Survey: More Americans now have access to bank accounts

NEW YORK (AP) — More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households.

  • Written by KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer

Typhoon Haima lashes China; death toll up in Philippines

BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Haima barreled into southern China on Friday after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people.

  • Written by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press

Syrian government opens new Aleppo corridor for evacuations

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Friday opened a new corridor for rebels and civilians who want to leave the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, but the U.N. said planned medical evacuations haven't begun as planned because of a lack of security assurances from the warring sides.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Turkey ramps up fight against Kurdish fighters in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey escalated its offensive Thursday against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery, and complicating the battle against the Islamic State group by Ankara and Washington, both NATO allies.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press