12-year-old ventriloquist wins 'America's Got Talent'


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 12-year-old girl is getting a $1 million prize and her own Las Vegas show after taking the "America's Got Talent" crown on the season 12 finale of the NBC reality competition.



The big question: Will cancer immune therapy work for me?


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dennis Lyon was a genetic train wreck. Cancer was ravaging his liver, lungs, bones and brain, and tests showed so many tumor mutations that drugs targeting one or two wouldn't do much good. It seemed like very bad news, yet his doctors were encouraged.

  • Written by By MARILYNN MARCHIONE , AP Chief Medical Writer

Common Core used widely, despite continuing debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most of the states that first endorsed the Common Core academic standards are still using them in some form, despite continued debate over whether they are improving student performance in reading and math.


  • Written by By MARIA DANILOVA , Associated Press

Iranian president: Trump's UN comments 'ignorant, absurd'


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's president warned the United States on Thursday that his country will "respond decisively" to any violation of the agreement that reins in Tehran's nuclear program and called U.S. President Donald Trump's "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric" about Iran unfit for the United Nations.

  • Written by By JENNIFER PELTZ and EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

Fed announces a start to modestly reducing its bond holdings


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve will begin shrinking the enormous portfolio of bonds it amassed after the 2008 financial crisis to try to sustain a frail economy. The move reflects a strengthened economy and could mean higher rates on mortgages and other loans over time.

  • Written by By MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer