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Cities, counties demand action amid Illinois budget mess

Local governments in Illinois struggle with overdue bills, frozen funds during budget crisis

Beijing air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels

Beijing issues alert after air pollution reaches extremely hazardous levels

Burkina Faso commission says Kabore wins presidency

Burkina Faso electoral commission says Roch Marc Christian Kabore wins presidency

Trump says he should charge CNN for next debate appearance

Trump floats idea of charging CNN for his next debate appearance

Pope Francis meets with Muslims in Central African Republic

Pope Francis says in Central African Republic there should be no violence in the name of God

Many black pastors say meeting with Trump not an endorsement

Not so fast: Many black pastors object to meeting with Trump being played up as an endorsement

AP News Guide: Summit opens debate on ethics of gene editing

AP News Guide: International summit opens debate on the promise, ethics of human gene editing

Leaders of warming Earth meet in Paris to cut emissions

Leaders of a warming Earth meet in Paris to kick off talks aimed at rethinking global energy

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Clinton rallies with female Senate Democrats _ except Warren

Clinton joins 13 female Senate Democrats at Capitol Hill event but Warren hasn't endorsed

UK's Labour Party leader faces showdown over Syria strikes

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn faces showdown over vote on British airstrikes in Syria

Capitol Hill Buzz: New Speaker, new facial hair

Capitol Hill Buzz: New Speaker Ryan sports new look _ beard

Activists call on Gambia gov't to release environmentalists

Rights groups call on Gambia to release 33 environmental activists held for over a week

Grand Canyon seeks changes as more visitors use backcountry

Grand Canyon seeks changes to managing backcountry as more hikers, campers use remote areas

Kenyan university: 1 dead during stampede over drill

Kenyan university: 1 dead after stampede over drill help with terrorism response

Newspaper: California's top oil regulator resigning

Report: California's top oil regulator quitting after 17 months on job

Russia to impose food ban in new sanctions against Turkey

Russia to impose food ban in new sanctions against Turkey after downing of Russian warplane

The Latest: High security as leaders meet for climate talks

The Latest: High security across Paris as world leaders meet for critical climate talks

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The Latest: Environmentalists blast California oil oversight

The Latest: Environmentalists urge change at California oil agency after chief's resignation

Vatican leaks trial to hear first testimony

First testimony to be heard in Vatican trial for leaked info exposing power struggles

State Department to release new batch of Clinton emails

State Department to release new Clinton emails, including 1 once deemed classified

Obama, Xi to meet on sidelines of Paris climate conference

Obama, Xi to meet in Paris on sidelines of climate summit; US pledges $51M to poorer countries

GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation

GOP leader defends House probe of Planned Parenthood despite fatal shootings at CO clinic

Putin, Obama discuss Syria political settlement

Putin meets with Obama to discuss Syria on sidelines of Paris climate conference

Clinton presses Venezuela to uphold will of voters

Clinton presses Maduro administration to uphold will of voters in upcoming Venezuela elections