Heartbreak as Syrians briefly return home to IS-free Palmyra

PALMYRA, Syria (AP) — When Islamic State fighters overran the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra almost a year ago, Maha Abderrazak was among tens of thousands of terrified civilians who fled west, many escaping with just the clothes on their backs and the few belongings they could carry by hand.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

Chicago weighs cost, complexity of proposed police changes

CHICAGO (AP) — A day after a task force blasted the Chicago Police Department for decades of discrimination, law enforcement officials weighed which of the panel's recommendations could be adopted and how much they might add to Chicago's already heavy financial burdens.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press JASON KEYSER, Associated Press

New York delivers rowdy night of campaigning

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats brawled in Brooklyn while Republicans in black tie threw sharp elbows at a Manhattan gala in a rowdy New York night of politics ahead of the state's Tuesday presidential primary.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

Syrian gov't team joins Geneva talks amid Aleppo fighting

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian government delegation arrived in Geneva on Friday to join a new round of U.N.-mediated peace talks underway with an umbrella opposition group that seeks to find a resolution to the country's five-year civil war.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press