Mexico's physically challenged 'charro' cowboys test limits

CUAUTITLAN IZCALLI, Mexico (AP) — Salvador Espinoza spends his days in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. When he mounts his horse and tightens the back brace that helps him keep upright in the saddle, he transforms into a charro, or Mexican cowboy.

  • Written by LULU OROZCO, Associated Press

As Zika fears escalate, lawmakers point fingers from afar

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Zika virus escalates into a public health crisis, members of Congress remain entrenched politically, with Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers over the failure to act as the number of mosquito-transmitted cases in the U.S. grows.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

Critics say Navy fuel tanks threaten crucial Hawaii aquifer

AIEA, Hawaii (AP) — Anthony DeLuze keeps his ancestors' traditions alive in 21st century Hawaii by growing the staple crop taro on a suburban plot sandwiched between wings of a sprawling shopping mall.

  • Written by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

Poll: Police harassment familiar to young blacks, Hispanics

DETROIT (AP) — Crystal Webb cringes whenever a patrol car appears in her rearview mirror. She also never wants to see the inside of a police station again.

  • Written by COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press

Years of surveillance leads to terror charge against officer

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — For years, authorities had concerns about Metro Transit Police Officer Nicholas Young: He traveled to Libya and boasted of joining rebel groups there, and he even described his collection of Nazi memorabilia to law enforcement, according to court documents. But until last month, authorities said, he hadn't committed a crime.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press