• Designer Ralph Lauren, right, poses in his office with Stefan Larsson, global brand president for Old Navy, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, in New York. Lauren is stepping down as CEO of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago, and Larsson, who has been the global president of Gap's low-price Old Navy chain for three years, will succeed him. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    Ralph Lauren hands off CEO role to Old Navy executive

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ralph Lauren is handing off his CEO title of the fashion and home decor empire that he founded nearly 50 years ago.

  • Russia lacks hotels for 2018 World Cup, minister says

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says a lack of hotel accommodation for teams and officials is a major problem facing 2018 World Cup organizers.

  • Correction: Georgia-Aquarium-Belugas story

    ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Sept. 28 about the Georgia Aquarium losing a legal fight over beluga whales, The Associated Press, relying on court filings and a judge’s ruling, reported erroneously that some of the whales the aquarium was trying to import from Russia would be loaned to SeaWorld facilities in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego. SeaWorld says it was originally part of the application but had since told the Georgia Aquarium that it no longer wanted to take any of the whales.

  • In this Aug. 30, 2015 file photo, Pharrell Williams arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Pharrell has partnered with FirstBook, a nonprofit literacy organization, to donate up to 50,000 books to children in low-income families. Pharrell’s publisher, Penguin Young Readers, announced Tuesday, Sept. 29, that the Twitter hashtag #readHappy had been established for fans to post thoughts or images on why reading makes them “Happy.” Every post shared elsewhere on social media will lead to a donation.  Pharrell’s picture book “Happy,” based on his hit song, comes out next week.(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    Pharrell to donate up to 50,000 books for children in need

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pharrell Williams and his book publisher have launched a “Happy” campaign for young readers.

  • In this Sept. 24, 2015 photo, consultant Jonathan Hunt checks seedlings growing in the new marijuana growing facility on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Reservation in Flandreau, S.D. The project, according to the tribe, could generate up to $2 million a month in profit. The first joints are expected to go on sale Dec. 31 at a New Year’s Eve party. (AP Photo/Jay Pickthorn)

    South Dakota tribe to open nation’s 1st marijuana resort

    FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.

  • MTV extreme sports star Erik Roner dies after hitting tree during skydiving performance

    SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — MTV extreme sports star Erik Roner dies after hitting tree during skydiving performance.

  • Championship cycling attendance beats expectations

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Organizers of the UCI Road World Championships in Virginia were celebrating Monday after pulling off the international bike races with no big problems and drawing more fans than they even expected.

  • In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Kenny Rogers, winner of the Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award, poses backstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Rogers said he is retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road. Rogers, 77, said in a video message on his website that he wants to spend more time with his two young sons and his wife, Wanda. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Kenny Rogers announces retirement from touring

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers says he’s retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 photo, Ken Gibbons, a graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo Lake Erie Center, holds a sample of algae from Lake Erie in a lab in Oregon, Ohio. Algae blooms in Lake Erie, fed by agriculture runoff and overflowing sewer pipes, have become so toxic that they shut down Toledo's water system for two days in the summer of 2014 and have the city looking at spending millions to avoid a repeat. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Cities bear rising cost of keeping water safe to drink

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Standing at the edge of the Great Lakes, the world’s largest surface source of fresh water, this city of 280,000 seems immune from the water-supply problems that bedevil other parts of the country. But even here, the promise of an endless tap can be a mirage.

  • Spinning top, puppet among 12 Toy Hall of Fame finalists

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The spinning top, coloring book, Wiffle Ball and puppet are vying for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The simple classics are among 12 finalists for this year’s class announced Monday.