Nation and World

  • North Carolina bus crash injures 13 middle school students
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school bus overturned after it was hit by a car, sending 13 middle school students to the hospital. The North Carolina Highway Patrol said 12 of the students had minor injuries in the crash Monday in Alexander County, while one was in critical condition but expected to survive. […]

  • Statue of Liberty climber had nightmares about kids in cages
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — The woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the border separation of children from parents says the images gave her nightmares. Theresa Okoumou got choked up as she testified Monday before a New York federal magistrate judge at her trial on misdemeanors, including trespassing. The prosecutor […]

  • Family: Alabama tries to shield officer who killed black man
    by JAY REEVES on December 17, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a black man shot to death by an Alabama police officer who apparently mistook him for a shooting suspect are complaining about the state’s decision to take over the investigation from Birmingham’s first black district attorney. The mother of Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., April Pipkins, said Monday that family […]

  • Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says
    by LINDSEY TANNER on December 17, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of reports to a […]

  • UN approves compact to support world’s refugees, US objects
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Despite opposition from the United States and Hungary, the U.N. General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world’s more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also strengthens shared responsibility to help those who are forced […]

  • Comey on Capitol Hill for 2nd interview with GOP-led panels
    by MARY CLARE JALONICK on December 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey is back for a second closed-door interview with two Republican-led committees investigating what they say was bias at the Justice Department before the 2016 presidential election. The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are wrapping up a yearlong investigation into the department’s decisions before Democrats […]

  • Jesuit province releases names of accused abusers
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Jesuit province serving much of the eastern United States is releasing the names of Jesuits who face “credible or established” accusations of sexual abuse of minors dating to 1950. In a letter dated Monday, the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus released the names of five current […]

  • Trump plans to create unified US Space Command
    by LOLITA BALDOR and Zeke Miller on December 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order before the end of the year creating a U.S. Space Command as a major military command. Vice President Mike Pence will make the announcement Tuesday at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, two U.S. officials said, and Trump could sign the […]

  • Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says
    by The Associated Press on December 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Kosovo’s prime minister says the country feels betrayed by the European Union, which it is aspiring to join one day, because of the bloc’s delays on enacting visa-free travel for its citizens. Ramush Haradinaj’s comments came in a speech he made in Brussels on Monday at a meeting with senior EU officials. […]

  • Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it
    by TOM MURPHY on December 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up. It’s a radical idea: On-demand insurance that lets customers buy some of their coverage only if and when they need it, similar to how TV viewers might rent a new release from Amazon instead of paying every […]