• Gov. Cuomo opens NY State Fair, touts upgraded fairgrounds

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Fair has opened its 12-day run, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on hand to tout $50 million in upgrades to the fairgrounds.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, shows McClaren driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, his cellphone prior to a media conference at the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix circuit in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Rosberg’s chance for points as Hamilton expects grid penalty

    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — While Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton expects to swallow a severe grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg hopes to take advantage.

  • In this Saturday, June 18, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks by the Sentinel Bridge in the Yosemite Valley in front of Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in the park, at Yosemite National Park, Calif. In a new project with National Geographic, Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality, in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park. The 11-minute VR video, narrated by Obama, is one part paean to the wonders of America’s national parks and one part warning of the threat posed by climate change. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    Yosemite, and President Obama, head into virtual reality

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a new project with National Geographic, Barack Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to project himself into virtual reality — in this case, a 360-degree representation of Yosemite National Park.

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  • Endwell, N.Y., left fielder Justin Ryan just misses a three-run home run by Bowling Green, Ky.'s Carson Myers during the first inning of a baseball game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    New York secures spot in U.S. championship game of LLWS

    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jude Abbadessa was 5 for 5 with six RBIs to lead Endwell, New York past Bowling Green, Kentucky 13-10 on Wednesday night for a place in the U.S. championship game of the Little League World Series.

  • Canada's Brooke Henderson tees off on the 15th hole during the pro-am at the LPGA Canadian Open golf tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Ko, Henderson set for Canadian Pacific Women’s Open

    PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) — Brooke Henderson is the face of Canadian golf. Lydia Ko is a big hit, too — and every bit as comfortable.

  • Correction: Water Park-Fatality-Regulation story

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Aug. 12 about the regulation in Kansas for amusement park rides, The Associated Press erroneously reported that South Dakota was among the states that have no laws regulating the industry. South Dakota passed a law requiring inspections in 2014.

  • A rescuer walks a sniff dog as they search through the debris of collapsed houses following an earthquake in Amatrice, 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 of the capital felt a long swaying followed by aftershocks. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

    Italian town destroyed in quake was preparing food festival

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — In three days, the rugged residents of the medieval Italian hill town of Amatrice had planned to hold one of their most joyful events of the year: the 50th edition of a food festival celebrating their beloved Amatriciana pasta dish, which is made from local ingredients.

  • In this Dec. 6, 2014 file photo, Harry Belafonte arrives at the charity gala Ein Herz fuer Kinder (A heart for children) in Berlin. Belafonte is hoping to lead the charge with his “Many to Rivers Cross” festival, a racial and social justice event debuting Oct. 1-2. It's an extension of his social justice organization Sankofa.org, which Belafonte established in 2013. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos, File)

    Harry Belafonte hoping to lead a change with new festival

    NEW YORK (AP) — Harry Belafonte feels America has lost its moral compass, and culture can help gain it back.

  • In this Feb. 27, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) shoots the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in New Orleans. Towns has been tabbed to be the face of 2K's mobile companion application to NBA 2K17 video game, which is set to launch on Sept. 8.
The reigning rookie of the year will be the icon cover athlete for MyNBA2K17, the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements for Towns.  (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman, File)

    Timberwolves’ Towns chosen as face of 2K mobile app

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has been tabbed to be the face of 2K’s mobile companion application to NBA 2K17 video game, which is set to launch on Sept. 8.

  • In this May 11, 2016, photo, a tiger roars as he sits in a nonpublic area at the Milwaukee County Zoo. The zoo is one of at least 20 nationally who are helping The Prusten Project capture audio of tigers. Organizers are building a computer program with the zoo audio to be used to build a computer program that will be used when they start recording tigers in the wild next year. The program is expected to identify tigers by their voices, which will help determine more accurate population numbers so organizations know where to focus protection efforts. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

    Recordings of tiger sounds aim to help save wild population

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tigers use a grunt-like snort called chuffing as a greeting, short roars for intimidation and long roars to find mates.