Boys buried in snow pile heard rescuers calling

    NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Two boys trapped in a snow pile for about seven hours after a plow buried them could hear their worried family's cries but couldn't respond loudly enough to be heard, they said Friday. Police credited an air pocket with saving their lives.

    French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola.

    Ray Rice wins appeal, 'suspension vacated'

    NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

    Police say man fires 100 rounds in Austin

    AUSTIN, Texas -- A gunman fired more than 100 rounds at downtown buildings in Austin and tried to set the Mexican Consulate ablaze early Friday before he died during a confrontation with police, authorities said.

    Fatal attack causes chaos at mosque in Nigeria

    KANO, Nigeria -- Militants struck the central mosque in one of Nigeria's biggest cities Friday, intensifying the violence that has swept across the nation's north in recent months.

    U.N. criticizes U.S. policy on criminal justice

    A United Nations panel on Friday sharply criticized how the United States handles a variety of criminal justice-related issues, such as the police shooting of unarmed African-Americans, the imprisonment of terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and the application of the death penalty.