Brazil prosecutors demand government plan for oil spill

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's public prosecutor's office requested the government be forced to activate its national plan to minimize damages caused by an oil spill contaminating the nation's northea...

Crude oil reaches tourist beach in the 'Brazilian Caribbean'

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Crude oil contaminating the northeastern coast of Brazil has reached the town of Maragogi, one of the region's main tourist beaches, its mayor said on Thursday. ...

Is the mask finally slipping for Communist China?

KAOHSIUNG (Taiwan News) — The seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China was supposed to be a moment of great celebration and a chance to highlight the countr...

Liz Weston: In 'SIM swap,' criminals really have your number

If you're not familiar with SIM swap fraud, prepare to be terrified. This scam, also known as port-out or SIM splitting fraud, allows criminals to hijack your cell phone number. Once...

Open house event at Tainan Air Base in S. Taiwan on Oct. 19

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of National Defense (MND) will hold an open house event at the Tainan airbase from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 19), according to a press release ...

Serial stowaway arrested at Chicago airport again

CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has been arrested in or near airports dozens of times and sneaked onto planes without a ticket several times is back in custody after police say she tried to sneak through s...

Illinois' automatic voter registration delays worry experts

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' top leaders trumpeted the benefits of automatic voter registration when signing a bipartisan plan in 2017 to change how the state finds and signs up eligible but unregistered ...

Nationalism over NBA fandom: Fans support 'motherland' China

BEIJING (AP) — When Wu Xintong's favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, played the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai this Thursday, she broke a viewing streak of more than 10 years and deliberately missed the...

Has your newborn's identity already been stolen?

Imagine discovering that your newborn's brand new Social Security number has already been used to construct what Eva Velasquez, president and CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center, calls a "Franke...

In Taiwan, police scramble to explain ban on masks for protesters

Police authorities in Taiwan were busy Sunday trying to clarify a comment a day earlier suggesting that Taiwan would enforce an anti-mask law similar to the one being carried out in Hong Kong to deter...

To ban or not to ban? Masked protesters in other countries

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s government, faced with months of pro-democracy protests that have spiraled into violence, on Friday invoke emergency powers to ban masks from street demonstrations. ...

Groups contest limits on Indiana's religious objections law

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A lawyer for three conservative religious groups told a judge Thursday that the organizations’ constitutional rights were violated by limits lawmakers put on Indiana’s content...

Killing conviction tossed, man freed after 26 years

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who spent over a quarter-century behind bars while professing his innocence in a New York City killing was cleared Thursday after prosecutors said they no longer believe the key ...

4 people killed in wrong-way crash on San Francisco highway

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say four people were killed in a wrong-way crash on a San Francisco highway. The California Highway Patrol says the collision happened Thursday about...

2 guilty of aiding man accused of killing California officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two men who are in the United States illegally have been convicted of helping a third man as he tried to escape to his native Mexico after killing a California police officer...