Internet hinges on undersea fiber-optic cables

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable lie on the ocean floors, … Read more

Breaking up with sugar is hard to do

Many people don’t realize the negative effects of sugar. “People generally know that sugar isn’t … Read more

Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai

ST. CATHERINE’S, Egypt — Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library that holds thousands of … Read more

A traffic ticket dispute provokes a bigger fight

An engineer’s research into yellow lights starts a battle over free-speech rights

In 2013, Mats Jarlstrom’s wife got a $260 ticket in the mail for running a … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Sunday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2017. There are 14 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1967, Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, 59, disappeared while swimming in the ocean … Read more

Tax bill upends perks of owning a house

For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage … Read more

‘Brexodus’ of workers has British employers scrambling to fill jobs

FORDOUN, Scotland — The first inkling that Ross Mitchell knew something had gone awry was … Read more

Marina Popovich broke records as a test pilot

Marina Popovich, a test pilot who broke more than 100 flying records and who was … Read more

Purported word ban at CDC causes uproar

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services tried to play down Saturday a … Read more

Residents flee as flames approach wealthy enclave

MONTECITO, Calif. — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara … Read more

Mueller unlawfully obtained emails, Trump team says

An organization that was part of President Donald Trump’s transition team said Saturday that special … Read more

Report: Smoke from wildfires could be surprisingly deadly

As firefighters continue to battle California’s devastating Thomas Fire — the fourth-largest in state history … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Saturday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2017. There are 15 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British … Read more

Republican tax bill heads for finish line

WASHINGTON — As the Republican Party sprinted toward notching its first, and much-needed, significant legislative … Read more

Tillerson offers olive branch to North Korea if it abandons nukes

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea, for the second time this … Read more

Universities crack down on frat excess

After months of waiting, party night finally arrived on Dec. 2 for the brothers of … Read more

New drug law makes it ‘harder for us to do our jobs,’ former officials say

A law supported by opioid distributors and manufacturers is making it increasingly difficult to hold … Read more

Judge temporarily blocks Trump rules on birth control

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to … Read more

Southern California tourism slowly rebounding in spots

The tourism industry in Southern California is starting to bounce back, albeit slowly, following the … Read more

Uber reduces ambulance usage

Ride-booking services are being used during medical emergencies across the US, study says

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In what is believed to be the first study to measure … Read more

Aline Griffith wrote about her adventures as a spy

Aline Griffith, a former model from suburban New York City who transformed herself into a … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Friday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2017. There are 16 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1939, the Civil War motion picture epic “Gone with the Wind,” starring Vivien … Read more

Republican tax bill faces fresh doubts

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans faced a new round of uncertainty Thursday about the … Read more

Obamacare sign-ups quicken as enrollment deadline approaches

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans are signing up for 2018 coverage through the Affordable Care … Read more

Star system with eight planets is found

Only a handful of star systems have more than a single planet. With eight worlds, … Read more

GOP reaches agreement on tax reform

WASHINGTON — The day after suffering a political blow in the Alabama special Senate election, … Read more

Lawmaker kills himself amid sexual assault allegations

A Kentucky state representative accused of molesting a teenage girl killed himself Wednesday, just two … Read more

Acting officials staying in place could have authority challenged

President Donald Trump’s slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying … Read more

Alabama win gives Democrats more leverage on key issues

Senate Democrats gained significant new leverage to stymie the Republican agenda and make demands on … Read more

How much food do we waste? Probably more than you think

Globally, we throw out about 1.3 billion tons of food a year, or a third … Read more

Study: Fracking sites raise the risk of low birth-weight babies

Living within a half mile of a hydraulic fracturing site carries a serious risk for … Read more

Parliament will have final say on Brexit, a blow to prime minister

LONDON — Britain’s Parliament voted narrowly on Wednesday to demand a decisive say over the … Read more

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