California becomes first state to restrict plastic straws at restaurants

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the nation’s first state law barring dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless they are requested, saying discarded plastic is “choking our planet.”

On statehood for Puerto Rico, 'put up or shut up,' says governor

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is using the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria hitting the island to make a stepped-up push for statehood.

Kavanaugh accuser won't testify Monday but open to doing so later next week

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on Sept. 6, 2018. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, said Thursday that her appearing at a hearing on Monday to detail her claims is "not...

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

Authorities respond to a shooting in Harford County, Md., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.   Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI is describing as an

An official says three people have been killed in a shooting in Harford County in northeast Maryland


North Korea's offer of concessions comes with a catch for US

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un raise their hands after watching the mass games performance of

North Korea's offer of concessions comes with demands the U.S. may or may not be willing to grant

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

Scientists are noticing fewer and fewer moths, ladybugs, fireflies and butterflies, but they can't quite quantify what's happening to flying insect because they never measured how many bugs there used to be

Trump says 'hard to imagine' Kavanaugh guilty of allegation

President Donald Trump talks to media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base en route to Havelock, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump is expressing disbelief that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fellow high school student three decades ago

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs

President Donald Trump hands out prepackaged meals at Temple Baptist Church in an area impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in New Bern, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump comforts storm-ravaged Carolinas with hot dogs, hugs, words of comfort, promises of federal aid

Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands after signing the documents at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. Moon and Kim announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North's main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032. (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP)

The leaders of North and South Korea have announced a wide range of agreements which they say are a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula

Judge sets Dec. 18 sentencing for Michael Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has a sentencing date

Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children

FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, Immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Homestead, Fla. A Senate subcommittee has found that federal officials for the second time lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children earlier this year after a government agency placed the minors in the custody of adult sponsors in communities nationwide. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Federal agency can't account for 1,488 migrant children placed in homes around the country

Trump rips Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'

President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda, in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on Jeff Sessions, saying, "I don't have an attorney general."

Amazon is considering opening 3,000 cashierless Go stores, report says

Amazon Go grew from a single convenience store to four over eight months. A report Wednesday suggests that the retail giant is considering a much faster pace of expansion

Gender war politics grip Senate over Kavanaugh accusation

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, reacts to a question from a reporter on the Senate subway, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, as she responds to questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh  on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate air thick with gender politics over Ford's assault accusation, Kavanaugh denial

Owner of 3D-printed gun company accused of sex with minor

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Texas.  Police allege in an affidavit filed Wednesday, Sept. 19, that Wilson had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.  Austin police Detective Shaun Donovan wrote in a request for a warrant to arrest Wilson on a sexual assault charge. The court filing doesn't say how old the girl is, but Texas' age of consent is 17.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

The owner of a Texas company that makes 3D-printed guns is wanted on an arrest warrant alleging that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500

Man opens fire at his Wisconsin office, 3 seriously hurt

A women is escorted from the scene of a shooting at a software company in Middleton, Wis., Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.    Four people were shot and wounded during the shooting in the suburb of Madison, according to a city administrator.  (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Police: Gunman opens fire on co-workers at Wisconsin software company, seriously injuring 3 people and grazing another

NAFTA deal unlikely this week, raising tariff fears

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vaughan, Ontario, on Dec. 15, 2017. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Cole Burston.

NAFTA talks are picking up again but a deal is unlikely to be reached this week.

Lawmaker: US Senate, staff targeted by state-backed hackers

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2015, file photo, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., checks his phone as he arrives for a bipartisan lunch in the Kennedy Caucus Room on Capitol Hill in Washington. Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is proposing new legislation that would allow the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms to spend taxpayer money protecting senators’ private email accounts and personal devices amid persistent anxieties over the digital security of the American midterm vote. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

A U.S. senator says foreign government hackers continue to stalk U.S. senators and their aides through personal email accounts, but the Senate's security arm won't help defend them