US & World

International community sharply criticizes North Korea's rocket launch

"Irresponsible," "senseless," "deplorable," "destabilizing," "totally unacceptable": Nations from the U.S. to Russia have denounced the launch, which violates U.N. Security Council resolutions.

North Korea rocket launch seen as covert missile test

The launch follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea moves up planned rocket launch to next week

Pyongyang says it will be launching an "observation satellite," but many nations view the launch as a concealed long-range missile test. The launch had previously been scheduled between Feb. 8 and 25.

Senator says women should have to register for the draft now

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says now that females will be allowed in all military combat jobs, young women should have to register for the draft too.

Need to renew your passport? Don't procrastinate

Federal officials are expecting a crush of renewal applications nearly a decade after tighter passport rules kicked in.

Islamic State claims responsibility for blasts in Damascus killing 45

A car bomb and two suicide bombs struck near a shrine revered by Shiite Muslims on Sunday.

US sails near disputed island in South China sea

A guided missile destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island on Saturday. It was a challenge to maritime restrictions by China, Taiwan and Vietnam, which all lay claim to the island.

Boat sinks en route to Greece, killing at least 35 migrants

The 56-foot boat, packed with more than 100 migrants, sank shortly after departing Turkey. It was heading for the island of Lesbos, just a few miles away.

No bail for Oregon occupiers Ammon and Ryan Bundy

A federal judge ordered the leader of the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation, Ammon Bundy, and his brother held without bail. Despite Ammon Bundy's advice, four militants continue the occupation.

With sanctions gone, Iran goes on a shopping spree in Europe

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has received a warm welcome in Europe amid a series of business deals worth billions of dollars with the likes of Peugeot. A megadeal with Airbus is in the works.

FBI is negotiating with militants still inside Oregon wildlife refuge

"People were just grabbing their things ... and just fleeing, driving in their cars and zooming out," one of the militants still inside the refuge says of the impact of leader Ammon Bundy's arrest.

A look inside the vast, violent network of Latin America's drug lords

The story of drug gangs in the Americas is one that stretches from the favelas of Brazil to the remote mountains of Mexico to U.S. towns and cities.

El Niño triggers rapid erosion throughout the coast

Even though it's helped out with the drought, the powerful storms of recent weeks have had a devastating effect on California's coast.

California stakes a claim in the olive oil business

Forty years ago California wines outperformed French vintages at a competition- the so-called "Judgement of Paris." The olive oil industry may be next

Through genetic testing, more African-Americans learn their roots

"The Social Life of DNA" is a new book that explores what cutting-edge DNA testing technology means for African-Americans who lost their history in the slave trade.

Iraq faces a perfect economic storm

Iraq's government is waging a costly war with the Islamic State while dealing with falling oil prices, millions of displaced citizens and staggering costs to rebuild.