US & World

Execution by firing squad passes key vote in Utah

The Republican-controlled House has voted to revive the option, which was discontinued in 2004, if the state cannot obtain the drugs needed to perform an execution by lethal injection.

How NAFTA changed American (and Mexican) food forever

The trade agreement has meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.

Amid influence-peddling scandal, Oregon governor resigns

Gov. John Kitzhaber apologized to "all those people who gave of their faith, time, energy and resources to elect me to a fourth term last year." Secretary of State Kate Brown will be interim governor.

UN report criticizes Mexico on enforced disappearances

The disappearances involve kidnappings carried out or permitted by officials, and the UN urged Mexico to pass a law specifically establishing that as a crime.

Argentine president accused of cover up in 1994 bombing

Cristina Fernández de Krishner and other top officials are accused of trying to cut a deal for oil with Iran in exchange for not punishing two Iranians implicated in the bombing.

Obama to urge companies to share data on cyber threats

The Obama administration promotes a framework for sharing information about data breaches, hoping to prevent or limit cyber attacks.

New York Times media columnist David Carr dies at age 58

David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for the newspaper and penned a memoir about his fight with drug addiction, collapsed at his office and died on Thursday.

Federal judge orders Alabama to issue marriage licenses to gay couples

An Alabama Supreme Court judge ordered officials to ignore higher court rulings and not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, sparking confusion.

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Facebook said it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked.

Nicaragua's new canal could be environmental disaster, report says

Scientists believe the project could destroy a million acres of rainforest and contaminate Central America's largest source of drinking water.

Chapel Hill shooting victim made StoryCorps recording

"Growing up in America has been such a blessing," Yusor Abu-Salha said in a conversation with her former teacher that was recorded by the StoryCorps oral history project last summer.

Couples who choose not to have children are 'selfish,' pope says

Francis spoke of a "greedy generation"opting not to procreate. His remarks come less than two weeks after he said Catholics do not need to breed "like rabbits."

Marathon talks produce Ukraine peace deal; cease-fire Sunday

Guns would fall silent, heavy weapons would pull back from the front and Ukraine would trade a broad autonomy for the east to get back control of its Russian border by the end of 2015.

CBS: '60 Minutes' correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash

CBS says longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon has died in a car crash in New York City. He was 73 years old.

'The Shark' has died: Coach Jerry Tarkanian was 84

Famous for his ever-present white towel and what seemed to be a perpetually worried expression, former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has died.

Obama sends Congress request for military force against Islamic State militants

President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State forces without large-scale U.S. ground operations.