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  • US flies bombers over S.Korea in show of force against North

    September 12, 2016 9:37 PM

    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - The United States has flown nuclear-capable supersonic bombers over ally South Korea in a show of force meant to cow North Korea after its fifth nuclear test and also to settle rattled nerves in the South. The B-1 bombers, escorted by U.S. and South... more »
  • Russian fighter jet flies within 10 feet of Navy aircraft

    September 7, 2016 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says that a Russian fighter jet flew within 10 feet of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft, in what officials called an unsafe intercept over the Black Sea. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, says the Russian SU-27 Flanker fighter made the unsafe maneuver Wednesday near... more »
  • US, China formally join global climate pact

    September 3, 2016 12:22 PM

    HANGZHOU, China - The United States and China have formally joined the sweeping global climate change agreement reached in Paris last year. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered documents to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon entering their countries into the pact during a ceremony Saturday on the sidelines... more »
  • Gas prices down 6 cents nationally to $2.16 a gallon

    August 7, 2016 5:15 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped six cents over the past two weeks to $2.16 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price has dropped 21 cents since a peak June 3, though the most recent decline... more »
  • US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

    May 1, 2016 3:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, and has again been forced to turn to Russia for help - with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome. At stake are thousands of lives and the fate of a feeble peace process essential... more »
  • Crews extinguish fire at pipe facility in Zachary

    February 4, 2016 12:26 AM

    ZACHARY - Firefighters were called to the US Composite Pipe South facility in Zachary just after 10 p.m. Wednesday night. It took the Zachary Fire Department less than 30 minutes to extinguish flames inside the building on Hwy. 61. The cause of the fire, and the extent of... more »
  • US intel official not optimistic about US-China cyber deal

    September 29, 2015 11:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's top intelligence official says he's not optimistic that the cyber agreement the U.S. struck with China will end Chinese cyber threats in the United States. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping recently agreed not to conduct or knowingly support cyber theft of trade secrets... more »
  • US stocks slump; Dow briefly plunges 1,000 points

    August 24, 2015 9:47 AM

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks are closing sharply lower, with the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 588 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 index now down more than 10 percent off its recent high. The slump is part of a global wave of selling triggered by increased... more »
  • US, Cuba restore full diplomatic ties after 5 decades

    July 20, 2015 8:38 AM

    WASHINGTON- More than five decades of Cold War and lingering enmity have come to an end with the United States and Cuba restoring full diplomatic relations. The new era of U.S.-Cuba relations began with little fanfare as midnight Sunday passed into Monday in Washington and Havana and the terms of... more »
  • US-Iran nuclear talks becoming the norm

    June 27, 2015 2:25 PM

    VIENNA - Here's the scene Saturday in Vienna: The top American and Iranian diplomats are facing each other across a square table in a 19th century palace. The atmosphere was calm as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif started the final push for a... more »
  • Obama removes Cuba from state sponsor of terror list

    April 14, 2015 2:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama is removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a key step in President Barack Obama's bid to normalize relations between the two countries. The White House says on Twitter that Obama has submitted to Congress required reports and... more »
  • US stocks plunge, wiping out July's gains

    July 31, 2014 3:37 PM

    NEW YORK - U.S. stocks are plunging, putting the market on track for its first monthly loss since January. The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst daily drop since February. At one point it was down more than 300 points. The slide interrupted a prolonged advance in the market.... more »
  • USA-Germany match an ESPN ratings win

    June 27, 2014 6:04 PM

    SAO PAULO - The United States' 1-0 loss to Germany was the second-highest rated men's World Cup match on ESPN's networks despite the noon EDT kickoff. The game received a 6.7 rating on ESPN and was seen by 10.77 million viewers, ESPN said Friday. Viewers peaked at 12.06 million during... more »
  • US advances to World Cup's 2nd round despite loss

    June 26, 2014 1:10 PM

    RECIFE, Brazil - The United States reached the knockout stage of consecutive World Cups for the first time, just not the way the Americans wanted. Germany beat the U.S. 1-0 Thursday in soggy Recife on Thomas Mueller's 55th-minute goal to win Group G, but the Americans held onto second place... more »
  • US falls to Germany 1-0 at World Cup

    June 26, 2014 12:58 PM

    RECIFE, Brazil - Thomas Mueller scored his fourth goal of the World Cup on Friday as Germany defeated the United States 1-0 to win Group G ahead of the Americans, who also advanced to the knockout stage of the World Cup despite losing. With two wins and a draw, Germany... more »
  • For US fans at work, a streaming milestone

