IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants destroyed parts of the second-century Roman theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra and the site's landmark ancient Tetrapylon, the government and opposition activists said Friday.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB , Associated Press

1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

CHICAGO (AP) — The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.

  • Written by LINDSEY TANNER , AP Medical Writer

NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars

HONOLULU (AP) — A group of NASA-funded researchers is poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behavior in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars.

  • Written by CALEB JONES , Associated Press

Heavy vehicles try to reach buried hotel where 30 missing

PENNE, Italy (AP) — Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no sign of life in the building even though two survivors found outside said more than 30 people had been in it when the snow struck.

  • Written by COLLEEN BARRY, NICOLE WINFIELD and VALENTINA ONORI , Associated Press

US jobless claims hit lowest level in more than 43 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than 43 years, another sign that most American workers enjoy job security.

  • Written by PAUL WISEMAN , AP Economics Writer