Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters following the weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 5, 2015. Flanking McConnnell are Senators' John Barrasso  (R-WY) (L) and John Cornyn (R-TX). REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Senate Republicans pass budget plan

WASHINGTON - The Senate narrowly passed a Republican budget plan that prescribes deep domestic spending cuts to eliminate deficits by 2024 and aids the party's goal of trying to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.  Full Article 

U.S. probing Islamic State claims it was behind Texas cartoon attack 6:46pm EDT

WASHINGTON - U.S. investigators were looking into claims by the Islamic State that it was behind a failed attack on a Texas exhibit of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in which two gunmen were killed, but officials said on Tuesday they doubted the militant group's direct involvement. | Video

A worker prepares a stand of IBM for the upcoming CeBIT fair inside a hall in Hanover February 27, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

IBM's Watson to guide some cancer therapies

NEW YORK - Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use IBM's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients.  Full Article 

Suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing April 15 are seen in handout photo released through the FBI website, April 18, 2013. REUTERS/FBI/Handout

Defense shreds elder bomber in Boston trial

BOSTON - The older of the two brothers in the Boston Marathon bombing was a controlling boyfriend who terrified his future wife's friends but held great influence in his family, witnesses testified as lawyers fought to save the younger brother's life.  Full Article 

Women displaced by Boko Haram violence residing at the IDP camp yola, welcome other women and children rescued from Boko Haram in Sambisa forest by Nigeria Military as they arrive at the Internally displaced people's camp in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Mapping Boko Haram's decline

Since launching a counter-attack against Boko Haram in January, the Nigerian army and some 8,700 allied troops have systemically contained the Islamist fighting force.   Full Article 

A Free Syrian Army fighter covers his ears as his fellow fighter fires a weapon during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan

How to bring Syria’s endless war to an end

It is high time for state backers on each side to recognize that their adversaries are not headed toward capitulation, and to begin the difficult work of outlining an ultimate geopolitical resolution to end the Syrian war.  Commentary 

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Cossack Games in Russia

Cossacks re-unite in Russia's Rostov-on-Don for their annual world festival and games. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).