By JOCELYN GECKER and MALCOLM J. FOSTER, Associated Press
May 29, 2015 10:19 a.m.
BANGKOK — A regional conference called to address the swelling tide of boat people in Southeast Asia ended Friday with no major breakthroughs, with Myanmar criticizing those blaming it for fueling the crisis and warning that "finger pointing" would not help.
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2015 9:59 a.m.
WHARTON, Texas — The death toll from almost a week of fierce rain that has flooded many parts of Texas continued to rise on Friday as officials closely watched the swelling rivers for clues on how much longer the crisis will last.
By MATTHEW LEEAP, Associated Press
May 29, 2015 9:54 a.m.
HAVANA — The Obama administration on Friday formally removed Cuba from a U.S. terrorism blacklist, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes.
By SANDY COHEN, Associated Press
May 29, 2015 9:51 a.m.
LOS ANGELES — In the early 1980s, when Steve Martin was a fledgling movie star, he recalls attending the American Film Institute's celebration of Frank Capra and how Hollywood glitterati swirled around the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press
May 28, 2015 9:07 p.m.
OXON HILL, Md. — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press
May 28, 2015 9 p.m.
CHICAGO — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in hush money to keep a person from the town where he was a longtime high school teacher silent about "prior misconduct" by the Illinois Republican who was once second in line to the U.S. presidency, according to a federal grand jury indictment handed down Thursday.
By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
May 28, 2015 8:03 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Pentagon leaders are trying to "fine tune" U.S. strategy for ousting the Islamic State group from Iraq, focusing on faster and better training and arming of Sunni tribes whose combat role is central to reversing the extremists' advances, senior U.S. officials said Thursday.