A tired but smiling 85-year-old U.S. veteran detained in North Korea for several weeks returned home Saturday to applause from supporters, yellow ribbons tied to trees outside his home and the warm embrace of his family.
The California health exchange is giving the names of tens of thousands of consumers to insurance agents without their knowledge.
A Mexico senate committee on Saturday proposed opening the country's beleaguered, state-run oil sector to greater private investment.
Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
Millions hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend from Texas to Ohio to Tennessee as the cold snap that covered much of the nation knocked out power and made roads treacherous Saturday.
Staring at photographs of their freckled faces, hair tucked into barrettes and baseball caps, a country divided by politics, geography, race, class and belief was united in mourning. And as their deaths confronted Americans with vexing questions about guns and violence, there were calls to turn that shared grief into a collective search for answers.
To outfit Afghanistan's security forces with new helicopters, the Pentagon bypassed U.S. companies and turned instead to Moscow for dozens of Russian Mi-17 rotorcraft at a cost of more than $1 billion.
The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression - and a changing world that makes it harder for anyone to approach Mandela's iconic power.
France unexpectedly raised its troop deployment in Central African Republic by hundreds of soldiers on Saturday, as Christians fearing reprisal attacks sought refuge from Muslim former rebels who control the country in wake of massacres in the capital. At least 280 people have been killed in recent days - the worst violence in the lawless country in months.
To a struggling White House, the economy that was supposed to be a political millstone is losing some drag.
A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.
A large swath of the U.S. is experiencing frigid temperatures, sleet, snow and ice. Several deaths have been reported, most a result of treacherous driving conditions. More than a thousand flights have been canceled, numerous football and basketball games postponed and holiday celebrations - including tree lightings and parades - curtailed.
The State Department says it is welcoming North Korea's decision to release an elderly American tourist.
Japan's parliament approved a state secrets law that stiffens penalties for leaks by government officials and for journalists who seek such information, overriding criticism that it could be used to cover up government abuses and suppress civil liberties.