Al Sharpton seizes the moment at Ferguson teen's funeral

Aug 26, 2014

Al Sharpton seizes the moment at Ferguson teen's funeral

Stepping to the pulpit at Greater Grace Church — minutes from where a suburban St. Louis police officer shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old — civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton wielded the fiery words that have marked his long, often notorious career. ...

Fukushima court rules against Tepco in suicide case

Aug 26, 2014

Fukushima court rules against Tepco in suicide case

The Fukushima District Court ruled Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. was responsible for a woman’s suicide following the March 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering the utility to pay ¥49 million in damages in a landmark ruling that could set a precedent for other claims ...

Jakarta tiptoes around issue of gas-rich islets

Aug 26, 2014

Jakarta tiptoes around issue of gas-rich islets

The word “sleepy” could have been invented for Ranai, the largest town in Indonesia’s remote and sparsely populated Natuna archipelago. It has few cars and only two sets of traffic lights. The cloud-wreathed mountain looming over it resembles a slumbering volcano. Nearby beaches lie ...

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Aug 26, 2014

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. And then they discovered bugs. At Boontham Puthachat’s ...

FBI investigates American backers of Islamic State

Aug 25, 2014

FBI investigates American backers of Islamic State

Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: ...

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Aug 25, 2014

Islamic State militants seize key Syrian air base, trove of weaponry

Islamic State fighters captured a major military air base in northeastern Syria on Sunday, eliminating the last government-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadist group, activists and state media said. Tabqa airfield — home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery, ...

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Aug 25, 2014

Britain says it's close to identifying beheading suspect

Britain is close to identifying a suspected British national shown beheading American journalist James Foley in a video released by Islamic State militants last week, the British ambassador to the United States said on Sunday. With Islamic State fighters now in control of vast ...

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Aug 25, 2014

As dry spell bites, Californians tear out lawns

Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn’t keep green, no matter how much he watered it, so he decided to tear it out. Three years later, he brims with pride at his new front yard in Long Beach, California, carpeted with ...