March 21, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

No electronics allowed on some U.S.-bound jets from Mideast, Africa

WASHINGTON The U.S. government is ordering passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from a handful of mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries to pack electronic devices other than cellphones in their checked bagged. More...

Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping student was allegedly seen kissing her

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Nominee Gorsuch to face full day of Senate questioning

WASHINGTON   Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald Trump.  More...

Trump to Capitol in last-ditch lobbying for health care bill

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Blight battle finds focus at Aretha Franklin’s birthplace

MEMPHIS, Tenn. The crumbling house where Aretha Franklin was born looks no different from many others on Lucy Avenue in Memphis’ Soulsville neighborhood: empty and shuttered, with plywood over the windows. More...

The countdown begins: Britain to start EU exit on March 29

LONDON   Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors.  More...

U.S. boycotts UN rights council debate on Israel, Palestinians

GENEVA The United States on Monday boycotted a Human Rights Council session focusing on Palestinian areas, saying the regular review shows the council’s “long-standing bias against Israel” that threatens the credibility of the U.N. More...

Cameron jokes about Trump wiretap

PROVIDENCE, R.I.   Former British Prime Minister David Cameron jokes he doesn’t have to listen to U.S. President Donald Trump’s wiretapped conversations anymore.  More...

S. Korea prosecutors grill Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations

SEOUL, South Korea   South Korean prosecutors grilled the country’s just-ousted president today in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail.  More...

Counting Americans: The new Mideast box on census form a sensitive issue

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President of embattled Uber leaves after 6 months

SAN FRANCISCO   Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.  In a brief statement, Uber didn’t say why Jones left. More...

Trump says Democrats ‘made up’ allegations of Russia interference

WASHINGTON   President Donald Trump today accused Democrats of making up allegations that Russia interfered in last year’s election, and said Congress and the FBI should be going after media leaks instead.  More...

Battered by scandal, Marines issue new social media policy

WASHINGTON Battered by a nude photosharing scandal, the Marine Corps has issued a longer and more detailed social media policy that lays out the professional and legal ramifications for service members culpable of online misconduct. More...

A Muppet with autism to be featured on ‘Sesame Street’

NEW YORK   Folks on Sesame Street have a way of making everyone feel accepted.  That certainly goes for Julia, a Muppet youngster with blazing red hair, bright green eyes — and autism. More...

Who’s happy & who’s not: Norway tops list, U.S. falls

WASHINGTON If you want to go to your happy place, you need more than cash. A winter coat helps — and a sense of community. More...

Japan and Russia hold talks on security, territorial dispute

TOKYO The foreign and defense ministers from Japan and Russia met in Tokyo today, with both sides expressing hope that discussions on joint development of islands claimed by both countries might help them move closer to resolving the territorial dis More...

Deal reached to save Citgo sign

BOSTON   A deal has been hammered out to save Boston’s iconic Citgo sign.  Mayor Marty Walsh announced Wednesday that an agreement was reached between Citgo and the new owners of the building where the 3,600- square-foot sign is insta More...

65,000 face losing health insurance in Vermont

MONTPELIER, Vt.   A Vermont hospital president said about 65,000 people in the state could lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. More...

Attack near Red Sea strait kills 31

Most victims were Somali migrants

A boat packed with Somali migrants came under attack overnight off Yemen’s coast close to a strategic Red Sea strait that killed 31 people, a U.N. agency and a Yemeni medical official said Friday.  More...

Syria fires missiles at Israeli warplanes following airstrikes

JERUSALEM Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early Friday after a series of Israeli airstrikes inside Syria — a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors that was confirmed by both sides. More...