Top US admiral says China exchanges conditional on safety

BEIJING (AP) — The top U.S. admiral said Wednesday that friendly exchanges with China's navy are conditional on safe interactions at sea, an indication of Washington's concern over recent fractious encounters with Chinese forces in and over the disputed South China Sea.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press

Russian balloon more than halfway to circumnavigating globe

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A 65-year-old Russian adventurer was battling sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and ice in his oxygen mask but was ahead of schedule for his record attempt to fly solo in a balloon around the world nonstop, his son said on Wednesday.

  • Written by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press

Most lanes of bridge reopen after crane collapse outside NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — Most of the lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City have reopened after a crane collapsed across the entire width of the bridge, but transportation officials are still advising motorists to plan for extra delays during the Wednesday morning commute.

  • Written by EZRA KAPLAN, Associated Press

Body cam footage released of college pepper spray incident

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has released footage of campus police using pepper spray to try to break up an off-campus graduation party attended primarily by African-American students.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Leslie Jones, under hateful barrage on Twitter, fights back

NEW YORK (AP) — Under a barrage of hateful posts on Twitter, "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones said she was "in a personal hell" and urged the social networking service to do more to eradicate abuse.

  • Written by JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer