National & International Newsin partnership with
The day’s top national and international news
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Pakistan Lifts Death Penalty Ban After School Attack

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

"Good to Be Home": Gross Freed From Cuban Prison

Alan Gross, the American contractor freed Wednesday after being jailed for five years in Cuba, said he felt "incredibly blessed" to have his freedom back. "It's good to be home," he said. Gross said the people of Cuba are not to blame for his ordeal and that he wants the U.S. and Cuba to “get beyond these mutually belligerent policies.” He said President Obama’s plan to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba “is a game changer, which I fully support.” Gross, 65, was working for USAID when detained, and his family said he was trying to expand Internet access for Cuba's small Jewish community. He was sentenced to to 15 years in prison. Gross' wife said earlier this month her husband had lost more than 100 pounds and gone mostly blind in one eye while in confinement. Pope Francis personally sent letters to Cuban President Raul Castro and Obama to secure his release, senior Obama administration officials said. Read »
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Iran Tried to Extradite Sydney Gunman: Police Chief

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Inside Pakistan School Reveals Scale of Attack

Footage from inside the Peshwar school where Taliban militants killed more than 140 people — mostly children —  shows the extent of the destruction, NBC News reported. NBC News' Wajahat S. Khan was part of the first U.S. television crew allowed inside the military-run school. Inside the floors are streaked with blood and bullets have ripped chunks out of walls. Many children trying to flee were shot in the doorways of their classrooms; their bodies piled up, preventing others from escaping. Read »
Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 3:59 AM

Sydney Gunman Was Dropped From Watch List: Australian PM

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 3:31 AM

Wanted Suspect Throws Pipe Bombs at Police During Car Chase

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Warren, Biden for President Among Democrats

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Majority Believes Race Relations in U.S. Bad: Poll

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Obama Signs $1.1 Trillion Bill to Fund Gov't

Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

California Needs 11 Trillion Gallons of Water: NASA

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

"Perfect Storm": Oil Prices, Sanctions Slam Russia

As plunging oil prices and Western economic sanctions clamp down on the value of the ruble, Russian President Vladimir Putin finds his country's economy in an economic vice grip. "He really is going to be hit by a perfect storm," said a Russia expert at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, "although much of it is his own making." The ruble's value went into a freefall Tuesday, plunging by more than 20 percent despite the Russian central bank's attempt to retain foreign investment with an interest-rate hike. Read »
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Millions Sign Up for Obamacare

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Falling Oil Prices Undercut Exporters' Economies

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Jeb Bush's Announcement Jolts Primary Race

Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Family of Black Man Killed by Police at Walmart Sues

The family of a man police shot and killed at an Ohio Walmart sued Tuesday, accusing the officers and the retailer of negligence in his death. A BB gun resembling an assault rifle had been left unlocked on a shelf in the Walmart store on Aug. 5, and John Crawford III, 22, had picked it up and been able to walk around the store with it freely, prompting people in the store to call 911 and leading police to shoot and kill him. His family said in their suit that Walmart "had every reason to know that someone might mistake a BB gun for a real gun," and asked for at least $75,000 in restitution. "Out of respect for everyone involved, we believe it's not appropriate to discuss the specifics of this matter, but we can say that our associates acted properly," the company said Tuesday. Read »

Photos & Videos

Upload your photos & videos »