U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

May 23, 2015

U.S. Senate OKs fast-track trade authority for Obama

In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Senate passage of the trade bill capped two weeks ...

Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in a box

May 22, 2015

Suspect at large in slaying of Missouri woman kept in a box

A Missouri woman who escaped captivity from a wooden box three weeks ago was found dead in a home on Thursday, along with her teenage son, and police are searching for the man suspected both of locking her up and killing her. Officers found ...

May 22, 2015

Indiana approves first U.S. needle-exchange program

The central state of Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. State health Commissioner ...

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach's list

May 22, 2015

Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach's list

As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water. On Thursday, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was named ...

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

May 21, 2015

To Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

by Adrian Croft

Tense Ukrainian soldiers with assault rifles creep stealthily around mock houses before bursting in to clear out gunmen, while others practice setting ambushes or infantry assaults — all under the watchful eyes of U.S. Army trainers. Dotted around the vast, wooded Yavoriv military training ...

May 21, 2015

WTO ruling prompts China to drop rare earths export quota

China on Wednesday told the World Trade Organization that it had scrapped a quota system limiting exports of rare earth minerals after complaints by the U.S., EU and Japan. China told WTO members that it had taken measures on Jan. 1 and May 1 ...