• Pope Francis greets people upon arrival to Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The pontiff is in Mexico for a week-long visit. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country’s political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • UAB: Longtime SID Norm Reilly dies after battling cancer

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB sports information director Norm Reilly has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

  • Former NASCAR racer Lennie Pond dies at 75

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lennie Pond, who raced for 17 years in NASCAR’s premier series, has died. He was 75.

  • Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham becomes an American citizen

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers placekicker Shaun Suisham (SWEEZ’-ham) has become an American citizen.

  • Longtime Reds clubhouse manager Bernie Stowe dies at age 80

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Bernie Stowe, who started working as one of the Cincinnati Reds’ clubhouse attendants in 1947, died on Tuesday. He was 80 years old.

  • Legendary receiver at Jackson State, Willie Richardson, dies

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson State legendary wide receiver Willie Richardson has died.

  • In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Palestinian cardiovascular surgeon Saleem Haj-Yahia, left, performs open-heart surgery at An-Najah University hospital in the West Bank city of Nablus.  Dr. Haj-Yahia is the first surgeon to perform a successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    Palestinian doctor aims to boost West Bank medical services

    NABLUS, West Bank (AP) — After Dr. Saleem Haj-Yahia performed the first-ever successful artificial heart transplant in the West Bank last month he was greeted with flowers, balloons and cheering crowds and publicly praised by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

  • John Disley, a co-founder of London Marathon, dies at 87

    LONDON (AP) — John Disley, a former Olympic bronze medalist in the steeplechase and one of the founders of the London marathon, has died. He was 87.

  • ‘Georgy Girl’ author Margaret Forster, 77, dies of cancer

    LONDON (AP) — Margaret Forster, the author of “Georgy Girl” and more than 20 other novels, has died in London after suffering from cancer in the back and spine. She was 77.

  • Correction: Obit-Hayling story

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In a story Dec. 24 about the death of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Hayling was among a group known as “The St. Augustine Four” who were members of the NAACP Youth Council. Hayling was an adviser to the Youth Council but was not part of “The St. Augustine Four,” known for spending six months in a Florida jail and reform school in 1964 after they asked to be served at a Woolworth’s lunch counter. The AP also reported erroneously the date Hayling died. He died Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, not Sunday, Dec. 20. The story also reported erroneously that a public memorial service was being planned for January; it is scheduled for Feb. 20.