Current News



Italy's president summons economist after attempt to form government fails

Current News / News & Features /

ROME –– Italian President Sergio Mattarella has summoned economist Carlo Cottarelli for talks Monday, after an attempt to create the country's first populist government failed Sunday.

The move appears to be part of preparations for a caretaker government after Giuseppe Conte, the prime ministerial pick for a coalition between the anti-...Read more

Alberto slowly strengthens as it churns toward Florida Panhandle

Current News / News & Features /

Subtropical storm Alberto, slowly strengthening as it drew closer to the Gulf Coast, set off new tropical storm warnings Sunday stretching just north of Naples up past the tip of Florida's Panhandle.

Forecasters expected the storm to approach the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday night or Monday.

The National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon...Read more

Robert Kennedy Jr. backs 2nd-gunman theory in his father's assassination

Current News / News & Features /

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound.

The latest to add his voice to those who believe there was a second gunman is the senator's son Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Sirhan B. Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, was arrested and later convicted of the shooting at the...Read more

More than 90 die in 2 weeks in Bangladesh drug war

Current News / News & Features /

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A crackdown on alleged drug dealers has left at least 91 people dead in less than two weeks in Bangladesh, sparking fears of a Philippines-style drug war marked by extrajudicial killings.

Most of the deaths have occurred in what the Bangladeshi news media have referred to as shootouts or gunfights, although the families of ...Read more

Thousands gather in Berlin for far-right demonstration and counterprotest

Current News / News & Features /

BERLIN -- Several thousand demonstrators from across Germany gathered in the capital Sunday for a rally organized by the far-right Alternative for Germany party, with anti-AfD protesters lining the route in central Berlin.

About 2,000 police officers provided security for the AfD.

The party estimated that about 5,000 had turned out for its ...Read more

Giuliani accuses Mueller of leading 'rigged' investigation of Trump

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON ––Donald Trump's lawyer again questioned the legitimacy of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as a possible interview of Trump by the special counsel.

"We're more convinced as we see it that this is a rigged investigation," Rudy Giuliani said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Nation." Asked...Read more

Supreme Court will soon rule on gay rights, gerrymandering, unions

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court is heading into the final month of its term, facing decisions on gerrymandering, unions, gay rights, abortion and President Donald Trump's travel ban.

This term's best-known case is a culture-war clash that pits equal rights for gay customers against a claim of religious liberty from a Christian store owner. ...Read more

Fueled by unlimited donations, independent groups play their biggest role yet in a California primary for governor

Current News / News & Features /

An unprecedented amount of money from wealthy donors, unions and corporations is flowing into the California governor's race, giving independent groups -- unrestricted by contribution limits -- a greater say in picking the state's chief executive than ever before.

The groups have already spent more than $26 million through Thursday, the most ...Read more

Maryland police officer's death ignites a racial firestorm

Current News / News & Features /

BALTIMORE -- It's hard to think of a more volatile mix: Four young black males from Baltimore City, accused in the death of a white female police officer in Baltimore County. Authorities say three of the teenagers were breaking into homes when the fourth ran the officer over in a stolen Jeep.

Predictably enough, social media, call-in radio and ...Read more

California voters aren't nostalgic for 'old' primaries

Current News / News & Features /

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The home stretch of California's statewide primary election is here, and all the big questions in this political season have one thing in common.

They begin with the disruptive nature of the top-two primary, an electoral juggernaut that party leaders hate and candidates treat, at best, with lukewarm praise.

Voters, though...Read more

Surprise meeting by North and South Korean leaders was requested by Kim Jong Un

Current News / News & Features /

SEOUL, South Korea -- Prospects for a historic U.S.-North Korean summit appear be improving following a surprise meeting Saturday between the leaders of North and South Korea during which the two men discussed reviving the summit that President Donald Trump had called off.

The meeting between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and South Korean President...Read more

Authorities say ancient mosaic seized at LA-area home was looted from war-torn Syria

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES--The ancient mosaic depicts Hercules and other figures from Roman mythology and is believed to date from the 3rd or 4th century. It is 18 feet wide and 8 feet tall, and weighs one ton.

The Byzantine artwork was seized by FBI agents in 2016 at the Palmdale home of Mohamad Yassin Alcharihi, who is accused in a complaint filed in ...Read more

Nikias' tenure as USC president was marked by growth and scandal

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES--Just as C.L. Max Nikias was about to assume the responsibilities as the University of Southern California's president in 2010, the university was reeling from NCAA sanctions levied against its athletic program.

Citing a lack of institutional control and unethical conduct, the NCAA erased the accomplishments of nine years -- two ...Read more

New tropical storm warnings issued for Florida's west coast, northern Gulf coast

Current News / News & Features /

MIAMI--Tropical storm warnings were issued Saturday for areas along Florida's west coast and the northern Gulf Coast, as forecasters expect Subtropical Storm Alberto to strengthen as it churns north over the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The storm is forecast to approach the Gulf Coast on Monday, although heavy rain and tropical storm conditions will ...Read more

Colombia's presidential election could signal end of peace pact with former FARC rebels, analysts say

Current News / News & Features /

BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombians go to the polls Sunday in a historic presidential election that could decide the fate of the already precarious peace agreement by the country's largest and most violent rebel group and the government of outgoing president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos.

The election is the first in Colombia since...Read more

US citizen jailed for 2 years in Venezuela is released

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- A Utah man who was imprisoned in Venezuela and languished for nearly two years in a Caracas jail was released Saturday.

The family of Joshua Holt announced his release in a statement, and President Donald Trump later confirmed it on Twitter.

The Holt family, in a statement, asked for privacy.

"We are grateful to all who ...Read more

North and South Korean leaders meet in effort to get US summit back on track

Current News / News & Features /

SEOUL, South Korea --The leaders of North and South Korea met Saturday in an effort to resurrect talks between Washington and Pyongyang, continuing their close coordination despite the apparent breakdown in U.S.-North Korean diplomacy.

White House officials said they were informed of the two-hour meeting in advance, and indicated that they ...Read more

State of emergency declared across Florida for subtropical storm Alberto

Current News / News & Features /

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto moved north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Only the western tip of Florida's Panhandle was in the projected path of the storm but the governor urged all Florida residents to be prepared for severe weather.

"The track of these ...Read more

Russia's Putin urges patience in negotiations with Japan over disputed islands

Current News / News & Features /

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin urged patience in efforts to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan that's lasted since World War II after talks Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has made a deal a priority.

"It is important to patiently continue the search for a solution," Putin said. Abe said Russia and Japan ...Read more

Strong vote for abortion chance shows Ireland's unity, prime minister says

Current News / News & Features /

DUBLIN –– Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Saturday said the large majority of voters in favor of loosening Ireland's abortion laws showed the country was united.

"What we have seen today is a culmination of a quiet revolution that's been taking place in Ireland for the past 10 or 20 years," Varadkar told national broadcaster RTE.

"...Read more