By Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper Associated Press ISLAMABAD – Cuba has completed the release of 53 political prisoners that was part of last month’s historic deal between the United States and Cuba, the Obama administration said Monday. The move clears a major hurdle for the normalization of ties between the two countries after more […]

An armed police officer stands on the roof of a building in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack were cornered Friday. Two sets of attackers seized hostages and locked down hundreds of French security forces around the capital on Friday, sending the city into fear and turmoil for a third day in a series of linked attacks that began with the deadly newspaper terror attack that left 12 people dead. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

By Lori Hinnant and Samuel Petrequin Associated Press PARIS – With explosions and gunfire, security forces on Friday ended a three-day terror spree around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape. The worst […]

By Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON – The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. The government […]

A cartoon style drawing hangs outside France's embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The sign reads in Spanish "The pencil is the most peaceful weapon, don't mess with humor" in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

By Matthew Schofield McClatchy Foreign Staff (TNS) BERLIN – The terror attack Wednesday that killed 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper known for running cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad wasn’t a total surprise. Europe, France and even the newspaper have been preparing for such an attack for months. Europe has been […]

By Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON – The House has re-elected John Boehner to be speaker in the new Republican-led Congress, despite opposition by tea party lawmakers that underscored party divisions. The Ohio Republican garnered the votes of 216 GOP lawmakers as Congress convened Tuesday. That was enough for him to win a third two-year […]

By Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Congress’ approval rating hovers around 15 percent, but there’s one group of people excited about the institution: the newly elected lawmakers who are about to join its ranks. The House will welcome 58 freshmen this coming week, including 43 Republicans and 15 Democrats, pushing the GOP majority to […]

By Josh Lederman Associated Press HONOLULU – The U.S. is imposing sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Friday authorizing the sanctions. Although the U.S. has already sanctioned North Korea over its nuclear program, these are the first sanctions punishing Pyongyang […]

By Jennifer Mann and Jesse Bogan St. Louis Post-Dispatch (TNS) BERKELEY, Mo. – A Berkeley police officer fired at least three shots at a suspect who pulled a gun on him, the St. Louis County Police chief said at a Wednesday morning news conference. Police Chief Jon Belmar said the officer was responding to a […]

A New York City police officer looks over a makeshift memorial near the site where fellow officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were murdered in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Tom Hays Associated Press NEW YORK – Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car. The killings […]