Nations seek compromise to end Syria war, start transition

VIENNA (AP) — The Syrian government's biggest international backers and opponents plunged into negotiations Friday over a long-sought compromise to help end a 4 and-a-half year civil war and potentially ease President Bashar Assad out of power. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was hopeful of finding a path forward.

  • Written by GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

Prep school grad gets 1 year sentence in sex assault case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a case that scandalized an institution known for educating some of America's top political and literary leaders, a graduate of an elite prep school was sentenced to a year in jail for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl as part of a sexual conquest competition.

  • Written by LYNNE TUOHY, Associated Press

Obama welcomes budget and debt deal to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said he's eager to sign the two-year budget deal passed by the Senate in the pre-dawn hours Friday in hopes of breaking a "cycle of shutdowns and manufactured crises" that have hurt the U.S. economy.

  • Written by ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

State police use shotguns to deflate wayward military blimp

MUNCY, Pa. (AP) — State police used shotguns Thursday to deflate a wayward military surveillance blimp that broke loose in Maryland and floated for hours before coming down into trees in the Pennsylvania countryside.

  • Written by MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press