By KRISTA LARSON and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 5:09 p.m.
BANGUI, Central African Republic — More than 500 people have been killed over the past week in sectarian fighting in the Central African Republic, aid officials said Tuesday, as France reported that gunmen fatally shot two of its soldiers who were part of the intervention to disarm thousands of rebels accused of attacking civilians.
By Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg News
December 10, 2013 12:59 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. is starting to feel the impact of a campaign to persuade musical acts to boycott the company's marine parks because of the use of killer whales as performers.
By Andrew Taylor and David Espo, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 3:06 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic negotiators reached out for a budget agreement Tuesday to reduce automatic spending cuts aimed at programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, risking a backlash from liberals and conservatives that highlighted the difficulty of compromise within divided government.
By Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 11:04 a.m.
AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar — The U.S. air operations center in Qatar has long been a hub where combat sorties into Iraq and Afghanistan were tracked and international forces kept watch over hotspots in the Persian Gulf and western Mediterranean Sea. But for years it's kept a low profile in a region sometimes reluctant to advertise its significant U.S. military presence.
By John Heilprin, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 11:02 a.m.
GENEVA — Armed conflicts killed at least 95,000 people and wounded hundreds of thousands more last year but few of them led to any punishment for war crimes because the laws are unclear, a Swiss-based think tank said Tuesday.
By Scott Fallon, The Record
December 10, 2013 10:59 a.m.
HACKENSACK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie has refused to join a coalition of eight Eastern states seeking to curb air pollution blowing in from Midwest and Southern coal-fired power plants that help make New Jersey's air quality among the worst in the nation.
By MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:58 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.
By JULIE PACE, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:46 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that signaled possible thawing between the leaders of two Cold War foes.
By Alan Clendenning, Jon Gambrell and Julie Pace,, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:36 a.m.
JOHANNESBURG — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted the world Tuesday to embrace Nelson Mandela's universal message of peace and justice, electrifying tens of thousands of rain-lashed spectators and prompting a standing ovation by scores of heads of state in a South African stadium.
By Holly Ramer, Associated Press
December 10, 2013 10:05 a.m.
CONCORD, N.H. — David Kwiatkowski's six-month stint at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs medical center was about to end in 2008 when a doctor proposed extending the traveling technician's contract. Don't do it, one nurse warned.
By Darryl Fears, The Washington Post
December 10, 2013 6 a.m.
WASHINGTON — In four years, the United States lost more than 360,000 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetlands to fierce storms, sea-level rise and booming development along the coasts, according to a newly released federal study.