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California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.


Israel, Palestinians Part Ways in Dueling Speeches

In a pair of fiery speeches at the United Nations, the Israeli and Palestinian leaders appear to have abandoned any hope of reviving peace talks and instead seem intent on ...


Obama Goal of Gitmo Closure Stalled at Pentagon

The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President ...


EBay to Split Off Lucrative PayPal Business

EBay is splitting off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, the e-commerce company said Tuesday.


Luck, Instinct Determined Fates of Volcano Hikers

Some survivors of the eruption of Mount Ontake made a split-second decision to hide behind big rocks or escaped into lodges that dot the mountain's slopes. Outdoors, other hikers fell, ...


Obama, Modi Say They Will Set New US-India Agenda

President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two ...


HK Leader Says China Adamant; Students Seek Talks

Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong's top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision ...


Afghanistan, US Sign Long-Awaited Security Pact

Afghanistan and the United States signed a security pact on Tuesday to allow U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of year, ending a year of uncertainty ...


Secret Service Head Takes Onus for White House Breach

Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson said Tuesday she takes full responsibility for the breach of White House security in which a man with a knife ...


Death Toll from GM Ignition Switches Now at 23

At least 23 people have died and 16 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.


Marijuana Industry Makes Political Donations

The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot ...


Police Defend Handling of Protests in Hong Kong

Police defended their use of tear gas and other methods to control the pro-democracy protests that have paralyzed Hong Kong's financial district, and appealed Monday for an end to the ...


Lawyers Seek Class Status for Miss. Prison Lawsuit

Lawyers suing the state over conditions at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Meridian have asked a federal judge to certify them to represent all inmates there.


Palestinian Leader in New UN Bid to End Occupation

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of conducting a "war of genocide" and a "series of absolute war crimes" during the 50-day summer conflict in Gaza, but stopped ...


Syrian Refugees See Future in Continental Europe

Surrounded by compatriots among a row of white canvas tents and prefabricated homes, Bahjat Molla sings mournfully of missing his Latakia home, of the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, of ...