Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

May 28, 2015

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled. Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling Tuesday that Wade Robson’s ...

May 28, 2015

U.S. expands protection for streams, water supply

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled expanded safeguards Wednesday for streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to more than 100 million people. The EPA said it had finalized rules to better ensure that U.S. water protection is “precisely defined and predictably determined.” Approximately ...

Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 19

May 28, 2015

Homeowners clean up in Texas; death toll climbs to 19

Homeowners dragged soggy carpet to the curb and mopped up coffee-colored muck Wednesday after a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma left at least 19 people dead and a dozen others missing. More rain fell on the hard-hit Houston area, temporarily ...

May 28, 2015

U.S. state abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote ...

SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

May 28, 2015

SpaceX cleared for U.S. military launches

Billionaire Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX has won long-waited approval from the U.S. Air Force to launch military satellites, opening the way to a lucrative market that has been a virtual monopoly for a Boeing and Lockheed Martin joint venture. With the certification, California-based SpaceX ...

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

May 28, 2015

Airstrike option alone seen not working against fluid Islamic State

It is the modern era’s military strategy of choice: overwhelming air power delivering precision-guided punishment backed by intelligence on the ground, with minimal exposure for soldiers of the striking side. Seductive though it is to risk-averse governments with war-weary publics, the approach has its ...

May 27, 2015

South Korea's Park to meet Obama at White House next month

President Barack Obama will host his South Korean counterpart, Park Geun-hye, at the White House on June 16, officials announced Tuesday. The meeting, which White House officials said was designed to “underscore the strength and breadth” of relations, comes amid rising tensions with North ...