ISLAMABAD -- A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a vehicle carrying police in southwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing six officers and wounding nearly two dozen other people, officials said.
The bombing occurred in the city of Quetta, the capital of the province of Balochistan, which shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran, police official ...Read more
SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- Gina Russell never used to answer calls from unknown numbers.
That changed last week when wildfires roared through Santa Rosa, where her son was staying.
Nine days later, Russell's son Christopher Le Loup, 26, still hasn't contacted her. She picks up her phone every time it rings, desperate for news that has not come.
BEIRUT -- After four months of grueling street fighting, a U.S.-backed Syrian force said Tuesday that it had wrested control of Raqqa from Islamic State, dealing a powerful symbolic blow to the militants who made the city the de facto capital of their self-styled caliphate.
Celebratory gunfire erupted in the shattered metropolis along the ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Four days after he stood on a Bellevue street corner with other protesters and denounced Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against DeVos and her department.
This lawsuit is aimed at stopping the U.S. Education Department from delaying, or refusing to enforce, an Obama-era ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved a yearlong test of drones by the LAPD, allowing the police department to become the largest in the nation to try using the controversial devices.
The 3-1 vote was met by jeers from dozens of people who crowded the Police Commission's meeting room, many of whom repeatedly urged...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Lauren Nicole Hugelmaier Phelps was the victim of 123 stab wounds and cuts last month during a frenzied attack in the bedroom of her home, according to an autopsy report made public Tuesday. Her husband, who faces murder charges, contends he took too much cold medicine before falling asleep, then awoke to find his wife's bloody ...Read more
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security must produce documents that detail the decision-making process for ending the "Dreamers" policy for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.
A federal judge in San Francisco who is overseeing five lawsuits challenging the September announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood ...Read more
HONG KONG -- President Xi Jinping kicks off China's most important political event on Wednesday, a twice-a-decade meeting of party leaders that may signal if Xi will appoint a successor to rule after 2022.
Xi will start the weeklong event with what's known as the work report, seen as the ruling Communist Party's most significant policy document...Read more
Errabundis [Kindle Edition]Carol Budinger
This epic fantasy of love and transformation tells of The Lorilex, poised to destroy the world. But in the far off, dusty caravan town of Errabundis a powerful force for good is cloaked within an ordinary life. A life that must be awoken to itself if the world is to ...
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former press secretary, Sean Spicer, was interviewed Monday by special counsel Robert Mueller's team, said two people familiar with the matter.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether there was any collusion between Trump's campaign and Vladimir Putin's ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- A resolution thanking St. Louis police officers won't move forward to the full Board of Aldermen after a heated discussion in committee on Tuesday.
Multiple aldermen expressed frustration that the city in recent weeks had been mired in debates over "tit-for-tat" resolutions, which are not laws. Resolutions are typically used to ...Read more
MIAMI -- A new therapy for HIV that does not require a lifelong regimen of daily drug cocktails may be on the horizon if early indications from studies on mice prove effective in people, scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida announced Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports.
Combining a new drug compound with existing ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Claire McCaskill said an "embarrassing, honest, mistake," led her office to say on Monday that she did not oppose a bill that hamstrung the Drug Enforcement Administration's ability to go after potentially illegal distributors of opioids because she was receiving treatment for breast cancer.
The bill passed Congress and was ...Read more
Georgia man drowned at SeaWorld Aquatica water park
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The water was only about 3 feet deep where Michael Stone, wearing a life vest, drowned in a water park ride at Aquatica this summer after apparently passing out face down, Orange County Sheriff's Office reports show.
Stone was found unresponsive in Roa's Rapids -- a river-...Read more
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An anti-abortion group says South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed on to its pledge that "personhood" begins at conception.
Personhood South Carolina announced Tuesday that McMaster has agreed to sign a bill that would give the unborn the full legal protections of a person, a move that would effectively overrule the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is open to limiting the deduction for state and local taxes instead of ending it altogether, if there's enough fiscal space in the Republican tax plan, according to a White House official.
The tax framework released by the White House and GOP leaders last month suggested a full repeal of the so-called SALT...Read more
NEW YORK -- The Trump administration is refusing to turn over internal records about its crackdown on undocumented immigrants, nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia claim in a federal lawsuit.
The agencies that track down and deport people failed to respond to a June 29 Freedom of Information Act request for records about immigrants who...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, Republicans' top recruit to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, won't commit to voting for Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader if elected in 2018.
Hawley's campaign spokesman, Scott Paradise, was asked directly whether his boss would support McConnell. Paradise deflected the ...Read more
ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Eastern District appeals court on Tuesday threw out a $72 million jury verdict for a woman who claimed her longtime use of baby powder and other Johnson & Johnson products contributed to ovarian cancer that killed her.
The ruling could kill three other recent St. Louis jury verdicts of more than $200 million combined ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to choose his nominee to chair the Federal Reserve before he leaves Nov. 3 for an 11-day trip to Asia and Hawaii, a person familiar with the process said.
Trump is working with a shortlist of five names to lead the central bank: former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh, Stanford University economist John Taylor...Read more
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump took credit for making changes to the military that allowed U.S.-backed forces to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa -- the last major urban stronghold of the Islamic State.
"It had to do with the people I put in and it had to do with rules of engagement," Trump said in an interview Tuesday on Washington-...Read more