PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Despite strong warnings from the U.S. State Department, hundreds of Americans like the 85-year-old Korean War veteran apparently being detained in North Korea travel to the communist nation each year. Many go as part of humanitarian efforts or to find long-lost relatives. Some, like the war vet, simply want to see a closed society shrouded in mystery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sweeping aside a century of precedent, Democrats took a chunk out of the Senate's hallowed filibuster tradition on Thursday and cleared the way for speedy confirmation of controversial appointments made by President Barack Obama and chief executives in the future.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are "outdated," and it's time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Paris has the Eiffel Tower and now a developer is hoping to give Miami its own eye-catching landmark. Jeff Berkowitz plans to raise $300 million to $400 million, partly from Chinese investors, to build the curvaceous 1,000-foot (305-meter) tall SkyRise Miami tower on the water that would feature fine dining, as well as a bungee jump platform, and a vertical "drop ride" that would send thrill-seekers plummeting 50 stories. Shaped like a vertical hairpin, the sleek structure is open at the sides to allow hurricane-force winds to blow through, and has the support of city officials, including Miami Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "This is going to become Miami's Eiffel Tower," Berkowitz said, estimating it could attract 3.2 million visitors annually.
(Reuters) - A man who testified last year at Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial about years of sexual assault sued the former football coach and Pennsylvania State University on Thursday, his lawyer said. The suit was filed after the man, known in criminal court records as Victim 9, failed to reach a settlement with Penn State, attorney Steven Raynes said in a statement. He said the man was assaulted for almost four years starting in 2005, when he was 12, even while Penn State officials knew Sandusky was a sexual predator. "Penn State's refusal to compensate him adequately for what he needs and deserves has forced us to file this lawsuit," said Raynes.
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — Rescuers worked frantically to free five children trapped in a submerged car after it veered off a highway ramp in suburban Minneapolis and into a frigid pond, smashing windows to get inside even as a tow truck winched the car out. One of the children later died, the Minnesota State Patrol said.
PHOENIX (AP) — About 6,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect that were reported to a statewide Arizona hotline over the past four years were never investigated, officials disclosed Thursday, calling it reason for "grave alarm."