Rescue ship Aquarius docks in Valencia after weeklong odyssey at sea

The first rays of dawn were just breaking through when the small speck was spotted in the Mediterranean’s turquoise waters off eastern Spain. It was the first of a three-vessel flotilla that for the past week has captured the world’s attention, triggering harsh words from European leaders, threatening to fracture alliances, provoking upheaval and illustrating […]


Senate FBI hearing takes twists and turns, including a ‘wangdoodle’ reference

It was not, perhaps, the most somber moment in the history of the U.S. Senate. In the midst of reciting a list of complaints about FBI agents allegedly swayed by their own anti-Trump animus, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., stopped speaking and looked up. He had been reading from some of the messages those agents privately […]


Cut off by Hawaii lava, pot growers refuse to let go dream

Dale Altman and his grandson Josh Doran live on a 5-acre (2-hectare) plot atop a hill on Hawaii’s Big Island by the erupting Kilauea volcano, where they grow medical marijuana. They are the last remaining residents on Halekamahina Hill, after two roiling streams of lava spouting from ground fissures and flowing into the sea, completely cut off the […]


U.S. judge sends former Trump campaign head Manafort to jail

A U.S. federal judge on Friday sent Paul Manafort to jail pending trial after he was charged with witness tampering, in the latest episode in a slow fall from grace of a man who was President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016. Manafort, a longtime political operator and businessman, has been a focus of Special […]


Trump’s personal lawyer Cohen loses bid for quick Avenatti gag order

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, on Friday lost his bid for an emergency gag order to stop Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, from maligning him in frequent media appearances. In a brief order, U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles said Cohen had not shown […]


In primaries, Republican candidates can’t love Donald Trump enough

Tuesday’s primary results in deep red South Carolina confirmed what has become conventional wisdom about the 2018 Republican Party: that there’s no such thing as loving Donald Trump too much. The candidate who loved him best, state Rep. Katie Arrington, defeated incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford, who voted with Trump a mere 89 percent of the […]


Trump says Kim ‘loves his people.’ Human rights groups beg to differ

President Trump emerged from his historic summit with Kim Jong Un on Tuesday heaping praise on the North Korean leader for his intelligence, sense of humor, negotiating skills — and the “love” Kim supposedly has for his people, when he’s not starving them to death. “He’s got a great personality,” Trump told Voice of America’s […]


Virginia GOP worries Senate nominee Corey Stewart could drag down House members

The morning after Corey Stewart’s victory in the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Virginia, party officials assessed how their candidate might affect House races in November. They didn’t like what they saw. Republicans hold 7 of the commonwealth’s 11 seats. Stewart’s win is believed to endanger at least three of them – Barbara Comstock in […]


Rise in U.S. suicides highlights need for new depression drugs

A spike in suicide rates in the United States has cast fresh light on the need for more effective treatments for major depression, with researchers saying it is a tricky development area that has largely been abandoned by big pharmaceutical companies. U.S. health authorities said on Thursday that there had been a sharp rise in […]


Cuba says cause of illness in U.S. diplomats remains a mystery

Cuba said on Sunday it remained baffled by health issues affecting U.S. diplomats, after the U.S. State Department reported two Cuba-based functionaries had symptoms similar to previous cases that began in late 2016. The State Department said on Friday the cases were similar to those of 24 diplomats and family members taken ill through 2017, […]