Google has agreed to add the nation’s 250,000 railroad crossings to its mapping and mobile applications.

Getting on track: Google set to add U.S. railroad crossings to apps, online maps

Crashes and deaths rose at rail crossings last year, reversing a long trend of decreases.

about 17 hours ago

United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel

Advocates for Palestinians say the divest and sanction movement is a non-violent way to pressure Israel into ending human rights abuses.

about 4 hours ago

 Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Christie says he's running for president in 2016, promises straight talk

Christie reintroduces himself to a national audience that has seen him fade from favor among Republicans.

about 7 hours ago

 People rally in Malone, N.Y., on Friday in support of law enforcement officers following the search for two escaped convicted murderers.

Escaped convicts planned to go to Mexico, Cuomo says

New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that two killed or captured escaped murderers had intended first to go to Mexico.

about 17 hours ago

Same-sex ruling obeyed in South

County clerks in South reluctantly issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

about 17 hours ago

 The three-drug process used by Oklahoma prison officials has been under scrutiny since the April 2014 botched execution of convicted murderer Clayton Lockett.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds use of disputed lethal-injection drug

The court said the sedative drug does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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 Police stand over escaped convict David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.

Officials: Captured N.Y. convict 'critical but stable'

The governor said Sweat initially was listed in stable condition but was downgraded to critical Sunday night.

1 day ago

 A firefighter moves a hose into position outside a house into which a small plane that took off from Lancaster, Pa., had crashed in Plainville, Mass., Sunday.

Lancaster, Pa. plane crashes into Mass. home, killing 3

The plane wound up behind the two-story colonial, where a section of the tail and a charred wing rested on a hillside in the yard.

1 day ago

 The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission.

Supreme Court ruling preserves efforts in 13 states to limit partisan influence in redistricting

The argument against independent commissions rests in the Constitution’s Election Clause.

1 day ago

 Donald Trump speaks June 16 at Trump Tower in New York.

NBCUniversal cuts ties with Trump after 'derogatory' comments about Mexicans

The real estate mogul is one of many contenders for the GOP nomination for president.

1 day ago

 Christian Vidaure, left, Darrell Hardaway, and Jasmine Haygood, right, perform during the 45th annual San Francisco Gay Pride parade Sunday.

Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

Overall attendance was expected to be in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

1 day ago

 In this May 6, 2014, file photo, Israelis watch an air show during Independence Day in Tel Aviv.

Report says world Jewish population nears pre-Holocaust level

The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world.

1 day ago

 An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes Sunday after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station; cargo lost

It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months.

1 day ago

National briefs: Survey: U.S. kids face abuse on many fronts

Plus: Puerto Rico debt; Trade, worker bills are law; N.C. private toll lanes; Detroit mom pleads guilty;New statue for Georgia

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 Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday in Constable, N.Y. Sweat is the second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. His capture came two days after his escape partner, Richard Matt, was shot and killed by authorities.

New York prison break ends with shooting of 2nd fugitive

Some 1,300 members of law enforcement took part in the search through the forests and bogs of northern New York.

1 day ago

National Briefs: A grieving Biden visits Charleston

Plus: Bulger says his life was wasted; Ohio governor to announce bid; Missouri to change insurance; and more.

1 day ago

U.S. top court invalidates Obama administration EPA regulation

The justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the EPA should have weighed the cost of compliance in deciding whether to regulate the pollutants.

1 day ago

 Evan Wolfson

Father of same-sex marriage reflects on long battle he led

Squirrel Hill native Evan Wolfson has led the national fight for same-sex marriage for more than 30 years.

2 days ago

Attitudes evolving on sports gambling

As society has evolved and gambling has spread, legalized sports betting in the U.S. is becoming an increasingly real possibility.

2 days ago

Gay rights supporters push beyond marriage to broader legal protections

Some members of Congress want to pass federal legislation to ban discrimination against LGBT people in employment and housing.

2 days ago

With health care law on firmer footing, GOP weighs next steps

After Supreme Court ruling favoring the Affordable Care Act, the opposing reaction in Congress and courts is likely to be far from unified.

3 days ago

Nation briefs: Search for escapee continues

Plus: Shooting of Md. black man probed; Alaska crash victims identified; Black bishop elected to lead Episcopal church.

2 days ago

 New York state prison escapee David Sweat.

Second New York prison escapee shot, hospitalized

David Sweat is in custody after being shot by police near the Canadian border.

2 days ago

 Deb Whitewood, left, son Landon, 4, her partner Susan Whitewood, and daughter, Katie, 16, right.

Reactions to gay marriage ruling vary widely; rifts within faith groups continue

Religious leaders who oppose same-sex marriage lamented the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

3 days ago

 President Barack Obama is greeted as he prepares to deliver the eulogy for South Carolina state Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Rev. Pinckney's funeral service Friday in Charleston, S.C.

Obama delivers passionate discourse on race while eulogizing 9 slain churchgoers

President Barack Obama used his eulogy for a slain pastor to deliver an unvarnished lecture on America’s racial history Friday.

3 days ago

Ohioans rush to exchange marriage vows

Ohio was one of the states that did not recognize same-sex marriages until Friday’s Supreme Court ruling.

