Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) shakes hands with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, prior to an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, August 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Yves Logghe/Pool

EU plans more sanctions as Russia advances in Ukraine

KIEV/BRUSSELS - Ukraine said Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signaled they were ready to prepare more sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.  Full Article 

F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C. 7:33pm EDT

- Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and the fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be unconscious before the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, officials said.

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), carry sticks as they move towards the Prime Minister's house during the Revolution March in Islamabad August 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pressure mounts on Pakistan PM Sharif to quit

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.  Full Article 

Newly elected European Council President Donald Tusk smiles at a news conference during a EU summit in Brussels August 30, 2014.  REUTERS/Yves Herman

Solidarity veteran is new EU chief

WARSAW - Donald Tusk's appointment as president of the European Council heralds the rise of Poland to the top table of European policymaking, though critics have questioned his suitability to manage the multilingual art of the classic Brussels compromise.  Full Article 

Red tape surrounds a home damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa, California August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

For many, earthquake insurance is too costly

NAPA Calif. - In one of the most quake-prone areas of the world, the cost of earthquake insurance remains too high for many California residents. Only 6 percent of Napa's residents carried coverage before last week's quake.  Full Article 

A bag filled with toy guns is seen at a school in Ciudad Juarez  October 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Toy weapons can't look real under California bill

The California State Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that would require certain replica guns to be painted bright colors or made transparent to prevent police from confusing toy guns for real weapons.  Full Article 

Graffiti art is seen on a wall next to the Regent's Canal, in Camden in London December 22, 2009.  British media have attributed the new work to acclaimed British street artist Banksy. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Why we’re so blase about global warming

Americans’ wishy-washy attitudes toward global warming may be related to the positive short-term effects of environmental policies that they observe daily.  Full Article 


Big California waves to last the weekend

Huge surf from Hurricane Marie expected to entertain California beach goers through the Labor Day weekend.  Video 

A cyclist exits the entryway to the Main Quad at Stanford University in Stanford, California, May 9, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

'Yes means yes,' on California campuses

Californian lawmakers passed a law requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on U.S. campuses.  Full Article 

Pressure mounts on Pakistan's premier to quit

Police fire teargas and rubber bullets on protesters in Pakistan, injuring dozens, as pressure mounts on Pakistan's leader to quit. Gavino Garay reports.