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Nations to Sign Nuclear Ban Treaty Opposed by Big Powers

The first treaty to ban nuclear weapons was opened Wednesday for countries to sign, with the backing of over 100 nations but the opposition of nuclear-armed ones.   "This treaty is an important milestone towards the universally held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons'' at a time of increasing ...

New Mom Serena Williams Thanks Mother for Being A Role Model

New mom Serena Williams is thanking her own mother for being the role model she says she needed. In an open letter to her mother posted to Reddit , Williams calls mom Oracene Price "one of the strongest women I know." Williams mentions some of the criticisms she's endured about her muscular body, ...

Mueller Team Questions Deputy AG amid Probe of Comey Firing

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. It is not clear exactly when the conversation took place, or how long it ...

Melania Trump to UN: 'Step Up' to Protect Children

First lady Melania Trump is calling on world leaders to "step up" to improve the lives of children.   She will deliver the remarks Wednesday during a luncheon at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. The White House says the audience will include spouses of world leaders, among ...

Cambodian Officials Ramp Up Anti-US Threats

Following the closing of independent media outlets and the arrest of Cambodia's opposition leader, officials in Phnom Penh have begun training their verbal fire on the U.S., adding to mounting anxiety in the Cambodian capital among government critics and media workers. On Friday, senior Cambodian ...

Hurricane Maria Pounds Eastern Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria is pounding eastern Puerto Rico after making landfall Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm that forecasters described as "extremely dangerous." The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Maria, one of the most powerful storms ever to hit Puerto Rico, had maximum sustained winds of ...

Trump Critics Say U.N. Speech Undermines North Korea Diplomacy

President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy North Korea,” which he made during his speech to the United Nations, could serve to justify the Kim Jong Un regime’s perceived need for a nuclear deterrence and undermine international support for increased sanctions and ...

North Korea, Iran, Venezuela Are Objects of Trump’s Ire in UNGA Speech

President Donald Trump singled out North Korea, Iran and Venezuela for special criticism in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. VOA White House correspondent Peter Heinlein reports there were murmurs in the Assembly hall when the president warned Pyongyang that its current ...

Congressmen Arrested at New York DACA Protest

Three members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the speaker of the New York City Council were arrested Tuesday during a protest calling for action to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were children. Under a program begun under former President Barack ...

After Protests, St. Louis Mayor Says Address Racism

The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. Mayor Lyda Krewson said she had listened and read the reaction of residents since the ...

Cuba Again Denies Role in 'Health Attacks' on US Diplomats

The Cuban government on Tuesday again denied any involvement in or any knowledge of a mysterious series of health incidents that have affected American diplomats in Havana. Cuba also strongly objected to President Donald Trump's critical comments about the island in his speech to the U.N. General ...

US Attorney General Sessions Steps Up 'Sanctuary' Critique After Setbacks

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped up the Trump administration's critique of so-called sanctuary cities on Tuesday, saying local and state policies to limit cooperation with immigration enforcement are a criminal's "best friend." Sessions' remarks, at a gathering of law enforcement ...

Navy Chief: Operations Pace, Budget Caps Stress Force Amid Ship Collisions

The U.S. Navy is blaming the high pace of operations, budget uncertainty and naval leaders who put their mission over safety after multiple deadly incidents at sea. The destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker last month off the coast of Singapore, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead and ...

Trump Talked Tough, but What's His Plan for Denuclearizing North Korea?

President Donald Trump warned North Korea over its nuclear weapons development in his debut address to the U.N. General Assembly, but he failed to offer a concrete strategy on how to denuclearize the communist state, experts say. Speaking before world leaders gathered at U.N. headquarters in New ...

3 Members of Congress Arrested at Trump Tower Street Protest

Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges at a protest outside Trump Tower.   U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva, of Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois; and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on ...

US Senators Seek Review of Potential Russian Control of Citgo

Two U.S. senators have urged the Trump administration to clarify if it is reviewing the potential acquisition by Russian oil company Rosneft of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA and U.S. subsidiary Citgo, saying a shift in Citgo's assets would be a security risk. Democrat Bob Menendez and ...

Relatives of Ship Collision Victims Hear Navy Describe Strain on Force

As grieving family members watched, top Navy leaders and lawmakers on Tuesday said frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and nearly a decade of budget constraints have strained the U.S. Navy, possibly contributing to two ship collisions that killed 17 sailors. The Navy's top officer ...

