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 ...

Aug 25, 2014

Burger King in buyout talks with Canada chain Tim Hortons

Burger King Worldwide Inc. is negotiating to buy Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc. and relocate its base to the U.S. neighbor, where corporate tax rates are lower. Canada’s largest coffee merchant and the Miami-based burger chain majority owned by 3G Capital ...

Fallout from Ferguson shooting spurs police interest in wearable cameras

Aug 25, 2014

Fallout from Ferguson shooting spurs police interest in wearable cameras

The fatal police shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is prompting calls for more officers to wear so-called body cameras, simple, lapel-mounted gadgets that capture video footage of law enforcement’s interactions with the public. Proponents say the devices add a new ...

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

Aug 24, 2014

U.S. National Zoo puts on birthday bash for panda cub Bao Bao

A rambunctious panda bear cub celebrated a rare first birthday with a special cake and traditional Chinese gifts at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington on Saturday. Bao Bao, a 44-pound female, is the second panda in the zoo’s history to live a full ...

Protesters, police march side by side in Ferguson

Aug 24, 2014

Protesters, police march side by side in Ferguson

A diverse group of protesters, many of them children, marched peacefully Saturday as calm prevailed for a fourth straight day in the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was shot by a white police officer, setting off more than a week of ...