• In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, LL Cool J attends the 20th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence In Production Design Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a stable family life and love of music. But the couple kept a secret from both LL Cool J and his mother: She was adopted, as the hip-hop artist and actor learns in PBS' "Finding Your Roots." The episode, which also traces Sean "Diddy" Combs’ ancestry, airs Tuesday, Feb. 16, on PBS stations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    LL Cool J learns family secret in ‘Finding Your Roots’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — LL Cool J’s childhood was scarred by his parents’ separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.

  • In this photo provided by Turkish Islamic aid group IHH, a displaced Syrian boy eats at a temporary refugee camp in northern Syria, near Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Turkey was under pressure from the EU to open its border to up to 35,000 Syrians who have massed along the frontier in the past few days fleeing an onslaught by government forces and intense Russian airstrikes  in Aleppo. (IHH via AP)

    The Latest: MSF says 23,000 flee Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria and the tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence (all times local):

  • This Oct. 12, 2015 photo provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows an alligator in the kitchen of a Wendy's Restaurant in Loxahatchee, Fla. Florida wildlife officials say that 24-year-old Joshua James threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a fast-food restaurant's drive-thru window in October. He's charged with assault with a deadly weapon. On Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, bail was set at $6,000. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via AP)

    Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon.

  • In this April 13, 2015 photo, Illinois state Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, speaks at a news conference in Benton, Ill. Bryant has proposed a bill that would criminalize posting videos of fights to social media. Her proposal is prompting concerns that it could infringe on people’s freedom of speech rights. (Byron Hetzler/The Southern via AP)

    Illinois bill would criminalize filming fights to put online

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The video posted on Facebook showed a 12-year-old on the ground while another boy tried to stomp him, with classmates standing by, circling the two and recording the fight on their phones.

  • In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Kelli Jo Griffin listens during her trial for voter fraud in Keokuk, Iowa. In a nationally watched voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether to loosen the state’s lifetime ban on voting and holding public office by those with felony records. The case stems from the lawsuit brought by Griffin, a former drug offender who argues the Iowa constitution’s ban on voting by those who commit “infamous crimes” should not apply to her and many other ex-felons. (John Gaines/The Hawk Eye via AP, File)

    Iowa high court to consider state’s ban on voting by felons

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a major voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to relax the state’s lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons.

  • Number of New Mexico immigrant licenses drop 12 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of New Mexico driver’s licenses issued to foreign nationals dropped 12 percent in 2015 as state lawmakers debate revising a state law amid pressure from the Obama Administration over the REAL ID Act. New Mexico officials don’t know what’s behind the steady decrease as state policy hasn’t changed since the adoption of the immigrant driver’s license law. The following list shows the number of first-time driver’s licenses, provisional licenses, driving permits and ID cards issued to foreign nationals in New Mexico since 2003.

  • Racially abused commuter to attend PSG vs Chelsea match

    PARIS (AP) — The commuter who was prevented by a group of Chelsea fans from boarding a metro train last year because he is black has accepted an invitation from Paris Saint-Germain to attend the French team’s next Champions League game against the London club.

  • Former McAuliffe ally turns against him on gun compromise

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s biggest donors and political allies has turned against him with an advertisement campaign condemning him for a deal he struck with GOP leaders on gun policy.

  • 2 college faculty fired in scandal over freshmen retention

    A plan to identify freshmen most likely to fail has erupted into a scandal, faculty firings and a demotion at Mount St. Mary’s University after the Catholic school’s president reportedly likened the students to baby rabbits that should be killed.

  • APNewsBreak: New Mexico immigrant licenses at low levels

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The number of state driver’s licenses issued to immigrants has plunged to its lowest level since New Mexico began granting driving privileges to those living in the country illegally, records show.