Rubio under fire in GOP debate after rise in polls

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Marco Rubio, a first-term senator on the rise in the presidential race, faced a barrage of attacks in Saturday night's Republican debate, with rivals vigorously challenging his readiness to be president and the depth of his expertise as they sought to salvage their own White House hopes.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press

Reborn Maine milling city offers lessons amid refugee crisis

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The arrival of thousands of Somali refugees in this former mill city in the nation's whitest state sparked a backlash at first, complete with a rally of white supremacists and a pig's head rolled into the local mosque.

  • Written by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

Costs of closing, cleaning toxic coal ash pits grows clearer

EDEN, N.C. (AP) — Giant earthmoving machines beep and grind as they drop 17-ton scoops of coal ash and dirt into dozens of railroad cars lined up for two-thirds of a mile at a site along the Virginia-North Carolina border, where the country's largest electricity company was responsible for one of the worst spills of the toxic, liquefied waste in U.S. history.

  • Written by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer

UN condemns NKorea launch, pledges significant new sanctions

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders called a banned test of ballistic missile technology and another "intolerable provocation." The U.N.'s most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with "significant" new sanctions.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press

Divers find 2 bodies, wreckage of small plane off California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two bodies and the wreckage of a small plane were found Sunday by divers searching in the water off Southern California for evidence following a midair collision believed to have killed three people, authorities said.

  • Written by ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press