Why fingers make handy, if not foolproof, digital keys

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It sounds like a great idea: Forget passwords, and instead lock your phone or computer with your fingerprint. It's a convenient form of security — though it's also perhaps not as safe as you'd think.

  • Written by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer

Police, protesters face off at Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Tension flared anew on the Dakota Access pipeline as protesters tried to push past a long-blocked bridge on a state highway, only to be turned back by a line of law enforcement using water cannon and what appeared to be tear gas.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

APNewsBreak: US moves to block mining near Yellowstone

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials plan to block new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of pristine and environmentally sensitive areas.

  • Written by MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

GOP sweep heightens anxiety for many transgender Americans

NEW YORK (AP) — Anxiety is high among many transgender Americans after the sweeping Republican election victory. They fear stronger resistance to their push for civil-rights protections, including broader access to public restrooms, and wonder if their newly won right to serve openly in the military is in jeopardy.

  • Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Search for bodies at Indian train crash site ends; 146 dead

PUKHRAYAN, India (AP) — The death toll from India's worst train accident in years rose to 146 on Monday after rescuers used cranes to lift the last of the twisted metal wreckage to check for bodies underneath.

  • Written by RAJESH KUMAR SINGH, Associated Press NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press