United States

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during his daily news conference amid the coronavirus outbreak on Friday, March 20, 2020, in New York City. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images/TNS)

New York reports more than 20,000 coronavirus cases

More than 20,000 New Yorkers have been infected by the coronavirus

 

Gunsmith, Frank Cobet, of the Get Loaded gun store in Chino, Calif., shows a customer an AR-15 rifle on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The FBI struggles to complete hundreds of gun background checks each year. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

FBI never completes hundreds of thousands of gun checks

The data obtained by CQ Roll Call shows how the FBI still struggles to complete background checks

 

A new study shows that the nation’s most rural counties have seen the toll of suicide rise furthest and fastest in recent years. (Courtesy photo)

Economic hardship tied to increase in suicide rates, especially in rural areas

Suicides reached a 50-year peak in 2017, the latest year for which reliable statistics are available

 

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (NASA/TNS)

Why NASA wants to return to the moon

With new directives from President Donald Trump, NASA is in the middle of a new space race.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969. (NASA/TNS)
Sylvia, the mother of the three girls, center, listens while her attorney, Mony Ruiz-Velasco of PASO, speaks after finding out they would be released Thursday, July 18, 2019 at OHare International Airport following their trip to Mexico. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

What we know about the children detained by border protection officers at O’Hare

What happened? Border protection officials said the children arrived on a flight with an adult who was determined to be inadmissible.

Sylvia, the mother of the three girls, center, listens while her attorney, Mony Ruiz-Velasco of PASO, speaks after finding out they would be released Thursday, July 18, 2019 at OHare International Airport following their trip to Mexico. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions from reporters on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election outside of the White House on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Mueller: Investigation did not exonerate Trump

In his first public comments on the Russia investigation, outgoing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III refused Wednesday to clear President Donald Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answers questions from reporters on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election outside of the White House on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)
Human composting activist Nina Schoen, a Seattle media tech executive, wants her body to “turn into something that can regenerate life.” (Karen Ducey/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

“Human composting” is about to become legal in Washington

As Washington prepares to become the first state to legalize “human composting,” not everyone is dying to turn their loved ones’ bodies into garden-variety soil.

Human composting activist Nina Schoen, a Seattle media tech executive, wants her body to “turn into something that can regenerate life.” (Karen Ducey/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker speaks during a news conference in the Commission Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

New data-sharing rules for EU and US adopted

BRUSSELS — New rules governing trans-Atlantic data transfers were formally approved Tuesday,…

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker speaks during a news conference in the Commission Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
President Barack Obama walks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

North America leaders urge against Trump’s isolationism

OTTAWA, Ontario — President Barack Obama and the leaders of Mexico and…

President Barack Obama walks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Tuesday at Alumisource, a metals recycling facility in Monessen, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Trump declares era of ‘Americanism,’ hits Clinton on trade

MONESSEN, Pa. — Donald Trump called for a new era of economic…

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Tuesday at Alumisource, a metals recycling facility in Monessen, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Sen. Chris Murphy, center, and other Democratic senators call for gun control legislation at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday in the wake of the mass shooting in an Orlando LGBT nightclub last Sunday. Murphy is joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Booker, Rev. Sharon Risher, Tina Meins, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Ed Markey. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The United States and its gun problem

The United States has a gun problem. Will the mass shooting in…

Sen. Chris Murphy, center, and other Democratic senators call for gun control legislation at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday in the wake of the mass shooting in an Orlando LGBT nightclub last Sunday. Murphy is joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Booker, Rev. Sharon Risher, Tina Meins, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Ed Markey. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
U.S. President Barack Obama is given flowers by Linh Tran, the ceremonial flower girl, as he arrives on Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama looks to boost economic, security ties in Asia

HANOI, Vietnam — President Barack Obama's mission in Vietnam and Japan is…

U.S. President Barack Obama is given flowers by Linh Tran, the ceremonial flower girl, as he arrives on Air Force One at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this image made from video by North Korean broadcaster KRT, military officers applaud as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives speech at the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Saturday. (KRT via AP Video)

Kim Jong Un says North Korea won’t use nuclear weapons first

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his…

In this image made from video by North Korean broadcaster KRT, military officers applaud as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives speech at the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Saturday. (KRT via AP Video)
Surveillance cameras, right, are mounted underneath a metal table with chairs bolted to the floor where addicts can inhale heroin fumes in a clinic in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Once unthinkable in US, drug shoot-up rooms get serious look

Across the United States, heroin and other drug users have died in…

Surveillance cameras, right, are mounted underneath a metal table with chairs bolted to the floor where addicts can inhale heroin fumes in a clinic in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this April 21 photo, Candelario Jimon Alonzo, 16, is shown in his home in Memphis, Tenn. Jimon, who was taken in by his uncle after fleeing Guatemala, came to the U.S, dreaming of going to high school and becoming something. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

AP Exclusive: Migrant children kept from enrolling in school

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Candelario Jimon Alonzo came to the U.S. dreaming of…

In this April 21 photo, Candelario Jimon Alonzo, 16, is shown in his home in Memphis, Tenn. Jimon, who was taken in by his uncle after fleeing Guatemala, came to the U.S, dreaming of going to high school and becoming something. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the opening of the Hannover Messe industry fair in Hannover, northern Germany on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Obama pushes for global trade deals in face of opposition

HANNOVER, Germany — President Barack Obama mounted a strong defense of international…

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the opening of the Hannover Messe industry fair in Hannover, northern Germany on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo Bob Graham speaks in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)

White House poised to release secret pages from 9/11 inquiry

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will likely soon release at least part…

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2012, file photo Bob Graham speaks in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
Police officers conduct a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, on Sunday.  (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP)

US to join quake relief effort in Japan; 41 dead, 11 missing

MINAMIASO, Japan — Eleven people remained missing Sunday in southern Japan from…

Police officers conduct a search operation at the site of a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, on Sunday.  (Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP)
This photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections, as his wife Asma, left, stands next to him, in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. (Syrian Presidency via AP)

Syrian official rules out Assad departure ahead of talks

DAMASCUS, Syria — A top Syrian official urged the opposition to let…

This photo released on the official Facebook page of Syrian Presidency, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections, as his wife Asma, left, stands next to him, in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday. (Syrian Presidency via AP)
This photo shows the entrance of the regional head office of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's biggest creators of shell companies, in Hong Kong,  America's openness to foreign tax evaders is coming under new scrutiny after the leak this week of 11.5 million confidential documents from the Panamanian law firm. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

A top haven for tax cheats that may surprise you: the US

WASHINGTON — The U.S. lambastes and strong-arms countries that help drug lords…

This photo shows the entrance of the regional head office of Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's biggest creators of shell companies, in Hong Kong,  America's openness to foreign tax evaders is coming under new scrutiny after the leak this week of 11.5 million confidential documents from the Panamanian law firm. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)