US & World

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."

Fidel Castro writes statement on shift in Cuba-US relations

"I don't trust the policy of the United States, nor have I exchanged a word with them, but this does not mean I reject a pacific solution to the conflicts," Castro wrote in a letter.

Holocaust survivors mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation

About 300 survivors of the Nazi camp are attending the ceremony with German and Austrian leaders. But attention is also on the absence of Russia's president, whose countrymen liberated Auschwitz.

Finding friendships through food across five continents

Viewing a waterfall at gunpoint in Colombia; eating fattoush at a gas station in Syria. Tales of travel, food and friendship shared with SoCal adventurer, Allan Karl

Purported IS message threatens Japan, Jordan hostages

Tuesday's video matched a message released over the weekend, though neither bore the logo of the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm.

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology.

Man takes responsibility for drone over White House

The man contacted the Secret Service at midmorning after a small drone crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response.

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency

The Congressional Budget Office says the deficit will be $468 billion, its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office.

Obama takes in India's grand Republic Day parade

Obama's attendance at India's Republic Day celebrations was unlike any other event he has participated in during his overseas travel as president.

Stress of 'nonstop war' forcing out good soldiers, Hagel says

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says he is concerned about the toll of repeatedly rotating the same soldiers back to the front lines.