High school graduation rate reaches new high

WASHINGTON (AP) — High school graduation rates have reached a record high of 83.2 percent, continuing a steady increase that shows improvement across all ethnic groups, the White House said Monday.

  • Written by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

Nigerian parents eager to see 21 girls freed by Boko Haram

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A group of Nigerian parents are waiting with excitement to be reunited with 21 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram 2½ years ago and freed in the first negotiated release organized by Nigeria's government and the Islamic extremist group.

  • Written by OYEKANMI OLALEKAN, Associated Press

As time runs out, dozens of judge nominees waiting on Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges in New Jersey have struggled with a workload approaching 700 cases each, nearly double what's manageable, because of judicial vacancies. In Texas, close to a dozen district judgeships remain open, more than any other state.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition captures Dabiq from IS

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces captured the symbolically-significant town of Dabiq from the Islamic State group on Sunday as government forces reversed recent rebel advances in the center of the country.

  • Written by PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

BRICS leaders vow to speed global recovery, fight terrorism

BENAULIM, India (AP) — The leaders of five of the world's rising powers ended a two-day summit Sunday with a pledge to speed global economic recovery as well as fight terrorism and extremism, forces that they said pose a threat to regional and international peace and stability.

  • Written by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press