Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new world record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said.

  • Written by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

How sympathetic whites are helping to fuel racial change

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — After sitting in silence, some white Americans say they're being spurred to action by the fatal shootings of black men by officers in Minnesota and Louisiana.

  • Written by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

Philadelphia readies for DNC after quiet Cleveland protests

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — As Cleveland breathes a sigh of relief after protests during the Republican convention came and went without mass disruptions and violence, eyes now turn to Philadelphia, the nation's fifth largest city that offers a bigger stage for bigger protests over a much larger area.

  • Written by KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press

Obama, Mexican president stress importance of relationship

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto reaffirmed the importance of the US-Mexico relationship Friday, promoting the benefits of trade and friendship in an election year that has sometimes stressed that alliance.

  • Written by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press