WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency on Tuesday recommended that countries use tax policy to increase the price of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Call that ended officers lives was among most unpredictable

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — A domestic violence call that ended the lives of two California police officers last weekend was the kind of report that many authorities say they hate and fear the most.

  • Written by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

Savannah's signature tree canopy gets bushwhacked by Matthew

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Behind the bronze statue of Revolutionary War hero Sgt. William Jasper clutching a fatal bullet wound in his side, there's a new casualty in Madison Square — a mighty live oak tree crashed onto the ground, its roots wrenched from the soil with such force they dislodged chunks of a brick walkway.

  • Written by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Matthew's punch still delivers pain to North Carolina

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The flooding disaster is forecast to slowly unfold over the next several days as all that rain — more than a foot in places — flows into rivers and downstream, likely causing more inundation in many of the same places devastated by a similar deluge from Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

  • Written by MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press ALLEN BREED, Associated Press