South India rains ease but poor urban planning feeds misery

NEW DELHI (AP) — The relentless rains that lashed southern India's Tamil Nadu state for three days eased Friday, but the misery of tens of thousands of people was far from over, with large parts of the main city still underwater along with the region's biggest airport.

  • Written by MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press

Saudi Arabia to host Syrian opposition ahead of peace talks

BEIRUT (AP) — Saudi Arabia is hosting Syrian opposition groups and many of the main rebel factions next week in an effort to come up with a unified front ahead of peace talks with representatives of the government in Damascus, scheduled to begin early next year.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

US to hasten return of Okinawa military-held land to Japan

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. and Japan said Friday they are hastening the return of some land the American military holds in Okinawa, seeking to soothe local resentment over the issue on the southern Japanese island.

  • Written by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Attackers in California shooting had thousands of bullets

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The husband-and-wife attackers who slaughtered 14 people at an employee banquet fired as many as 75 rifle rounds in the assault, left behind three rigged-together pipe bombs with a remote-control device that apparently malfunctioned, and had over 1,600 more bullets with them when they were gunned down in their SUV, authorities said Thursday.

  • Written by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

Pentagon chief to military: Open all combat jobs to women

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, rebuffing requests by the Marine Corps to exclude women from certain front-line combat jobs.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press