First Syrians arrive in US under surge resettlement program

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The first Syrian family to be resettled in the U.S. under a speeded-up "surge operation" for refugees left Jordan on Wednesday and arrived in Kansas City, Missouri, to start a new life.

  • Written by KHETAM MALKAWI, Associated Press

Facebook rearranging notification buttons to highlight video

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is rearranging the notification panel on its mobile apps in an effort to broaden the audience creating, watching and reacting to live video on its social network.

  • Written by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

White House: $589M to go to fight Zika virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal money left over from the largely successful fight against Ebola will now go to combating the growing threat of the Zika virus, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

In Bahrain, Kerry treads carefully on human rights

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry dealt delicately on Thursday with concerns about persistent human rights abuses in Bahrain, stressing America's close military ties to one of several Persian Gulf countries with which it wants to enhance cooperation on fighting the Islamic State and containing Iran.

  • Written by BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

Scientists look at hangers-on amid mass die-off of bats

ALTAMONT, N.Y. (AP) — As white-nose syndrome kills millions of bats across North America, there's a glimmer of hope at hibernation spots where it first struck a decade ago: Some bats in some caves are hanging on.

  • Written by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press