Syria opposition: Circumstances not suitable for peace talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians in rebel-held areas took advantage Friday of a week-long cease-fire to rally against President Bashar Assad, demanding his resignation, while a top opposition figure said his side believes it is "not suitable" for peace talks to resume in Geneva next week.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

LAPD investigates knife purportedly found at OJ Simpson home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Detectives are investigating a knife purportedly found some time ago at the former home of O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted of murder charges in the 1994 stabbings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, a police spokesman said Friday.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

US stocks head for a 4th straight gain; energy, metals surge

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are rising Friday for a fourth day straight after the U.S. government said employers added more jobs than expected in February. Energy and metals prices are gaining ground on the latest sign of strength for the economy, and energy and mining stocks are jumping.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Officer in school beating probe was fired as deputy in 2003

A Baltimore public school police officer under investigation for a video showing him slapping and kicking a teenager at a school was fired from the city sheriff's department in 2003 for his role in an incident in which a stun gun was used on a man mistaken for a bank robber.

  • Written by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

ExxonMobil sued over Baton Rouge chemical plant's emissions

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An environmental group's lawsuit claims ExxonMobil Corp. continues to violate Clean Air Act regulations despite a 2014 settlement over emissions from the company's Baton Rouge chemical plant.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press