A woman covers her nose and mouth with her scarf amid heavy haze, as she rides a bicycle at the Pudong financial area in Shanghai, February 12, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

China hopes for breath of fresh air on environment

BEIJING - China has appointed an inexperienced outsider as its new environment minister tasked with breathing life into a massive clean-up campaign that even optimists say will take decades to complete.  Full Article 

House breaks impasse, passes security funding without provisions 3:47pm EST

WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the U.S. domestic security agency on Tuesday, dealing a blow to conservative Republicans who had wanted the bill to include language blocking President Barack Obama's recent executive orders on immigration.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves prior to his address to a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Netanyahu speech draws rebuke from Obama

WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that paved the way to a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing the depth of a U.S.-Israeli rift.  Full Article | Video 

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video during a student organized world affairs conference at the Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto, in this file photo taken February 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Snowden in talks on returning home

MOSCOW - A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government's mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home.  Full Article 

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives to address delegates at the first session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Emanuel has gift for being unlikeable

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel just may be one of the most unlikeable personalities in the history of Chicago politics, and his setback in the mayoral election may have less to do with ideology than likeability.  Commentary 

A customer signs the credit card pad as he pays for a purchase at Macy's on Black Friday in New York November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

Shift to new credit cards won't fix security issues

CHICAGO - Despite a price tag of $8.65 billion for new technology that will require consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers to upgrade payment terminals, the shift will address only a narrow range of security issues.  Full Article 

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Tamir Rice's mom says city's response to lawsuit 'disrespectful'

Attorneys representing the family of slain 12-year-old Tamir Rice from Cleveland, Ohio say they were shocked by the city's response to a federal lawsuit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).