Police hunt suspects in mass shooting in New Orleans park

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

about 21 hours 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.

about 19 hours 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.

about 19 hours 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.

about 7 hours 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.

about 19 hours 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.

about 21 hours 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.

about 13 hours ago

Nation briefs: Tape from shooting called inconclusive

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

about 19 hours ago

 Daniel Q. Herbert, attorney for the Chicago police officer who fatally shot Laquan McDonald, holds a new conference Friday.

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.

about 7 hours 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.”

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.”

1 day ago

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

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

1 day 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.

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 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 days ago

National briefs: First major snowstorm hits Midwest

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

2 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.

3 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.

3 days ago

2 VA officials demoted amid job-manipulation allegations

Took lower ranking jobs but kept top pay.

3 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

3 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.

4 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.

4 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago

BNP move releases banking secrets

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

4 days 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.

4 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.

4 days ago

Nation briefs: Clinton joins push for war powers

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

4 days ago

 Timothy Haslet, left, and David Haslet, right, celebrate with their sister Adrianne Haslet-Davis as she crosses the finish line of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston in April 2014.

Airline loses Boston marathon bombing survivor's prosthetic leg

Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost her lower left leg in the April 2013 attacks.

4 days ago

 A genetically engineered salmon from AquaBounty Technologies, rear, with a conventionally raised sibling roughly the same age.

Some Pittsburgh-area stores refuse to sell genetically engineered salmon

Ron Stotish, AquaBounty’s CEO, said in a statement that the fish is a “game changer that brings healthy and nutritious food to consumers.”

5 days ago

 From left, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Rep. Dan Newhouse R-Wash., Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., confer Wednesday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Obama threatens to veto House GOP bill on Syrian refugees

The legislation sets high hurdles for refugee admissions, including FBI background checks and individual sign-offs by top federal officials.

5 days ago

NIH ends the era of U.S. medical research on chimpanzees

Director Francis Collins announced Wednesday that 50 chimpanzees held by the government for medical research will be sent to sanctuaries.

5 days ago

U.S., Cuba sign first environmental accord since thaw

The United States and Cuba signed an agreement Wednesday to join forces and protect the vast array of fish and corals they share.

5 days ago

Land dispute may have spurred Texas massacre

The suspect was reportedly angry about the land sale, and about a victim’s decision to fence off the property.

5 days ago

 Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle arrives at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis today.

Former Subway pitchman given 15½ years

He pleaded guilty to child-pornography charges in a deal that imposes lifetime supervision on the fallen sandwich pitchman.

4 days ago

Apple, Google urged to crack encrypted phones in terror probes

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. proposed a compromise that seeks to mollify privacy advocates.

5 days ago

National briefs: Black students lead protests at Princeton

Plus: Officers in Minneapolis shooting identified; Texas man executed; Puerto Rico hold special session of Legislature.

5 days ago

 Bishop Larry Silva, of Honolulu, second from left, and other U.S. bishops listen to remarks at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

With eye on pope’s agenda, U.S. bishops set their own

The bishops approved a plan placing priorities on evangelization, marriage and family, human life and dignity, vocations and religious

6 days ago

EPA plans to reduce air pollution drifting across state lines

EPA proposes new rule to significantly reduce the downwind drift of smog-forming power plant pollution from one state to others.

6 days ago

 People watch the MegaBots 15-foot tall, piloted Mark II robot in action at the Pioneer Summit in Redwood City, Calif.

U.S. startup challenges Japan to giant robot battle

It will be the first giant robot battle of its kind next year. The exact date and location are yet to be determined.

6 days ago

White House pushes back as Ryan seeks to halt Syrian refugees

Many Republicans want to halt the president’s plan to let as many as 10,000 people displaced by the Syria conflict resettle in the U.S.

6 days ago

 A long line of tractor trailers sit and wait at a roadblock along Interstate 70 as a winter storm packing high winds and snow blankets the plains on Tuesday in Aurora, Colo.

Storm drops snow in Colorado, could bring tornadoes to south

Much of Interstate 70, Colorado’s main east-west highway, was closed because of blizzard conditions on the state’s Eastern Plains.

6 days ago

17 former Connecticut Boy Scouts allege sexual abuse

The plaintiffs’ lawyer said it was the largest single lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts of America.

6 days ago

 Members of Black Lives Matter and the community sit at the entrance to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 4th Precinct station on Monday following a police shooting over the weekend.

Official: Minneapolis police shooting videos won’t be released

Jamar ONeal Clark, 24, died Monday evening, a day after he was shot by police during an early-morning dispute, officials said Tuesday.

6 days ago

National briefs: Flights traveling to Paris diverted after threats

PLUS: Job pros­pects in­flated; FDA nominee quizzed; Fewer prostate screens; Senate emissions vote; College stays closed

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