JOHANNESBURG – Four American presidents, along with more than 60 other world leaders, will travel to South Africa this week to honor former President Nelson Mandela.
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Snowy and icy storms swept through the southern and northeastern United States over the weekend, leaving at least five people dead and causing the cancellation of thousands of flights – including more than 1,000 just at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday.
Dec. 06 — Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an extraordinary moral authority who became South Africa’s first black president and inspired the peaceful transfer of power in the harshly segregated nation, has died.
TUCSON, Ariz. – The 19 firefighters who perished when 40-foot flames overtook them in a rocky canyon near Prescott in June were the victims of poor planning and bad communication, forced into a losing battle to protect structures and pasturelands that were “indefensible,” a state safety commission concluded Wednesday.
WASHINGTON – If you were expecting 70,000 visitors to your home for the holidays you might do this, too: Bake a 300-pound gingerbread house, decorate 24 Christmas trees, and create life-size replicas of the family’s Portuguese water dogs.
CHICAGO — November was Lung Cancer Awareness Month, but you’d never know it. Consumers aren’t bombarded by products in blue, the color designated by some to raise the profile of the disease. No NFL players or coaches wore blue-ribboned apparel, despite donning pink just a month earlier for breast cancer.
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Monday expressed guarded confidence that it’s on track to get the troubled Healthcare.gov website running properly by Nov. 30, its self-imposed deadline.
Human Rights Watch reported from Kabul on Monday that the Afghan government is pondering a return to Taliban-era punishment of adultery with death by stoning and called on President Hamid Karzai to “reject this proposal out of hand.”
ORLANDO, Fla. – George Zimmerman was granted bail during a hearing before a judge Tuesday afternoon, the day after he was accused of pointing a gun at his girlfriend and arrested on domestic violence charges.
LONDON – In what was described as an unusually unanimous decision, “selfie” has been chosen as Word of the Year by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary, beating out “twerk” and a host of other Internet and social media-related terms, such as “bitcoin,” that have exploded onto the verbal scene in recent years.
A U.S. soldier has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the killing of two Iraqi civilians.
SAN FRANCISCO – To be an aspiring superhero these days, most 5-year-olds must enlist clueless younger siblings, restless parents, backyard shrubs, fire hydrants and all manner of pets to serve as their foils and damsels in distress.
BALTIMORE — With his trim, gray-flecked beard, crisply ironed clothes and genteel demeanor, Mohamad Bashar Arafat hardly cuts a controversial figure.
ORMOC CITY, Philippines – International aid poured in for the Philippines on Tuesday as the authorities tried to deal with growing anger and frustration over the slow pace of relief, after one of the world’s strongest typhoons caused staggering devastation.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama pledged Monday to honor the nation’s debt to its military veterans by improving health care, job support and educational opportunities for those who have served.
ORLANDO, Fla. – With the future of its famous killer-whale shows at risk, SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday will resume its more than 3-year-old legal war with the federal government over whether trainers should be allowed to perform alongside the giant predators.
Each story has been more heartbreaking than the last.
WASHINGTON – Voters sent Democrats sobering warnings this week: They’re not crazy about President Barack Obama, the new health care law or the state of the economy – messages that could cause the party trouble as the 2014 election campaign intensifies.
Swiss forensics examiners found sufficient traces of the deadly radioactive isotope polonium-210 in the exhumed remains of Yasser Arafat to conclude with relative certainty that the late Palestinian leader died of poisoning in 2004, Al-Jazeera channel reported Wednesday.
India launched its maiden mission to Mars in an effort to become the first nation in Asia to reach the Red Planet, and show the world how it can be done at a relatively low cost.