Blog: Nation/World News

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 03:12 PM

AP: Border security amendment offered in Senate

An agreement to vastly increase fencing, patrols and high-tech monitoring along the U.S.-Mexico border was formally unveiled in the Senate Friday, providing powerful momentum to a far-reaching immigration bill backed by the White House.

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 03:12 PM

AP: Obama to meet with privacy, civil liberties board

President Barack Obama is holding his first meeting with a privacy and civil liberties board Friday as he seeks to make good on his pledge to have a public discussion about secretive government surveillance programs.

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 02:30 PM

AP: WHO: Third of women suffer domestic violence

About a third of women worldwide have been physically or sexually assaulted by a former or current partner, according to the first major review of violence against women.

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 02:27 PM

AP: Protests planned across Brazil despite concessions

Protests are planned in more than 80 cities across Brazil Thursday, a week after the start of massive demonstrations that have sent hundreds of thousands of people into the streets denouncing poor public services and government corruption.

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 02:26 PM

AP: Youth leagues try to rein in 'bad news parents'

No parent here has rushed onto a playing field to jump a referee who made an unpopular call. No adult has gotten angry and slugged or pushed a coach or a young player, as has happened elsewhere. Nor have there been any of those embarrassing sideline brawls you sometimes see posted on online video sites.

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 02:23 PM

AP: Senators closing in on border security compromise

White House-backed immigration legislation gained momentum in the Senate on Thursday as lawmakers closed in on a bipartisan compromise to spend tens of billions of dollars stiffening the bill's border security requirements without delaying legalization for millions already living in the country unlawfully.

Jun. 20, 2013 @ 02:21 PM

AP: Taliban offer to free US soldier

The Taliban offered to free a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition Thursday to joining planned peace talks.

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 05:50 PM

AP: US tries saving Taliban talks after Karzai objects

Hopes dimmed for talks aimed at ending the Afghan war when an angry President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday suspended security negotiations with the U.S. and scuttled a peace delegation to the Taliban, sending American officials scrambling to preserve the possibility of dialogue with the militants.

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 05:46 PM

AP: Bill could reduce illegal immigration 25 percent

Illegal immigration into the United States would decrease by only 25 percent under a far-reaching Senate immigration bill, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office that also finds the measure reduces federal deficits by billions.

Jun. 19, 2013 @ 05:43 PM

AP: Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

AP: House committee takes up tough immigration bill

A key committee in the Republican-led House moved Tuesday toward approving a tough enforcement-focused immigration bill, over objections from Democrats and disruptions from protesters shouting "Shame, shame, shame!"

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

AP: NSA director says plot against Wall Street foiled

The U.S. foiled a plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange because of the sweeping surveillance programs at the heart of a debate over national security and personal privacy, officials said Tuesday at a rare open hearing on intelligence — a set-piece for supporters of the snooping.

Jun. 18, 2013 @ 03:43 PM

AP: US, Taliban to start talks on ending Afghan war

The Taliban and the U.S. said Tuesday they will hold talks on finding a political solution to ending nearly 12 years of war in Afghanistan, as the international coalition formally handed over control of the country's security to the Afghan army and police.

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 03:22 PM

AP: NSA leaker Snowden not welcome in UK

The British government has warned airlines around the world not to allow Edward Snowden, who leaked information on top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, to fly to the United Kingdom.

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

AP: Newtown marks 6 months since school massacre

Newtown held a moment of silence Friday for the victims of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School at a remembrance event that doubled as a call to action on gun control, with the reading of names of thousands of victims of gun violence.