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NASA cuts ties with Russia except on space station

NASA employees are barred from traveling to Russia until further notice, and they also can't email or hold teleconferences with their Russian counterparts.

Fort Hood Shooting: Gunman kills 3, wounds 16

In remarks to reporters in Honolulu, Defense Secretary Hagel says he is aware of casualties at the Army base in Texas and that the facility remains under lockdown.

Supreme Court loosens limits on political contributions (updated)

The Supreme Court has struck down limits in federal law on the overall campaign contributions. here's what it means for California’s midterm Congressional races.

So you think you're smarter than a CIA agent

When 3,000 average citizens were asked to forecast global events, some consistently made predictions that turned out to be more accurate than those made with classified intelligence.

While warning of Chinese cyberthreat, US launches its own attack

The NSA managed to penetrate the networks of the giant Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, documents show. Journalist David Sanger says cyber-espionage is an "entirely new field of conflict."

Jet owned by 'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson joins missing Malaysia Airlines search

"The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" director Sir Peter Jackson's private business jet—a Gulfstream G650—is joining forces to aid in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, according to NBC LA.

Shrinking middle class? Not in Latin America

But unlike in the U.S., the gap between rich and poor in Latin America has narrowed. And the middle class has grown.

Job growth picked up some speed in March, survey signals

Private employers added an estimated 191,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report.

Chile earthquake: 6 dead and light damage; no U.S. tsunami threat

There is no threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington, after an 8.2 earthquake off the coast of northern Chile Tuesday night.

Magnitude 8.2 quake strikes northern Chile

Authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Ukraine prepares for May presidential vote

A former prime minister and a candy billionaire lead the pack of presidential contenders for the May election. One question is whether Crimea voters will have a say.

Global airlines call for better tracking method after MH370

The head of the International Air Travel Association says of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777: "We cannot let another aircraft simply vanish."

Lending circles help Latinas pay bills and invest

Here's an example of how a tanda works: 10 friends, family or co-workers get together, and each agrees to give $100 every two weeks to the group's organizer.

The new Mozilla CEO's political past is imperiling his present

When Mozilla, best known for the Firefox browser, hired Brendan Eich as its CEO, it ignited a firestorm over free speech and equal rights. Now, the dating site OkCupid is getting involved.

Missing Malaysian jet may never be found, head of search warns

With no firm data on how fast the plane was flying and how far it actually went, the operation to find it is "the most challenging ever," retired Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston cautions.

Baseball's opening day: When politics is really hardball

There aren't many other political photo opportunities that scream out patriotism, tradition and fun than throwing the ceremonial first pitch.