Sundance fest promises films on race, sexuality, violence


PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — The culmination of the Sundance Institute's year-round work developing fresh perspectives in drama and documentary films is taking over Park City, Utah, for the next 11 days.

  • Written by SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

US stocks climb as energy bounces back from big loss


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Thursday, led by big gains for energy companies. The broader market as well as prices for crude oil and natural gas are both recovering from steep plunges the day before. Telecom stocks also rose after Verizon reported strong fourth-quarter results.

  • Written by MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

Young Chinese scale Great Firewall to flood Taiwan media


BEIJING (AP) — The Facebook page of Taiwan's president-elect was flooded Thursday with tens of thousands of pro-China comments following a campaign by young mainlanders to jump the country's "Great Firewall" into normally forbidden overseas social media to express displeasure over the recent election.

  • Written by DIDI TANG, Associated Press

UN: South Sudan troops held women as sex slaves


JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A U.N. report says South Sudanese government troops held women as sex slaves while attacking scores of civilians just outside U.N. bases.


Last run for current SAT this week; new one debuts in March



WASHINGTON (AP) — The current version of the SAT college entrance exam has its final run this weekend, when hundreds of thousands of students nationwide will sit, squirm or stress through the nearly four-hour reading, writing and math test. A new revamped version debuts in March.

  • Written by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press