Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided… Continue reading

McDonald’s tests McNuggets without artificial additives

NEW YORK — Like the indestructible Twinkie, Chicken McNuggets are practically a culinary punchline, a symbol of hyper-processed fast food with a list of ingredients… Continue reading

Math scores slip, reading flat for nation’s 12th-graders

WASHINGTON — The nation’s high school seniors are slipping in math and failing to make progress in reading, with just one-third of the 12th graders… Continue reading

ID of woman found near murder site stirs mystery

LOS ANGELES — The identification of a 19-year-old Canadian woman found savagely stabbed to death in Los Angeles in 1969 has brought some closure to… Continue reading

Terror suspect Abdeslam extradited, charged in France

PARIS — The lone known surviving suspect in the Paris attacks was returned Wednesday to the city where Islamic State extremists unleashed a night of… Continue reading

Military buildup, fighting spells end of Syrian cease-fire

BEIRUT — A military buildup in northern Syria, coupled with heavy fighting and mounting civilian casualties, spells the end of a cease-fire that for two… Continue reading

Cruz taps Fiorina to serve as running mate

INDIANAPOLIS — In need of momentum after a five-state shutout, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday tapped former technology executive Carly Fiorina — a… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Clinton press closer to general election showdown

WASHINGTON — Bolstering his grip on the Republican primaries, Donald Trump prepared Wednesday for a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton, accusing the Democratic front-runner… Continue reading

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Trump's highly anticipated foreign policy speech Wednesday will test whether the Republican presidential front-runner, known for his raucous rallies and eyebrow-raising statements, can present a more presidential persona as he works to unite the GOP establishment behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FBI won’t disclose how it accessed locked iPhone

WASHINGTON — The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one… Continue reading

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ex-speaker Hastert gets 15 months in prison

CHICAGO — Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency,… Continue reading

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert departs the federal courthouse Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Chicago, after his sentencing on federal banking charges which he pled guilty to last year. Hastert was sentenced to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that included accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at an AM General plant on Tuesday in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Trump, Clinton sweep Tuesday’s primaries

PHILADELPHIA — Donald Trump swept all five Republican primaries Tuesday, a commanding showing across the Northeast that kept the Republican front-runner on his narrow path… Continue reading

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at an AM General plant on Tuesday in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Murder charge in baby’s death on reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. — A woman on a Montana American Indian Reservation will be charged with murder in the alleged beating death of a 13-month-old girl… Continue reading

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911 call: ‘I just shot and killed my wife’

CINCINNATI — A suburban Cincinnati man called 911 and gave his address, and when the dispatcher asked what she could help him with, he replied… Continue reading

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Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in Monday against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

NC Dems pan ‘keep our state straight’ comment

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rhetorical skirmishes continued Tuesday in North Carolina over a law limiting protections for LGBT people, as Democrats criticized a Republican’s plea to… Continue reading

Protesters head into the Legislative building for a sit-in Monday against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
South Sudan's rebel leader and now Vice President Riek Machar, center-left, walks with President Salva Kiir, center-right, after being sworn in Tuesday at the presidential palace in the capital Juba, South Sudan.

South Sudan rebel leader returns to the capital

JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar returned to the capital Juba on Tuesday afternoon, to become vice president and to try… Continue reading

South Sudan's rebel leader and now Vice President Riek Machar, center-left, walks with President Salva Kiir, center-right, after being sworn in Tuesday at the presidential palace in the capital Juba, South Sudan.

Cambodian elephants’ workload eased

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The owner of a company that provides elephant rides to tourists at Cambodia’s fabled Angkor Wat temple complex has reduced the… Continue reading

In this Tuesday photo, Bangladeshi Muslims attend the funeral of Xulhaz Mannan who was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Al-Qaida says it killed Bangladesh gay activist

NEW DELHI — The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime… Continue reading

In this Tuesday photo, Bangladeshi Muslims attend the funeral of Xulhaz Mannan who was stabbed to death by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do same

HANNOVER, Germany — Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as… Continue reading

2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh

NEW DELHI (AP) — Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh’s capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the… Continue reading

Body of missing hiker found on Deer Mountain

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — Rescue crews have found the body of a missing Ketchikan man who disappeared during a hike on Deer Mountain in southeast… Continue reading