US & World

Olympic sports on board for US 2024 bid

The U.S. Olympic Committee is in the final stages of deciding whether to put a city up for consideration. Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are the candidates.

Marriage rates keep falling, and for some faster than others

The share of Americans older than 25 who have never been married keeps getting larger. That cohort is growing much faster for black people, even as many say they want to marry one day.

Most new immigrant families fail to report, US says

The Homeland Security Department privately acknowledged in a confidential meeting recording obtained by AP that about 70 percent of immigrant families failed to report as ordered.

As U.S. warplanes hit Islamic State group, U.K. debates joining airstrikes

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron urged Parliament to authorize participation, saying the self-declared Islamic State poses a "clear and proven" danger to his country.

Islamic terror: New York mayor says there is no 'specific, credible' threat

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country had uncovered a plot against New York City's subway system. The mayor said there was no evidence of a plot.

Alaska is rattled by 6.2 magnitude earthquake

The 6.2 magnitude earthquake, while strong, was very deep so its damage was limited to overturned shelves and broken ceiling tiles.

Obama has support for Syria strikes, but are they legal?

Many legal scholars say the White House lacks a legal justification for the strikes inside Syria. But the administration disagrees.

FBI: Militant who beheaded Americans identified

Islamic militants released a video that appears to show a masked man beheading two American journalists. FBI Director James Comey would not name the suspect.

Iraqi woman activist killed by Islamic State group

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, her arrest was allegedly connected to Facebook messages she posted that were critical of the militants' destruction of religious sites in Mosul.

Winning $225 million Powerball ticket sold in San Mateo

The California Lottery said in a tweet that the winner in San Mateo matched all six numbers in Wednesday night's drawing: 7, 14, 21, 24, 41 and 26.

Airstrikes hit Islamic State group-controlled oil refineries

The facilities are said to produce $2 million worth of refined oil each day to help fund the extremist organization.

Grieving but grateful, Ebola survivors in Liberia give back

After living through their own nightmares, Ebola survivors are still mourning the loss of their loved ones. But they're giving back by working at the treatment centers and caring for children.

Algerian extremists apparently behead French hostage in video

Algerian extremists allied with the Islamic State group have decapitated a French hostage after France carried out airstrikes in Iraq, according to a video that appeared online.

Obama calls for dismantling IS 'network of death'

Speaking to the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly, Obama said the U.S. would be a "respectful and constructive partner" in confronting the Islamic State militants.

Al-Qaida's Khorasan Group led by hard-core fighters

The group, which was targeted by U.S. airstrikes in Syria last night, has been on the U.S. radar for a while. Intelligence officials say they've tracked its members for years.

Israel kills Palestinians suspected in June kidnappings

Acting on recently received information, soldiers from Israel's special forces raided a building in the West Bank where the two men had been hiding early this morning.