3 days ago

 Steve Clark, left and Scott Smith who married 7 years ago in Massachusetts., joined about 700 people gathered in Shadyside at Ellsworth and Maryland Avenue early Friday evening for a rally celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Gays still lack full civil rights protection in Pennsylvania

Though same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, it’s still legal to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

3 days ago

Dylann Roof had AR-15 parts during police stop in March, record shows

Mr. Roof, 21, was arrested and charged last week in the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

3 days ago

National Briefs: SpaceX set to deliver parking spot

Plus: Pope’s itinerary in the U.S.; Christie signs N.J. budget; Alaska plane crash; teacher fired.

3 days ago

 Rainbow-colored lights shine on the White House to celebrate Friday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage now a nationwide right

The 5-4 ruling ends a lengthy legal and political journey through courts and legislatures that began more than 30 years ago.

3 days ago

 This May 20, 2015, file photo released by the New York State Police shows Richard Matt. Matt, one of two convicted killers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison and had been hunted for three weeks was shot and killed Friday, June 26, 2015. The other, David Sweat, was still on the run on Friday.

1 escaped murderer fatally shot in New York woods, other is on run

The shots rang out as law enforcement officers zeroed in on Friday on an area of remote terrain in Franklin County.

3 days ago

 Balloons spell out the word "love" over the Supreme Court in Washington today.

Obama, Wolf, others react to Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage

President Barack Obama called the decision “a big step in our march toward equality.”

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 Sharon Risher puts her hand to her heart Thursday while standing over the casket of her mother, Ethel Vance, who was later buried at the Emanuel AME Church cemetery in Charleston, S.C. Ms. Vance was one of the nine people killed during a shooting attack at the church.

Thousands turn out to mourn Charleston victims

Funerals were held Thursday for the first two of the nine victims of last week’s fatal shootings in Charleston, S.C.

4 days ago

Judge delays Kansas ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure

A judge in Kansas halted a new law, the first of its kind in the nation, that would have banned the most second-trimester abortion method.

4 days ago

High court preserves key weapon in battling housing discrimination

The Supreme Court ruled that it will allow housing bias lawsuits based on actions that have a discriminatory impact.

4 days ago

 Jaque Roberts, left, and her partner of 31 years, Carmelita Cabello, show out their marriage license. The couple arrived at the Travis County, Texas government building for a marriage license after hearing today's Supreme Court ruling that grants same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide.

The Latest: Gay marriage ruling has swift impact in states

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court decision affirming gay marriage is having a swift impact in states that banned same-sex couples from

4 days ago

Questions and answers on health care ruling

The Supreme Court issued its decision Thursday on the second major challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

4 days ago

A celebratory mood in Ohio

The scene was more like a Saturday night than a Friday morning, with some celebrants buying rounds of cocktails.

4 days ago

National briefs: Vaccinations in Calif. required

PLUS: GOP helps Obama agenda; Guard charged in escape; Colo. shooting trial.

4 days ago

 Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate Thursday outside the Supreme Court after word spread that the justices upheld the law in a 6-3 vote.

Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The justices’ 6-3 ruling marked the second major victory for President Obama since he signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.

4 days ago

 Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announces run for presidency

He has joined the field of more than a dozen Republicans contenders for the party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

5 days ago

 National NAACP president Cornell William Brooks, right, poses for a picture Wednesday with Alma Speed Fox, former executive director of the NAACP Pittsburgh, and Tim Stevens, former president of NAACP Pittsburgh, at the Hill House Association in the Hill District.

NAACP president: Charleston shooting should spark changes

Cornell William Brooks delivered a message of resilience Wednesday at the Hill House Association.

5 days ago

 People file Wed­nes­day past the open cas­ket of church pas­tor and South Car­o­lina state Sen. Cle­menta Pinck­ney at the State­ House ro­tunda in Co­lum­bia. The Rev. Pinck­ney was one of nine peo­ple killed dur­ing a ra­cially mo­ti­vated at­tack on a church in Char­les­ton, S.C.

As South Carolina grieves, Alabama governor lowers Confederate battle flag

In state after state, the Confederate symbols embraced by the shooting suspect have suddenly come under official disrepute.

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 FILE - In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are poised to deal a sharp blow to their traditional allies in the business community by allowing the federal Export-Import Bank to go out of business at the end of the month. But it may only be temporary. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Republican-led Congress hands Obama major win on trade

The legislation was long-sought by the president but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party.

5 days ago

National Briefs: Homegrown extremists more active

Plus: Sex cases at Michigan; U.S. states reduce debt; railroads face safety fines; storms rip East Coast; and more.

5 days ago

 The only real suspense today was whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would say anything when given a chance to speak near the end of the proceedings.

Boston Marathon bomber says he’s sorry for the first time

To the victims, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said: “I pray for your relief, for your healing.”

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 The South Carolina law that allows the Confederate battle flag to fly on the State House grounds came under intense scrutiny after the June 17 attack on the church.

South Carolina lawmakers to consider taking down Confederate flag

South Carolina’s legislature took the first steps on Tuesday to remove the Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

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 The Rev. Traci Blackmon, left, talks Tuesday with Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during a community meeting at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo.

Hillary Clinton: Charleston shooting 'an act of racist terrorism'

Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Missouri gathering of black community leaders that the Confederate flag should not fly anywhere in the nation.

6 days ago

Preservation organization releases list of endangered locations

National Trust names Chautauqua amphitheater to its list of 13 most endangered historic places.

6 days ago

Nation briefs: East Coast faces strong rainstorms

Plus: Supremacist donations, Anger over air bags

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