Assange sex case sinks in international quagmire

LONDON (AP) — It started more than five years ago as what appeared to be a fairly simple sex crime case: two women in Sweden came forward to accuse Julian Assange of sexual misconduct.

  • Written by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Manhattan crane topples into street killing 1, injuring 3

NEW YORK (AP) — A huge construction crane being lowered to safety in a snow squall plummeted onto a Lower Manhattan street Friday, killing a Wall Street worker in a parked car and leaving three people hurt by debris that scattered as the rig's lengthy boom fell, officials said.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press

National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A top Brazilian health official warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as global measures mounted Friday against the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects.