US & World

Stampede at hajj pilgrimage near Mecca kills hundreds

The stampede is being called the worst in 25 years. It occurred on a street in Mina, a large valley where thousands of pilgrims camp overnight.

Pope Francis visits White House for meeting with Obama

In a much-anticipated visit, Pope Francis arrived at the White House Wednesday morning to meet with President Obama and address a crowd of some 11,000 people.

Kentucky clerk again accused of interfering with county marriage licenses

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who cited her religious beliefs in refusing to issue licences to same-sex couples, reportedly has altered marriage license forms, raising questions about their validity.

What to watch for during Pope Francis' US visit

Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. on Tuesday. From his reception at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to a meeting with immigrants in Philadelphia, here's a look at moments that could prove momentous.

Burkina Faso leader apologizes to nation for seizing power in a coup

Gen. Gilbert Diendere led the presidential guard in a coup last week, jailing the prime minister. Diendere released the prime minister Monday.

11 million cars worldwide have emissions 'defeat device,' Volkswagen says

The software that the EPA says causes Volkswagen cars to cheat official emissions tests exists in only one type of diesel engine, the carmaker says — and it has sold 11 million of them.

How equal is American opportunity? Survey shows attitudes vary by race

A majority of Americans agree race relations have deteriorated nationally, and stayed the same locally. But on questions of equality, opinions are sharply split between white and black respondents.

Despite constant debate, Americans' abortion opinions rarely change

While Planned Parenthood weathers attacks and a potential government shutdown looms, Americans are deeply ambivalent on abortion.

Kerry: U.S. will take 100,000 refugees by 2017

The secretary of state said the U.S. would ratchet up the number of migrants Washington accepts over the next few years to help the European Union deal with the ongoing crisis.

Dogs from South Korean 'meat farm' in San Diego for adoption

The dogs in San Diego, which are mostly mastiffs, Jindo-mixes and Chihuahuas, are being checked by a veterinarian before making their debut at a news conference Tuesday and then being eligible for adoption.

American resumes flights after computer woes ground planes

American Airlines says it has fixed a technology problem that was grounding flights to and from Dallas, Chicago and Miami on Thursday.

8.3-magnitude quake rattles north Chile, 1 million evacuate

The magnitude-8.3 quake lasted for three minutes, causing buildings to sway in the capital, Santiago, and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the Andean nation's entire Pacific coast

Hungary declares emergency, seals border, detains migrants

Declaring a state of emergency, Hungary sealed off its southern border with Serbia on Tuesday and detained those trying to enter illegally, aiming to shut down the flow of migrants pouring in.

For Syrian refugees, needs are growing and aid is declining

The U.N. refugee agency has received less than half the $4.5 billion needed to help Syrians who have fled to neighboring countries. As conditions worsen, many are opting to risk the journey to Europe.

Pumpkin spice: The flavor of fall, and a hint of the past

The first reference to what we now know as "pumpkin spice" can be traced back to 1796. These days, it's a modifier on a list of foods that grows longer each fall.

Jordan king warns Israel over Jerusalem holy site violence

The holy site is a frequent flashpoint and its fate is a core issue at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.