Coast Guard ends search for 33 missing crew members

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard officially ended its search Wednesday for the missing crew members from a U.S. cargo ship that sank off the… Continue reading

For Clinton, complications with her old boss arise

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama seemed to call Hillary Rodham Clinton’s idea of a no-fly zone in Syria “half-baked.”Clinton described the president’s immigration strategy as… Continue reading

California governor signs aggressive climate change bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown signed an ambitious climate change bill on Wednesday, aiming to increase the state’s use of renewable electricity… Continue reading

Auto experts: Top managers probably knew of VW cheating

DETROIT (AP) — Auto industry insiders strongly suspect the emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen is much wider and reaches higher up the corporate ladder than… Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders president for attack on Afghan medical clinic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan hospital

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at a… Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders president for attack on Afghan medical clinic. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Probe: Nuke smugglers sought out terrorist buyers

CHISINAU, Moldova — In the backwaters of Eastern Europe, authorities working with the FBI have interrupted four attempts in the past five years by gangs… Continue reading

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russian warships fire cruise missiles into Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles Wednesday as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive in central Syria in… Continue reading

In this photo made from the footage taken from Russian Defense Ministry official web site, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, a Russian navy ship launches a cruise missile in the Caspian Sea. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said four Russian navy ships in the Caspian launched 26 cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria.(Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

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