SEOUL - North Korea on Friday accused the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea's intelligence service of a plot to attack its "supreme leadership" with a bio-chemical weapon and said such a "pipe-dream" could never succeed. Tension on the Korean peninsula has been high for weeks, driven by concern that North Korea might conduct its sixth nuclear test or test-launch another ballistic missile in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Reclusive North Korea warned this week that U.S. hostility had brought the region to the brink of nuclear war.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Thursday to tighten sanctions on North Korea by targeting its shipping industry and companies that do business with the reclusive state. The vote was 419 to 1. Supporters said the legislation was intended to send a strong message to North Korea, amid international concern over the escalation of its nuclear program. The measure would have to be approved by the Senate before it could be sent to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign into law.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a $1.2 trillion spending bill to keep the government open through September, a measure President Donald Trump is expected to sign before Friday's deadline. Senators from both Republican and Democratic parties voted in favor of the bill, which passed 79 to 18 in Trump's first major legislative accomplishment but far from the victory he had once hoped for, providing only minimal changes to spending levels.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to repeal major parts of Obamacare and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan, handing President Donald Trump his biggest legislative victory but setting up a tough fight in the Senate. With the 217-213 vote, Republicans obtained just enough support to push the legislation through the House, sending it to the Senate for consideration. No Democrats voted for the bill.
TAIPEI - Dozens of fans costumed as Jedi knights, stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire and protagonist Luke Skywalker thronged central Taipei on Thursday to celebrate Star Wars Day, the 40th anniversary of the sci-fi film franchise. Costume parties, movie marathons and fun runs are among the events being mounted worldwide to celebrate the space saga. Fans on social media tweeted "May the 4th be with you", parodying the Star Wars catchphrase, "May the force be with you."
WASHINGTON - In a possible breakthrough for U.S. Republicans' effort to roll back Obamacare, the House of Representatives plans to hold a vote Thursday on compromise legislation, potentially ending a logjam that has delayed advancing President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal the law. The decision to hold a vote comes after key moderate lawmakers met with Trump on Wednesday and said a revised bill might win approval as conservatives voiced no objections.
Alphabet Inc said on Wednesday, May 3, it was investigating widespread reports about a spam campaign in which recipients received emails from known contacts that asked them to click on a link to review a Google Docs document. "We are investigating a phishing email that appears as Google Docs. We encourage you to not click through & report as phishing within Gmail," the company said on its Google Docs Twitter account.
NEW YORK - An elderly man is suing a Mississippi funeral home he claims refused to cremate his husband's body in a landmark case that campaigners say could widen the rights of gay people in the conservative state. John Zawadski, 82, filed the civil suit in state court after he sought the services of the Picayune Funeral Home for his partner of 52 years but was told the business did not "deal with their kind," according to the complaint.
AUSTIN, Texas - A gunman who opened fire on Wednesday on a college campus in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, apparently killed one victim and committed suicide, local police said. A man witnesses said was armed with a handgun was reported to have opened fire at North Lake College, prompting authorities to swarm the campus in search of the suspect and victims as school officials imposed an immediate security "lockdown."
WASHINGTON - FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday it would have been "catastrophic" to conceal his decision to reopen an investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails just 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said it made him "nauseous" to think that his announcement on Oct. 28 may have affected the election's outcome.