China accuses US of serious provocation by flying bombers

BEIJING (AP) — China's Defense Ministry on Saturday accused the U.S. of committing a "serious military provocation" by flying two Air Force B-52 bombers over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea, and said it would do whatever is necessary to protect the country's sovereignty.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection. Mosque leaders around the country are meeting with law enforcement officials as an anti-Muslim furor fuels arson attacks and vandalism. And the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding specialized training for congregations for "all hazards, including active shooter incidents."

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press, RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

VERONA, Va. (AP) — With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.

  • Written by STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press

UN endorses peace process for Syria, but no mention of Assad

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members unanimously approved a U.N. resolution Friday endorsing a peace process for Syria including a cease-fire and talks between the Damascus government and the opposition, but the text makes no mention of the most contentious issue — the future role of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press, CARA ANNA, Associated Press

Pentagon chief: Iraqi strike may be 'mistake' by 2 sides

ABOARD THE USS KEARSARGE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says an American airstrike that may have killed a number of Iraqi soldiers seems to be "a mistake that involved both sides."

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press