EU, Turkey negotiating breakthrough deal on migrant crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and Turkish leaders were locked in tense negotiations on Friday as the EU seeks to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey and ease the pressure from a human emergency that is increasingly dividing the bloc.

  • Written by MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS, Associated Press RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Brazil's crisis deepens as judge blocks Silva's appointment

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's political crisis deepened as a judge blocked the appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor just moments after his tumultuous swearing-in ceremony held amid heated protests.

  • Written by MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press

Decision time for California governor's big water project

CLARKSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Atop a dirt levee his great-grandfather built in the 1800s to hold back California's mightiest river, Northern California farmer Russell van Loben Sels looks out over the site of a new water project, one that would be the state's most ambitious in a half-century.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Writers SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press Writers

Kerry determines IS group committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday determined that the Islamic State group is committing genocide against Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, as he acted to meet a congressional deadline.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer