Tens of Thousands Flee Fast-Moving Northern California Fire

OROVILLE, CALIFORNIA —  Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several Northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors who had to drive through walls of flames to escape. It was not immediately known if there were injuries or fatalities. …

Omar, Tlaib Become First Muslim Women in US Congress

CHICAGO —  A onetime Somali refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress. Both women — Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42 — are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities that have found themselves …

Iraq Rejects US Tweets Regarding Its Dealings With Iran

BAGHDAD —  The Iraqi Foreign Ministry rejected Saturday what it called U.S. interference in its affairs after the U.S. embassy issued a statement telling neighboring Iran to respect Iraq’s sovereignty and allow demobilization of Shiite militias. The U.S. embassy in Baghdad had posted a message on Twitter Tuesday saying Tehran must “respect the sovereignty of …

US Vastly Outvoted at UN Over Its Cuba Embargo

UNITED NATIONS —  U.N. member states overwhelmingly supported lifting Washington’s more than half-century-old economic, commercial and financial embargo of Cuba on Thursday, saying it is the main impediment to the island nation’s economic and social development. Cuba’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla talks with reporters in Havana, Cuba, Oct. 24, 2018. “The embargo …

Kepler Telescope Kaput After 'Stunningly Successful' Mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. —  NASA’s elite planet-hunting spacecraft has been declared dead, just a few months shy of its 10th anniversary. Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope’s demise Tuesday. Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9½-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel for months. Its ability to point at distant stars and identify …

Accused Pittsburgh Shooter Focused Hatred on Jewish Refugee Aid Group

“Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.” It’s the motto of one of the oldest refugee resettlement agencies in the United States, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society — better known by its acronym HIAS. That work of aiding the displaced and newly arrived for more than a century is what drew the ire of Robert Bowers, …