US & World

Former World Cup player John O'Brien on the future of US soccer

Former U.S. national player John O'Brien scored one of the most memorable goals in U.S. World Cup history: a first strike against Portugal in 2002, which ignited a celebration and a run to the quarter-finals.

Washington State's legal pot shops open for business

Washington State yesterday began issuing licenses to vendors and today they'll be open for business. For more we're joined by Derek Wang, editor at the public radio station KUOW in Seattle.

Israel expands attacks on Hamas in Gaza

Responding to recent rocket attacks, Israel conducts airstrikes and calls up reservists. It's also planning ground operations.

UN recognizes gay marriages for staffers

Previously, the United Nations only recognized the unions of staffers who came from countries where gay marriage is legal, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

The Marines are looking for a few good (combat-ready) women

The Marines will be required to open ground combat jobs to women in 2016. Now more than 160 female Marines have volunteered for a grueling training course.

Nitt Witt Ridge: The poor man's Hearst Castle

On the central coast in the town of Cambria, just a few miles from San Simeon, there's a place called Nitt Witt Ridge. Some locals call it "the poor man's Hearst Castle," but it's every bit as fascinating.

Attorneys concerned about legal access for migrant kids

So far the federal government has not allowed volunteer attorneys to visit the Nogales facility housing close to a thousand unaccompanied migrant children.

TSA tightens rules for devices at overseas airports

People flying to the U.S. on international flights might want to keep their phones charged: under a new policy, phones might not be allowed onboard if they can't power up.

Rare unanimity in Supreme Court term, with plenty of fireworks

Even when the justices ruled together on cases, there was clear disagreement between them. Meanwhile, high-profile decisions in which they split 5-4 seemed particularly partisan.

Germany's battle over what may be its last Lenin statue

East German communism collapsed 25 years ago. But the city of Schwerin still has a Lenin statue, believed to be the last one in Germany. The mayor says it should stay because you can't erase history.

Separate attacks in Uganda, Kenya, leave dozens dead

The extremist group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for killing 13 people in a village on the coast of Kenya. In Uganda, 17 died in attacks on police stations.

World Cup: Netherlands beats Costa Rica in penalty shootout

Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday.

Watch: Hurricane Arthur from 30 miles out at sea

Video shot from off the North Carolina coast at Frying Pan Tower, a former U.S. Coast Guard Light Station that's been converted to a bed and breakfast.

Arthur disrupts July 4th festivities, but does little damage

The first hurricane of the season — now downgraded to a tropical storm — skirted the U.S. East Coast, inconveniencing holiday revelers.

Richard Mellon Scaife, philanthropist, conservative donor, dies

The heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune revealed in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Scaife was 82.

A cleaner Tour de France kicks off with a nod to World War I

The 101st Tour de France starts Saturday in England. To mark the 100th anniversary of WWI, the Tour will roll through former battlefields in the farmlands of northern France.