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  • Iraqi libraries ransacked by Islamic State group in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — When Islamic State group militants invaded the Central Library of Mosul earlier this month, they were on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people’s ideas. Residents say the extremists smashed…

  • Officials say bombings kill 9 people around Iraq’s capital

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Authorities in Iraq say bombings targeting public places and security forces have killed nine people in and around the capital, Baghdad. Police officials say a bomb exploded near a sheep market Saturday…

  • Michigan State faces quick turnaround before Michigan

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Apparently even Tom Izzo’s 60th birthday celebration can wait. The focus now is on Michigan. “It’s not a birthday today, guys. It’s a work day. I’ll have my birthday on…

  • Family, diplomats say no new word on Islamic State hostages

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The family of a Jordanian fighter pilot held by the Islamic State group said Saturday it has received no word on his fate since the militants threatened to kill him earlier…

  • Japan self-censors images, words linked to hostage crisis

    TOKYO (AP) — Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood — or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria — have been omitted. Some anime…

  • Spurs veteran Tim Duncan headed to All-Star Game

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — At 38, Tim Duncan admits a few more days’ rest might be better for him rather than playing in the All-Star Game. But there is no way he would pass up…

  • Philippine air force plane crashes at sea, killing 2 pilots

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine air force said one of its Italian-made light planes crashed at sea on a training mission Saturday, killing the two pilots. The single-prop SF-260FH was flying in formation with…

  • After historic balloon journey, crew plans landing Saturday

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two pilots from the U.S. and Russia have traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records…

  • A Super Bowl weekend at a golf tournament without Tiger

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Three previous trips were enough for Tiger Woods to leave quite an impression at the Phoenix Open. The hole-in-one on the most raucous hole in golf. Fans moving a half-ton boulder.…

  • Missing Virginia teen found in Little Rock

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP)  — A teen girl has been found safe in Arkansas after disappearing from Virginia with an older man. Authorities found the 16-year-old Thursday outside an apartment in Little Rock after police…

  • Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

    PHOENIX (AP) — A rookie who probably won’t play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it. By the time the game starts Sunday night, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his…

  • Anger, mourning in Pakistan after mosque bombing kills 59

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested Saturday after a bombing at a Shiite mosque in the country killed at least 59 people. In Shikarpur, the site of the blast, mourners…

  • Australian Open Show Court Schedules

    Sunday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia All Times EST Rod Laver Arena Midnight Mixed Doubles Final: Kristina Mladenovic, France, and Daniel Nestor (3), Canada, vs. Martina Hingis, Switzerland, and Leander Paes (7), India 3:30 a.m.…

  • Crash victim thanks donors whose blood saved his life

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Levine exchanged handshakes and hugs with nearly two dozen of his blood brothers and sisters, people he had never met but knew had saved his life. The group’s members, ranging…

  • Australian Open Show Court Schedules

    Sunday At Melbourne Park Melbourne, Australia All Times EST Rod Laver Arena Midnight Mixed Doubles Final: Kristina Mladenovic, France, and Daniel Nestor (3), Canada, vs. Martina Hingis, Switzerland, and Leander Paes (7), India 3:30 a.m.…