US & World

Mailman who flew gyrocopter onto Capitol lawn appears in court

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Robert Gates, national president of the Boy Scouts of America, raised the possibility of revising the policy so local Scout organizations could decide whether to allow gays as leaders.

Why a Chinese government think tank attacked American scholars

The think tank's article says professors are miscasting the history of the country's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). That's big for the Communist Party.

Feds trying to determine if Amtrak engineer was using phone

Investigators I trying to find out if Brandon Bostian, the engineer aboard the Amtrak train that derailed last week, was using his phone when the deadly wreck occurred.

Islamic State takes control of ancient city of Palmyra

The city is on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites, and it gives the militant group access to gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.

US releases documents seized from Osama Bin Laden's compound

Newly declassified materials include books, magazines and letters found during the 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

A 10-year-old makes a video so we 'don't forget Nepal'

Lucas Zutt has lived in Nepal since 2013. It's "where I belong," he says. He made a video so the world will have a close-up — and personal — view of the earthquake's impact.

Poll: 60 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage

It's a far cry from 1996, the first year in which Gallup posed the question to Americans. Back then, 68 percent of respondents said same-sex marriages should not be valid.

Conservative, Catholic Ireland votes on same-sex marriage

On Friday, Ireland could become the first country to make gay marriage legal by popular vote.

Elian Gonzalez says he would like to visit US as a tourist

Now 21, Gonzalez was seized 15 years ago from his relatives in Miami by U.S. officials who returned him to his native country. His mother died trying to reach the U.S. His father wanted him back.

Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

The judge panel said the previous decision by a three-member panel of the same court gave "short shrift" to the First Amendment and constituted prior restraint.

President gets his own Twitter account: 'It's Barack. Really!'

Obama's bio on @POTUS says he is "Dad, husband and 44th President of the United States."

USA vs. Mexico: goal-scoring thrill ahead of World Cup

The U.S. Women's Soccer team beat Mexico Sunday in a game that displayed some much-needed goal-scoring ahead of next month's World Cup in Canada. 

Islamic State killed hundreds as it took Iraq's Ramadi

The fall of Ramadi was a stunning defeat for Iraq's security forces and military, which fled as the Islamic State extremists overwhelmed the last hold-out positions of pro-government forces despite U.S.-led air support.

Amtrak to restore service between Philadelphia and New York

That portion of the Northeast Corridor — the nation's busiest railroad — was shut down while the train service investigated Tuesday's fatal derailment. It will reopen early Monday.

20 years after China seized boy monk, Tibetans call for his release

In 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was designated as the 11th Panchen Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's second-highest spiritual leader. He was promptly detained by Chinese authorities and never heard from again.