US consumer spending scores biggest jump in 6 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending surged in April by the largest amount in more than six years, led by a big jump in purchases of autos and other durable goods.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Police departments begin to reward restraint tactics

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A few police agencies in the U.S. have begun rewarding officers for showing restraint in the line of duty, putting the tactic on par with bravery.

  • Written by ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press

Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Amnesty International said Tuesday that more than 1.2 million Afghans have been forced to flee their homes due to violence in the past three years and urged the Kabul government and the international community to tackle the country's growing crisis of refugees internally displaced by war.

  • Written by RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press

Mediterranean Sea disasters swallow up over 1,000 migrants

GENEVA (AP) — The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy has claimed the lives of over 1,030 migrants in the last week, mostly as barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors haunted by cries of kids

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — It was the cries of children — and the moment they decided they must save themselves — that haunt the survivors of a shipwreck that claimed hundreds of lives.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press