Former Sen. Fred Thompson, had TV and film roles, dies at 73

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bouncing from politics to the big screen and back, Fred Thompson played many roles well and those who knew him say the folksy former U.S. senator won't soon be forgotten for his impact on American life and the arts. He died Sunday at age 73.

  • Written by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

Latest migrant tragedy in Aegean highlights EU divisions

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Drowned babies and toddlers washed onto Greece's famed Aegean Sea beaches, and a grim-faced diver pulled a drowned mother and child from a half-sunk boat that was decrepit long before it sailed. On shore, bereaved women wailed and stunned-looking fathers cradled their children.

  • Written by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press NICHOLAS PAPHITIS, Associated Press

Colorado asks voters to reshuffle spending of new pot taxes

DENVER (AP) — The only statewide ballot question in Colorado next week seems like a no-brainer: Should the state keep $66 million in marijuana taxes it has already collected to spend on schools and drug-abuse prevention?

  • Written by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Prosecutors done questioning key witness in ex-coal CEO case


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After a key government witness spent days helping defense lawyers paint a former coal boss as safety-minded, prosecutors reined their witness in Friday by directing him to testify about dozens of serious mine safety violations he agreed could have been avoided by hiring more miners or permitting more time to tend to safety tasks.

  • Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

Egypt says Russian aircraft crashes in Sinai, no survivors

CAIRO (AP) — A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, Egypt's Ministry of Civil Aviation said.

  • Written by MERRIT KENNEDY, Associated Press