AP Explains: What does OPEC's tentative deal mean for oil?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC nations have agreed in theory that they need to reduce their production to help boost global oil prices during a meeting in Algeria, but a major disagreement between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran still may derail any cut. What happened to oil prices and why can't OPEC agree to anything more binding?

  • Written by JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press

Gridlock in Congress may presage more of the same to come

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year.

  • Written by ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent

Why is Chicago a murder capital? Clues from a bloody month

CHICAGO (AP) — Fourteen-year-old Malik Causey loved the way gangs took what they wanted from people on the street, the way members fought for each other, the way they could turn drugs into cash and cash into $400 jeans.

  • Written by DON BABWIN, Associated Press

Judge says US officials fail to protect endangered red wolf

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A judge said that federal wildlife officials have failed to protect the world's only wild population of red wolves in a preliminary ruling that restricts the government's ability to remove the animals from private property.

  • Written by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press