Nation & World


Does the price of gas matter anymore?

How soon we forget. In May 2008, the sharp rise of gas prices to more than $4 per gallon for the first time in U.S. history drove a spike through our driving habits.

Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks

MOKPO, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.

Gas boom puts wind power on economic ropes

NEW YORK — Wind power in the United States is on a respirator.

Agencies target taxpayers for parents’ debts

The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year.

Day care can exceed college tuition

College costs loom large in the parental mind. According to a 2013 report by Sallie Mae, half of parents are putting away money for their kids’ education.

Dreyfuss loves acting, but his passion is politics

LOS ANGELES — Politically, Richard Dreyfuss describes himself as “intensely pre-partisan, and even more intensely anti-shmuck.”

O’Brien: Colbert ‘right person’ to do ‘Late Show’

LOS ANGELES — Don’t feel bad for Conan O’Brien. Again.

Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement

WASHINGTON — Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King’s documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.

California crash probe includes truck fire

ORLAND, Calif. — A couple said a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened across a median, sideswiped their car and slammed into a bus carrying high school students, adding a new twist to the investigation of a crash that killed 10 people.

Stabbing suspect’s mental state is key to the case

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — Attorneys say the legal fate of a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing or slashing 22 people at his Pennsylvania high school will probably pivot more on his mental state than his tender age.

Leader: Scots independence ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

ABERDEEN, Scotland — The referendum on Scottish independence planned for September is “the opportunity of a lifetime,” Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond said Friday at the party’s last conference before the vote.

Venezuela peace talks long on debate, short on results

BOGOTA, Colombia — For more than six hours, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the opposition traded barbs and recriminations during a nationally televised event aimed at ending the country’s nine-week long-civil conflict.

2 Paris exhibitions shed light on First World War, soldiers

The shows are Fields of Battle — Lands of Peace and Between the Lines and the Trenches.

Rwanda genocide: Man, victim now friends

Tutsis and Hutus in Rwanda are recovering through the power — and gift — of forgiveness.

Dozens evacuated as Wyoming hillside starts to slide

Several homes and an apartment building stand just above the area that is slipping.