• A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. After a string of robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the city that police say were committed largely by foreigners, German authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of those events during the five-day street party. ( AP Photo/Martin Meissner

    New Year’s attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival

    COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne’s annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying.

  • Michigan Lottery plans Super Bowl ad to promote online games

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Lottery says it will use a Super Bowl ad in the state to kick off three weeks of advertising to promote its online games.

  • In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 photo, a Syrian boy walks in Kawergosk refugee camp in northern Iraq carrying a plate with boiled potatoes. Syrian refugees in Iraq are struggling to feed themselves as cash-trapped aid agencies scale back assistance, with many viewing the perilous crossing to Europe as their best hope of survival. (AP Photo/Alice Martins, File)

    Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles

    KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day for her family of four.

  • In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 photo, glassblower William Gudenrath makes a goblet with techniques used by Renaissance Venetians at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y. Gudenrath spent decades researching how Renaissance-era glassmakers produced objects that are now considered works of art.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death.

  • In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, children look at Hanako the elephant at Inokashira Park Zoo on the outskirts of Tokyo. An online petition drive wants the 69-year-old Hanako, or "flower child," to be moved to a Thai sanctuary, to live in a natural, grassy habitat where elephants romp in herds, not alone in her concrete pen, with a wading pool she hardly uses and a nearby side building to spend the night. It’s attracted tens of thousands of signatures already, with the aim of submitting them to the suburban Tokyo zoo and the Japanese government. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    Move sought for Japan’s oldest elephant may be too late

    TOKYO (AP) — In the humble zoo, among the small cages of owls, guinea pigs and raccoons, Japan’s oldest elephant stands in a concrete pen about the size of half of a basketball court. She drinks sugar water from a bucket and munches on bananas with her last remaining tooth while a debate is being waged about where she should live out her final years.

  • This undated photo provided by Tammy Weeks shows her daughter, Nicole Lovell, posing when she was 10 in Blacksburg, Va. The 13-year-old girl was found dead just across the state line in Surry County, N.C., and two Virginia Tech students are charged in the case. (Tammy Weeks via AP)

    Kik Messenger app scrutinized following 13-year-old’s death

    ATLANTA (AP) — Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man.

  • Football fans wait in Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan for the Signing With the Stars spectacle, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh with Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and even Ric Flair are expected to be on hand to welcome the school's new recruits. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

    Harbaugh draws cascade of stars to Michigan for signing day

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh leaned forward in a leather chair, enjoying a unique show on a stage filled with stars: Tom Brady, Derek Jeter and even Ric Flair.

  • Sports Illustrated turning its swimsuit edition into TV show

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sports Illustrated is turning the unveiling of its 2016 top swimsuit model into a television special.

  • Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes, head of the Mardi Gras North Side Skull & Bone Gang, poses with his accoutrements for upcoming Mardi Gras day, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Their costumes are intended to represent the dead, and Barnes said they bring a serious message, reminding people of their mortality and the need to live a productive and good life. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Glitter, feathers, paint: New Orleans preps for Mardi Gras

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It’s glitter season in New Orleans. A time for feathers, paper mache, sequins, paint, bailing wire, bones, and just about any other item that can be used for decoration. Across garages, kitchen tables and warehouses, residents are feverishly sewing elaborate costumes, painting floats and decorating custom throws.

  • New book sheds light on Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X’s friendship

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A new book co-authored by a Purdue University historian is shedding light on the secret friendship between boxing great Muhammad Ali and civil rights leader Malcolm X.