With lack of maintenance, DC subway system loses its luster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closure of the subways in the nation's capital in the middle of the workweek to inspect and repair power cables that could otherwise burst into flames was just the latest symptom of a lengthy decline for the Metro system, once a source of regional pride.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

Unity government aims to save Libya, but has to get in first

CAIRO (AP) — The United States, Europe and United Nations have all pinned their hopes for resolving Libya's chaos and blocking the Islamic State group's growth there on a newly announced unity government. The problem is: It's not clear how the government can actually get into the country.

  • Written by MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press RAMI MUSA, Associated Press

EU, Turkey negotiating breakthrough deal on migrant crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and Turkish leaders were locked in tense negotiations on Friday as the EU seeks to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey and ease the pressure from a human emergency that is increasingly dividing the bloc.

  • Written by MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS, Associated Press RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Brazil's crisis deepens as judge blocks Silva's appointment

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's political crisis deepened as a judge blocked the appointment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor just moments after his tumultuous swearing-in ceremony held amid heated protests.

  • Written by MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press

Decision time for California governor's big water project

CLARKSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Atop a dirt levee his great-grandfather built in the 1800s to hold back California's mightiest river, Northern California farmer Russell van Loben Sels looks out over the site of a new water project, one that would be the state's most ambitious in a half-century.

  • Written by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press Writers SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press Writers