• Dozens treated as heroin overdose spikes hit several states

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials in several states are scrambling to deal with a series of heroin overdose outbreaks affecting dozens of people and involving at least six deaths.

  • A view of the Conseil d'Etat, France's top administrative court, in Paris, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The court has overturned a town burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches. (AP Photo/Thomas Padilla)

    Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms

    PARIS (AP) — France’s top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.

  • A bylaw forbidding women to wear burkini is posted on an information panel at a public beach in Villeneuve-Loubet, French Riviera, southern France, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. France's top administrative court has overturned Villeneuve-Loubet's burkini ban amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    The Latest: Mayor says burkini ruling will heighten tensions

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the ruling by France’s top administrative court on burkini bans (all times local):

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo, handcuffed to another prisoner, Marvin Quintanilla Ramos, center, an evangelical pastor accused by El Salvador Police to be the financier of Mara Salvatrucha gang, is walked out after a court hearing in San Salvador, El Salvador. Prosecutors allege that Ramos used his pastoral credentials to access prisons so he could conspire with jailed leaders of the gang. Religion, they say, was a facade to mask his real work: helping run Mara Salvatrucha’s street operations and directing its finances at a key moment when gangs are facing a tough crackdown by the government and are moving to diversify their criminal operations and become more corporate in makeup and structure. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

    In El Salvador, ‘gang pastor’ alleged to be crime financier

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence.

  • People wait for firefighters to accompany them to get their belongings from their homes, in San Pellegrino, Italy, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. A magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    The Latest: Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

  • Utah jumps back into race to attract Facebook data center

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City suburb vying against a New Mexico town to attract a Facebook data center said Wednesday it’s restarting negotiations with the company a day after the deal broke down over a contentious $240 million tax-break package.

  • Sen. Reid wants Raiders in Vegas; mum on public financing

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sen. Harry Reid says he’s a big fan of efforts to lure the NFL’s Raiders to Las Vegas but is keeping mum on whether he thinks taxpayers should help foot the bill for a new football stadium.

  • City officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lakers fans packed Los Angeles City Hall chambers to witness the mayor and other officials declare Kobe Bryant Day in honor of the recently retired NBA superstar.

  • A man walks amid rubbles after an earthquake struck in Amatrice Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome where residents of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks.(AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    The Latest: Kerry offers condolences after Italy earthquake

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake in central Italy (all times local):

  • An injured man is carried on a stretcher by rescuers following an earthquake in Accumoli, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. The magnitude 6 quake struck at 3:36 a.m. (0136 GMT) and was felt across a broad swath of central Italy, including Rome, where residents felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. The temblor shook the Lazio region and Umbria and Le Marche on the Adriatic coast. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)

    Strong quake rattles central Italy: “The town isn’t here”

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors Thursday from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble. The death toll stood at 159, but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the thousands of vacationers in the area for summer’s final days.