• A woman holds a candle as she waits for the arrival of Pope Francis for a meeting with catechists and teachers during his visit to Munyonyo, Uganda, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Pope decries ‘injustice of urban exclusion’ in Nairobi slum

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today’s faithful missionary role models.

  • In this July 13, 2015 photo, during a visit with her birth mother and other family, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, adoptee Mariette Williams shows pictures of herself, made when she was living at a Haitian orphanage in the mid 80's. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Mariette was reunited with her birth mother. Mariette was adopted by a Canadian couple in October 1986. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A search for family in Haiti raises questions about adoption

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — As Mariette Williams waited for her flight from South Florida to Haiti, she paced the departure lounge, folding and re-folding her ticket and clutching the handle of a bag sagging with gifts. She was excited but terrified: For the first time in nearly 30 years, she was about to see her mother.

  • Lamon Reccord, right, stares and yells at a Chicago police officer "Shoot me 16 times" as he and others march through Chicago's Loop Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, one day after murder charges were brought against police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    The Latest: Friday’s protest to target main shopping area

    CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):

  • This Aug. 12, 2012, photo, taken at a research farm at the University of Nevada, Reno, and provided by the university, shows curly cup gumweed, a sticky cousin of the sunflower that is the target of research into efforts to use it to produce biofuels. UNR environmental sciences professor Glenn Miller and a team of scientists are in the second year of a four-year project funded by a $500,000 grant from the USDA. (Whip Villarreal/University of Nevada, Reno via AP)

    Nevada researchers trying to turn roadside weed into biofuel

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Three decades ago, a University of Nevada researcher who obtained one of the first U.S. Energy Department grants to study the potential to turn plants into biofuels became convinced that a roadside weed — curly top gumweed — was growing along the road to the future.

  • In this Nov. 13, 2015 photo, items decorate a gate surrounding the site of The Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people in West Warwick, R.I., in 2003. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation said that $1.3 million of the $2 million needed has been raised to complete a permanent memorial at the site.  (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith)

    Memorial to Rhode Island nightclub fire closer to $2M goal

    WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The slow road to build a permanent memorial at the site of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people 12 years ago is getting shorter, as organizers said they are inching closer to raising the $2 million they need to complete it.

  • House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, left, discusses reforms for the state's troubled campaign finance reporting system and the need for an ethics commission as fellow Democrat Rep. Javier Martinez listens during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

    New Mexico Dem leader unsure on GOP driver’s license fix

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The ranking New Mexico House Democrat says he’s not ready to support a GOP-sponsored proposal creating a “two-tier” driver’s license system modeled after Utah.

  • This Nov. 8, 2015 aerial photo shows a small section of the atoll that has slipped beneath the water line only showing a small pile of rocks at low tide on Majuro Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Climate change poses an existential threat to places like the Marshall Islands, which protrude only 6 feet (2 meters) above sea level in most places. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Arkansas a refuge from rising seas in Marshall Islands

    MAJURO ATOLL, Marshall Islands (AP) — Valentino Keimbar hides from the intense heat in the shade of a breadfruit tree, waiting for his basketball game to begin. It was supposed to start a couple of hours ago, maybe three, but time matters little here on the Marshall Islands.

  • Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives to hold a Mass at the campus of the University of Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Francis met with a small group of Kenya's faith leaders before celebrating his first public Mass on the continent, a joyful, rain-soaked celebration attended by tens of thousands of faithful, including Kenya's president. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    The Latest: A Kenyan says pope’s visit strengthens her faith

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) —

  • Pope Francis listens to a nun speaking during a meeting with clergy, religious men and women and seminarians at the sports field of St Mary's School, in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Pope Francis is in Africa for a six-day visit that is taking him to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

    Pope says Christian-Muslim dialogue ‘essential’ for peace

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi’s northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society’s most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

  • Ralph Wilson Foundation donates $7 million in Buffalo area

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has announced $7 million in donations, including $500,000 to Hunter’s Hope.