Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats agreed Friday to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war within a week, although efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire fell short.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer

NYC officer convicted of manslaughter in stairwell shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said.

  • Written by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge shouted, argued and raved for all the world to hear. But in the end, they surrendered without a shot being fired, leaving behind a vandalized federal property that authorities will spend weeks combing for evidence, explosives and damage before it can reopen to the public.

  • Written by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press