Thousands of mines with toxic water lie under the West

DENVER (AP) — Beneath the western United States lie thousands of old mining tunnels filled with the same toxic stew that spilled into a Colorado river last week, turning it into a nauseating yellow concoction and stoking alarm about contamination of drinking water.

  • Written by NICHOLAS, Associated Press

Drones getting in the way of emergency responders

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As Jason Thrasher lowered his helicopter to a park with seven firefighters aboard, he saw what he thought was another firefighting chopper battling a blaze that was threatening homes.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press

Pope and Congress: Francis is certain to challenge lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body. So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis' remarks to Congress next month — and bracing for them, too.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

Holdout Michigan considers compensating innocent inmates

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One newly exonerated inmate walks free every couple of months in Michigan, which has released more innocent prisoners than all but four states. Julie Baumer was one of them, missing four years of family life and career advancement due to a child abuse conviction after her nephew's head injuries were mistakenly blamed on shaken-baby trauma.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press