Top U.S. court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

Apr 23, 2014

Top U.S. court upholds Michigan ban on college affirmative action

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday further undermined the use of racial preferences in higher education by upholding a voter-approved Michigan law that banned the practice in decisions on which students to admit to state universities. The 6-2 vote and the four opinions issued ...

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Apr 21, 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies at 84

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s prodemocracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule. The veteran campaigner — whose near ...

U.S. militias await next call to arms

| Apr 19, 2014

U.S. militias await next call to arms

Flat on his belly in a sniper position, wearing a baseball cap and a flak jacket, a protester aimed his semi-automatic rifle from the edge of an overpass and waited as a crowd below stood its ground against U.S. federal agents in the Nevada ...

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Apr 17, 2014

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a ...

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

Apr 16, 2014

Berlusconi gets community service for tax conviction

A court has ordered former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to serve a tax fraud sentence by doing community service with the elderly, in a ruling that restricts his movements but not his political activity. The court ruled Tuesday that Berlusconi, one of Italy’s richest ...

Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

Apr 16, 2014

Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

Two brothers arrested for the second time over accusations of cannibalism appeared in court Tuesday, police officials said, in a sensational case that has horrified Pakistanis. A judge in an anti-terrorism court in Sargodha district ordered the men detained for a week pending an ...

Boston bombing marked with defiant memorial

Apr 16, 2014

Boston bombing marked with defiant memorial

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, along with other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, shared messages of thanks and defiance Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. From Patrick Downes ...

New China law to take on nation's polluters

Apr 15, 2014

New China law to take on nation's polluters

Smog-hit China is set to pass a new law that would give Beijing more powers to shut polluting factories, punish officials and even place protected regions off-limits to industrial development, scholars have said. Long-awaited amendments to China’s 1989 Environmental Protection Law are expected to ...

Questions linger a year after Boston attack

Apr 15, 2014

Questions linger a year after Boston attack

A surveillance video shows a man prosecutors say is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev placing a bomb near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, just meters from where an 8-year-old boy was killed when it exploded. A hand-scrawled confession condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries was ...

U.S. mom admits to killing six babies

Apr 15, 2014

U.S. mom admits to killing six babies

Authorities say a woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in the garage of her home in Utah. According to a ...

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

Apr 15, 2014

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of spewing vitriol against Jews, law enforcement officials said Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local ...