US & World

Pope says world leaders cowards on environment

Pope Francis has ended a powerful speech before a gathering of social movements with a fierce condemnation of the world's governments.

Pope apologizes for church's indigenous offenses

The apology was significant given the controversy that has erupted in the United States over Francis' planned canonization of 18th century Spanish priest Junipero Serra, who set up missions across California.

More than 21 million affected by government data breach, US says

The number affected by the breach is higher than the 14 million figure that investigators gave last month.

UN says Syria represents worst refugee crisis in 25 years

The organization estimates more than 4 million have fled since the start of the civil war four years ago. Another 7.6 million are believed to be internally displaced.

Facebook's new logo is a visual nod to gender equality

A female designer at the company updated Facebook's friend logo, placing a woman's silhouette in front of a man's.

Army cuts could grow even bigger if budget impasse persists

Military leaders were notifying members of Congress Wednesday of how they intend to reduce the active-duty force from 490,000 soldiers to 450,000 within two years.

In long-predicted shift, California Latinos outnumber whites

According to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in late June, Hispanic Californians began to narrowly outnumber white Californians sometime in the first half of 2014.

1 year after Gaza war, resident describes recovery

1 year after Israel began airstrikes into Gaza in response to Hamas militants launching rockets toward Israel, recovery is still slow in Gaza City.

Federal court rules against Redskins in legal battle with Native Americans

The decision takes the team one step closer to losing its trademark protection over the name, which the judge agreed "may disparage" Native Americans.

For homeless families, quick exit from shelters is only a temporary fix

The rapid rehousing program provides the homeless with short-term rental assistance. But many recipients ultimately face the same problems as those who stay in shelters, a new government study finds.

After training, female Marines await word on ground combat

Ground combat jobs will open to women in January unless the Marine Corps makes the case they should be closed.

Obama: Fight against IS militants progressing, but still a long slog

Obama made his remarks after a rare visit to the Pentagon Monday to get an update on the campaign against so-called Islamic State fighters.

South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

The 37-3 vote Monday allows the state to remove the flag and the flagpole where it flies as soon as it passes the House and is signed by Gov. Nikki Haley. The bill must pass a two-thirds vote, which is likely to be held Tuesday.

Pope Francis kicks off South America tour in Ecuador

He told those gathered that he would pray for them "and I won't charge you a thing. All I ask, please, is that you pray for me."

Greece looks to reopen bailout talks as euro future in doubt

With Greek banks running out of cash and facing the danger of collapse within days without new aid, the government in Athens is racing against the clock.

Greece gives thumbs-down on bailout referendum

The Greek people have given their answer to international lenders and so far is a resounding thumbs-down.