Arctic's year of crazy extremes as warming hits overdrive

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warming at the top of the world has gone into overdrive, happening twice as fast as the rest of the globe, and extending unnatural heating into fall and winter, according to a new federal report.

  • Written by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

Republican looks to overhaul Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Mass killing reported in Aleppo as Syria troops near victory

BEIRUT (AP) — Pro-government forces reportedly killed 82 civilians "on the spot" as they closed in on the last rebel enclave in Syria's Aleppo Tuesday, the U.N. human rights office said, while world leaders and aid agencies issued dramatic appeals on behalf of trapped residents.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press; JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

2 Yazidi women accept EU's Sakharov Prize for human rights

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two Yazidi women who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group have accepted the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights and said they would continue to be a voice for others suffering a similar fate.