US & World

Tourism money flows into Cuba, bringing economic hopes and fears

Tourism is an essential part of Cuba's economy. But as the industry grows, some worry it will create a gap between the haves and have-nots in a throwback to pre-revolution days.

NFL agrees to remove $675M cap on concussion damages

The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims after a federal judge worried the money could run out sooner than expected.

Pastor defrocked over gay wedding is reinstated

The church suspended Frank Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, for officiating his son's 2007 wedding, then defrocked him when he refused to promise to uphold the Methodist law banning clergy from performing same-sex marriages.

Asiana Flight 214: Pilot 'mismanagement' caused SFO crash

The Asiana flight crew "over-relied on automated systems that they did not fully understand" before a deadly crash at San Francisco International Airport in 2013, federal investigators say.

U.K. phone-hacking trial: Brooks cleared, Coulson found guilty

Former media executive Rebekah Brooks has been cleared of all misconduct in a headline-grabbing trial revolving around tycoon Rupert Murdoch's British media empire.

Mexico beats Croatia 3-1, advances in World Cup

The Croats had to win to advance and held the bulk of possession, but had trouble seriously threatening goalkeeper Guillermo Ocho.

Tsunami warning for Alaska's Aleutian Islands after 8.0 quake (updated)

A magnitude-8.0 earthquake was widely felt in communities along Alaska's sparsely populated Aleutian Islands, but there are no immediate reports of damage.

Mormon church excommunicates women's group founder

As the leader of Ordain Women, Kate Kelly is accused of apostasy, which is repeated and public advocacy of positions that oppose church teachings.

Egyptian court sentences journalists to lengthy prison terms

Three journalists who work for Al-Jazeera have been sentenced to prison terms — two for seven years and a third for 10 years — by an Egyptian court. The three men were accused of aiding terrorists.

Beijing: Hong Kong democracy referendum 'an illegal farce'

State-run media have denounced the unofficial vote organized by pro-democracy activists. So far, more than 700,000 people have cast ballots.

Drone killing memo released after NY court fight

A federal appeals court has released a previously secret memo that provided legal justification for using drones to kill Americans suspected of terrorism overseas.

Congress keeping close watch on Obama's plans in Iraq

President Obama has said that the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq to confront insurgents and that he will consult Congress. But he's said nothing about seeking its approval.

In Iraq, ISIS advances, Shiite cleric issues warning

During a sermon in Baghdad, Nassir al-Saedi said they would ready for "the occupier" "if you are back." Meanwhile, ISIS took control of two towns.

MAP: The runner-up religions of the United States of America

One nation under God, with many different religious traditions. Find out about the number two religions throughout the United States.

Revelers greet the midsummer sunrise at Stonehenge

New-agers, pagans and modern-day Druids began the longest day of the year with songs, dance and yoga at the ancient stones on Salisbury Plain.

Government moves to ban drones in 400 national parks

The National Park Service is moving to ban drones from 84 million acres of public lands and waterways, saying that unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety.