Top French court rules Burkini bans violate basic freedoms

PARIS (AP) —€” France's top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean town, in a decision Friday that should set legal precedent regarding a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world.

  • Written by PHILIPPE SOTTO, Associated Press

FDA expands Zika screening to all US blood centers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.

  • Written by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer

Tribe trucks totem pole 4,800 miles in fossil fuels protest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Pacific Northwest tribe is traveling nearly 5,000 miles across Canada and the United States with a 22-foot-tall totem pole on a flatbed truck in a symbolic journey meant to galvanize opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure projects they believe will imperil native lands.

  • Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

Activist discovers iPhone spyware, sparking security update

AJMAN, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The suspicious text message that appeared on Ahmed Mansoor's iPhone promised to reveal details about torture in the United Arab Emirates' prisons. All Mansoor had to do was click the link.

  • Written by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DANIELLA CHESLOW, Associated Press

UN official: For Afghan women 'glass is half full'

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the United States prepared to invade Taliban-ruled Afghanistan 15 years ago, then-First Lady Laura Bush took over her husband's weekly radio address to tell the American people that part of the reason for going to war after the attacks of September 11, 2001, was to liberate Afghan women from the brutality that had been forced on them by the extremists' regime.

  • Written by LYNNE O'DONNELL, Associated Press