Syria says 53 killed by Damascus car bomb

ALBERT AJI,Associated Press

BEN HUBBARD,Associated Press

Costa Rica toughens stance in U.S.-backed drug fight

LIBERIA, Costa Rica — On a recent Friday morning at a gleaming new international airport in Costa Rica, hundreds of tourists from New York and Minnesota emerged blinking onto the sun-blasted tarmac. At the other end of the runway, eight Americans zipped into tan flight suits aboard a massive white surveillance plane.

Schreiber's passion at forefront as Common Ground kitchen is dedicated

URBANA — Dan Schreiber was all about getting others to think about their passion. And he was well into the pursuit of his own in the form of food when the University of Illinois graduate student died in July 2010 at age 24.

Coroner: Country star Mindy McCready dies

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday. She was 37.

Man charged with slapping toddler now out of a job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday.

Team braves wet, cold retracing Shackleton's steps

NICK PERRY,Associated Press

Syrian rebels capture country's largest dam

BARBARA SURK,Associated Press

French take back Mali town as bomber attacks Gao

BABA AHMED,Associated Press

KRISTA LARSON,Associated Press

Armstrong sued for $12 million bonus

JIM VERTUNO,AP Sports Writer

16 sick in 5 states; linked to ground beef recall

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials say at least 16 people in five states have been sickened by salmonella food poisoning linked to ground beef.