US & World

Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Former Clinton speechwriter Eric Liu on redefining Chinese-American identity

In “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream,” Eric Liu redefines what it means to be Chinese-American in contemporary times.

Ukraine: Clashes, land mines prevent visit to jet debris site

A Ukrainian government security spokesman added to security concerns Wednesday by claiming that Russian-backed separatists "have mined the approaches" to the crash site.

Berkeley garage 'The Buslab' keeps vintage VW buses on the road

If you're road-tripping through California this summer, you might spot the occasional Volkswagen Bus. Back in its heyday in the '60s and 70s, the iconic van was everywhere.

US, Europe impose tough new sanctions on Russia

The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Russia to end its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, whom the West blames for downing a passenger jet.

'Terror tunnels' of Gaza have ancient precedent

Beyond the tactical utility of the tunnels, they have had a powerful psychological grip on the Israeli public, and they've been a staple of asymmetrical warfare for thousands of years.

Budget Big Sur: 3 lodging options big in beauty, small in price

When the L.A. Times recently ran a story about traveling Big Sur on a budget, they had some great suggestions, but I didn’t think they went low budget enough.

NCAA settles head-injury suit, $70 million for testing

The NCAA will fund a $70 million program to test current and former athletes for brain injuries. It'll also establish a common return-to-play policy all schools must follow.

US court: Va. gay marriage ban unconstitutional

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Monday that state constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage.

For Muslims In Gaza, end of Ramadan marred by fighting

The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.

Judges overturns DC ban on handguns in public

A district court judge says the law that prohibited people from carrying handguns outside their homes violates the Second Amendment.

US: Satellite images show Russian rockets hitting Ukraine

The State Department says the photos show burn marks from the firing of multiple rocket launchers inside Russia and resulting craters on the other side of the border.

The long history of the Gaza tunnels

Alexander the Great complained about the tunnels under Gaza during his siege of the area in 332 BC. They are still an issue today as the Israelis and Palestinians slug it out.

Ukraine: Fighting near MH17 crash site thwarts investigators

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from Donetsk, Ukraine, says government forces appear to be gaining ground against rebels who control the wreckage site.

Netanyahu: Hamas violating its own cease-fire

A proposed 24-hour extension to Saturday's humanitarian cease-fire didn't last past Sunday morning. Hamas, which rejected that truce, says it is now willing to accept a new cease-fire.

Libyan conflict rages after US shuts embassy

Fighting in the country's east has killed at least 38 people since the U.S. on Saturday temporarily closed its embassy in the capital, citing security concerns.