A protestor marches during a demonstration for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald early Wednesday in Chicago.

Outcry over Chicago teen’s death persists

More than 100 protesters took to the streets Wednesday, marching and chanting through the Loop and blocking traffic.

1 day ago

Fence-jumper prompts afternoon lockdown at White House

The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges, the Secret Service said in a statement.

about 7 hours ago

Shots fired at Minneapolis police protest second night in a row

Black Lives Matter protesters have been camping out in front of Minneapolis’s 4th Precinct since Nov. 15.

about 23 hours ago

Maker won’t cut list price of drug after 5,000% hike

Turing caused a furor in September when it acquired the drug and immediately raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet.

about 23 hours ago

 An armed police officer stands guard Thursday at the start of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade features balloons, bands, heavy security

Heavy police presence join balloons and floats on parade route.

about 12 hours ago

 Gen. John Campbell, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks Wednesday at a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Soldiers suspended over hospital attack

Gen. John F. Campbell said a probe concluded that “human error” was to blame, compounded by technical, mechanical and procedural failures.

about 23 hours ago

 The National Retail Federation estimates about 135.8 million people will shop this weekend.

Holiday shoppers get a head start on Thanksgiving

Most of the more than a dozen major retailers like Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s were sticking with their evening Thanksgiving openings.

about 7 hours ago

Black Friday retailers pile on discounts to lure shoppers

About 135.8 million Americans are expected to shop in stores or online over the four-day weekend.

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National briefs: Hate crimes show decline since 2004

PLUS: feds warn Georgia; Weed killer withdrawal; Flu vaccine booster; New catfish rules; Trooper leaves hospital.

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 President Barack Obama speaks from the White House today to brief the American public on the nation's homeland security situation heading into the holiday season.

Obama may ignore ban by Congress on Gitmo transfers

The president spoke from the White House today shortly after meeting with his national security team.

1 day ago

 A woman, who was seen on video, arrived at the Holy Jesus Child Church in Richmond Hill, Queens, on Monday with a newborn, who was left behind in an empty manger scene.

Healthy newborn found abandoned in Nativity scene at NYC church

The parish priest, the Rev. Christopher Ryan Heanue, 28, said he could think of no better place to leave a baby

1 day ago

Las Vegas going green in deal to run city with only clean power

The agreement doesn’t cover the famously bright casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

2 days ago

 Demonstrators march in Minneapolis on Tuesday, a day after five people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest outside a police station.

Activists vow not to cower after shooting of 5

The police took three people into custody Tuesday in connection with the shooting of five people during a Black Lives Matter protest.

1 day ago

 An Amtrak officer watches passengers Tuesday as they board a train at Penn Station in New York. After a string of terror attacks in several countries, the U.S. government issued a worldwide travel alert.

U.S. traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

The findings prompted a call from the nation’s highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.

2 days ago

Senate panel to take on inversions in review of global taxation

The merger strategy is under renewed scrutiny by policymakers after Pfizer announced plans Monday to move its tax address to Ireland.

1 day ago

 An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a plane, bus, car or train at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.

Travelers flock to airport, highways for long holiday weekend

An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel away from home over the holiday, the most travelers since 2007, AAA says.

1 day ago

National briefs: Ky. felons given voting rights

PLUS: Spy goes free; Copter crash kills 4; ACLU sues Indiana; Bomb plotter sentenced; E. coli sickens 19

1 day ago

Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

An evening of fun at a block party swiftly turned into a nightmare.

3 days ago

One of last 4 northern white rhinos is euthanized

Nola was euthanized at the San Diego zoo Sunday after an illness from a bacterial infection and age-related health issues worsened.

2 days ago

Poll: Voters distrust government in general, but like many specifics

Nearly 6 in 10 respondents said they feel “frustrated” by the government and another 1 in 5 described themselves as “angry” toward it.

2 days ago

Obama pledges solidarity with France, says 'we will win' fight against ISIS

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the U.S. and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy ISIS.

2 days ago

U.S. germ warfare defense network is erratic, government report says

The BioWatch system, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2003, has exasperated public health officials with numerous false alarms.

2 days ago

 A feeding female Anopheles stephensi mosquito crouching forward and downward on her forelegs in the process of obtaining its blood meal through its sharp, needle-like labrum. Malaria is spread when a mosquito bites an infected person then bites someone else.

Altered mosquito gene blocks malaria

The experiment has implications far beyond the promise of fighting malaria.

3 days ago

 Belgian police officers patrol the Grand Place in downtown Brussels on Monday. The Belgian capital Brussels has entered its third day of lockdown, with schools and underground transport shut and more than 1,000 security personnel deployed across the country.

State Department issues travel warning in wake of attacks

A travel alert, which is to be in effect until Feb. 24, said information suggests militants continue to plan attacks in multiple regions.

