From calm to chaos: A reporter's escorted visit to Syria

LATAKIA, Syria (AP) — At first glance, the Mediterranean port of Latakia doesn't look like a city at war. Its streets are jammed with traffic, stylish women chat under palm trees, and idyllic orange groves stretch for miles.

  • Written by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Former first lady Nancy Reagan dies at 94 in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Reagan, the helpmate, backstage adviser and fierce protector of Ronald Reagan in his journey from actor to president — and finally during his 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease — has died. She was 94.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press

Clinton, Sanders tangle on economy in Democratic debate

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled aggressively on economic issues in a Democratic presidential debate over trade, Wall Street influence and more.

  • Written by NANCY BENAC, Associated Press CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press

AP Investigation: American company bungled Ebola response

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American company that bills itself as a pioneer in tracking emerging epidemics made a series of costly mistakes during the 2014 Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa — with employees feuding with fellow responders, contributing to misdiagnosed Ebola cases and repeatedly misreading the trajectory of the virus, an Associated Press investigation has found.

  • Written by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press MARIA CHENG, Associated Press

Celebrities urge world leaders to fight for girls and women


NEW YORK (AP) — A number of high-profile entertainers — including Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Charlize Theron and Meryl Streep — have signed an open letter calling on world leaders to fight for gender equality across the globe.

  • Written by MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer