June 19, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

Diving for golf balls not an easy — or safe — job

YORK, Pa. There are good days doing the dirty, dangerous, most unexpected job around. Like when the sun shines and a winter day warms through the 50s. There was no glass or jagged metal on the bottom of the pond to cut hands. More...

Germany’s Helmut Kohl dies

BERLIN Helmut Kohl, the physically imposing German chancellor whose reunification of a nation divided by the Cold War put Germany at the heart of a united Europe, died Friday at his home in Ludwigshafen. He was 87. More...

In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

WASHINGTON   A member of the president’s outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a “witch hunt.”  More...

‘Human Project’ study will ask 10,000 people to share data from life

NEW YORK Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. For 20 years. More...

Reports swirl about Beyonce’s twins, but no confirmation yet

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Are Beyonce and Jay Z parents again?  Mum’s the word from the parents and their reps, even though reports are flying that the much-anticipated twins have made their arrival. More...

Protesters again storm ‘Julius Caesar’ performance

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters again have stormed the stage of a New York production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” which depicts a Trump look-alike character being assassinated.  More...

London police plead for calm after attack at mosque today

LONDON   London police, already stretched by a series of major incidents around the capital, are putting more officers on the street to reassure the public after a driver plowed into a crowd of people leaving a mosque early today. More...

Portugal awaits foreign help to fight deadly wildfires

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal   More than 2,000 firefighters in Portugal battled today to contain major wildfires in the central region of the country, where one blaze killed 62 people, while authorities came under mounting criticism for not doing m More...

‘Mother of Father’s Day’ Smart Dodd was a Renaissance woman, says descendant

LOS ANGELES This Father’s Day, Betsy Roddy will write two cards: one to her dad, and the other to her late great-grandmother, Sonora Smart Dodd. The second card is a century-old family tradition honoring the Mother of Father’s Day. More...

Emails reiterate EPA chief Pruitt’s ties to fossil fuel interests

WASHINGTON Newly obtained emails underscore just how closely Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt coordinated with fossil fuel companies while serving as Oklahoma’s state attorney general, a position in which he frequently sued t More...

Trump lashes out at ‘bad,’ ‘conflicted’ Russia investigators

WASHINGTON   President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russia investigation as “very bad and conflicted people,” responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstru More...

About 4,000 additional American forces to be sent off to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander in chief. More...

Trump to announce plan to stop cash flow to Cuban military

WASHINGTON   Stopping short of a complete turnabout, President Donald Trump is expected to announce a revised Cuba policy aimed at stopping the flow of U.S. More...

Russia verifying whether it killed IS leader in May

BEIRUT   Russia said today it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group’s de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow More...

Two escaped Georgia prison inmates sought in guard killings recaptured

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. More...

Steve Scalise has more surgery as authorities track shooter’s path

WASHINGTON   Still in critical condition and undergoing repeated surgery, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise “will be in the hospital for some time,” according to the facility where he is recovering from a gunshot. More...

At impasse, Cosby jury goes back to work on verdict

NORRISTOWN, PA. A new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury. More...

Banning Flippers? North Korea lashes out at trade sanctions

PYONGYANG, North Korea   North Korea on Friday lashed out at international sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, saying they are being used to block everything from frozen chicken to swimming flippers.  More...

London high-rise fire: Cladding may have helped spread blaze

LONDON The official cause may not be known for months. The death toll is unclear — and rising. No one has said exactly where the fire started. More...

Austin police on famed Sixth St. strive to ensure safety

AUSTIN, Texas   Austin police Lt. Dustin Lee stands on the corner of Sixth and Trinity streets on a Friday in June, a perfect vantage point in the middle of a barlined stretch of downtown.  More...