2 days ago

Nation briefs: Tape from shooting called inconclusive

Plus: Clock maker sues, Rape conviction tossed, Immigration appeal, Planned Parenthood sues Texas

2 days ago

 Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

Chicago police officer charged with murder in killing of black teen

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

1 day ago

 A protester is removed by security as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.

Trump condones attack on Black Lives Matter activist

Donald Trump said Sunday that the protester who interrupted his rally at an Alabama convention center was “so obnoxious and so loud.”

3 days ago

 Members of The Syrian People Solidarity Group protest Sunday in Austin, Texas. The group was protesting Texas governor Greg Abbott's refusal to allow Syrian refugees in the state.

U.S. religious leaders make forceful appeal for refugee resettlement

They contended that a legitimate debate over security has been overtaken by irrational fear and prejudice.

3 days ago

Midwest gets deep freeze after latest snow

Low temperatures turned the season’s first major snow into ice that made some roads treacherous to travel.

4 days ago

El Nino could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years.

3 days ago

Illinois plant idled as problems persist for U.S. Steel

Struggling steel producer blames “fluctuating oil prices, reduced rig counts ... depressed steel prices and unfairly traded imports.”

3 days ago

Nation briefs: Pfizer, Allergan near $150B merger deal

Plus: Federal lawyers fly to Minn., Creditors signal support, Renewable energy in N.Y.

3 days ago

 President Barack Obama says he wants truth in his intelligence reports, even if they contradict policy. “One of the things I insisted on the day I walked into the Oval Office was that I don’t want intelligence shaded by politics. I don’t want it shaded by a desire to tell a feel-good story,” he said.

Obama says he expects 'truth' in intelligence reports

The Pentagon’s inspector general is set to investigate allegations that significant changes were made to reports from analysts at Centcom.

3 days ago

 Democratic gubernatorial election winner Rep. John Bel Edwards reacts after viewing returns Saturday at his watch party in New Orleans.

Louisiana picks Democrat as next governor, rejecting Vitter

John Bel Edwards will take over the office from term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in January.

5 days ago

Homicides of transgender women in U.S. reach alarming high

There have been 22 killings this year of transgender or gender-nonconforming people; the toll compares with 12 last year and 13 in 2013.

4 days ago

Chicago set for protests over fatal shooting by the police

Chicago has been ordered to release, by Wednesday, a police video of the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old by a white police officer.

4 days ago

National briefs: First major snowstorm hits Midwest

PLUS: Skyscraper fire in Chicago; Hyundai recalling cars; Medicaid denies requests;

4 days ago

 Douglas Kubach, the nephew of George Kubach, holds a plaque commemorating the actions of his uncle and three other civilian weather observers who perished aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Muskeget after the ship was attacked by a German submarine during World War II at a Purple Heart Medal Ceremony on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

4 meteorologists awarded medals for service in WWII

First civilian National Weather Service employees to receive Purple Hearts.

5 days ago

 U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks at the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative during a town hall meeting on Friday at Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Obama asks Supreme Court to save his immigration plan

States have blocked it in lower court appeals.

5 days ago

2 VA officials demoted amid job-manipulation allegations

Took lower ranking jobs but kept top pay.

5 days ago

National briefs: Convicted spy released after 30 years

PLUS: VW cheating software; Proposal affects toy drones; ‘White Student Union’ page; E. coli outbreak expands

5 days ago

 The study found that when there was more political discussion in the house, children were more likely to perceive their parents’ party correctly — though no more likely to choose to identify with that party.

Study: Offspring misperceive, reject parents’ party affiliation

Fewer than half of the offspring examined in the study both knew their parents’ party affiliation and chose to affiliate with that party.

6 days ago

 Army veteran Jim Purcell of Burrillville, R.I., displays a sign as Navy veteran Robert Martinez holds a folded flag at a rally Thursday at the Statehouse in Providence that was held to lobby against allowing Syrian refugees to enter Rhode Island.

House votes to curb Syrian, Iraqi refugees

Republican leaders are threatening to include the restrictions in a must-pass bill to keep the federal government running past Dec. 11.

6 days ago

 Men look for a place to sleep in a crowded shelter for migrants deported from the United States, in the border city of Nogales, Mexico.

Study finds more Mexicans leaving than entering the U.S.

The trend is reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a Pew Research Center study published Thursday.

1 week ago

U.S. cracks down on rules to deter tax inversion deals

Inversions — deals where U.S. companies take foreign addresses and cut their tax rates — became a political flash point last year.

1 week ago

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders touts, explains Democratic socialism

The Vermont senator said the idea has roots in the legacies of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

1 week ago

BNP move releases banking secrets

BNP’s move revealed the exact methods of Swiss bankers’ legendary discretion.

1 week ago

Scientists witness planets being born

Their discovery could give scientists new insight on how planets come to be and what they are like in their formative years.

6 days ago

STD cases reaching all-time highs in U.S.

New national data show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are climbing in the United States.

6 days ago

Nation briefs: Clinton joins push for war powers

Plus: Puerto Rico relief mulled, Calif. officer killed, Oil rig charges, Georgia data release

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