Oil bust leaves states with massive well cleanup

BIGFOOT, Texas (AP) — The worst oil bust since the 1980s is putting Texas and other oil producing states on the hook for thousands of newly abandoned drilling sites at a time when they have little money to plug wells and seal off environmental hazards.

  • Written by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

UN says 65 million people displaced in 2015, a new record

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says persecution and conflict in places like Syria and Afghanistan raised the total number of refugees and internally displaced people worldwide to a record 65.3 million at the end of last year.


FBI releasing conversations between gunman and police

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators promised to provide more insight as to what was happening inside the Pulse nightclub after a gunman started a deadly assault that was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

  • Written by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press TERRANCE HARRIS, Associated Press

In Jordan camp, Syrian refugees prepare for long exile

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) — Salam Ashara and his family left Syria in early 2013, when no one expected the civil war in their country to rage for years with no signs of relenting and create the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

  • Written by SAM McNEIL, Associated Press

Thousands turn out for weekend gay pride events

DENVER (AP) — People in wheelchairs, walking on stilts and riding rainbow-decorated motorcycles turned out for gay pride events over the weekend, including participants in a Denver parade who carried posters of the names or faces of the victims who died in last weekend's attack on a nightclub in Florida.

  • Written by STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press