US abstains in UN vote on Cuba embargo for the first time
UNITED NATIONS (AP) ? The United States abstained for the first time in 25 years Wednesday on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba, a measure it had always vehemently opposed.
Small World animatronic doll part of new Disney auction
Russia drops Spain ship refueling request amid NATO uproar
BRUSSELS (AP) ? Russia on Wednesday withdrew a request to refuel a fleet of Russian warships in Spain, as Britain and NATO allies piled pressure on Madrid over concerns that the ships could be used to ramp up air attacks in Syria.
Venezuela opposition escalates protests against Maduro 'dictatorship'
By Andrew Cawthorne and Diego Oré CARACAS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters rallied across Venezuela on Wednesday against socialist President Nicolas Maduro, whom they accuse of becoming a dictator by blocking a plebiscite to remove him. Escalating its anti-Maduro campaign, the opposition Democratic Unity coalition also called for a national strike for Friday and a march to the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas next week, activists and local media said. The opposition coalition says Maduro must go, but Venezuela's electoral board last week canceled a planned signature drive to hold a recall referendum against him, citing fraud.
The kids are all right: Children with 3-way DNA are healthy
More than 15 years ago, 17 babies were born after an experimental infertility treatment that gave them DNA from three people: Mom, Dad and an egg donor. Now researchers have checked up on how the babies ...
Oregon weighs whether all kids should get outdoor education
MOUNT HOOD NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. (AP) ? Each year, thousands of Oregon parents hug their kids goodbye and send them tramping into the wilderness for up to a week to learn about their state's natural wonders.
OBAMA LEGACY: A quiet mission to export gay rights overseas
WASHINGTON (AP) ? While the world was watching America's gay rights transformation, the Obama administration was pursuing a quieter mission to export the same freedoms overseas to places like sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and eastern Europe.
Protesters march for end of 'dictatorship' amid standoff
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) ? Masses of protesters jammed the streets of Venezuela's capital on Wednesday on the heels of a move by congress to open a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro, whose allies have blocked moves for a recall election.
Trump makes mid-campaign stop to promote new DC hotel
With just 13 days to go before Americans choose a new president, Republican contender Donald Trump took a brief break from campaigning Wednesday to promote his new hotel in Washington, not far from the White House. The Trump International Hotel -- located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue in the Old Post Office -- had a soft opening on September 12, an occasion marked with great fanfare by the Manhattan billionaire businessman himself. Before a crowd of several hundred "VIPs" including former House speaker Newt Gingrich and journalists, Trump boasted that the hotel was finished "ahead of schedule" and "under budget" -- without offering specific figures.
Pakistan sets date for execution of mentally ill prisoner
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? Pakistani authorities have set a date for the execution of a man diagnosed with schizophrenia after the country's highest court rejected his final appeal on the ground that his disease does not qualify as a mental disorder, a defense lawyer said Wednesday.