Hillary Clinton chided for praising Nancy Reagan's AIDS role

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after gay-rights and AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease.

  • Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Louisiana, Mississippi residents watch rising waters

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Residents in Louisiana and Mississippi are taking stock of damage Saturday after a massive deluge of rain submerged roads and cars, washed out bridges and forced residents to flee homes.

  • Written by KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press, NASSIM BENCHAABANE, Associated Press

NJ Transit reaches deal with rail workers, averting strike


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit and its rail workers reached a tentative deal Friday to avert a strike that would have thrown Monday's commute into New York City into chaos.

  • Written by DAVID PORTER, Associated Press

Tears, prayers as Japan marks 5th anniversary of tsunami

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country's ravaged northeast coast to observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Friday, exactly five years after a magnitude-9.0 earthquake struck offshore, triggering a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people and sent reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant into meltdown.

  • Written by EMILY WANG, Associated Press MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Gunmen, 1 with rifle, worked as team to kill 6 at cookout

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two gunmen working as a team fatally shot five people including a pregnant woman and critically wounded two others at a backyard cookout, with one attacker using a rifle to shoot the victims in the head as they were driven in his direction, a prosecutor said Thursday.