AP Exclusive: Dead Brussels gunman sought IS suicide mission

PARIS (AP) — The Algerian gunman newly linked to the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris joined the Islamic State group in 2014 and told the extremists he wanted to die as a suicide bomber, bypassing the choice to be a fighter. He was instead shot to death by a police sniper in the raid that led authorities to Europe's most wanted fugitive.

  • Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press

China journalist linked to petition on president disappears

BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing-based journalist linked with an online petition calling for the Chinese president's resignation has been missing since he disappeared from the Beijing airport on his way to Hong Kong several days ago, his lawyer said Saturday.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press

EU, Turkey strike heralded migrant deal but costs are high

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and Turkish leaders celebrated a "historic day" after sealing a widely-criticized pact to send thousands of asylum-seekers back to Turkey — a deal that will cost millions and require the rapid dispatch of thousands of experts to Greece to undertake the complicated task of making the plan a reality.

  • Written by LORNE COOK, Associated Press MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS, Associated Press

With orca changes, SeaWorld must live without iconic Shamu

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld built its brand on a leaping and splashing killer whale named Shamu. She was part of its logo, gave her name to stadiums in the theme parks and was the inspiration for rides. The orca image sold T-shirts and soft, stuffed animals for the kids to take home.

  • Written by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press