Obama to chop down more Cuba barriers, but is Havana ready?

WASHINGTON (AP) — On his history-making trip to Cuba, President Barack Obama plans to chop down another set of barriers that for generations kept Americans and their money out of the island they once dominated. Getting Cuba to reopen to America is proving harder.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

5 years after the spark, Syria war at a critical juncture

BEIRUT (AP) — After five years of bloodshed — after a quarter of a million deaths, and the flight of millions of refugees — Syria has arrived at a critical juncture: A diplomatic framework is in place to end the carnage, a two-week-old partial cease-fire is holding, and peace talks are set to resume in coming days.

  • Written by ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press

Hillary Clinton chided for praising Nancy Reagan's AIDS role

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton apologized Friday after gay-rights and AIDS activists assailed her for saying Nancy Reagan helped start a "national conversation" about AIDS in the 1980s, when protesters were struggling to get more federal help in fighting the disease.

  • Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Louisiana, Mississippi residents watch rising waters

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Residents in Louisiana and Mississippi are taking stock of damage Saturday after a massive deluge of rain submerged roads and cars, washed out bridges and forced residents to flee homes.

  • Written by KEVIN MCGILL, Associated Press, NASSIM BENCHAABANE, Associated Press