Slain Muslim students' families fight grief to honor legacy

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shortly before they were gunned down, a young Muslim couple was eating out with relatives when the conversation turned to anti-Islamic attitudes in the United States.

  • Written by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

At least 13 migrants dead as boat sinks off Greek island

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say a small plastic boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Europe has sunk off an eastern Greek islet drowning at least 13, mostly children.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rights watchdog accuses Russia of civilian killings in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A human rights watchdog on Wednesday accused Russia of using cluster munitions and unguided bombs on civilian areas in Syria in attacks that it says have killed hundreds of people in the past few months.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Upside-down weather pattern across US linked to El Nino

SEATTLE (AP) — Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she's nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on Thursday.

  • Written by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press