Retaking Syria's Palmyra reveals more shattered antiquities

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city's museum.

  • Written by ALBERT AJI, Associated Press BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Georgia governor says he will veto religious exemption bill

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday said he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.

  • Written by KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press

Pakistan PM vows to fight terror after 70 died in Lahore

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Monday vowed to eliminate perpetrators of terror attacks such as the massive suicide bombing that targeted Christians gathered for Easter the previous day in the eastern city of Lahore, killing 70 people.

  • Written by ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press KATHY GANNON, Associated Press

Pope at Easter recalls victims of 'blind, brutal terrorism'

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa and elsewhere, as well as expressing dismay that people fleeing war or poverty are being denied welcome as European countries squabble over the refugee crisis.

  • Written by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Lawsuit challenges North Carolina anti-discrimination law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Opponents of a new North Carolina law blocking local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules and requiring transgender students to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex wasted little time challenging the measure, filing a federal lawsuit Monday morning.