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Fed keeps key interest rate unchanged amid low inflation
The U.S. Federal Reserve is keeping its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a time of low inflation, which remains persistently below the Fed's target level.
Live White House briefing after Trump says he wants a transgender military ban video
U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Twitter on Wednesday that under his administration, transgender individuals wouldn't be allowed to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity, statements that appeared to take politicians in Congress as well as the Pentagon by surprise.
Venezuela's opposition leader calls for 48-hour strike before election
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has released the first direct message since his release on house arrest this month, calling on Venezuelans to support a 48-hour general strike.
Congressman Steve Scalise released from hospital 6 weeks after shooting
Congressman Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month, has been discharged from a Washington hospital.
Photos Thailand releases 1,066 turtles for good karma on new king's birthday
More than a thousand endangered turtles were released into the sea near Bangkok as part of celebrations around the country to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on July 28.
U.K. to ban sale of new gas and diesel cars starting in 2040
Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-powered cars starting in 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, Environment Minister Michael Gove says.
Child killer put to death in 1st Ohio execution in 3 years
Ohio carried out its first execution in over three years, putting a child killer to death Wednesday after delays over a controversial lethal drug combination.
Analysis Trump could trigger a political 'cataclysm' if he fires Sessions
The president of the United States is given broad powers — but they could backfire on him. Bigly.
Wisconsin company offers microchip implants to employees
A Wisconsin vending machine company is offering its employees a chance to have a microchip implanted in their hands that they could use to buy snacks, log in to computers or use the copy machine.
Residential building collapses in Nigeria, killing at least 8
A four-storey residential building collapsed in Nigeria's largest city killing at least eight people, including a child, emergency officials and an Associated Press photographer in Lagos said Wednesday.
Suspect in Swiss chainsaw attack was carrying crossbows when arrested
The suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer's office in Switzerland was carrying a bag with two crossbows when he was detained, but didn't resist arrest, police and prosecutors say.
U.S. Senate opens health care debate but fate of repeal effort in doubt video
Republican senators and the U.S. vice president voted to move forward with their effort to upend the country's health care law Tuesday. But a critical first amendment still saw opposition from seven Republican holdouts.
Hungary, Slovakia challenge of migrant plan should be dismissed: EU adviser
The European Court of Justice should dismiss lawsuits filed by Hungary and Slovakia challenging a European Council decision that the countries have to mandatorily take in hundreds of asylum seekers, a court adviser said Wednesday.
Wildfires force 10,000 from tourist-packed French Riviera video
Firefighters evacuated thousands of campers and local residents after a wildfire broke out on France's tourist-thronged Riviera coast overnight.
Human rights groups decry Philippine president's threat to bomb schools video
Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels.
Novak Djokovic to miss rest of 2017 with elbow injury
Tennis star Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the season, including the U.S. Open, because of injured right elbow.
Australia's highest-ranking Catholic in court to face sex charges audio
The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See.
U.S. Congress passes bill limiting Trump's ability to lift Russia sanctions
Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.
'CTE is real': New study finds brain disease in almost all football players tested
Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the CFL, NFL, college and even high school.
Photos Philanthropist Barbara Sinatra, widow of Frank Sinatra, dead at 90
Family friend says Barbara Sinatra, philanthropist and widow of legendary singer Frank Sinatra, has died in California.
'Time will tell': Trump sheds little light on future of Jeff Sessions
Donald Trump launched a fresh Twitter tirade Tuesday against the man who was the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy, Jeff Sessions, but was tight-lipped later in the day over whether the attorney general's days are numbered in the White House.
Israel dismantles metal detectors at Jerusalem holy site
Israel has dismantled metal detectors it installed a week ago at a contested Jerusalem shrine, hoping to defuse a crisis with the Muslim world, including security ally Jordan, the Muslim custodian of the holy site.
Mexico built 16% more cars in first half of 2017, bucking slowdown in U.S. and Canada
After six consecutive months of record output, Mexico now makes more than one out of every five vehicles built in North America, new numbers from autotomotive organization Ward's shows.
Handbag-maker Michael Kors finds its perfect pair in Jimmy Choo purchase worth $1.3B
American fashion brand Michael Kors is buying luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion US
Survivor recalls horrific scene inside tractor-trailer in Texas human smuggling case
Sweating profusely in the rising oven-like heat of the tractor-trailer, passengers started crying and pleading for water. Children whimpered. People took turns breathing through a single hole in the wall.
Al-Qaeda-linked forces seize control in northern Syria as shaky ceasefire tested
Rebels and activists are warning that an al-Qaeda-linked group is on the verge of snuffing out what remains of the country's uprising in northwestern Syria, as deaths are reported in the Eastern Ghouta despite a ceasefire.
Adobe to pull plug on Flash, ending an era
Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash, a once-ubiquitous technology used to power most of the media content found online, will be retired at the end of 2020, the software company announced Tuesday.
Jailed Volkswagen exec to plead guilty in U.S. diesel scandal
A German Volkswagen executive who has been in a Michigan jail for months plans to plead guilty in the company's U.S. emissions scandal, a court spokesman said Tuesday.
Despacito singers veto Venezuelan leader's campaign remix
There's a new take on the hit Latin pop song Despacito. And this one, a remix touting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, is not garnering accolades from its producers.
How big rigs are seen as 'VIP treatment' in human smuggling: you're less likely to be raped
Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings.