US & World

Strong quake shakes northeast Japan, no tsunami risk

The Japan Meteorological Agency put the quake's preliminary magnitude at 6.6, the U.S. Geological Service measured it at 6.8.

Nepal quake: Magnitude-7.3 aftershock slams region

The region was already devastated by a magnitude-7.8 temblor on April 25 that killed more than 8,000 people. The new quake destroyed buildings and triggered landslides.

California ranked eighth most 'bicycle friendly' state in U.S.

The 2015 League of American Bicyclists' rankings also show that no American state scored higher than 67 points out of 100.

U.Va. dean sues Rolling Stone over debunked gang rape story

A report published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism said the magazine failed at virtually every step in the reporting and editing of the story.

As quakes hit Nepal, scientists look for answers

Scientists are busy figuring out what's happening to cause the powerful quakes in Nepal, a country of massive mountain ranges and shifting continental plates.

Study: Americans becoming less Christian, more secular

Between 2007 and 2014, Americans who described themselves as atheist, agnostic or of no particular faith grew from 16 percent to nearly 23 percent.

In Japan, the first place in East Asia to welcome same-sex marriage

Tokyo's trendy Shibuya district has become the first place in Japan – and all of East Asia — to recognize same-sex partnerships. It raises the possibility other parts of Japan will follow.

With small shifts, Israel eases restrictions on some Palestinians

Older Palestinians can enter Israel without prior authorization; 100 Palestinian doctors are now permitted to drive to work. An Israeli officer describes these modest policy changes as an experiment.

Raul Castro says Pope inspiring him to return to Church

The Cuban leader, who went to Jesuit schools as a child, says he might "resume praying and turn to the Church again" if Francis "continues in this vein."

Yemen's Houthis agree to 5-day cease-fire to allow humanitarian aid

The temporary truce comes amid an upsurge in Saudi-led airstrikes, including one in the capital that hit the private residence of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, said to be a rebel ally.

North Korea claims missile launch from sub

Pyongyang says the test of an anti-ship cruise missile "verified and confirmed" that the technology had met "military, scientific and technical requirements."

Guatemala vice president resigns amid corruption scandal

Roxana Baldetti resigned Friday amid a customs corruption scandal that implicated her former private secretary and opened her up to an investigation.

Britain's election: Cameron's Conservatives win big in surprise outcome

David Cameron announced his new government after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II. Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg and the opposition Labour Party's Ed Miliband both resigned as party leaders.

Britain's election: What to know as UK voters head to polls

The Conservative Party fared much better than expected in British parliamentary elections Thursday, an exit poll projected.

'Haqqathon' takes anti-ISIS fight to cyberspace

Muslim software designers gathered recently for a "haqqathon" to develop social media products that can compete with violent extremists online.

Senate OKs bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal

The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill to give Congress a chance to review — and possibly reject — any final nuclear deal with Iran.