Cuba gears up for historic free concert in Havana

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is gearing up for an historic free concert by The Rolling Stones on Friday night in the country where rock and roll music was once silenced.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filipino nailed to cross prays for Belgium, Philippines

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — A Filipino devotee was nailed to a cross for the 30th time in an annual Good Friday ritual, which he dedicated to peace in Belgium and other countries targeted by Islamic extremists.

  • Written by RENE CASIBANG, Associated Press

US grew slightly more in 4th quarter than earlier estimated

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than previously estimated, boosted by stronger consumer spending. Consumers may be providing more lift to the economy in the current January-March period.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Brussels police conduct more raids linked to deadly bombings

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police raided Brussels neighborhoods again Friday in an operation a local official said was linked to both the airport and subway bombings and to the arrest in the Paris suburbs of a man who may have been plotting a new attack in France.

  • Written by JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, Associated Press LORNE COOK, Associated Press

Removal of Confederate symbols turns nasty in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Backlash against a plan to remove prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans has been tinged by death threats, intimidation and even what may have been the torching of a contractor's Lamborghini.

  • Written by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press