Islanders in Chesapeake Bay face exile from rising seas


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Islanders in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay could be among the first "climate change refugees" in the continental United States as rising seas claim their historic fishing village, a report released Thursday concludes.

  • Written by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press

Christmas comes early to 8-year-old disfigured by fire

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — A little girl who lost her family and suffered disfiguring burns in an arson fire is having an incredible Christmas, thanks to the generosity of thousands of strangers around the world who were moved by her simple Facebook wish.

  • Written by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

After California shooting, fears of Muslim harassment rise


NEW YORK (AP) — A severed pig's head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia. An Islamic center in Florida was defaced. A Sikh temple in California was vandalized by someone who mistook it for a mosque and left graffiti that included a profane reference to the Islamic State group.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

War, low oil prices cripple Iraq Kurds' once-vibrant economy


IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Less than two years ago, Iraq's northern Kurdish region was booming, as oil revenues poured in and foreign investors flocked to a rare island of stability in a turbulent region, but that all began to change when the black flags of the Islamic State group darkened the horizon.

  • Written by BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press

AP count: Over 2,400 killed in Saudi hajj stampede, crush


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The September stampede during the hajj in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, a new Associated Press count shows, three times the number of deaths acknowledged by the kingdom three months later.

  • Written by JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press