Younger party official faces test as Cuba's next president

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Raul Castro travels in motorcades of gleaming imported sedans. Rings of grim-faced bodyguards protect him, pistols under crisp guayabera shirts. The 86-year-old outgoing presi...

Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives

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. He thought nothing of...

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater....

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. 'A FEW PASSENGERS WERE VERY STRONG' ...

Business Highlights

___ Road to homeownership gets rockier this spring as rates rise LOS ANGELES (AP) — Higher mortgage rates are making the already challenging task of buying an affor...

Tradeoff: No cash but faster lines as restaurants forgo cash

NEW YORK (AP) — The lunchtime lines at Dos Toros move faster these days — customers don't fumble for bills or coins, and employees don't make change. Since around New Year's, the Mexican food chain ha...

Economic changes in Cuba under President Raul Castro

HAVANA (AP) — President Raul Castro brought gradual but significant changes to Cuba in his 10 years as head of state: ___ CELLPHONES: The government allowed ordinar...

AP Explains: For Americans, big changes in travel to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro's time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans' ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under ...

Wine and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it's also famous in the world of wine. The region's g...

Solarte, Grichuk power Blue Jays past Royals, 11-3

TORONTO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte homered and drove in four runs, Randal Grichuk also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Tuesday in the opener of a doubleheader. ...

Italian restaurant chain Bertucci's files for bankruptcy

BOSTON (AP) — Italian casual dining chain Bertucci's has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closed 15 restaurants. The Northborough, Massachusetts-based chain said Monday...

AP Explains: For Americans, big changes in travel to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro's time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans' ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under ...

Young party official faces test as Cuba's next president

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Raul Castro travels in motorcades of gleaming imported sedans. Rings of grim-faced bodyguards protect him, pistols under crisp guayabera shirts. The 86-year-old president of C...

AP Explains: For Americans, big changes in travel to Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro's time in office has seen dramatic changes in Americans' ability to travel to Cuba, with a dramatic opening under U.S. President Barack Obama, then a partial reduction under ...

US retail sales rebounded a solid 0.6 pct. in March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers bounced back in March and bought more cars, furniture and appliances after three months of declining retail sales. The Commerce Department says retai...