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Trump fan to plead guilty to 2018 package bombs

Mar 21, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested in Florida on October 26 following a massive manhunt, is due in federal court in New York on March 21 at 4 pm

CESAR SAYOC. Sayoc is suspected to have sent 13 bombs through mail to liberal critics. Photo from Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump: China tariffs may remain for 'substantial period'

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Washington and Beijing are battling over the final shape of an agreement, with American officials demanding profound changes to Chinese industrial policy

Green outduels Sotto, FilAm Sports ousts Ateneo in 2019 NBTC Nationals

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fil-Am Jalen Green's thunderous dunk over Kai Sotto highlights the third day of action in the high school national championship

POSTER DUNK. FilAm Sports USA's Jalen Green skies for a slam jam on Ateneo's Kai Sotto in the 2019 NBTC Nationals Supreme 16. Photo from NBTC

U.S. approves drug for post-partum depression

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Sage Therapeutics says the medication brexanolone, whose trade name is Zulresso, will be available in late June in the US

Facebook settles with rights groups on ad discrimination

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:28 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union call the agreement a 'historic settlement' that will result in major changes to Facebook's advertising platform.

FACEBOOK. The logo of social network Facebook is displayed on a smartphone, on January 15, 2019 in Nantes, western France.  Photo by Loic Venance/AFP

U.S. lawmakers ask tech leaders to explain viral Christchurch video

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

The House Committee on Homeland Security ask for a briefing by tech executives regarding the online proliferation of the 'horrific' Christchurch video

CHRISTCHURCH. Police secure the area with tape across the road from the Dean Avenue mosque on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Trump eyes right-wing U.S.-Brazilian alliance in meet with Bolsonaro

Mar 19, 2019 - 2:03 PM

(UPDATED) The White House gathering brings together two men who were surprise election winners, sweeping to power on a promise to end politics as usual in their giant countries

BOLSONARO AND TRUMP. File photos by Mandel Ngan and Don Emmert/AFP

U.S. probing certification of Boeing 737 MAX

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:23 PM

The probe is focusing on the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System implicated in the Lion Air crash, which authorities say shared similarities with the latest accident

737 MAX. In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 an Air China Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane is seen at Beijing Capital Airport. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

BLKD, Calix raise funds to bring Sandata to the US

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:44 AM

The two rappers are part of ‘Sandata’ – a collective of artists and researchers raising awareness about the effects of the so-called ‘drug war’

COLLECTIVE. Artists and researchers come together to tell the story of the Philippine 'drug war.' Photo from the Sandata Facebook page

What to expect at the 2019 Game Developers Conference

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

With rumors of announcements for new consoles and services, gamers may want to tune into the conference this year

GDC. A general view of the Game Developers Conference is seen in San Francisco, California on March 03, 2015. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

WATCH: USA draws favorable group in FIBA World Cup

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:59 AM

A star-studded USA squad launches its World Cup title defense against Czech Republic, Japan and Turkey

HEAVY FAVORITES. LeBron James and Team USA shoot for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kobe reveals his all-time top 5 USA players

Mar 16, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The two-time Olympic gold medalist is quick to acknowledge the greats who came before him

PLAY FOR EACH OTHER. Kobe Bryant believes Team USA will be hard to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup if players leave their egos at the door. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Lou Reed's guitars take New Yorkers to church

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:28 PM

The late rocker's legacy comes alive in a free public performance at the New York's Cathedral of St John the Divine

LEGACY. Late US musician Lou Reed's former guitar technician Stewart Hurwood performs in the Cathedral Church of Saint Johan the Devine during the concert "Lou Reed Drone" on March 13, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Bail set at $1 million for Lori Loughlin implicated in college bribery scandal

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:18 AM

The 'Full House' actress is among the 50 people indicted in the massive college admissions scam

U.S. ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from Huawei

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:56 AM

US General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, says that they're not going to communicate with Berlin if Huawei is inside their defense communications

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U.S. says 'no basis' to ground Boeing 737 MAX jets after crash

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:36 PM

The US currently refuses to take action against Boeing's best-selling workhorse aircraft

BOEING 737 MAX. A SilkAir Boeing 737 MAX aircraft (background C) is parked on the tarmac of Changi International Airport in Singapore on March 12, 2019 while a SilkAir Boeing 737-8SA (front) taxi on a runway. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

