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De la Renta gave first ladies fashion, friendship

WASHINGTON (AP) — For America's first ladies, Oscar de la Renta was more than just a skilled artist who helped give them a dose of confidence...

Dances with wolves in China's wild west

Facing down a pack of snarling wolves -- the symbol of the Uighur minority in China's violence‑wracked far west -- businessman Yang Changsheng...

Museum shows Louis Armstrong photos by friend

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Armstrong sometimes referred to Jack Bradley as his "white son," inviting him to private rehearsals, recording...

Disabled Palestinian war photographer turns camera on culture

When Palestinian Osama Silwadi was crippled by gunfire it ended his career as a war correspondent, but...

On the road to find the world's funniest person

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It was last summer and Israeli‑Palestinian tensions were at the highest they'd been in some time when Jamie Masada hit...

Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

Last year's feel‑good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up...

Pit bull vote aims to settle disputes over breeds

Sharee Talbot wants her dog back. For now, though, she has to drive out of town to visit Buddy because the two‑year‑old pit bull isn't...

Exclusive: A week on the road in North Korea

The Kaema Plateau, the "Roof of Korea," is a stunning, forest‑covered highland nestled in such treacherous mountains that it was never...

Paralyzed parachutist making 876-foot bridge jump

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — Plunging off an 876-foot‑high bridge with only a parachute as a lifeline is nerve‑wracking enough. Lonnie...

Spot will cost you: Pet rents become apartment fad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Man's best friend is taking a bite out of renters' wallets. Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars...