US & World

Germany closes probe into alleged US hacking of Merkel's phone

The country's top prosecutor said investigators had been unable to find solid evidence that the U.S. eavesdropped on Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls.

Body of American killed fighting ISIS handed over to family

Hundreds of people turned up in the Kurdish town of Kobani to bid farewell to Keith Broomfield before his body was handed over to family at the Mursitpinar gate.

Court says net neutrality rules will go into effect Friday

A judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit says the United States Telecom Association did not satisfy the requirements for a stay.

27 of Einstein's personal letters going on auction block

More than two dozen letters from the pre-eminent physicist are going on sale Thursday at California-based auction house Profiles in History.

Abuse and climate change to be addressed by pope in US

A highly anticipated papal teaching document will be released June 18. The Vatican also announced Pope Francis had approved a proposal from his sex abuse advisory panel.

US to send up to 450 more troops to train Iraqis

The plan would enable a larger number of Iraqis to join the fight against the Islamic State.

Putin visits Italy, pope as US seeks more Vatican criticism

While the pope has deplored the loss of life in Ukraine and called for all sides to respect the cease-fire, he has not publicly placed any blame on Russia.

NPR Red Cross investigation prompts call for a congressional hearing

The joint NPR/ProPublica probe found the charity raised nearly half a billion dollars after 2010 Haiti earthquake, but has little to show for it.

Court upholds key parts of Texas' strict anti-abortion law

The decision could leave as few as seven abortion clinics in the nation's second largest state. Texas currently has about 17 abortion providers.

US gets win against tough Australia in World Cup opener

The US fought off an aggressive Australian team in its first game Monday at the World Cup, to come away with a win, and an important three points in pool play.

Brief film taken before Earhart's last flight surfaces

A very dark, grainy 3.5-minute home movie has surfaced that shows Amelia Earhart on the day before her fateful attempt to fly around the world.

Gay couples in Guam start applying for marriage licenses

Couples on Tuesday morning local time lined up at the Office of Vital Statistics, where marriage licenses are issued. Two lesbian couples were among the first seeking marriage.

After spending millions on communications, Homeland Security fails radio test

The department has spent heavily so first responders from different agencies can communicate with one another. The Office of the Inspector General reports there's still a lot of static.

Mexico elections: a win for an independent candidate amid violence, protests

In Mexico's mid-term elections, voters elected an independent governor and President Enrique Peña Nieto's party maintained control of Congress amid heavy troop presence and protests.

Turkey's ruling party will lose its majority, preliminary results show

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's governing Justice and Development Party was hoping to secure a big majority. Instead they may be forced to share power with their rivals.

Obama at G-7: West must stand up to 'Russian aggression'

The president arrived in Bavaria for the summit, where Western leaders are due to discuss the situation in Ukraine and how to prevent Greece from defaulting on its sovereign debt.