Women's rights advocates Zheng Churan, left, and Li Tingting talks during an interview about the recent SK-II ad about leftover women in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  Members of the Chinese public say the ad campaign, despite its commercial motivations, promotes confidence for Chinese women, although some critics say the portrayal of leftover women in a gloomy and depressing light in the first half of the ad has done disservice by reinforcing the social prejudices and is still discriminating. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Chinese women getting mixed signals on beauty, roles on social media

BEIJING — Chinese women are being taken on a roller-coaster ride by social media, getting bombarded on one side by extreme expectations about physical beauty… Continue reading

Women's rights advocates Zheng Churan, left, and Li Tingting talks during an interview about the recent SK-II ad about leftover women in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  Members of the Chinese public say the ad campaign, despite its commercial motivations, promotes confidence for Chinese women, although some critics say the portrayal of leftover women in a gloomy and depressing light in the first half of the ad has done disservice by reinforcing the social prejudices and is still discriminating. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Officials facing a weak global economy

WASHINGTON — World finance officials who meet in Washington this week confront a bleak picture: Eight years after the financial crisis erupted, the global economy… Continue reading

Victry Mueller, a senior veterinary student intern from Ohio State University with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA ) forensic unit, lays out the remains of a dog used for dog fighting on Thursday April 7, 2016, in New York. The New York based ASPCA unit working with the New York Police Department to capture evidence and punish animal abusers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

CSI for animals: Forensic vets battle pet abuse, neglect

NEW YORK — The cocker spaniel arrives at the animal hospital with a police officer, whimpering and shaking. He has a pus-filled pink socket for… Continue reading

Victry Mueller, a senior veterinary student intern from Ohio State University with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA ) forensic unit, lays out the remains of a dog used for dog fighting on Thursday April 7, 2016, in New York. The New York based ASPCA unit working with the New York Police Department to capture evidence and punish animal abusers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Japan prepares for release of tritium from Fukushima plant

TOKYO — To dump or not to dump a little-discussed substance is the question brewing in Japan as it grapples with the aftermath of the… Continue reading

Hawking joins futuristic bid to explore outer space

NEW YORK — With famed physicist Stephen Hawking at his side, an Internet investor announced Tuesday that he’s spending $100 million on a futuristic plan… Continue reading

Facebook shows new ways to chat, stream video

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able to order flowers, shop for shoes and talk with… Continue reading

Commuter rail defends audio surveillance aboard trains

NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey Transit’s director defended the use of audio surveillance systems on some of its trains Tuesday, as some questioned the monitoring’s… Continue reading

Syria pushes offensive on eve of elections, talks in Geneva

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian government troops pushed an offensive Tuesday against militants in the country’s north on the eve of parliament elections — a vote… Continue reading

Brussels authorities charge 2, detain 3 others over attacks

BRUSSELS — Two men have been charged with offenses related to the Brussels bombings, and three others have been detained in Brussels in connection to… Continue reading

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GLASSDOOR - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Glassdoor Roundtable on Pay Equality, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at The Times Center in New York.  Glassdoor convened leaders and experts in a frank discussion about the reality of the gender pay gap to explore contributing causes and a range of solutions - from employer actions to education and training to government policies. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for Glassdoor)

Clinton, Sanders race in New York takes on a tougher tone

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — When he launched his longshot presidential bid last year, Bernie Sanders often said he liked Hillary Clinton but disagreed with her on… Continue reading

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR GLASSDOOR - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Glassdoor Roundtable on Pay Equality, on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at The Times Center in New York.  Glassdoor convened leaders and experts in a frank discussion about the reality of the gender pay gap to explore contributing causes and a range of solutions - from employer actions to education and training to government policies. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for Glassdoor)

With new monument, Obama, Dems seize on Equal Pay Day

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and other Democrats on Tuesday seized on Equal Pay Day — a symbolic event dramatizing how much longer it takes… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By ERICA WERNER and KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
  • Nation-World

Poll: Republicans not itching for a convention fight

WASHINGTON — Most Republican voters think the candidate with the most delegates heading into the party’s convention in July should ultimately emerge as the GOP’s… Continue reading

Trump amassing delegates who might not remain loyal

DES MOINES, Iowa — Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By THOMAS BEAUMONT and STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
  • Nation-World
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks to reporters at the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, ruling himself out of the Republican presidential race once and for all. The statement comes after weeks of speculation that Ryan could emerge as the GOP nominee if there's a contested Republican convention.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday definitively ruled out a bid for president this year, insisting that the party’s choice should emerge from… Continue reading

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks to reporters at the Republican National Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, ruling himself out of the Republican presidential race once and for all. The statement comes after weeks of speculation that Ryan could emerge as the GOP nominee if there's a contested Republican convention.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Offense sputters again in loss to Rangers

Note: Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers ended too late for this edition.SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners left Texas last week having scored 19 runs… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By JIM HOEHN

Panarin tops players to watch in NHL playoffs

Evgeny Kuznetsov considers the KHL playoffs in Russia to be just as intense as the spotlight for the NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Kuznetsov has experienced… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By STEPHEN WHYNO

Capitals are not skating away from Stanley Cup expectations

ARLINGTON, Va. — Once again, the Washington Capitals are atop the NHL as the best regular-season team. Once again, the pressure’s on them as the… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By STEPHEN WHYNO

New video appears to show moments before Smith’s death

NEW ORLEANS — Newly released surveillance video shows what may have precipitated the shooting death of Saints defensive end Will Smith: Moments earlier, what appears… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2016
  • By KEVIN MCGILL and REBECCA SANTANA

Wrangell junkyard more contaminated than expected

Wrangell junkyard more contaminated than expectedWrangell—The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and cleanup contractor, NRC Alaska, discovered more contaminated soil at the Byford Junkyard… Continue reading

A rocket stove created by Dick Callahan gets things going. Note: this is a demonstration photo. Stoves should sit on a non-combustable surface.

How to cook when the fuel runs out

WOOD HEAT: PART 1 - HOW TO COOK WHEN THE FUEL RUNS OUTBY DICK CALLAHAN For the Capital City WeeklyForty percent of humanity still cooks… Continue reading

A rocket stove created by Dick Callahan gets things going. Note: this is a demonstration photo. Stoves should sit on a non-combustable surface.