Ex-Pennsylvania congressman awaits racketeering sentence

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia Democrat who spent two decades in Congress could spend that long in prison if federal prosecutors get their way at his sentencing Monday.

  • Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

Syrian troops say they control 98 percent of eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military said on Monday it has gained control of 98 percent of eastern Aleppo, previously a rebel-held enclave, reducing the rebel territory to a small sliver packed with civilians and fighters squeezed under fire.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Could familial DNA crack case of slain New York City jogger?

NEW YORK (AP) — With a DNA profile but no suspect to match in the strangling of a woman who went for a run and met a killer, authorities are looking to an emerging approach: using the DNA to look for the killer's relatives.

  • Written by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Inside Kirk Douglas's intimate 100th birthday celebration

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Kirk Douglas knows how to make an entrance. With boxing gloves in every centerpiece and the theme from "Rocky" blaring over the speakers, Douglas, one of the golden age of Hollywood's last living legends, walked confidently into the Sunset Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel Friday afternoon to celebrate his 100th birthday at an intimate gathering of friends and family.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer

Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press