House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington where he announced that he would resign from Congress at the end of October.

After Boehner: Can House GOP be led?

WASHINGTON — The gulf between tea party conservatives and establishment Republicans has grown so wide that it just swallowed up the speaker of the House… Continue reading

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio smiles during a news conference Friday on Capitol Hill in Washington where he announced that he would resign from Congress at the end of October.

Border tensions rise between Croatia and Serbia

ZAGREB, Croatia — Tensions escalated between Serbia and Croatia on Thursday as the longtime rivals struggled to come up with a coherent way to deal… Continue reading

Muslim pilgrims gather around bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hundreds were killed and injured, Saudi authorities said. The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from the holy city of Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past. (AP Photo)

Over 700 killed in crush of hajj pilgrims

MINA, Saudi Arabia — Two giant waves of Muslim pilgrims collided at an intersection Thursday near a holy site in Saudi Arabia, and more than… Continue reading

Muslim pilgrims gather around bodies of people crushed in Mina, Saudi Arabia during the annual hajj pilgrimage on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Hundreds were killed and injured, Saudi authorities said. The crush happened in Mina, a large valley about five kilometers (three miles) from the holy city of Mecca that has been the site of hajj stampedes in years past. (AP Photo)

Political, legal barriers face historic Colombia peace deal

BOGOTA, Colombia — A stunning diplomatic breakthrough leaves a minefield of problems standing between Colombia and the tantalizing prospect of peace after generations of armed… Continue reading

Six killed while being transported by smuggling ring

EDNA, Texas — Federal immigration officials say six people who were killed after the SUV they were in crashed following a police chase were being… Continue reading

Border Patrol agent indicted in 2012 fatal shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. — A Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Mexican teen is one of only three agents to… Continue reading

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal collision involving a charter bus, center left, and a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tour bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; NO SALES; TELEVISION OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES

Tour vehicle, bus collide on Seattle bridge; 4 dead

SEATTLE — A “duck boat” tour vehicle and a charter bus carrying foreign college students collided on a busy Seattle bridge Thursday, killing four people… Continue reading

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal collision involving a charter bus, center left, and a "Ride the Ducks" amphibious tour bus on the Aurora Bridge in Seattle on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)  SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGAZINES OUT; NO SALES; TELEVISION OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT: KEN LAMBERT/THE SEATTLE TIMES

Obama’s personal ties with Xi yield mixed policy results

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has invested more time building personal ties with Chinese President Xi Jinping than with most other world leaders. But as… Continue reading

McConnell moves ahead with bipartisan stopgap spending bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate’s top Republican moved swiftly to avoid a government shutdown in six days, pushing legislation that would keep agencies operating without a… Continue reading

Audit finds slipshod cybersecurity at HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON — The government stored sensitive personal information on millions of health insurance customers in a computer system with basic security flaws, according to an… Continue reading

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio becomes emotional as Pope Francis appears on the Speaker's Balcony on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 and waves to the waiting crowd below on the Capitol grounds. The pope addressed a joint meeting of Congress before stepping out on the balcony. Between the pope and Boehner is Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Pope, after historic talk to Congress, visits NYC

NEW YORK — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal… Continue reading

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio becomes emotional as Pope Francis appears on the Speaker's Balcony on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 and waves to the waiting crowd below on the Capitol grounds. The pope addressed a joint meeting of Congress before stepping out on the balcony. Between the pope and Boehner is Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Colombia’s president, rebels announce breakthrough in talks

HAVANA — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and leftist guerrilla commanders on Wednesday announced an important breakthrough in peace talks that sets the stage to… Continue reading

A girl stands behind a barrier as people queue to get into a reception center for migrants and refugees in Opatovac, Croatia, Wednesday.

EU sends $1B to agencies helping at refugee camps

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders, faced with a staggering migration crisis and deep divisions over how to tackle it, managed to agree early Thursday to… Continue reading

A girl stands behind a barrier as people queue to get into a reception center for migrants and refugees in Opatovac, Croatia, Wednesday.
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Pope Francis wave to the crowd on the South Lawn from the Truman Balcony of the White House Wednesday in Washington.

Papa! Pope stirs excitement in DC, calls for climate action

WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation’s capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and… Continue reading

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Pope Francis wave to the crowd on the South Lawn from the Truman Balcony of the White House Wednesday in Washington.

Defense: Shooter’s dad never told he couldn’t have guns

SEATTLE — Prosecutors told jurors Tuesday that the father of the teenager who shot and killed four classmates and himself repeatedly lied on forms to… Continue reading

Felony pot charges for teens being reduced in Asotin County

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — A prosecutor in Washington’s southeastern corner is reducing felony marijuana charges he filed against six juveniles because of a misinterpretation of… Continue reading

Los Angeles panel proposes homelessness emergency, funds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s no secret to people who walk or drive the streets of Los Angeles that homeless people — tens of thousands… Continue reading

Sage grouse plan aims for industry, wildlife balance

BILLINGS, Mont. — A cooperative effort to save a ground-dwelling bird has diverted it from possible extinction, federal officials declared Tuesday, as they sought to… Continue reading

Deputy saves drowning kids in dark pond; the dad is arrested

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy says he heard wailing in the darkness and plunged into an apartment complex’s pond at night… Continue reading

Activists of the Hungarian Red Cross give water to migrants who arrived by train from Tovarnik, Croatia at the railway station in Zakany, 230 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Gyorgy Varga/MTI via AP)

European ministers agree to relocate 120,000 refugees

BRUSSELS — Deeply divided European Union ministers agreed Tuesday to relocate 120,000 asylum-seekers to ease the strain on Greece and Italy, which are on the… Continue reading

Activists of the Hungarian Red Cross give water to migrants who arrived by train from Tovarnik, Croatia at the railway station in Zakany, 230 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (Gyorgy Varga/MTI via AP)