Seoul, US say North Korean missile launch apparently failed

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korea missile launch meant to celebrate the birthday of the country's founder has apparently failed, South Korean and U.S. officials said Friday, an embarrassing setback in what was reportedly the inaugural test of a new, powerful mid-range missile.

  • Written by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Conservative lawmakers drive backlash against LGBT rights

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Year after year, South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright has watched as gays won more rights through legislation and the courts. And as he sees proposals elsewhere in the U.S. aimed at allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that conforms to their identity, he says plenty of people feel just like he does.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

Obama's power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Video appears to show some kidnapped Chibok girls alive

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A schoolmate says she cried with joy when she saw a Boko Haram video appearing to show some of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls, with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters who have not been heard from since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremists two years ago.

  • Written by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press