US & World

US commandos heading into Syria

This marks the first time American troops will be working openly on the ground in the war-torn country.

Senate OKs budget and debt deal, sends measure to Obama

The agreement would raise the government debt ceiling until March 2017, removing the threat of an unprecedented national default just days from now.

One-child no more: China ends decades-old restriction

After more than 35 years, China has rescinded its law banning many families from having more than one child; all of them will now be allowed to have two.

Fighter jets track military blimp drifting over Pennsylvania

The Pentagon said Wednesday that U.S. fighter jets were tracking an unmanned Army surveillance blimp that tore loose from its ground tether in Maryland.

Obama to US women's soccer team: 'Playing like a girl means you're a badass'

When the World Cup champions visited the White House, Obama praised the team for changing stereotypes of women and girls in sports.

US to step up airstrikes, ground raids against IS, Carter says

The new strategy also includes helping the Iraqi government's effort to assemble Iraqi forces, including Sunni fighters, to fightIslamic State militants in Anbar province.

Feds to investigate after South Carolina deputy threw student to ground

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said the investigation will look into "the circumstances surrounding the arrest" and determine if a federal law was broken.

After earthquake in Afghanistan, a complicated rescue mission

More than 300 people are dead in Afghanistan and Pakistan the day after a quake hit the Hindu Kush mountains. Remote landscapes prone to landslides and home to militants are making relief difficult.

Death toll in powerful Afghanistan earthquake climbs past 260

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake caused evacuations from buildings in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. There were 1,000 injured in Pakistan alone.

Hurricane Patricia: Angelenos hoping for relief for impacted family

Hurricane Patricia didn't hit Mexico as hard as expected, but Angelenos with family in the region say their relatives still need help with recovery.

Attorney: Suspect in Oklahoma crash may be mentally ill

Woman facing second-degree murder charges after authorities said she plowed a car into the crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade was not drinking alcohol before the crash, her lawyer says.

Update: Texas spared destruction from Hurricane Patricia's remnants

Relentless showers left the state, dangerous flood warnings expired, and the remnants of Hurricane Patricia dissolved.

Voters go to polls in Haiti — to pick from 54 presidential candidates

Many poll watchers expect a December runoff will be necessary because of the whopping number of candidates vying to become the next president.

EU leaders criticize each other at summit on refugees

If a fresh approach to refugee crisis is not forthcoming soon, participant in emergency summit warns, "I do believe that the European Union and Europe as a whole will start to fall apart."

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer

Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in June. He took a leave of absence from the NBA team in September after complications arose. He was 60 years old.

In a Slovenian forest, volunteers make it their mission to feed refugees

Volunteers, who have come from as far away as Australia, have set up a makeshift kitchen where they cook thousands of hot meals and shuttle them to refugee camps.