airports on the rise

    NEW YORK (AP) — On a recent morning, Delta Air Lines Flight 435 pushed back early from the gate at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Passengers watched the safety video and settled in for a six-hour trip.

  • Hudson tunnel: Is oft-maligned agency up to the challenge?

    NEW YORK (AP) — There’s no question the agency that operates much of the infrastructure around the nation’s largest city has lost esteem in recent years because of flubs including a scandal that reached into the New Jersey governor’s office, billions of dollars in overruns on projects including the new World Trade Center, and an audit calling it “challenged and dysfunctional.”

  • In a Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, photo, personnel from Boulder, Colo.-based bizUAS Corp. demonstrate the use of a Cyberhawk octocopter drone for power line inspections at a New York Power Authority hydroelectric generating site in the Catskills, near Blenheim, N.Y. From routine inspections to catastrophic storm response, utilities are turning to drones to save money and improve safety in maintaining their networks of power lines and transmission towers, but remain hobbled by strict federal regulation of the aircraft. (AP Photo/Mary Esch)

    Utilities see potential in drones to inspect lines, towers

    BLENHEIM, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but strict regulations have so far slowed adoption of the technology.