DIVIDED AMERICA: Even in fractured land, there's much unity

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (AP) — Outside the Annin Flagmakers factory in this perennial swing state, a summer of discontent is brewing. They feel the country's divides inside, too — gulfs between rich and poor, left and right, this side and that side, that seem to grow deeper with each passing week.

  • Written by MATT SEDENSKY, AP National Writer

Alabama board denies parole for Birmingham church bomber

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's parole board decided Wednesday against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls more than 50 years ago.

  • Written by JAY REEVES, Associated Press

In a sign of broader ambitions, Facebook opens hardware lab

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook built its fortune on the internet, that non-physical space where people share updates and digital videos with friends. But deep inside its Silicon Valley headquarters, engineers have stocked a new lab with computerized lathes, industrial mills and tools for making physical goods.

  • Written by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer

South Dakota charges 2 men trying to help launch pot resort

FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — Two consultants who worked with a Native American tribe on its plans to open the nation's first marijuana resort in rural South Dakota have been charged with drug offenses, the state's attorney general announced Wednesday.

  • Written by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press JAMES NORD, Associated Press

Battle for Aleppo a pivotal moment for besieged residents

BEIRUT (AP) — The 28-year-old Syrian attorney turned down a scholarship to study economics in Germany in order to remain in his native Aleppo after rebels took it over in 2012, promising a new administration and life free of the rule of President Bashar Assad.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press