Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean ‘epidemic’ in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally… Continue reading

Battling IS, Iraqi Kurdish fighters exposed to mustard gas

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Several Iraqi Kurdish troops tested positive for mustard gas after battles this summer with the Islamic State group in northern Iraq,… Continue reading

Approaching debate, Clinton, Sanders showing differences

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is beginning to draw contrasts with her chief Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as they approach their first presidential… Continue reading

S. Carolina cleans up, but worries remain

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The family of Miss South Carolina 1954 found her flood-soaked pageant scrapbook on a dining room floor littered with dead fish on… Continue reading

Thousands of federal drug inmates set for early release

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of federal inmates serving sentences for drug crimes are set for early release next month under a cost-cutting measure intended to… Continue reading

Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the nation’s most populous state, and… Continue reading

Groups form alliance to tackle climate change by initiative

SEATTLE — A coalition of diverse groups is launching a new initiative effort to tackle climate change, raising the prospect that Washington voters could face… Continue reading

Seattle woman charged in death of boyfriend’s toddler son

SEATTLE (AP) — King County prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old Seattle woman accused of kicking her boyfriend’s 17-month son to death.The Seattle Times reported Alicia… Continue reading

Coffee combo: Peet’s buying Stumptown Coffee Roasters

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Peet’s Coffee & Tea is buying the popular premium coffee company Stumptown Coffee Roasters, bringing the once independent brand more into… Continue reading

DC considering 16 weeks paid leave for parents, caregivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — New D.C. Council legislation introduced Tuesday would give workers 16 weeks of paid leave in circumstances ranging from the birth of a… Continue reading

Members of CodePink protest the deadly American attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan, where as U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testified. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Top general recommends keeping more US troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops… Continue reading

Members of CodePink protest the deadly American attack on a hospital in northern Afghanistan on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Situation in Afghanistan, where as U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. John Campbell testified. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

EU offers Turkey incentives to better tackle refugee crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is ready to offer Turkey new incentives to better tackle the Syria refugee crisis, including money, the easing of… Continue reading

European data sharing pact with US ruled invalid

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Facebook and thousands of other companies could find it vastly more complicated to do business in Europe after a court ruled that… Continue reading

Microsoft vice president for Surface Computing Panos Panay holds a Surface Book laptop during a presentation, in New York, Tuesday. Microsoft says it's for scientists, engineers and gamers who need a lot more performance than a tablet.

Competition for Microsoft lineup, which targets high end

NEW YORK — The success of Microsoft’s fall lineup of devices will ride on the company’s ability to convince people who got free Windows 10… Continue reading

Microsoft vice president for Surface Computing Panos Panay holds a Surface Book laptop during a presentation, in New York, Tuesday. Microsoft says it's for scientists, engineers and gamers who need a lot more performance than a tablet.
This still image captured Sunday, Oct. 4 made from video and released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew as it investigates a life boat that was found from the missing ship El Faro. On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. The search continued Tuesday.

Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five… Continue reading

This still image captured Sunday, Oct. 4 made from video and released by the U.S. Coast Guard, shows a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew as it investigates a life boat that was found from the missing ship El Faro. On Monday, four days after the ship vanished, the Coast Guard concluded it sank near the Bahamas in about 15,000 feet of water. The search continued Tuesday.
Theodore Alex Bastia, Jr. examines pot before making a purchase at Breeze Botanicals, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Ashland, Ore. Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.  (Jamie Lusch/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Pot pesticide flap brings lawsuit in Colorado

DENVER — Two marijuana users in Colorado filed a lawsuit Monday against a pot business they said used an unhealthy pesticide to grow their weed… Continue reading

Theodore Alex Bastia, Jr. examines pot before making a purchase at Breeze Botanicals, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Ashland, Ore. Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana Thursday for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.  (Jamie Lusch/The Medford Mail Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

NATO denounces Russia for violating Turkish airspace

ANKARA, Turkey — In a signal of new tensions raised by Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria, NATO denounced Russia on Monday for “irresponsible behavior” after its… Continue reading

Questions arise about neighborhood where slide killed 144

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — Emergency workers spent a fourth day digging bodies out of a massive mudslide on Monday, watching the death toll… Continue reading

3 share Nobel medicine prize for tropical disease drugs

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in medicine went Monday to three scientists hailed as “heroes in the truest sense of the word” for saving… Continue reading

United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

WASHINGTON — Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the Obama administration now faces a potentially tougher task: selling the… Continue reading