US & World

Missing link microbes could explain how single cells became us

Scientists have discovered the DNA of microbes that seem to be primitive archaea, but with a lot more genes — typical of complicated creatures.

Study: Gay, bisexual kids bullied more, even at early age

Public school students in three cities were asked about bullying in the 5th, 7th and 10th grades. 4,300 students surveyed said they were bullied, especially at younger ages.

Israel's Netanyahu completes formation of government

The deal reached late Wednesday will put Netanyahu at the head of a narrow coalition, controlling just 61 seats in the 120-member parliament.

US approves ferry service from Florida to Cuba

At least four companies said they received approval for ferry licenses. It's been five decades since ferry service between the U.S. and island has been offered.

Germanwings co-pilot tried slow descent hours before crash

This latest development about an earlier flight appears to support the assumption that the crash was not only deliberate but also premeditated.

Obama chooses Marine general as Joint Chiefs chairman

Announcing his selection of Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., Obama said America's armed forces must be ready to meet a broad range of challenges.

Virtual volunteers use social media to make maps of Nepal

After the earthquake struck, they began using social media to find out the extent of the damage, who needs help — even where aid groups are setting up shop.

Video shows migrant rescue of deflating dinghy

A video shot from the rescue ship and obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press provides a glimpse of the desperation of the tens of thousands of people trying to reach Europe on dinghies launched by human traffickers from Libya.

People's republic of Uber: Driving for connections in China

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

Clinton agrees to testify on Benghazi, emails this month

Hillary Clinton's lawyer wrote to lawmakers Monday telling them she would agree to the request from a special panel investigating the September 2012 attacks that killed four Americans.

NYPD officer shot in the head this weekend pronounced dead

Brian Moore, who was in a coma after undergoing brain surgery following the Saturday evening shooting, was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital.

US Marines arrive in Nepal to aid earthquake victims

Western countries complained that Nepal's bureaucracy was keeping goods at warehouses. The Marines come with Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which should make reaching remote areas easier.

Israeli Ethiopian protest against racism turns violent

The protest was mostly peaceful during the day, but by nightfall became violent with at least 20 officers hurt and "multiple protesters" arrested, police said.

Pope defends soon-to-be saint vs Native American objections

Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.

101-year-old man among quake survivors found in Nepal

Another man and a woman were rescued from wreckage in a village a full week after the devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake that has more than 7,000.

Baltimore mayor lifts curfew

Stephanie Rawlings-Black announced via Twitter that she has rescinded the curfew effective immediately.