National Park Service Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday today with events across the U.S. including the creation of a giant, living version of its emblem in Washington, D.C., a naturalization ceremony on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and an outdoor concert at Yellowstone National Park.

Aerial Photos Show Town in Italy Reduced to Rubble

Photos by Gregorio Borgia A strong earthquake in central Italy reduced three towns to rubble as people slept early Wednesday, killing at least 73 people and injuring hundreds more as rescue crews raced to dig out survivors with bulldozers and their bare hands.

AP EXPLAINS: For 69 years, Kashmir is torn by deadly strife

When news spread in early July that Indian troops had killed a charismatic commander of Indian-controlled Kashmir’s biggest rebel group, the public response was spontaneous and immense.

Peru’s Melting Glaciers

Photos by Martin Mejia The tropical glaciers of South America are dying from soot and rising temperatures, threatening water supplies to communities that have depended on them for centuries. But experts say that the slow process measured in inches of glacial retreat per year also can lead to a sudden, dramatic tragedy.

Mexico’s Physically Challenged ‘Charro’ Cowboys

Photos by Nick Wagner  Salvador Espinoza spends his days in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. When he mounts his horse and tightens the back brace that helps him keep upright in the saddle, he transforms into a charro, or Mexican cowboy.

Petros Giannakouris’ Greece Migrant Crisis Instagram Takeover

This week, AP staff photographer based in Greece Petros Giannakouris took over our Instagram feed with photos from Europe’s migrant crisis. 

Freedom Summer Murders of 1964

One day before the 52nd anniversary of the slayings, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced he is closing the investigation into the killings of three civil rights workers in 1964 — a case which served as the basis for the movie “Mississippi Burning.”