Boko Haram: Some abducted Chibok girls killed in air strikes

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of one of the Chibok girls kidnapped more than two years ago by Nigeria's Islamic extremists on Sunday saw the first proof her daughter is alive — a video of her begging Nigeria's government to exchange detained militants for the girls' freedom.

  • Written by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press

Friends call imam slaying a hate crime; cops say no motive

NEW YORK (AP) — The daylight slaying of a mosque leader and his associate set off fear and anguish Sunday among Bangladeshi Muslims in a New York City neighborhood, with some saying the killings appear to be an anti-Muslim hate crime. But police said there is no evidence so far to support that.

  • Written by MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

Webcam whale research buoyed by viewers around the world

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The underwater webcam attached to Hayley Shephard's boat captures what at first appear to be green glowing orbs as she motors through an estuary in remote Canada. Then the orbs come into focus, revealing some of the more than 3,000 beluga whales that gather in the waters in and around Hudson Bay each summer.

  • Written by MATT VOLZ, Associated Press

WHY IT MATTERS: North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Pariah state North Korea could soon be capable of targeting America with nuclear weapons. Economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to halt its progress. What can Washington do to stop the authoritarian government from building up a nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States and its allies in Asia?

  • Written by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press