United Nations chief heads to Washington to plug peacekeeping budget hole

Mar 13, 2019 - 1:52 PM

The US cost-cutting has created a hole of about $220 million in this year's $6.7 billion peacekeeping budget

BUDGETING. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wants to put an end to the violence in Libya. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Jussie Smollett's case hurt by misinformation – lawyer

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:45 AM

The actor's lawyer Tina Gladian says they welcome cameras in the courtroom so that people will know the real evidence

Actor Jussie Smollett(C) and team arrive for a court hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on March 12, 2019 in Chicago. - A Chicago grand jury on March 8, 2019 indicted American actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts after allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a racist, homophobic hate crime. Police say Smollett -- who gained fame on Fox musical drama "Empire" -- staged the attack in a bid to gain publicity and a bigger paycheck. (Photo by DEREK HENKLE / AFP)

Cycling champion Catlin's family reveals her battle against depression

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:50 PM

'Everything was open to her, but somehow her thinking was changed and she couldn’t see beyond, I guess, her depression,' says Mark Catlin

DARK THOUGHTS. Kelly Catlin takes her own life after plunging into depression. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

McGregor arrested in Miami after run-in with fan

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:58 PM

MMA fighter McGregor is charged with criminal mischief and strong-armed robbery

AGGRESSIVE. Conor McGregor continues to have aggressive incidents out of the ring.  File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. to pull all remaining diplomatic personnel from Venezuela

Mar 12, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The move follows a January 24 order for all non-emergency US government employees to depart Venezuela

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. File photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

U.S., China negotiators talk but no date for Trump-Xi trade summit

Mar 12, 2019 - 12:19 PM

A possible summit between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping remains up in the air

U.S. sanctions Russia-based bank over Venezuela dealings

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The move comes as Washington ramps up actions on Nicolas Maduro's regime, which is battling to hold onto power

STEVE MNUCHIN. In this file photo taken on April 21, 2018 US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin holds a press conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, DC. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on July 12, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

U.S. condemns Cuba, Russia for backing Venezuela's Maduro

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:12 AM

Mike Pompeo hits at the 'central role Cuba and Russia have played and continue to play in undermining the democratic dreams of the Venezuelan people and their welfare'

GETTING WATER. People collect water from a sewage canal at the river Guaire in Caracas on March 11, 2019, as a massive power outage continues affecting some areas of the country. Photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

U.S. opposes incremental denuclearization of North Korea – envoy

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Biegun says the administration wants to accomplish the complete and verified denuclearization of North Korea by January 2021

STEPHEN BIEGUN. In this file photo taken on February 9, 2019 US Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun listens to South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha during their meeting at the foreign ministry in Seoul. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

USA's cycling world champ Kelly Catlin dead at 23

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:05 PM

The three-time world champion dies in an apparent suicide in her on-campus residence at the Stanford University

GONE TOO SOON. Kelly Catlin was a member of the American team that won 3 straight world championships from 2016 to 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

New York's iconic Chrysler Building to sell for $150 million

Mar 09, 2019 - 11:52 PM

The building's owners do not own the ground beneath it and pay annual rent that went up from $7.75 million to $32 million in 2018 and is set to increase again to $41 million in 2028

SALE. The Chrysler Building stands in Midtown Manhattan, January 9, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Disney 'Star Wars' attractions to open soon in California, Florida

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Galaxy's Edge is set to open on May 31 in Disneyland Park in Anaheim

Pope Francis names 2nd Filipino bishop in U.S.

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Monsignor Alejandro Aclan of Pasay City is appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

HOLY FATHER. Pope Francis names Monsignor Alejandro Aclan as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. File photo from AFP

Democrats launch sweeping probe targeting dozens in Trump orbit

Mar 05, 2019 - 8:45 AM

(UPDATED) 'This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts,' House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler says

TRUMP PROBE. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

Tornado kills at least 23 in US state of Alabama – officials

Mar 04, 2019 - 12:42 PM

(UPDATED) The swath of destruction left by the storm is a quarter mile wide and stretches for the 'several miles that it traveled on the ground'

TORNADO. This handout image provided by Justin Merritt from his Instagram account shows a tornado in Dothan, Alabama on March 3, 2019.  Handout photo by Justin Merritt/Instagram/AFP

U.S. hails 'successful' Nigeria vote

Mar 01, 2019 - 1:18 PM

'We commend all those Nigerians who participated peacefully in the election and condemn those whose acts of violence harmed Nigerians and the electoral process,' Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says

