Key stress points in the Arab world

While the world’s attention is riveted to Syria’s civil war, there are other countries trying to cope with the convulsions of the Arab Sprin…

Russia smoking ban takes effect

MOSCOW (AP) — A law that bans smoking in public places has taken effect in Russia, a contentious move in a country with one of the highest s…

Officials close central Iowa state park

PANORA, Iowa (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says officials have closed a state park in central Iowa after determining an entranc…

Obama: Economy showing signs of strength

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the economy is showing new signs of strength. He’s pointing to the auto industry, new jobs and…