Critics: SPLC targets, demonizes conservative groups

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Many consider The Southern Poverty Law Center's annual list of U.S. extremist groups an authoritative glimpse into racist and anti-government activity, but some of its targets contend the civil rights advocacy group is actually focused on silencing conservative viewpoints — sometimes with serious consequences.

  • Written by PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press

Pope had message of love for Mexico, tough love for powerful

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up a five-day visit to Mexico with a message of love and compassion for the people of Mexico and the migrants who pass through it on their way to the United States. For their political and religious leaders, the trip was more a lesson in tough love.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press PETER ORSI, Associated Press

Obama to raise human rights during historic trip to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday he'll raise human rights issues and other U.S. concerns with Cuban President Raul Castro during a history-making visit to the communist island nation.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

How Apple ended up in the government's encryption crosshairs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the maker of trend-setting gadgets like the iPhone and iPad, Apple has changed the way people use technology in their daily lives. Now, after positioning itself as a champion of privacy, the tech giant has sparked a potentially momentous conflict with the federal government over encryption.

  • Written by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers

Turkey blames Kurdish rebels, Syria for Ankara attack

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey blamed Kurdish militant groups at home and in neighboring Syria on Thursday for a deadly suicide bombing in Ankara and vowed strong retaliation for the attack — a development that threatens to further complicate the Syria conflict.

  • Written by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press