National News + World News

'Plastic micro beads' to be removed from soap

If you use exfoliating soaps, you might not know those little beads may be made of plastic -- or think about what happens to them when they go down the drain.

Google to bring free Wi-Fi to New York City

Google's ambitions to wire the world are expanding. The company announced on Tuesday that it will provide free Wi-Fi service to Chelsea, a New York City neighborhood where Google has its local headquarters.

What 'Lincoln' misses and another Civil War film gets right

He used the N-word and told racist jokes. He once said African-Americans were inferior to whites. He proposed ending slavery by shipping willing slaves back to Africa.

New investigation finds excess alcohol killed singer Amy Winehouse

A new investigation into the death of singer Amy Winehouse found that she died of accidental alcohol poisoning, authorities in London said Tuesday.

Gabrielle Giffords and husband launch anti-gun violence site

Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly launched a website aimed at curbing gun violence Tuesday, the second anniversary of the mass shooting in Arizona that left her critically wounded.

Alabama teen free on bail after allegedly plotting 'terrorist attacks'

An Alabama teen was released on bail Monday, two days after his arrest for allegedly plotting to launch "terrorist attacks" in his high school.

Hillary Clinton returns to work at State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left home to return to work Monday morning for the first time since she was sidelined by illness, a concussion and a blood clot, according to a schedule released by the State Department.

Alaska drilling rig refloated, being towed

A Royal Dutch Shell oil drilling barge that ran aground last week off southern Alaska is being towed with no sign that it's leaking fuel, an incident response team reported Monday.

Chuck Hagel's views on war forged by Vietnam experience

Badly burned after his armored personnel carrier hit a land mine in Vietnam, Chuck Hagel sat in a medical evacuation helicopter thinking of the horrors he had experienced during combat.

Prosecutors set to unveil evidence in Colorado theater shooting

Twelve people walked into a Colorado movie theater late one July night, expecting to enjoy a special midnight screening of the Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." They didn't walk out.