    June 25, 2014 7:01 PM

    RIO DE JANEIRO - U.S. fans' surging interest in the country's World Cup fortunes, and the surging comfort level with watching games online and on mobile devices, come together in what could be a milestone for live streaming. The Americans' group finale Thursday will be smack in the middle of... more »
  • Youth soccer championship kicks off on Thursday

    June 17, 2014 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With soccer fever taking over the country after the U.S. victory over Ghana on Monday, fans and families will have a chance to see the future of U.S. Soccer as the 2014 Region III Youth Soccer Championships kick off Thursday in Baton Rouge. Hundreds of youth... more »
  • Grounds crew in Manaus works on World Cup field

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM

    MANAUS, Brazil - The grounds crew at the Arena da Amazonia is working hard trying to get the playing surface ready for Saturday's World Cup match between England and Italy. Workers were painting the lines along the area surrounding one of the goals and using a cutout of a circle... more »
  • Canada beats US in women's hockey for Olympic gold

    February 20, 2014 2:36 PM

    SOCHI, Russia- Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title. Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner... more »
  • Head of bank bailout runs for California governor

    January 21, 2014 2:35 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.- Neel Kashkari, a former U.S. Treasury official and architect of the nation's bank bailout, says he is running for governor of California. He entered the race Tuesday as a Republican newcomer who faces long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat. Kashkari made the announcement in a... more »
  • Lolo Jones selected for US Olympic bobsled team

    January 19, 2014 6:08 PM

    Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month's Sochi Olympics. They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time summer Olympian who... more »
  • Tuberculosis scare delays flight

    December 2, 2013 9:35 AM

    PHOENIX- About 70 passengers on a US Airways Express flight from Texas to Arizona were briefly kept on the plane after it landed, and some say they were told to get tuberculosis tests and vaccinations. Responders on Saturday boarded the plane in Phoenix and removed a man who was asked... more »
  • Mexican papers thank US for soccer win

    October 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    MEXICO CITY - America's soccer team is getting some love from the most unlikely place: Mexican sports fans. Mexican newspapers on Wednesday published banner headlines reading "We Love You," and "Thank You, USA," after the U.S. kept Mexico's World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 3-2 victory over Panama. Mexico... more »
  • Postal investigators target drug trade via US mail

    September 15, 2013 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities in the Baton Rouge area are finding more and more illegal drugs in the U.S. mail and private delivery services. The Advocate reports that drugs have been found in plastic wraps, cereal boxes, cans and even dirty laundry. Most have a California return address. Acting U.S.... more »
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria

    September 9, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning there will be retaliation against the U. S. for any military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack. In an interview broadcast Monday on CBS' "This Morning," Assad says, quote, "You should expect everything." Asked by anchorman Charlie... more »
  • Dive signals more treasure at US pirate ship wreck

    September 7, 2013 10:52 AM

    BOSTON - A recent dive at the site of the only authenticated pirate ship wreck in U.S. waters has signaled the possible location of even greater treasures. Already 200,000 artifacts, from gold to guns, have been documented from the site of the Whydah, which sank during a ferocious storm off... more »
  • Syria says US delaying strike because it lacks evidence

    September 1, 2013 11:10 AM

    DAMASCUS - A top Syrian government official is dismissing the Obama administration as confused and hesitant, even as Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington has evidence of sarin gas use by Syria and that the case for a military attack is getting "stronger and stronger." Deputy foreign minister Faysal... more »
  • Top lawmakers call for military response in Syria

    August 25, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two top lawmakers are calling for an immediate U.S. military response to the Syria's suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least a hundred civilians last week. Republican Sen. Bob Corker is calling for the U.S. to respond in a "surgical and proportional way, something that gets their... more »
  • Stock market rises after strong US jobs report

    July 5, 2013 8:53 AM

    NEW YORK- Robust hiring in the U.S. is boosting the stock market in early trading. The government says employers added 195,000 jobs in June. Economists had predicted a gain of 165,000. The unemployment rate remained at 7.6 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 76 points, or 0.5 percent,... more »
  • US: ball is in Taliban's court for Afghan talks

    June 22, 2013 11:06 AM

    DOHA, Qatar - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a spat over the Taliban office in Qatar is the "very first test" of the Islamic militant movement's commitment to peace talks. The opening of the Taliban office was heralded as the best chance of bringing the sides to the... more »
  • US takes advantage of second-string Germany, 4-3

