US & World

All is not so well in the NFL ahead of Super Bowl Sunday

Deflategate tops a "tough year" for the league, says Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL has also grappled with domestic violence and child abuse claims.

Balloon crew nearing North America surpasses duration record

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia were headed south along the California coast when they surpassed the previous duration record.

George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

Zimmerman's ex-girlfriend said in the document, made public Friday, that she was under no pressure and had been offered no money to make the statement.

Artillery fire kills at least 12 civilians in Donetsk

Five people were killed as they were waiting for humanitarian aid outside a community center and two people were killed in the same neighborhood.

British fighters 'escort' Russian bombers near UK airspace

A pair of Russian "Bear" bombers flew alarmingly close to British airspace on Wednesday. London has asked Moscow to explain the incident.

Missionaries almost erased a tribe's history, but for a Pasadena man's tape recorder

A classical bassist from Pasadena met a mountain tribe in Papua New Guinea made up entirely of songwriters. Luckily, he brought a tape recorder.

As Korean adoptees return, a complex relationship follows

Over 60 years, more than 200,000 Korean children were adopted overseas, most to U.S. families. Now, many are heading back to their roots.

Castro demands return of Guantánamo before normalizing ties with US

In a speech at a summit of Latin American countries, President Raúl Castro said the rapprochement would not make sense otherwise.

Fed stays 'patient' in raising interest rates

The Fed also voiced new concerns about low inflation, which could affect when it decides to raise its key short-term rate from near zero.

Mexico officially declares 43 missing students dead

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the events of Ayotzinapa "forces the country to change" toward a "just and free Mexico."

Smithsonian in talks over London outpost — its first overseas

If negotiations are successful, the Smithsonian would join other attractions at the site of London's Olympic Park.

Lebanese Hezbollah hits Israeli convoy, killing 2 soldiers

The violence was the deadliest Hezbollah attack against Israeli forces since a 2006 war between the two sides. A Spanish peacekeeper was also killed in the flare-up.

Jordan says it's willing to swap prisoner for hostages held by ISIS

A video released by the Islamic militants demanded the release of the convicted terrorist within 24 hours, or two hostages would be killed.

As nor'easter lifts, life slowly gets back to normal

In Boston, highways started filling up with cars. In Rhode Island, the governor called up 270 national guardsmen to help get the power back on.

Winter blizzard: More LAX cancellations; storm slams Boston, skips NYC

The forecasts had called for up to 30 inches of snow for the city, but the historic storm failed to materialize. That didn't prevent thousands of flight cancellations, including at LAX.

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Church leaders who held a rare news conference Tuesday said "we must all learn to live with others who do not share the same beliefs or values."