Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

China's island-building erodes security: U.S.

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned that Beijing's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific.   Full Article 

More flooding in Texas after week of storms 11:55am EDT

- Rain showers caused flooding on roads in parts of Texas early on Saturday, an official said, after severe weather killed at least 21 people earlier in the week, prompting U.S. President Obama to declare a disaster in the state.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivers an opening speech at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Blatter comes out fighting despite divisions

ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer's governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid.  Full Article 

Migrants wait to disembark from the Irish navy ship LE Eithne as they arrive in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo, Italy, May 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

More than 4,200 migrants rescued

ROME - More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said.  Full Article 

Tanks drive in a street of the Russian southern town of Matveev Kurgan, near the Russian-Ukrainian border in Rostov region, Russia, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/Maria Tsvetkova

Why diplomacy is flailing in Ukraine

As the fighting in Ukraine grinds on as a low-level conflict, the biggest weakness of a proposed peace deal is becoming clear: None of the parties see it as the start to a lasting settlement.  Commentary 

Graduating student Jennifer Lim sits in the shade before the start of the 361st Commencement Exercises at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts May 24, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A college-saving pitfall to avoid

LOS ANGELES - Judging by the latest performance rankings, two 529 college savings plans look enticing. Too bad most Americans are not allowed to invest in either one. That's one of the drawbacks of trying to choose a college savings plan by performance alone.  Full Article 

Security gaps feared if Patriot Act expires

Unless Congress acts Sunday, the NSA's vast program collecting Americans' calling data will expire, sparking worries among security officials with domestic terror threats on the rise.