US & World

South Korean ferry captain sentenced to 36 years

The punishment for the April calamity drew shouts and sharp criticism from victims' family members in the courtroom; many had urged a death sentence.

To survive, American Legion needs younger veterans

It can be hard to sell the concept of meeting face-to-face to a generation of young veterans who are used to gathering online or playing video games to decompress.

Medal of Freedom honorees this year include Meryl Streep and Steve Wonder

Among those receiving a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom are Stevie Wonder, Meryl Streep and the late Rep. Edward Roybal.

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

A “Hello Kitty Birthday Lollipop” whistle McDonald's gave to children in Happy Meals is being recalled because there is a chance children could choke on its parts.

On the run from Boko Haram in Nigeria

In one Nigerian town, almost 9,500 displaced people now live in a giant camp. They've found refuge in what was a youth center outside Yola, the state capital.

Volunteers honor unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans

A nonprofit group, the Missing in America Project, has helped to locate nearly 10,000 cremains and identify and bury more than 2,000 veterans.

NYC doctor to be released after Ebola recovery

New York City health officials say a doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital Tuesday.

AP report: Employees often at fault in federal data breaches

Carelessness by federal employees has been cited as the cause of at least half the incidents of cyber attacks at federal agencies.

Celebrating Veterans Day with John's dad, Kevin's grandma, and Doualy's great uncle

Three vets: one who fought the Cold War, one who survived sharks in the Pacific, and one who became a hero to Hmong refugees in the US.

In China, Obama touts visa deal, progress on free-trade pact

Under a new agreement, the U.S. and China will extend visas from the current one-year term to five and 10 years. President Obama is in China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Net neutrality: White House backs the Internet in a major way

President Obama is calling on rule-makers to reclassify broadband as a public utility. It would give the FCC much broader authority to stop "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" to the Internet.

Ill-equipped and underpaid, Kurdish fighters hold ISIS at bay

The Kurdish peshmerga is the only viable force to stave off jihadi militants in Iraq, but with little support from Baghdad, discontent grows among the fighters.

Despite truce, heavy shelling resumes in Donetsk

In the fiercest fighting in weeks, pro-Russian separatists appear to have renewed a push to seize the city's airport.

Capitalism is making China richer, but not democratic

The U.S. thought trade and investment would eventually make China more democratic. In fact, it's had the opposite effect: creating a rich, authoritarian class.

Students killed, burned, dumped into river, authorities say

Suspects in the disappearance of 43 college students have described a macabre and complicated mass murder and incineration of the victims, Mexican authorities said Friday.

Prosecutors drop charge against AC/DC's Phil Rudd

New Zealand authorities made an embarrassing about-face on Friday when prosecutors dropped a murder-for-hire charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, saying there was not enough evidence to proceed.