    June 2, 2013 4:32 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Clint Dempsey scored twice in a five-minute span of the second half and moved into second place on the U.S. career scoring list, helping the Americans edge a second-string Germany team 4-3 in an exhibition game Sunday. Preparing for three World Cup qualifiers in a 12-day span... more »
  • US gas prices up 11 cents over past 2 weeks

    May 19, 2013 4:14 PM

    CAMARILLO, Calif. - The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has jumped 11 cents over the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.66. Midgrade costs an average of $3.84 a gallon, and premium is... more »
  • Suspected US drone in Yemen kills 4 militants

    May 18, 2013 3:31 PM

    SANAA, Yemen - A suspected U.S. drone strike killed four al-Qaida militants Saturday in a southern Yemeni province once overrun by the group, according to security officials. The officials said the attack took place around dawn in an area called Deyqa in Abyan province. Officials spoke anonymously because they were... more »
  • New jobs and energy gains helping lift US economy

    May 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - A stronger-than-expected April rebound in job creation and recent dramatic discoveries of vast U.S. oil and gas reserves are helping to lift the American economy out its long funk. The economic advances also are drawing attention to the importance of private-sector innovation rather than government policy in fostering... more »
  • Puerto Rico ousts US from WBC, 4-3

    March 15, 2013 9:44 PM

    MIAMI - Once again, the United States could only watch as an opposing pitcher celebrated at the World Baseball Classic. This time it was 38-year-old right-hander Nelson Figueroa, who became the pride of Puerto Rico on Friday night when he led his team into the semifinals and eliminated the Americans,... more »
  • NRC: 2 years after Japan, US nuke plants safer

    March 10, 2013 10:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two years after Japan's nuclear crisis, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, but not trouble-free. Alison Macfarlane chairs the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She says performance of U.S. plants is "quite good." Macfarlane says all but five of the nation's 104 reactors... more »
  • US unemployment falls, jobs added

    March 8, 2013 8:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. The government's February employment report was filled with... more »
  • N Korea vows to nuke US over sanctions

    March 7, 2013 7:37 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea is vowing a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States. The harsh rhetoric today comes hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry said... more »
  • US stocks open higher following Dow's record day

    March 6, 2013 8:49 AM

    NEW YORK- U.S. stocks are opening higher following a record-setting day for the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow rose 39 points to 14,293 shortly after the opening bell. Bank of America's stock rose 2.5 percent to $11.83. Along with Tuesday's record, stocks got a lift from more encouraging news... more »
  • US 4Q bank earnings up 37 pct.; highest in 6 years

    February 26, 2013 9:07 AM

    WASHINGTON- Profits of U.S. banks jumped almost 37 percent from October through December, reaching the highest level in six years as banks continued to step up lending. The figures are fresh evidence of the banking industry's sustained recovery more than four years after the financial crisis. The Federal Deposit Insurance... more »
  • New whooping cough strain in US raises questions

    February 7, 2013 2:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Researchers have discovered the first U.S. cases of whooping cough caused by a germ that may be vaccine resistant. Health officials are looking into whether that might be one reason why the U.S. just had its worst year for whooping cough in six decades. The new bug... more »
  • US: Obama peace agenda 'urgent' on Israel visit

    February 6, 2013 6:30 AM

    JERUSALEM - The U.S. ambassador to Israel says President Barack Obama will bring an "urgent" peacemaking agenda to Israel on his upcoming visit, focusing on the region and the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Dan Shapiro spoke to Israeli media Wednesday, a day after the White House... more »
  • Gun background checks drop by 10 percent in Jan.

    February 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    WASHINGTON - The number of federal background checks for firearm sales declined unexpectedly last month following a surge toward the end of the year as Washington considered new gun control measures. An Associated Press analysis of new FBI data published early Tuesday shows the National Instant Criminal Background Check system... more »
  • Commuters' wasted time in traffic costs $121B

    February 5, 2013 7:05 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion hours sitting in traffic in 2011. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute has released a report that found Americans are adapting to road congestion by allowing, on average, an hour to make a trip that... more »
  • US economy adds 155K jobs, rate stays at 7.8 pct.

    January 4, 2013 3:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. job market proved resilient in December despite fears that the economy would tumble over the fiscal cliff. The Labor Department reports employers added 155,000 jobs, roughly matching the solid but unspectacular monthly pace of the past two years. The gains were not enough to reduce unemployment... more »

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