US & World

7 women trailblazers who took a stand in 2016

Maybe they didn't make headlines. But they inspired others to break stereotypes and take a stand.

7 things to know about Israeli settlements

West Bank settlements have expanded under every Israeli government over the past half-century. Nearly 10 percent of Israel's Jewish population now lives on land captured in the 1967 Six-Day War.

A brief history of food emoji: Why you won't find hummus on your phone

There are burgers and sushi, and even the salacious eggplant, but where are the dumplings and salad? Creating a more culturally diverse menu of food emoji is harder than you think.

Final goodbye: Remembering those who died in 2016

In 2016 we said goodbye to Carrie Fisher, George Michael, Prince, David Bowie, Juan Gabriel, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Harper Lee, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan and more. See AP's list.

Beyond latkes: 8 nights of fried delights from around the world

Jews commemorate Hanukkah by eating fried foods. For most American Jews, that means latkes — potato pancakes fried in oil. But other cultures toss different foods into pots of boiling oil.

Marzipan, the sweet taste of the holidays in Madrid

One legend has it that marzipan emerged during an epic 13th-century Spanish battle. Today, it is a highlight of the holiday season.

As others prepare for holidays, troops prepare to deploy

More than 13,000 American troops remain deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and units continue to cycle in and out of the two nations as part of the continuing U.S. mission.

10 strange items TSA kept off planes this year

A grenade-shaped trailer hitch, a replica exploding vest, and dead seahorses are some of the strangest items that TSA officers encountered.

Volunteers comb deserts along the border for missing migrants

Every year, thousands of people attempt to enter the United States illegally through the deserts of California, Arizona and Texas.

He followed his parents to US with one order: 'Go change the world'

A father talks to his daughter about growing up poor in Mexico and the challenges he overcame that make him able to provide her a life filled with opportunity.

Trump's pick for ambassador to Israel: 'End the 2-state narrative'

Bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman is a longtime supporter of Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and has questioned the need for a Palestinian state.

Lutefisk: A dish 'famous for being terrible'

The whitefish is famous for being repulsive. But Scandinavian-Americans in the Midwest consider it an important link to their Viking ancestors.

Cease-fire in Aleppo crumbles, traps civilians

Reports from eastern Aleppo have described horrific bloodshed as the Syrian regime overpowers rebel forces. Now, a cease-fire deal has crumbled.

South Sudan on brink of 'Rwanda-like' genocide

In a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council, commission chief Yasmin Sooka reported murder and rape on an "epic" scale.

MLB rookie hazing: New ban on dressing as women

The policy, set to be ratified Tuesday, bans the hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

South Korea's parliament votes to impeach President Park. What happens next?

Park's downfall started when it was it was discovered she had ties to the daughter of a religious cult leader.