Rare Death Valley "super bloom" carpets desert with color

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A rare "super bloom" of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold, attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting visitors with a stunning display from nature's paint brush.

  • Written by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press

Bundy, 18 others indicted in 2014 range standoff in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal authorities rounded up 12 people in five states on Thursday, bringing to 19 the number of defendants facing conspiracy, assault and threats charges in a 2014 armed standoff over grazing cattle on U.S. land near renegade cattleman Cliven Bundy's ranch in southern Nevada.

  • Written by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press KEN RITTER, Associated Press

Critics: Video shows need to reform Baltimore school police

Child advocacy groups demanded reform of Baltimore public school police policies as city police conducted a criminal investigation Thursday into a cellphone video showing an officer slapping and kicking a young man inside a school.

  • Written by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press

Debate night: Insults flying once more despite pledges

DETROIT (AP) — Relentless in their attacks, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz leveled withering criticism at Donald Trump's "flexible" policy positions and personal ethics in a Republican presidential debate Thursday that also featured a crude sexual reference from Trump.

  • Written by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

N. Korea, on defense after sanctions, makes nuclear threat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military on standby for nuclear strikes at any time, state media reported Friday, an escalation in rhetoric targeting rivals Seoul and Washington that may not yet reflect the country's actual nuclear capacity.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press