Conservative, liberal groups gear up for Supreme Court fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative and liberal groups are only beginning their battle over the Supreme Court vacancy, with a smattering of television ads and behind-the-scenes research serving as warning shots in what's sure to be an expensive fight that will color November's elections.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

8 men sentenced to 3 years in jail for enslaving fishermen

AMBON, Indonesia (AP) — Five Thai fishing boat captains and three Indonesians were sentenced Thursday to three years in jail for human trafficking in connection with slavery in the seafood industry.

  • Written by DANIEL LEONARD, Associated Press

Japan still searching for the missing, 5 years after tsunami

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese coast guard resumed underwater searches this week for some of the more than 2,500 people still missing from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country's northeast coast.

  • Written by EMILY WANG, Associated Press

Tampon tax: Does being female in the US carry unfair costs?

NEW YORK (AP) — Margo Seibert and Natalie Brasington don't think women should have to pay a "period tax," and like a growing number of other women, they are publicly questioning whether being female in the U.S. carries unfair costs.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press