Ruled 'broken,' Texas foster care system faces long overhaul

DALLAS (AP) — At 5, the girl identified as S.A. entered the Texas foster care system. Within months, she reported being raped by an older child. She was moved more than 45 times, including to psychiatric hospitals, and missed several chances for adoption because of paperwork delays. At 18, after aging out of the system, she walked into traffic and was hit by a car. At last report, she was living in a homeless shelter.

  • Written by JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press

S. Korea, US, Japan plan joint drills on N. Korean threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold their first joint military training next month focused on cooperating to detect signs of missile launches from North Korea and trace missile trajectories, a Seoul defense official said Monday.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

China barely notes start of Cultural Revolution 50 years ago

BEIJING (AP) — Exactly 50 years ago, China embarked on what was formally known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a decade of tumult launched by Mao Zedong to revive communist goals and enforce a radical egalitarianism. The milestone was largely ignored Monday in the Chinese media, reflecting continuing sensitivities about a period that was later declared a "catastrophe."

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Pfizer says it's blocking use of drugs for lethal injections

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer said Friday it was blocking use of its drugs in lethal injections, which means all federally-approved drugmakers whose medications could be used for executions have now put them off limits.

  • Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press