Papa! DC crowds cheer pope; he calls for climate action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging headlong into the issues of the day, Pope Francis opened his visit to the United States with a strong call for action to combat climate change, calling it a problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." President Barack Obama, in turn, hailed the pontiff as a moral force who is "shaking us out of our complacency" with reminders to care for the poor and the planet.

  • Written by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Ad blockers rise as ads annoy, bog down websites

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When you visit a website, you often find yourself waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what you were there to see. The seconds tick by.

It doesn't have to be this way.

  • Written by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer

Volkswagen CEO steps down, takes responsibility for scandal

BERLIN (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.

  • Written by GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press PAN PYLAS, Associated Press

Coastal Louisiana community struggling 10 years after Rita

CAMERON, La. (AP) — Vacant slabs, weed-choked lots and solitary stairs to nowhere permeate this tiny town in southwest Louisiana. All that remains of the Klean-N-Kruise car wash is a rusted white sign overlooking an empty, overgrown lot. Residents travel 30 miles away for anything they can't get at the local gas station because there is no grocery store.

And everywhere there are the campers.

  • Written by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press