WHY IT MATTERS: Child Care and Pay Equity

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: In much of the U.S., families spend more on child care for two kids than on housing. And if you're a woman, it's likely you earn less than your male colleagues even though 1 in 4 households with kids relies on mom as the sole or primary breadwinner. That's according to the latest research that suggests while the U.S. economy has improved, women and their families are still struggling to make the numbers work.

  • Written by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press

Ahead of truce, Assad vows to retake Syria from 'terrorists'

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed on Monday that his government would take back land from "terrorists" and rebuild the country in remarks made just hours before the start of a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Driver killed, 18 hurt in Denver airport school bus crash

DENVER (AP) — A school bus carrying high school football players veered off a roadway and slammed into a concrete pillar at Denver International Airport, killing the driver and injuring 18 passengers, some seriously, officials said.