• Volunteers clean a sidewalk as part of the Retake Rome gathering in Rome, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees and do other work, Romans are starting to take back their city. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Scandal-plagued, Rome is becoming a ‘do it yourself’ city

    ROME (AP) — Armed with shovels and sacks of cold asphalt, Rome’s residents fill potholes. Defying rats, they yank weeds and bag trash along the Tiber’s banks and in urban parks. Tired of waiting years for the city to replace diseased trees, neighbors dig into their own pockets to pay for new ones for their block.

  • The Christ the Redeemer statue is lit in green and yellow to mark 100 days left to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The Olympic countdown clock hits 100 days to go on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Rio mayor wants Olympic cauldron in revitalized port area

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

  • In this April 18, 2016 photo, Jay Wallace, founder of Adventure Outdoors, poses for a portrait in Smyrna, Ga. Wallace was among a group of gun dealers once sued by then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg over allegations of allowing illegal sales of firearms. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

    Tracking the flow of guns used in crime is inexact science

    SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Adventure Outdoors is an 80,000-square-foot store with walls lined with long guns, cases packed with handguns and aisles jammed with all the accessories an avid outdoorsman would need: coolers, clothing, ammo. At the customer service counter is a government-issued poster that warns: “Don’t lie for the other guy.”

  • FILE- In an Oct. 2, 2012 file photo, Osborn Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science and Technology Principal Tanya Bowman is seen in Detroit. Bankruptcies, tax liens and civil judgments are among the financial troubles that were faced by some Detroit principals accused of receiving kickbacks on inflated invoices for classroom supplies, in a school system crippled by debt and serving among the most under-privileged children in the country. (David Coates/Detroit News via AP, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes

    DETROIT (AP) — A dozen Detroit principals and an administrator are accused of finding a way to bleed their struggling public schools of $900,000 — ordering chairs, writing paper and other supplies that in most cases were never delivered, even as investigators doggedly battled fraud in a district that lacks textbooks and even toilet paper.

  • This April 27, 2016 booking photo released by the Carroll-Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Vaiden, Miss., shows Odell Hallmon, who is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. A judge ordered him held without bond in the Wednesday pre-dawn shooting deaths in Montgomery County of his former girlfriend, the girlfriend's mother, and a third man. A fourth man was shot and wounded. (Carroll-Montgomery County Correctional Facility via AP)

    Disputed Mississippi witness now faces own murder charges

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three people in a Mississippi county Wednesday, and authorities said the suspect is a onetime jailhouse informant whose testimony helped convict another man of four 1996 killings.

  • Costs for fan zone security at Euro 2016 to be shared 3 ways

    PARIS (AP) — Spending on security at fan zones during the European Championship in June and July will be shared between the host cities, the government and UEFA.

  • Luka Maksimovic poses as a sleazy, bejeweled politician in a white suit, speaks with people at the green market in the town of Mladenovac, outside Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.  Maksimovic started the campaign with his a friends as a joke but now they have been elected to local government office after placing second in the local election.  “This is a satire, a show, but it turned out that people responded to it,” Maksimovic said. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

    Mock group becomes surprise election success in Serbian town

    MLADENOVAC, Serbia (AP) — A young man poses as a sleazy, bejeweled politician in a white suit, sitting atop a white horse surrounded by hordes of bodyguards while promising jobs and prosperity to the voters.

  • In this Saturday, April 23, 2016 photo, residents are silhouetted against the facade of a church, the only building illuminated after a 24-hour blackout, in the El Calvario neighborhood of El Hatillo, just outside of Caracas, Venezuela. Energy rationing has been added to the hardships faced by Venezuelans overwhelmed by inflation, shortages of food and medicine and rising crime. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    Protests as Venezuela embraces 2-day workweek to save power

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests Wednesday as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.