• 11-year-old boy convicted of killing 8-year-old girl

    WHITE PINE, Tenn. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy in Tennessee has been found guilty of murdering an 8-year-old girl after she and her sister refused to let him see their puppies.

  • In this photo taken Sunday Jan. 29, 2016, impoverished cattle walk along a dried up river bed in the village of Chivi, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster as the country struggles to deal with a drought afflicting the region. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

    Drought-stricken Zimbabwe declares state of disaster

    MASVINGO, Zimbabwe (AP) — Cattle, thin like their owners, wander in a parched riverbed. Desperate villagers barter a few fish for maize because there is no money for food. In this drought-stricken area of Zimbabwe, some people allege that who you know determines whether you’ll get state food aid, with those out of favor with local officials going hungry.

  • File-This March 3, 2015, file photo shows Florida Gov. Rick Scott emphasizing a point in his State of the State speech on the opening day of a joint session of the legislature in Tallahassee, Fla.  Scott called for more vigilance Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, against the Zika virus and he said his emergency health declaration for five counties was much like getting ready for hurricane. He sought to assure people that Florida, a hub for cruises and flights to Central and South America where the outbreak is, was safe. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

    Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida’s history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

  • Federal corruption case snares leaders of South Texas city

    DALLAS (AP) — Almost every top official in a remote South Texas city was arrested Thursday under a detailed federal indictment that accuses them of taking bribes from contractors and sending city workers to help an illegal gambling operator nicknamed “Mr. T.”

  • In this Dec. 11, 2012 file photo, Gov. Rick Snyder speaks in Lansing, Mich. When Snyder disclosed a spike in Legionnaires’ cases in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 13, 2016, he said he had learned about it just a couple days earlier.  Internal emails however show high-ranking officials in Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

    APNewsBreak: Officials warned of water, Legionnaires’ link

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires’ disease potentially linked to Flint’s water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, left, and 17-year-old Syrian refugee Mazoun Almellehan during a press conference during the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London Thursday to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe. (Dan Kitwood Pool via AP)

    The Latest: Monitor says 500 sites hit by air in offensive

    LONDON (AP) — The latest on fighting in Syria and Thursday’s Syria aid conference (all times local):

  • A sign is seen on the front window of Watt's Blooming, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. The florist does not discriminate and will serve all. Some worry that decades of work to reverse the city's sleepy image by luring conventions, businesses and even a Super Bowl to Indianapolis could be turned back by an ongoing culture war over civil rights protections for LGBT people that has divided urban areas from rural. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Indiana culture war over gay rights worries business leaders

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Downtown Indianapolis was once so desolate that men armed with shotguns hunted pigeons on Sundays among empty buildings and a trash-strewn river canal.

  • Migrants and refugees walk to a refugee camp, as they wait to be allowed to continue their trip to southern Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Police in northern Greece late Tuesday said 5,000 refugees and migrants were gathered at or near the border with Macedonia, where authorities continued to provide limited access at a frontier barrier built in November. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The Latest: Ai Weiwei gets 14,000 life vests for project

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe (all times local):

  • In a Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 file photo,Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Snyder has released some, but not all, of his government emails related to Flint’s water emergency. The 274 pages cover 2014 and 2015. That includes the 18-month period during which the city switched its water source while under state financial management until it reconnected to Detroit’s system because of lead contamination blamed on state regulatory failures.  Snyder has withheld the emails of others in the executive office along with his own emails from earlier.  (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

    Snyder calls for $30M in state help for Flint water bills

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will propose $30 million in state funding to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing an emergency over the city’s lead-contaminated water supply.

  • In this Feb. 1, 2016, photo, Eamon Weber poses for a photo stands on the patio of the Wine on Third restaurant where he works in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Across the street, behind him, is the vacant building from which speakers perched on an upper window ledge continually play the University of Iowa fight song every evening. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    Still no answers in mystery of looping fight song

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — The beat goes on near a Niagara Falls bistro. And on and on and on and on.