Obama exhorts Congress to act on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are preparing to cast the first votes in the full Senate on a landmark immigration bill that offers the best chance in decades to remake the nation’s immigration system and offer eventual citizenship to…

Nicaragua rushes on for canal deal with Chinese

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua is plowing ahead with a plan to dig a Chinese-funded rival to the Panama Canal across the midriff of the country, fast-tracking a proposal through the ruling party-controlled congress despite a lack of…

Senate passes farm bill, moving debate to House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Congress passed a farm bill, Democrats had control of the House and the food stamp program was about half the size it is today. That was five years ago. Conservatives calling for…

Police probe past turmoil in Calif. gunman’s home

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a gunman who fatally shot five people during a rampage on a Southern California college campus said her husband became abusive five years into their marriage when she moved from…

Indian police arrest boyfriend in actress suicide

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say the son of a Bollywood couple has been arrested on suspicion of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan. Officer D. Deokar said Suraj Pancholi was arrested late Monday and had been…

Indian police arrest boyfriend in actress suicide

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say the son of a Bollywood couple has been arrested on suspicion of abetting the suicide of actress Jiah Khan. Officer D. Deokar said Suraj Pancholi was arrested late Monday and had been…

Feds now back morning-after pills for all girls

NEW YORK (AP) — After setting off a storm of criticism from abortion rights groups, upset that a Democratic president had sided with social conservatives, the Obama administration said it will comply with a judge’s order to allow…

Bombs hit Syrian capital amid regime offensive

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state-owned Al-Ikhbariya TV is reporting that two suicide bombers have blown themselves up in a central Damascus square, causing casualties. The station showed footage of broken shop facades and mangled cars in the…

China setting up first university campuses abroad

BEIJING (AP) — In the capital of tropical Laos, two dozen students who see their future in trade ties with neighboring China spent their school year attending Mandarin classes in a no-frills, rented room. It’s the start of…

New Zealand PM: We don’t use NSA to illegally spy

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Responding to the government-surveillance controversy engulfing New Zealand’s security-alliance partners in Washington, Prime Minister John Key said Tuesday his country doesn’t use foreign intelligence agencies to circumvent local laws and illegally spy on…

Russia faces security challenges at Sochi Olympics

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Drones hovering overhead, robotic vehicles roaming Olympic venues to search for explosives, high-speed patrol boats sweeping the Black Sea coast — Russian officials say they will be using cutting-edge technology to make sure the…

Transplant vote seeks medical and legal balance

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Faced with a federal judge’s order in the heart-wrenching cases of two terminally ill children who are seeking lung transplants, a national review board sought a balance that will keep such decisions in the hands…

Media: No mistaking how NSA story reporter feels

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who claimed to leak state secrets on government eavesdropping sought to break the story through a columnist who has made no secret of his distaste for intrusions on privacy. Edward Snowden brought…

Transplant vote seeks medical and legal balance

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Faced with a federal judge’s order in the heart-wrenching cases of two terminally ill children seeking lung transplants, a national review b……

Mayor to discuss prepping NYC for warming world

NEW YORK (AP) — The projections paint an unsettling picture of New York’s future: A city where by the 2050s, 800,000 people could be living in a flood zone that would cover a quarter of the land, and…

Cambodia welcomes statues’ return from US museum

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Two ancient stone statues that have been on display at New York’s Metropolitan Museum for nearly 20 years are being returned to Cambodia. Cambodian officials and Buddhist monks planned a welcome home ceremony…

Pakistani Taliban claim attack on NATO supply line

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban are claiming responsibility for an attack on NATO supply trucks that killed four people in the country’s northwest. Around 15 militants on Monday fired rockets at the trucks as they traveled…

Kanye West says new album is ‘all about giving’

NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West says his new album is all about giving. The multiplatinum rapper held a listening for “Yeezus” late Monday in New York City, where Beyonce was one of the few hundred attendees. West…

Iranian candidate quits to boost reformist chances

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting that a pro-reform candidate has withdrawn from the June 14 presidential election. The Tuesday report did not elaborate on the reason that Mohammad Reza Aref withdrew. But Aref’s website…