US & World

Post Office starts holiday schedule (plus, deadlines for Christmas delivery)

A special holiday service that includes Sunday delivery was set to begin Monday in major cities and high volume areas, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

California National Guard preps for Ebola mission

Approximately 1,200 soldiers will be deployed to provide training on Ebola and malaria prevention and also medical readiness, but won't be providing direct medical care to patients.

ISIS claims beheading of American aid worker

The so-called Islamic State released a new video Sunday purporting to show the beheading of hostage Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in Syria last year.

A journey through the history of American food in 100 bites

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. "The American Plate" reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

The wondrous world of Tom Thumb weddings

Young girls and boys take a little trip into the future of matrimony.

Video: Orphaned sea otter pup has snack, playtime

Found in late September along the California coast, "Pup 681" spent a month at the Monterey Aquarium before being transferred to her new home.

Boko Haram militants seize hometown of kidnapped schoolgirls

The Boko Haram insurgents entered the town Thursday, shooting from pickup trucks and motorcycles, according to the chairman of the Chibok local government.

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.