How impoverished but nuclear-armed North Korea earns money

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The closure of a factory park in North Korea jointly run by both Koreas has robbed the impoverished North of a rare source of legitimate hard currency. Seoul says it shut the Kaesong...

Obama grants monument status to vast swath of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's...

AP PHOTOS: Pernambuco's unique carnival in maracatu's cradle

NAZARE DE LA MATA, Brazil (AP) — This city in northern Brazil is considered the cradle of the maracatu, a frenetic, rhythmic dance of African origin that infuses its unique Carnival celebration with its...

AP Interview: IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

LONDON (AP) — Seeking to allay fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director said "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the...

Revitalized El Paso ready to show off for papal tourists

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — No longer the desolate space it was a few years ago, downtown El Paso is ripe with new hotels, bars, restaurants — and bulldozers that herald the planned construction of a streetcar, a...

Low snow causes havoc again with Iditarod

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Another low snow year in Alaska has organizers worried about where to start the world's most famous sled dog race.

The Iditarod always begins with a ceremonial, fan-friendly slow jaunt...

New Orleans mayor hails Mardi Gras a success

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — From a decline in arrests to a rise in airport passengers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu is hailing the Carnival season in New Orleans a success.

On Thursday, the city released numbers on arrests,...

Smithsonian giving visitors a virtual look inside Apollo 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — They are bits of space graffiti hidden from the public for decades: a crude calendar, scrawled lunar coordinates and markings warning of a locker containing "smelly waste."

Apollo 11...