Stolen van driver claims to be in labor, kids' mouths taped

RAMSEY, Minn. (AP) — Police stopped a stolen minivan in a Twin Cities suburb and found a driver who claimed she was in labor and some of her seven children with their mouths taped shut.



Airstrikes escalate despite Syria cease-fire

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria said Thursday that a cease-fire was "largely holding with some exceptions," as opposition activists reported a mounting number of government airstrikes, including a raid in the northern Aleppo province that killed at least six civilians.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

In eastern Mosul, small signs of progress amid the fighting

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Small stalls and carts have sprung up outside the bombed-out buildings in eastern Mosul, selling meat and vegetables, cigarettes and cellphones to the thousands of civilians still living in neighborhoods where the Iraqi military has driven out the Islamic State group.

  • Written by MSTYSLAV CHERNOV, Associated Press

VW pleads guilty in emissions scandal; 6 employees indicted

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six high-level Volkswagen employees have been indicted by a grand jury in the company's emissions cheating scandal, as the company admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay a record $4.3 billion penalty.


  • Written by MICHAEL BIESECKER, TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN , AP Business Writers