US & World

U.S. will launch new 'national alert system' for terrorist threats

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he'll announce a new system to inform the public about the threat and the government's response.

All barriers to women in combat fall; is draft registration next?

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announcement removing remaining barriers to women in all combat military occupational specialties raises other questions.

In California, aid withers for people with developmental disabilities

Budget cuts and rising costs are imperiling California's programs for people with developmental disabilities. The state had led the nation in providing innovative community based services.

Pay your parking ticket by donating food? Yes, you can

A few cities around the country are allowing drivers to cover part or all of their fines with food donations. The idea is to turn a negative — getting a ticket — into a positive: helping others.

Regulators fine SoCal Edison $16.7M over private talks

The penalty is the latest fallout in more than a year of scandals over what watchdog groups and lawmakers say are too-cozy relations between the California Public Utilities Commission and the utilities it regulates.

Army says it will review cases of dismissed soldiers with mental health problems

The Army says it will conduct a "thorough, multidisciplinary review" to determine if thousands of combat soldiers with those issues or TBIs have been unfairly kicked out of the Army.

Deadly Cairo fire-bombing attack is deemed result of a fight

Police say the attack that killed 16 people followed a dispute between employees of the club and some young men.

Café hit by Paris terrorism attack reopens

A banner over the Bonne Bière café's awning reads "Je Suis En Terrasse" – I'm on the terrace – a defiant message that spread in the days after the Nov. 13 attack.

UN working to launch Syria talks and cease-fire in January

The United Nations is working to launch talks between Syria's warring parties and start a nationwide cease-fire in early January, the U.N. chief said Thursday.

Former coal CEO Blankenship found guilty of conspiracy in mine disaster case

Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was acquitted on two other counts, meaning he'll face far less than the potential 30-year prison sentence prosecutors had sought.

Women can now serve in combat positions, Pentagon says

The process to open combat jobs to women began in January of 2013; today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter made it official across all branches of the U.S. military.

Hawaii Supreme Court voids telescope construction permit

The ruling is a victory for protesters who say they are fighting the project to curb development, preserve Native Hawaiian culture and protect Mauna Kea.

UK lawmakers vote to launch airstrikes on IS in Syria

The 397-223 vote in the House of Commons means Royal Air Force fighter jets could be flying over Syria within hours.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have baby, promise to give away fortune

The CEO of Facebook and his wife have announced the birth of their baby girl Max, and committed to giving 99 percent of their shares in the company for philanthropic purposes.

US Marine found guilty of killing transgender Filipino

Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of homicide by first strangling Jennifer Laude and then dunking her head into a toilet bowl.

As force shrinks and competition grows, Army plans to retool chow halls

The Army hopes changes in its dining facilities will simultaneously save money, make meals more nutritious, and persuade more soldiers to eat there.