US & World

Hagel orders top-to-bottom changes in nuke force

The Defense secretary's announcement follows two reviews that found the structure of U.S. nuclear forces is so incoherent that it cannot be properly managed in its current form.

House sends bill approving Keystone XL oil pipeline to Senate

The pipeline has been stalled by environmental reviews, objections to the route it would take and politics for six years.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to retire; USPS names first female chief

Donahoe took over during a serious financial crisis and oversaw a restructuring of the U.S. Postal Service. Agency veteran Megan Brennan will become the first female postmaster general.

The data you're OK with sharing and not sharing

People consider their personal health information to be more sensitive than their religious views or purchasing habits, according to a survey by Pew Research Center.

Napoleon's hat for sale, historic haberdashery says

Napoleon Bonaparte's famous bicorn hat is up for auction and on display next to the chateau where the general lived when he wasn't leading troops into battle.

A glimmer of hope in the fight against hunger in America

The number of Americans struggling to afford food has remained stuck near recession-era highs. But a recent Gallup poll suggests things may be changing for some.

Hawaii volcano: Lava oozing for months quickly ignites first home

The lava emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa, the largest town in Big Island's isolated and mostly agricultural Puna district, on Oct. 26.

US and China move toward ending tariffs on high-tech gear

The existing tariff system, which adds as much as 25 percent to the cost of American high-tech exports, covers more than $4 trillion in annual trade, the White House says.

South Korean ferry captain sentenced to 36 years

The punishment for the April calamity drew shouts and sharp criticism from victims' family members in the courtroom; many had urged a death sentence.

To survive, American Legion needs younger veterans

It can be hard to sell the concept of meeting face-to-face to a generation of young veterans who are used to gathering online or playing video games to decompress.

Medal of Freedom honorees this year include Meryl Streep and Steve Wonder

Among those receiving a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom are Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep and the late Rep. Edward Roybal.

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

A “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” whistle McDonald's gave to children in Happy Meals is being recalled because there is a chance children could choke on its parts.

On the run from Boko Haram in Nigeria

In one Nigerian town, almost 9,500 displaced people now live in a giant camp. They've found refuge in what was a youth center outside Yola, the state capital.

Volunteers honor unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans

A nonprofit group, the Missing in America Project, has helped to locate nearly 10,000 cremains and identify and bury more than 2,000 veterans.

NYC doctor to be released after Ebola recovery

New York City health officials say a doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

AP report: Employees often at fault in federal data breaches

Carelessness by federal employees has been cited as the cause of at least half the incidents of cyber attacks at federal agencies.