WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Benjamin Davis Jr. entered West Point in 1932 as its only black cadet and spent the next four years shunned. He roomed alone and ate alone. The future Tuskegee Airman and trailblazing Air Force general later recalled he was "an invisible man."
Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday to thank him for working for Cuban-US detente and later said he is so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Nestled in the hills of northwest Arkansas, Eureka Springs has long relished in its dual personalities — known for its play depicting Jesus' final days and a 66-foot-tall "Christ of the Ozarks" statue as well as its reputation as a gay-friendly tourist destination, bolstered by being the first in the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has never been shy about buttonholing elected officials, but it's seldom been easier since Texas' new lieutenant governor set up regular conference calls for select business leaders and donors to advise him on issues before the Legislature.
(Please note some readers may be offended by the language in paragraph 10) By Tim McLaughlin and Mark Hosenball BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Robert Shillman heads a publicly traded American technology company called Cognex Corp with a market value of $4 billion. He also says he is a big supporter of last Sunday’s Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest in Texas that was attacked by two gunmen who opened fire before being shot dead by police. In a telephone interview with Reuters from his home near San Diego, California, Shillman said America’s free speech is under threat.
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Tropical Storm Ana weakened slightly as it lumbered just off the coast of South Carolina, sending pounding surf crashing against Atlantic beaches as it prepared to bluster inland, forecasters said.