US & World

Malaysian premier: Plane debris to be sent to France

A wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago.

AP tests find water at Olympic sites in Rio filthy, unsafe

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues.

What's next for 'El Tri' after Mexico fires Miguel Herrera

Miguel Herrera, the fiery and colorful coach for Mexico's national soccer team has been fired after an alleged confrontation with a TV commentator at the Philadelphia airport Monday.

Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead

Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, said Wednesday that Mullah Omar died in a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi in April 2013.

Afghan government investigates reports Mullah Omar is dead

Reports of Omar's death have swirled for years. The Afghan government is said to be investigating claims that the Taliban's spiritual leader died two or three years ago.

Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately.

Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist

Many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say the upgrade has more to do with politics than with the facts on the ground in those countries.

NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American phone records.

Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles is its likely choice. Let us know if you would want the Olympics here in our poll.

Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in Los Angeles

The first lady opened the games Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, telling 6,500 athletes from 165 countries that she and her husband love them and are proud of them.

Cost of war: Veterans remember USS Indianapolis, shark attacks

After delivering the atomic bomb for the U.S. attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago, the Indianapolis was torpedoed and sank. Its story has been all but forgotten, but 32 survivors are having a reunion.

While Obama talks security in Kenya, Al-Shabab carries out attack in Somalia

The al-Qaida affiliated extremist group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu that has killed at least 10 people.

Traffic takes a tremendous global toll, but cheap fixes can save lives

It's a global issue, and deaths are often high in the developing world. A new report looks at inexpensive ways to cut down on fatalities.

Fire erupts at Cosmopolitan hotel on Las Vegas Strip

A fire at a hotel swimming pool that sent large plumes of black smoke high above the Las Vegas Strip appears to be under control.

Pentagon asks 'armed citizens' not to stand guard at recruiting centers

The Department of Defense said it appreciates the "outpouring of support" but that the practice "could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks."

GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

The panel's 18-12 vote comes just days after the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of estrangement by re-establishing diplomatic relations cut off during the Cold War.