FBI: Hate crimes against Muslims up by 67 percent in 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — Reported hate crimes against Muslims rose in 2015 to their highest number since the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to FBI statistics released Monday.

  • Written by CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press

France marks 1 year since Paris attacks, wary and watched

PARIS (AP) — Less insouciant, more policed — France is a changed place since Islamic State extremists killed 130 people in the country's deadliest attacks a year ago. Fearing it's becoming more divided, too, survivors and victims' families marked Sunday's anniversary of the violence by pleading for national unity instead.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press

New trouble in hardscrabble town: Blood tests for chemical

NEWBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — In this chronically struggling city along the Hudson River, residents beset by poverty, high crime and boarded-up homes now have an entirely new worry — that their tap water may have exposed them to a chemical linked to cancer.

  • Written by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

3 arthritis pain drugs prove equally safe for the heart

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new study gives some reassurance to arthritis sufferers who want pain relief but are worried about side effects. It finds that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain pills that are much tougher on the stomach.

  • Written by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

New Zealand plans rescue of tourists stranded by earthquake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is planning to send in military helicopters and a navy ship to rescue about 1,000 tourists and hundreds of residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake on Monday cut off train and vehicle access.

  • Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press