US & World

Surf City USA: Guinness World Records surfing title broken in Huntington Beach

Sixty-six surfers rode a 42-foot surfboard on Saturday in Huntington Beach, breaking a Guinness World Record and possibly a second record.

Women's World Cup: US faces Colombia in round of 16

Colombian star Lady Andrade told USA Today that her team would win: "We're going to beat them since they like to talk so much."

Secret WWII chemical experiments tested troops by race

While the Pentagon has admitted using troops in World War II mustard gas experiments, NPR found new details about tests that grouped subjects by race.

UN report on Gaza: Both sides may be guilty of war crimes

Both Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers quickly rejected the report's findings, which said that they may have committed war crimes during the 2014 Gaza war.

Snapshot sleuthing confirms Russian military presence in Ukraine

Like young adults everywhere, soldiers in the Russian military are fond of documenting their doings via social media. One journalist traced a soldier's presence in Ukraine through his photos online.

Report: ISIS lays mines around ancient sites in Palmyra

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it isn't clear whether the move is meant to secure the ancient treasures from government forces or to destroy them.

Al-Jazeera journalist detained in Berlin on Egyptian warrant

Ahmed Mansour, a senior journalist, was detained at 9 a.m. EDT while trying to board a Qatar Airways flight at Berlin's Tegel airport heading to Doha, the station reported.

Bin Laden's son asked US for father's death certificate, Wikileaks says

The website has begun the release of 500,000 documents it says are related to Saudi Arabian diplomatic communications. Among them was the request from Abdullah bin Laden.

Photos of Dylann Roof, racist manifesto surface on website

The photos on the site, titled "The Last Rhodesian," appear to be authentic and an unsigned text refers to the Trayvon Martin case and details the author's attitudes toward various ethnic groups.

Independence Day for Americans with disabilities

In July, the U.S. marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the poster campaign that promotes disability rights.

35 percent spike in global terror attacks in 2014

Extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan and Nigeria unleashed a savage rise in violence between 2013 and 2014, according to new statistics released by the State Department.

US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

A new federal rule covers an expanded group of military personnel who were believed to have been exposed to Agent Orange residue in the U.S. from 1969 to 1986.

Treasury says woman will be picked for $10 bill

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is asking the public for suggestions on who should be chosen for the bill, as well as what symbols of democracy it should feature.

US institute: Construction visible at North Korea nuke site

International monitors were expelled in 2009, but commercial satellite photos offer a partial window into the country's only publicly known nuclear facility.

Al-Qaida's No. 2 figure killed in US strike in Yemen, White House confirms

Nasir al-Wahishi commanded al-Qaida's powerful Yemeni affiliate. His death strikes the terror network's biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Egyptian court sentences Morsi to life, and then to death

The rulings in Cairo confirm sentences against the ousted leader that were handed down this spring. NPR's Leila Fadel says "the cases have been criticized as show trials with fantastical accusations."