APNewsBreak: Feds seeking settlement in coal mining lawsuits

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

Syrian troops push ahead in offensive, take another village

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, on Friday pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

  • Written by KARIN LAUB, Associated Press

Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

  • Written by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

Careening car ends up on roof of Southern California house

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — It's hard to know what was more amazing: An out-of-control car ending up on the roof of a Southern California house or the driver somehow escaping serious injury despite the wild ride.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Panel defeats bill banning use of 'secret' execution drugs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislative committee has defeated a measure that sought to prohibit officials from using execution drugs they received from another state if they don't reveal the source of the drugs.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS