Lava from Hawaii volcano cascades into sea in vivid display

VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — For the first time in three years, lava from a volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has crept down miles of mountainside and is dripping into the Pacific Ocean — where it's creating new land and a stunning show for visitors.

  • Written by CALEB JONES, Associated Press

California wildfire brings destruction and uncertainty

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A ferocious wildfire had swallowed up many homes as it spread across 40 square miles of mountain and desert east of Los Angeles. Exactly how many, however, and to whom they belonged, remained uncertain.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

Louisiana flooding victims now struggling with where to live

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Keisha Taylor, a 37-year-old mother of four, has spent three nights in two different shelters since her family fled the flooding at their Baton Rouge apartment complex. And she doesn't know how many more nights they will be sleeping on cots inside the downtown arena where hundreds sought shelter.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press

2 Indonesians make rare, daring escape from Filipino captors

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Threatened with beheadings, two Indonesian sailors made a daring escape from Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines after almost two months of captivity. One was rescued by villagers who found him entangled in fishnets and the other picked up by Philippine troops on a village road, officials said Thursday.

  • Written by TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press

UN Syria envoy pauses humanitarian task force amid fighting

GENEVA (AP) — Frustrated and unhappy, the U.N. envoy for Syria abruptly cut short a Thursday meeting of its humanitarian task force because aid convoys to besieged cities and towns have been impeded this month amid a surge in fighting in the country's 5-1/2-year civil war.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press