Conservative lawmakers drive backlash against LGBT rights

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Year after year, South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright has watched as gays won more rights through legislation and the courts. And as he sees proposals elsewhere in the U.S. aimed at allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that conforms to their identity, he says plenty of people feel just like he does.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

Obama's power over immigration drives Supreme Court dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The raging political fight over immigration comes to the Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute that could affect millions of people who are in the United States illegally.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press

Video appears to show some kidnapped Chibok girls alive

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A schoolmate says she cried with joy when she saw a Boko Haram video appearing to show some of Nigeria's kidnapped Chibok girls, with images of tearful parents recognizing their daughters who have not been heard from since the mass abduction by the Islamic extremists two years ago.

  • Written by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

More shelling in Syria's Aleppo mars peace talks in Geneva

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops exchanged fire with rebels in the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday in a renewed bout of fighting that could further mar peace talks underway in Geneva.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

APNewsBreak: Thieves targeting California almonds, walnuts

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — International crime rings targeting California's booming agriculture industry are increasingly stealing truckloads of high-value nuts, prompting authorities and the firms falling victim to ramp up efforts to break the spree costing millions.

  • Written by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press