Residents evacuate Cedar Rapids homes ahead of flooding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Several thousand residents of Cedar Rapids left their homes Sunday as floodwaters began to spill out of the rising Cedar River, and Iowa's second-largest city worked to apply the lessons officials learned after the record 2008 flood.


New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Centuries of struggles and strife, decades of planning and pain, and years of hoping for a place that African-American history can call home will culminate as President Barack Obama officially opens the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Imam in bombing suspect's hometown speaks against violence

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — An imam spoke against violence and in support of law enforcement during the first Friday prayer service since a local man was charged in last weekend's New Jersey and New York City bombings.

  • Written by MEGAN TRIMBLE, Associated Press MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press

MH370 wreckage hunter won't give up until mystery solved

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The fedora, the bomber jacket and the consuming quest invite comparisons to Indiana Jones. Blaine Gibson, though, hasn't matched the film hero's triumph in finding the legendary chest containing the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.

  • Written by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press