Gray whale puts on show at Southern California beach

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Pacific gray whale put on a show at Southern California's Redondo Beach, popping its huge head out of the waves and rolling around in the surf.


California, New York poised to raise minimum wage to $15

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and New York are poised to become the highest-paid minimum-wage states in the nation after governors for both reached deals with lawmakers to raise the lowest amount a worker can be paid to a record-shattering $15 an hour.

  • Written by ALISON NOON, Associated Press JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

5 construction officials held over Indian overpass collapse

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Indian police on Friday detained five officials of a company constructing an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighborhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80.

  • Written by RISHI LEKHI, Associated Press RISHABH R. JAIN, Associated Press

George Mason University becomes a favorite of Charles Koch

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — George Mason University, a public school outside the nation's capital, has quietly become a conservative powerhouse in economics and law, a reputation built in part with tens of millions of dollars a year from billionaire Republican donor Charles Koch.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press

Seeing slow progress, leaders face disparate nuclear threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of world leaders assembling Friday for a nuclear security summit will confront a disparate array of modern-day threats, ranging from government actors like North Korea to murkier groups like the Islamic State.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press