Mohammed's Journey: A Syrian's long quest for a normal life

AT THE SERBIAN-HUNGARIAN BORDER (AP) — At the edge of a Balkan vineyard, Mohammed al-Haj lay down under a tree to collect his thoughts. Come nightfall, he and the other Syrians with him would make a run for it, past the fence of chain-link and barbed wire being built along the Hungarian border to keep them out, past the armed border guards.

  • Written by HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press

Marijuana use in US adults doubles in decade, surveys show


CHICAGO (AP) — Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade, rising to almost 10 percent or more than 22 million mostly recreational users, government surveys show.

  • Written by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans want principles, not compromise

WASHINGTON (AP) — As GOP lawmakers in the House decide whether to unite around Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as the next speaker, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds Republicans nationally prefer congressional leadership that will stand on conservative principles, not compromise — even if it leads to a government shutdown.

  • Written by EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press

Democrats release Benghazi testimony of top Clinton aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House committee investigating the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday released a full transcript of testimony by a top aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press

VP Joe Biden says he will not run for president in 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden will not run for president in 2016, he said Wednesday, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press