Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Canadian officials began evacuating 8,000 people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray by air on Thursday and hoped to move thousands more via a highway convoy Friday if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta that has grown to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres).

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Community questions delay in Amber Alert for Navajo girl

Several hours after a stranger abducted an 11-year-old Navajo girl as she played near her home, few outside the reservation knew she was missing.

  • Written by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press

Behind closed doors, North Korea opens ruling party congress

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country's stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North's recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches.

  • Written by ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press