Rescue crews find some 8 people alive after Italy avalanche

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews located up to eight people alive in the kitchen of an avalanche-crushed hotel on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people in the resort.

  • Written by PAOLO SANTALUCIA and GREGORIO BORGIA , Associated Press

Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom

NEW YORK (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.

  • Written by TOM HAYS , Associated Press

Protesters make their mark on Trump's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bearing signs reading "Let freedom ring" and "Free Palestine," protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president demonstrated in the early hours of Inauguration Day, intent on making their mark as Donald Trump prepared to take office.

  • Written by JESSICA GRESKO , Associated Press

Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials and lawmakers lauded Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, hoping it will herald a period of better ties with the United States, while revelers in Moscow and elsewhere gathered for celebrations as bar and club owners sought to cash in on public excitement.

  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press

Iran shocked by deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.

  • Written by AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL , Associated Press