WASHINGTON - New Zealand moved with political urgency to ban military-style semiautomatic weapons in the wake of Friday's massacre at two Christchurch mosques , sparking a discussion in Washington: If a ban could happen there, could it also happen here? Democrats looking for a similar path will face different obstacles in a country where gun rights enshrined in the Constitution have been impervious to a row of mass killings.
As the Catholic Church quakes through one sexual abuse scandal after another, Pope Francis recently announced a policy he wants to implement on a worldwide scale: No man should become a priest without a psychological evaluation proving he is suited to a life of chastity. In the United States, most men seeking to enter a Catholic seminary undergo psychological testing, often a battery of questions that probes their deepest secrets and can last for days.
SAN DIEGO - The Trump administration's focus on the southern border has closed some gaps in immigration enforcement but expanded a challenging problem, law enforcement officials here said Wednesday, March 20: undocumented immigrants sneaking into California by sea. The migrants enter in various ways, including on personal watercraft and small, open-top motorboats known as pangas that often arrive under cover of darkness, said Jeremy Thompson, Customs and Border Protection's director of marine operations in San Diego.
"If you look at the data, you will see there was a 65 percent decrease in incarceration of African Americans when you go from the beginning of my term to the end." - Sen.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday escalated his unrelenting attacks on the late senator from Arizona and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, who even in death has remained one of Trump's top targets for criticism as fellow Republicans have repeatedly begged him to stop. In a five-minute diatribe during an appearance at a General Dynamics tank factory in Lima, Ohio, Trump argued that McCain, a lifelong Pentagon booster and former prisoner of war in Vietnam, "didn't get the job done" for veterans; the president also groused not receiving proper gratitude for McCain's fu
LONDON - One thousand days after British voters said they wanted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May conceded Wednesday that she now must ask EU leaders to delay Brexit for three months - because Parliament has failed to pass her unloved deal for departure.
HOUSTON -- In recent months, NASA has explored the smallest object ever orbited and the most distant body ever encountered -- and found that both worlds are weirder than anyone could have imagined. The 800-foot-wide asteroid Bennu, which is currently being studied by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, produces strange plumes of dust particles. Principal investigator Dante Lauretta, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona, called the discovery "one of the biggest surprises of my scientific career."
A figure slinks out of the late-night shadows, stepping onto the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan, the historic district of the Puerto Rican capital city. In the orange glow falling from nearby street lamps, a long knife flashes from his hand.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, who once called the electoral college "a disaster for a democracy," defended it on Tuesday night, March 19, as "far better for the U.S.A." amid growing calls from Democratic presidential hopefuls to abolish it. Trump's comments on Twitter came in the wake of an endorsement by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of using the national popular vote to elect U.S.
Facebook on Tuesday agreed to overhaul its lucrative targeted advertising system to settle accusations that landlords, lenders and employers use the platform to discriminate, a significant shift for a company that built a business empire on selling personal data. The settlement compels Facebook to withhold a wide array of detailed demographic information - including gender, age and Zip codes, which are often used as indicators of race - from advertisers when they market housing, credit and job opportunities.