Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79

WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year. Scalia was 79.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Police: Shooting at Phoenix-area school was a murder-suicide

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that killed two 15-year-old girls and caused panic among parents was a murder-suicide, police said.

  • Written by JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press PAUL DAVENPORT, Associated Press

Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

AP News Guide: Diplomats push as Syria battlefield shifts

Diplomats from a dozen countries, led by the United States and Russia, are struggling to make progress in Syria, even as fighting in the north sends tens of thousands fleeing and threatens a deepening humanitarian crisis. Next month, Syria's civil war will reach the end of its fifth year, and its consequences continue to reach new and disastrous levels.

  • Written by The Associated Press