Russia criticizes Ukraine’s deal to buy US nuclear fuel, warns it could trigger accident

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk gestures, during a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (The Associated Press) Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk [...]

Leader, members of Mexican self-defense group turn themselves in following shootout

MORELIA, Mexico –  Two leaders and nearly three dozen members of rural self-defense forces in the western state of Michoacan who were involved in a clash that left 11 dead have turned themselves in to authorities. Luis Antonio Torres, a [...]

Police in western Canada investigate multiple deaths, not clear if connected

EDMONTON, Alberta –  Police are investigating several homicides in the Edmonton, Alberta area, but are not saying if they are linked. Police spokeman Scott Pattison said Tuesday that they were called to a home in the city’s north [...]

Brazil’s state-run oil company bans 23 firms from bids amid kickback probe

SAO PAULO –  Brazil’s state-run oil company says it’s temporarily suspending the country’s biggest builders and engineering firms from bidding on contracts amid investigations into a massive corruption scandal. The oil [...]

Environmentalists see more Monarch butterflies in Mexico, but worry about forecast for cold

In this Dec. 21, 2014 photo, a monarch butterfly perches on a branch in the Piedra Herrada sanctuary near Valle de Bravo, Mexico. More butterflies appear to have made the long flight from the U.S. and Canada to their winter [...]

Photo of dog on rainy tarmac sparks Twitter outrage against United Airlines

Passenger Barbara Gattetly noted that the temperature was in the upper 40s while the dog was on the tarmac for an hour. (iStock) A disturbing photo of an airline passenger’s dog sitting on a rainy runway tarmac for nearly an [...]

U.S. cities model New Year’s Eve events after Times Square

The crowd cheers and fireworks explode in the sky as a lighted cowboy boot drops to the roof of the Palace Saloon New Year’s Eve on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott, Ariz. on Dec 31, 2013. (AP Photo) A [...]

AirAsia aftermath: Can travelers really choose safer airlines?

AirAsia passengers line up December 29 at Changi International Airport in Singapore, a day after the disappearance of Flight QZ8501. (AP Photo) The disappearance of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 demonstrates the futility of trying to pick [...]

Snow may distrupt New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Revelers on the Strip may have to bundle up with snow expected in Las Vegas. (AP Photo) If Sin City’s sports books took bets on the weather, snow in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve would normally have terrible odds. It [...]

2 Albanian sailors killed during ferry operation

Dec. 29, 2014: Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea (AP) Two Albanian tugboat sailors died Tuesday during operations to secure a Greek ferry adrift for three days since a fire [...]