CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A federal jury on Thursday, Dec. 15, found avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof guilty on all counts for gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic church...
WASHINGTON—A U.S. drone strike in Syria last week killed two Islamic State leaders linked to the Nov. 13, 2015 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people as well as a third militant convicted in absentia in Belgium for a disrupted plot, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The U.S. military said the strike took place on Dec. 4 in Raqqa, the Islamic State's defacto capital in Syria. "They were working together to plot and facilitate attacks on Western targets at the time of the strike," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.
Republican Gov. John Kasich signed into law a 20-week abortion ban on Tuesday but vetoed stricter legislation that would have banned abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as...
President-elect Donald Trump chose first-term Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana, a former Navy SEAL commander, as his interior secretary, according to media reports. Zinke, 55, has yet to accept the offer and has given no indication as to which way he is leaning, Politico reported, citing two transition officials and someone familiar with the offer. The Washington Post, citing an individual with first-hand knowledge of the decision, also reported that Zinke had been tapped to lead the Interior Department.
CHICAGO - Shareholders of U.S. seeds and agrochemicals company Monsanto Co approved the company's $66 billion acquisition by Bayer AG on Tuesday, Dec. 13, a deal that still requires regulatory approval to close as expected in late 2017. Increased research and development spending by the combined companies and plans to develop a global seeds and biotechnology hub in St. Louis fuel hopes regulators will not block the deal, which was agreed upon in September, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said. "I think those augur well for the deal," he told Reuters in an interview.
WASHINGTON—Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department of Energy, a source close to the president-elect said, putting him in charge of an agency he proposed eliminating during his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The choice of Perry adds to the list of oil-drilling advocates skeptical about climate change who Trump has picked for senior positions in his Cabinet, worrying environmentalists but cheering an industry eager for expansion.
ALEPPO, Syria/GENEVA - Rebel resistance in Syria's Aleppo ended on Tuesday after years of fighting and months of bitter siege and bombardment that culminated in a bloody collapse of their defenses this week, as insurgents agreed to withdraw in a ceasefire. Rebel officials said fighting would end on Tuesday evening and insurgents and the civilians who have been trapped in the tiny pocket of territory they hold in Aleppo would leave the city for opposition-held areas of the countryside to the west. News of the deal, confirmed by Russia's U.N.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell added his voice on Monday, Dec. 12, to calls for bipartisan cooperation on investigations into Russian hacking aimed at interfering with the 2016 presidential election. "Any foreign breach of our cybersecurity measures is disturbing and I strongly condemn any such efforts," McConnell said at a news conference. "This simply cannot be a partisan issue."
A U.S. judge in Pennsylvania on Monday, Dec. 13, rejected Green Party candidate Jill Stein's request for a recount of the state's ballots in last month's presidential election and an examination of voting machines for evidence of hacking. The decision came on the same day that Wisconsin election officials expect to complete their state's recount, although the results will not change the outcome.
WASHINGTON—U.S. high school students are falling further behind their global peers in mathematics and are treading water in reading and science, an ongoing survey on international education said Tuesday, Dec. 6. The triennial report by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that 15-year-old U.S. students ranked 40th in the world in math last year out of 72 countries or cities.