What it means: Shell abandons Arctic oil drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is giving up on its expensive and controversial push to produce oil in Alaska's Arctic waters, a decision that darkens the long-term oil prospects of the U.S. and brings relief to environmental groups that had tried desperately to block the project.

  • Written by DAN JOLING, Associated Press JONATHAN FAHEY, Associated Press

Prison worker who helped 2 killers escape gets up to 7 years

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A sobbing former prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup said she regretted her "horrible mistake" as she was sentenced Monday to up to seven years behind bars as part of a plea deal.

  • Written by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

Pope uses popularity to chart new direction for church & US

In Congress and at a parish school, at the United Nations and a city jail, Pope Francis spent a whirlwind U.S. visit bridging the realms of the disadvantaged and elite, trying to turn the attention of the mightiest nation on earth away from ideological battles and toward a world he said desperately needs help.

  • Written by RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Reporter

Obama, Putin clash over vision for resolving Syrian crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed Monday over their competing visions for Syria, with Obama urging a political transition to replace the Syrian president but Putin warning it would be a mistake to abandon the current government.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, Associated Press VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press