April 20, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

Arkansas execution plan again thrown into doubt

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.   An aggressive effort by the state of Arkansas to carry out its first executions since 2005 stalled for the second time this week as courts blocked lethal injections planned for today, prompting Gov. More...

General Motors halts operations in Venezuela

DETROIT   General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of a factory in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.  The plant was confiscated on Wednesday as anti-government protesters More...

Kremlin: No reason to believe gays abused in Chechnya

MOSCOW   Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Russian president has no reason to doubt the Chechen leader’s assurances that there’s no persecution of gays in his republic, despite reports by a respected Russian newspaper of a ro More...

Poll: Black teenagers most active on social media apps

Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones — which could explain why they’re the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps More...

Pesticide maker pushing to kill risk study findings

WASHINGTON   Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.  More...

O’Reilly fired

His influence endures; but will his career, too?

LOS ANGELES Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeab More...

Pence praises Indonesia for its democratic, tolerant values

JAKARTA, Indonesia   U.S. More...

Once critical of global deals, Trump slow to pull out of any

WASHINGTON   The “America First” president who vowed to extricate America from onerous overseas commitments appears to be warming up to the view that when it comes to global agreements, a deal’s a deal.  More...

Topsy-turvy French election still has surprises in store

PARIS A French presidential campaign that’s been filled with unprecedented twists and turns still has surprises in store heading into Sunday’s first-round vote. More...

McDonald’s order trips up Facebook slaying suspect

Facebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone by a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries. More...

Police: Fresno gunman targeting whites chose 3 men at random

FRESNO, CALIF.   Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said.  More...

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

HOUSTON   Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for four days with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year, a family spokesman said Tuesday.  More...

Nation by nation, how Trump has shaken up Koreas, neighbors

SEOUL, South Korea Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous. More...

Mass. prosecutors move to toss more than 21,000 tainted drug cases

BOSTON   Prosecutors moved to throw out more than 21,000 drug convictions on Tuesday, five years after a chemist at the state drug lab was caught tampering with evidence and falsifying tests.  More...

EPA seeks to scuttle cleanup of coal power plant pollution

WASHINGTON   The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants.  The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of More...

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

LONDON   British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday defended her decision to call an early election for June, saying it would strengthen the government’s hand in negotiations to leave the European Union.  More...

Pence warns North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

YOKOSUKA, Japan   From the wind- swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. More...

Syria resumes reciprocal evacuations today after deadly bombing kills 120

BEIRUT   The evacuation of thousands of Syrians from four besieged areas resumed Wednesday, state media and activists said, days after a bombing killed more than 120 evacuees and delayed the widely criticized population transfer.  More...

5 things to know about Tax Day: refunds are up and audits down

WASHINGTON   Today is Tax Day, that dreaded day when millions of procrastinators rush to fulfill their civic duty by filing state and federal tax returns.  But for most, it’s not that bad. More...

Biden to deliver commencement address at Colby

WATERVILLE   Former Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be in Maine next month to deliver Colby College’s commencement address.  More...