Apr 23, 2015

Mexican girl wrongly sent to U.S. returns to celebration

A 14-year-old Mexican girl who was taken by authorities and sent screaming to live in the United States was returned home Wednesday after DNA tests showed she is not the daughter of the Houston woman who claimed her. The case of Alondra Luna Nunez ...

U.S. Navy conducts first in-flight refueling of a drone

Apr 23, 2015

U.S. Navy conducts first in-flight refueling of a drone

The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday that it had successfully completed the first in-flight refueling of a drone, widely increasing the use and range of the unmanned aircraft. In a flight along the eastern coast of the United States, the unmanned prototype X-47B approached a ...

Apr 23, 2015

Russia bolstering rebel forces, heavy arms, air defenses in Ukraine: U.S.

The United States accused Russia Wednesday of building up its forces along the border with Ukraine, boosting air defense systems in the country and training Ukrainian rebels in the east. “Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the ‘Minsk 2′ agreement signed ...

Pope will stop in Cuba in September after U.S. visit

Apr 23, 2015

Pope will stop in Cuba in September after U.S. visit

Pope Francis, who played a key role in the diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana, will visit Cuba in September after a scheduled visit to the U.S., the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday. His visit to the communist-ruled island, which is home to many Roman ...

Saudis say airstrikes over but Yemen positions bombed again

Apr 23, 2015

Saudis say airstrikes over but Yemen positions bombed again

Hours after Saudi Arabia declared an end to its coalition’s nearly monthlong air campaign in Yemen, new airstrikes Wednesday hit Iran-backed militants and their allies in two cities, and the rebels said they would welcome U.N.-led peace talks in the conflict that has killed ...

Apr 22, 2015

Kraft nixing dye from Mac and Cheese

Consumer activists cheered Tuesday, but some comfort food fans booed, after Kraft Foods Group said it will stop using artificial coloring in its iconic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese product. From January next year, two kinds of yellow dye will no longer be added to ...

Apr 22, 2015

N.Y. judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons'

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ...

Apr 22, 2015

White House avoids calling Armenian deaths 'genocide'

The White House avoided referring to the mass World War I killings of Armenians as genocide Tuesday, as a diplomatic row raged ahead of the tragedy’s 100th anniversary. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign policy ...

Apr 22, 2015

South Korea, U.S. conclude nuclear power deal

South Korea and the United States have agreed a new nuclear pact allowing Seoul to expand its civil atomic energy program, wrapping up more than four years of negotiations, a report said Wednesday. A signing ceremony was to be held later Wednesday in Seoul, ...

Apr 22, 2015

Poland to buy Patriot missiles from U.S.

The United States welcomed news Tuesday that Poland is planning to buy the U.S.-made Patriot missile system in an unprecedented revamp of its military in a deal worth up to $5 billion. “Poland is a stalwart NATO ally, and its defense modernization program . ...

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. dispels rumors Islamic State leader was wounded in airstrike

U.S. forces have no reason to think Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was wounded in an airstrike against an Iraqi target last month, the Pentagon said Tuesday. British daily The Guardian had earlier reported that the militant, who styles himself caliph of the ...

New telescope set to launch in 2018

Apr 22, 2015

New telescope set to launch in 2018

As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA and its international partners are building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more potent ...