RE-ELECTED. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari (R) addresses the audience following his re-election, after Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission presented his certificate of election on February 27, 2019, in Abuja. File photo by Kola Sulaimon/AFP

Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch on sale at huge discount

Mar 01, 2019 - 11:44 AM

Michael Jackson's California estate is back on the market for $31 million, a big cut from its $100 million price 4 years ago

'90210' actor Luke Perry suffers 'massive stroke'

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:07 AM

The 52-year-old actor remains under hospital observation

[ANALYSIS] America, China and the real star wars

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:07 AM

Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency report in January is an eye-opener and shows what China is capable of doing in the South China Sea

Trump 'walks' as North Korea talks end abruptly without deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 2:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The two leaders fail to sign a joint statement as initially scheduled and the talks end in deadlock

NO AGREEMENT. US President Donald Trump (L) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) hold a bilateral meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Maduro says U.S. wants to 'fabricate' Venezuela crisis to start war

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Maduro tells American broadcaster ABC News, 'They are trying to fabricate a crisis to justify political escalation and a military intervention in Venezuela to bring a war to South America'

VENEZUELAN DEMONSTRATION. A demonstrator holds a Venezuelan flag on the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge in Urena, Venezuela, border with Colombia on February 24, 2019. Photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Roche to buy US gene therapy group Spark for $4.3 billion

Feb 25, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Spark Therapeutics specializes in gene therapies for genetic diseases such as blindness, hemophilia, and neurodegenerative diseases

Trump says China trade deal likely as talks extended

Feb 23, 2019 - 12:19 PM

Officials are racing to reach a deal as US duty rates are due to rise sharply in the coming week

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (L) listens as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He talks while they line up for a group photo at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on February 15, 2019. (Photo by Mark Schiefelbein / POOL / AFP)

Actor Jussie Smollett accused of staging assault cut from TV show episodes

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Producers of 'Empire' announce they decided to remove the role of the actor for the final two episodes of the current season 'to avoid further disruption on set'

Police slam Jussie Smollett, saying he staged racist attack to 'boost career'

Feb 22, 2019 - 3:25 PM

Chicago police say Smollett staged the elaborate 'publicity stunt' to exploit the 'pain and anger of racism' and to promote his career

U.S. actor Jussie Smollett due in court over alleged bogus assault report

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The 'Empire' actor is arrested and charged with lying to authorities about being a victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago

Police charge Jussie Smollett with filing false report of 'homophobic' assault

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The US actor is facing criminal charges for lying to authorities about being the victim of a 'racist and homophobic attack', Chicago police say

Democrats warn Trump may rush nuclear transfer to Saudis

Feb 20, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The House of Representatives committee in charge of investigations says 'multiple whistleblowers' warned of conflicts of interest 'that could implicate federal criminal statutes'

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

Trump nominates successor to one-time head of Russia probe

Feb 20, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Rod Rosenstein will be replaced by Jeffrey Rosen, the current deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation

JEFFREY ROSEN. Image from US Department of Transportation website

Former MTV VJ Belinda Panelo records racist experience in U.S.

Feb 20, 2019 - 10:43 AM

The video shows an American woman hurling racist statements at Belinda and her 4-year-old son, saying 'we don't want you here' and 'he doesn't even look human'

Speculation swirls over Kim's travel plans for Hanoi summit

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Washington and Pyongyang have dispatched several teams to Vietnam ahead of the summit in Hanoi on February 27-28, though officials have remained tight-lipped on their movements and meetings

KIM HYOK CHOL. Man understood to be North Korean negotiator Kim Hyok Chol (center, blue tie) after walking off an Air Koryo flight from Pyongyang, at Beijing international airport on February 19, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

16 states sue Trump over border wall emergency

Feb 19, 2019 - 10:12 AM

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia are party to the complaint seeking an injunction

Shootout wounds 5 bystanders near New Orleans tourism area

Feb 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Police shoot and kill the suspect during the incident, which occurred almost two weeks before the Louisiana city's renowned Mardi Gras festival

Kyle Kuzma targets NBA All-Star game next year

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:18 PM

After winning MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, the young Lakers star wants to see action in the main showcase

BOUNCE BACK. MVP Kyle Kuzma and Team USA avenge last year’s loss to Team World. Photo from NBA Twitter