October 12, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

House Republicans moves to revamp law on national monuments

WASHINGTON   House Republicans are moving to restrict the president’s ability to protect millions of acres of federal land considered historic, geographically significant or culturally important.  More...

Emergency alerts face scrutiny after Northern California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, CALIF. Communities in wildfire-prone Northern California have an array of emergency systems designed to alert residents of danger: text messages, phone calls, emails and tweets. More...

Fire survivor feels regret over leaving elderly neighbors

SANTA ROSA, Calif.   As his house filled with smoke from one of California’s devastating wine country fires, Ryan Nelson’s thoughts went to his elderly neighbors — one of whom has multiple sclerosis.  More...

Top Indian court rules sex with wife younger than 18 is rape

NEW DELHI   India’s top court has ruled that having sexual intercourse with a wife younger than 18 is rape, a decision that activists say is an important step toward ending child marriages.  More...

Trump hopes to boost lower-premium health insurance plans

WASHINGTON Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order today that aims to make lower-premium plans more widely available. More...

Rivals Hamas, Fatah reach preliminary deal on governing Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip   Rival groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a preliminary, partial agreement that could pave the way for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resume governing the Gaza Strip, a decade after Hamas overran the territory, of More...

A look at 2017 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners

CHICAGO Twenty-four people from a wide range of fields have been awarded $625,000, nostrings attached fellowships from the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation, the organization announced today. More...

NFL may change policy that players ‘should’ stand for anthem

NFL owners will meet next week to consider changes to a game manual that says players “should” stand during the national anthem, a guideline the league has left to the discretion of players who kneeled in large numbers after criticism fro More...

California wildfires reduces years-long dreams to embers

SANTA ROSA, Calif.   Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California.  More...

Paltrow and Jolie accounts may have sealed Weinstein’s fate

LOS ANGELES They waited years to speak, but two of Hollywood’s most powerful women might have helped seal the fate of Harvey Weinstein. More...

Puerto Ricans leave for U.S. mainland as storm woes linger

MIAMI   Lourdes Rodriguez fled Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria filled her home in the northern town of Vega Baja with mud, ruining mattresses and other belongings. More...

Spain’s PM demands clarity from Catalonia on independence

MADRID   Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded today that the Catalan leader clarify whether he has declared independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind the region’s autonomy if he has.& More...

Climber kills himself after girlfriend’s avalanche death

Just two weeks before renowned climber Hayden Kennedy killed himself following the death of his girlfriend in an avalanche in Montana, he wrote on a climbing blog that he had watched too many friends die in the mountains over the last few years. More...

Deadly California wildfires force thousands to evacuate

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University of Vermont enshrines healthy living in bricks and mortar

BURLINGTON, VT. Pledges by college students to eschew drugs and alcohol are old hat. More...

Amid cooperation, some Trump allies urge Russia probe fight

WASHINGTON Even as President Donald Trump’s advisers encourage him to accept the realities of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, longtime friends and allies are pushing Trump to fight back, citing concerns that his lawyers are naive More...

1,000 leads later, authorities still stumped by Vegas gunman

LAS VEGAS More than a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. More...

High security ahead of a key Catalan parliamentary address

BARCELONA, Spain   Catalonia’s regional leader was addressing parliament today in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decadelong standoff between Catalan separatists and More...

Taiwan leader: Protect stability amid tensions

TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen today said her government will defend the self-governing island’s freedoms and democratic system amid heightened tensions with rival China, and renewed calls for dialogue that Beijing suspended m More...

Japan court: Govt, utility accountable in Fukushima accident

TOKYO   A Japanese court today ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen ($4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost in More...