U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will visit a U.S. aircraft carrier transiting the South China Sea on Thursday, a move sure to raise the ire of China as tensions between Washington and Beijing simmer over the disputed waterway. Carter will visit the USS Theodore Roosevelt with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, U.S. officials said. The warship is "conducting routine operations while transiting the South China Sea", Carter said on Wednesday after a meeting of defense ministers from Southeast Asia in Malaysia, a forum marred by U.S.-China disagreements over the busy sea lane.
A domestic violence suspect with a high-powered rifle was firing sporadically inside a San Diego apartment complex Wednesday, causing the city's nearby airport to stop planes from landing, authorities said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a $310 million bond for affordable housing this week, acknowledging all is not well in the city marked by skyrocketing rents driven by high-paid tech workers.
For weeks, investigators said they were searching for the killers of a small-town police officer known as "G.I. Joe." Thousands attended the funeral of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. Many lauded him as a hero, the latest law enforcer to die at a time when police feel under attack.
Eric Parker, 27, was retried on accusations that he used unreasonable force while working as a Madison, Alabama, police officer. During his first trial in September, another jury in Huntsville, Alabama, federal court also deadlocked, resulting in the first mistrial. Sureshbhai Patel, who testified in both trials, suffered serious injuries during the February incident that was captured on videotape.
Police in California arrested a man on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder in the stabbing of U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who thwarted an August train attack in France. Sacramento police Chief Sam Somers said on Twitter that 28-year-old James Tran had been arrested. Stone, who along with friends Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos subdued a gunman on a high-speed train bound for Paris in August, was stabbed in the torso several times last month in what police described as a "nightlife-related incident" in Sacramento's busy midtown district.
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc's food poisoning outbreak in Washington state and Oregon threatens to scare diners away from the popular burrito chain and has become fodder for one of its most vocal critics. Health officials are scrambling to identify the cause of the E. coli food poisoning that has sickened 39 people, most of whom dined at eight Chipotle restaurants in the greater Seattle and Portland areas. All of Chipotle's 43 outlets in those cities have been closed since Oct. 31.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite White House objections, the Senate voted for a resolution Wednesday to scrap new federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands from development and pollution.