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Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

HAVANA (AP) -- Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island....
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Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

HAVANA (AP) -- Raul Castro turned over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for 60 years in the hands of a Communist Party official little known to most on the island....
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Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man's alleged misdeeds

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Thousands of protesters called Thursday for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish academy forced the ouster of its first-ever woman head and tarnished the reputation of the coveted prize....
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Syrian rebels give up Damascus area town to government

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian government took control of a town northeast of Damascus on Thursday after rebels evacuated to north Syria - the latest in a string of handovers by rebels to the government....
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Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants

CHICAGO (AP) -- The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday....
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Liberian rebel commander sentenced to 30 years in prison

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Liberian man convicted of lying about his past as a rebel commander accused of brutal attacks and killings so he could enter the U.S. has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Thursday....
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2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer....
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Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

DALLAS (AP) -- Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead....
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'Dance Moms' star Miller has cancer, underwent spine surgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer....
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Police: Mom gave baby fatal dose of allergy medicine

MONESSESEN, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a Pennsylvania mother gave her 16-month-old daughter a fatal dose of allergy medicine....
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Man pleads guilty in double shooting that killed cousin

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has taken a plea deal to avoid the death penalty in a case where he was accused of shooting his cousin, his cousin's wife and their family dog....
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Southwest Airlines pilot pushed Navy boundaries for flying

BOERNE, Texas (AP) -- Tammie Jo Shults was determined to "break into the club" of male military aviators....
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Death of former Trump advisor's father labeled suspicious

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Law enforcement and Pennsylvania Health Department officials are investigating the death of H.R. McMaster Sr., the father of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, at a Philadelphia senior care facility....
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