Fired US Attorney Bharara Starting Podcast on Justice

New York's Preet Bharara, who says he knows nothing more about why President Donald Trump fired him as U.S. attorney than on the day it happened, is about to step back into the spotlight with a podcast on justice issues. The podcast, "Stay Tuned with Preet," debuts Wednesday with Leon Panetta as the ...

Black Cops in St. Louis Stuck Between Public, Fellow Officers

During a peaceful protest moments before St. Louis would erupt into three nights of racially charged riots, five people confronted a black police officer alone in his Jeep. "How do you sleep at night?" Lisa Vega, who is Hispanic, asked the officer through an open window. Next to Vega, two black men ...

Trump Revives Rhetoric on Keeping Refugees in Host Countries

With the United States poised to announce in the coming weeks how many refugees it will agree to accept in the new fiscal year, U.S. President Donald Trump told the United Nations on Tuesday that the U.S. will focus on keeping displaced people in their “home region” with an eye on eventual ...

Republicans Mount Last-ditch Attempt to End Obamacare

With strong White House backing, Senate Republicans are mounting a last-ditch effort to reform health care in America, forcing Democrats to mobilize furiously for a battle they thought they had won: preserving the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. With a September 30 deadline looming for ...

US Senate Panel Seeks Open Session with Trump Lawyer after Canceling Interview

The U.S. Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday canceled a closed-doors interview with President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen and called on him to appear before the panel in an open session, saying it was disappointed he released a statement despite a request that he refrain from public ...

Former Trump Campaign Chief Was Subject to Secret Wiretap

Investigators with the United States government wiretapped the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign under a secret court order issued prior to the 2016 election and then again after the election, according to a CNN report. Separately, The New York Times reported federal agents ...

Florida's Irma Outages Continue Despite Power Grid Upgrades

Hundreds of thousands of customers in Florida are still without power nine days after Hurricane Irma hit. Electric companies in the state are coming under fire from residents, legislators and local officials about how long it is taking to get power back on. Eight people in a south Florida in a ...

Small Earthquake Reported in Illinois, Felt in 3 States

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that a small earthquake in southeastern Illinois was felt across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.   The USGS says the preliminary 3.8-magnitude earthquake occurred at 6:47 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday about 7  miles northeast of the city of Albion. The ...

Trump Threatens 'Total Destruction' of North Korea in First UN Speech

Describing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man” on a suicide mission, U.S. President Donald Trump used his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly to warn the Pyongyang regime that its current course could lead to total destruction. “North Korea’s ...

Huntsman Says Moscow's Meddling Led to Low Level of Trust

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, told Congress on Tuesday that Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election led directly to the lack of trust between the two former Cold War foes.   Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations ...

Trump Calls for Additional Steps to Restore Democracy to Venezuela

Before his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump said he wanted democracy restored to Venezuela and warned the U.S. may take additional steps to restore stability to the oil-producing nation. "We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela ...

Protesters Make Good on Threat to Disrupt St. Louis Business

When a former police officer was acquitted in the fatal shooting of a black suspect, protesters vowed to show their disdain by disrupting business in downtown St. Louis. They quickly succeeded.   The unrest that followed Friday's ruling closed large corporate offices, shut down restaurants and bars ...

FEMA Isn't Relying on Trailers to House Hurricane Victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it's not borrowing from its ...

Trump Criticizes Rogue Nations in Highly-anticipated UN Speech

U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, doubled down on criticisms of North Korea, Iran, Cuba and Venezuela. Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he described as "rocket man", that the United States is prepared to "totally destroy" his ...

US Current Account Deficit Hits $123.1 Billion

The deficit in the broadest measure of U.S. trade rose to the highest level in more than eight years this spring, reflecting in part a drop in fines and penalties paid by foreign companies. The deficit in the current account increased to $123.1 billion, up 8.5 percent from an imbalance of ...

Melania Trump Threatens Lawsuit Over Croatian English Class Billboards

Billboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan “just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English” were removed Tuesday from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit.   The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private English language school in ...

Trump to Criticize Rogue Nations in Highly-anticipated UN Speech

U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, is to double down on criticisms of North Korea, Iran and Venezuela.   * Watch LIVE on Facebook and on our home page  “He will speak in extremely tough terms about the North Korean menace and the threat ...

