'Prince of Tides' author Pat Conroy dies at 70

Pat Conroy, the beloved author of "The Great Santini" and "The Prince of Tides" and other best-sellers who drew upon his bruising childhood and the vistas of South Carolina and became one of the country's most compelling and popular storytellers, died Friday evening. He was 70.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

Airlines slow to adopt safety technologies after MH370

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline-safety standards are changing in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly two years ago, but the head of one of the world's top air crash investigation agencies says it's not happening fast enough.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press

Descendant of slave who stole rebel ship named museum head


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The great-great-grandson of a slave who commandeered a Confederate ship and took it to Union forces blockading the South Carolina coast is the new president and CEO of the planned $75 million International African American Museum in Charleston.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

Syria opposition: Circumstances not suitable for peace talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians in rebel-held areas took advantage Friday of a week-long cease-fire to rally against President Bashar Assad, demanding his resignation, while a top opposition figure said his side believes it is "not suitable" for peace talks to resume in Geneva next week.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press