Amid threats of violence Venezuelan opposition tests resolve

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro promise to flood the streets of Caracas Thursday in a major test of their strength and the government's ability to tolerate growing dissent.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

Explosion at SpaceX launch pad destroys rocket, satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A massive explosion erupted Thursday at SpaceX's main launch pad, destroying a rocket as well as a satellite that Facebook was counting on to spread internet service in Africa.

  • Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

10,000 Syrian refugees find new home in US

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — On Sunday, Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh participated in a ceremony in Amman, Jordan, to mark the United States hitting its target of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees in a year-old resettlement program. On Wednesday, the 47-year-old former construction worker and his family were walking grocery aisles, stocking up on roasted chicken, milk and lemons for their new home outside San Diego.

  • Written by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press