Rhode Island to Pay Immigrants' DACA Renewal Costs

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says more than $170,000 has been secured to cover the renewal fees for local recipients of a program that shields immigrants brought to the country illegally when they were children from deportation. The Democratic governor announced Monday that through the ...

Seattle Honors Cambodian Refugee's Affordable Housing Campaign

For Sameth Mell, this is a good week.  A Cambodian refugee, he learned in May that he had won this year's community voice award for championing social justice, given by the Seattle International Examiner.    Mell, who works to assist Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant communities, will receive ...

Hate Crimes Rise in Major US Cities in 2017

Hate crimes have jumped by nearly 20 percent in major U.S. cities through much of this year, after increasing nationally by 5 percent last year, according to police data compiled by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino. The number of hate ...

Trump's First Day at UN Focuses on Reform, Iran, Climate Change

U.S. President Donald Trump launched into a whirlwind round of bilateral and multilateral discussions Monday at the beginning of his four-day diplomatic marathon in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly debate, and many meetings on its sidelines. In his first U.N appearance Monday ...

Trump's UN Speech to Bluntly Criticize North Korea, Iran, Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, will harshly criticize North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. "He will speak in extremely tough terms about the North Korean menace and the threat it poses to our security and the security of all the nations in that ...

US to Press Concerns Over Incidents in Meeting with Cubans

NEW YORK _ The Trump administration will press its concerns about unexplained incidents harming American diplomats in Cuba during a meeting this week in Washington, as the United States considers shuttering its recently re-opened Embassy in Havana. U.S. diplomats will host Cuban official Josefina ...

Protests Resume After 120 Arrests in St. Louis Unrest

A racially mixed crowd of demonstrators locked arms and marched quietly through downtown St. Louis Monday morning to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect, following another night of unrest and more than 120 arrests. The latest action follows three ...

US Sending 3,000 More Troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. is sending another 3,000 troops to Afghanistan, an increase of over 25 percent in the number of American forces there. Mattis told reporters Monday at the Pentagon that the boost in U.S. troop strength would be "over 3,000," but he declined to name a ...

Trump Dinner With Latin American Leaders Puts Venezuela on Table

On the eve of his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to host a working dinner with several Latin American leaders. On the table: Venezuela's political and economic crisis, along with the region's security and economy. "The focus is indeed ...

Trump's Childhood Home Becomes Weekend Retreat for Refugees in Charity Stunt

A group of refugees stayed at U.S. President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York over the weekend as part of a stunt to highlight the plight of people feeling conflict and persecution around the world, a charity said on Monday. Aid agency Oxfam said it rented the house and invited refugees ...

US, Allied Warplanes Stage Live-fire Exercise Over Korean Peninsula

Almost a dozen U.S., Japanese and South Korean warplanes armed with live weapons flew over the Korean peninsula in what the U.S. military is describing as a "sequenced bilateral show of force" in response to North Korea's latest missile launch. The Pentagon said the aircraft practiced their attack ...

Trump to Address UN Reform Group

U.S. President Donald Trump Monday heads to the United Nations to address a U.S.-sponsored event aimed at cutting costs and reforming operations at the world body. Trump is set to speak to the reform group, with Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, saying that the 193-member ...

Police Arrest More Than 80 Amid Violent St. Louis Protests

Hundreds of riot police mobilized in downtown St. Louis overnight, arresting more than 80 people and seizing weapons amid reports of property damage and vandalism following another day of peaceful protests over a former police officer's acquittal in the killing of a black man. The arrests late ...

Why Are Dogs Such Doting Companions? It's in Their Genes

U.S. researchers have identified a genetic difference between dogs and their wild cousins, wolves, that could explain why dogs are so friendly. Faith Lapidus reports.

An Eye In the Sky May Help Resolve Hurricane Insurance Claims

The hurricanes that brought howling winds and destructive floods to the Houston area and much of Florida are now swamping insurance companies with a multi-billion dollar wave of claims. Some insurance firms are using aerial photography to gather facts to help settle claims. Aerospace firm Airbus is ...

Trump Takes Swing at Clinton With Mock Golf Ball Video

President Donald Trump took another swing at Hillary Clinton in the latest sign that his campaign fury hasn't faded, retweeting a mock video that shows him smacking a golf ball that - in the next frame - seemingly strikes her in the back before she stumbles and falls down while boarding a plane.   ...