Activist behind Planned Parenthood video offered probation

HOUSTON (AP) — An anti-abortion activist's plan to reject a plea deal offering probation for charges related to making undercover Planned Parenthood videos likely means his goal is to use a trial as a public platform to criticize the nonprofit, according to legal experts.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Police: 6 found dead in Chicago home in apparent homicide

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police on Thursday found the bodies of four men, one woman and a child inside a home on the city's South Side in what police said was being investigated as an apparent multiple homicide.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

APNewsBreak: Feds seeking settlement in coal mining lawsuits

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

Syrian troops push ahead in offensive, take another village

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, on Friday pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

  • Written by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press