UN envoy: Military escalation in Yemen is fueling extremists

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The dangerous military escalation following a breakdown in the cease-fire between government supporters and Shiite rebels is fueling the spread of al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremist groups, the U.N. special envoy to Yemen warned the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • Written by MICHAEL ASTOR, Associated Press

Africa's elephants rapidly declining as poaching thrives

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of savanna elephants in Africa is rapidly declining and the animals are in danger of being wiped out as international and domestic ivory trades drive poaching across the continent, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • Written by CALEB JONES, Associated Press

Homeless students get more attention under new education law

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — School administrators this year are being pushed to get better at recognizing homeless students — those "hidden" in other people's homes or whose families are staying in places like campgrounds, motels and cars — and to keep them in school even if they're missing paperwork or move around.

  • Written by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

Historic commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday morning, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War.

  • Written by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

Premature twins in hospital after rescue from boat off Libya

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Two Eritrean babies born prematurely on the dangerous migrant voyage from Africa to Europe are being treated at a hospital in Palermo after being rescued at sea along with thousands of other migrants.