With the calendar's turn from April to May, the U.S. economic expansion has become the nation's second-longest on record. That milestone was reached as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting in Washington on Tuesday, May 1. After a slow but steady slog over the past eight years and 10 months, most parts of the economy still look resilient.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump at the last minute on Monday evening announced he would again postpone imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, two people familiar with the decision said, pushing off a key economic decision while he tries to prod foreign leaders into making trade-related concessions. The people said the White House had reached agreements on metals imports with Argentina, Australia, and Brazil, saying more details would be finalized in the next 30 days.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Detectives had searched for four decades for the clue that would unlock the identity of the Golden State Killer, the predator who terrorized California top to bottom with a string of horrific rapes and murders in the '70s and '80s. Criminal DNA databases produced no hits, sweeps of crime scenes no fingerprints and hefty rewards no definitive tips. But Paul Holes, an investigator and DNA expert, had a hunch he could create a road map to the killer through his genetics.
When he was made assistant manager of a pool in Fairfax, Virginia, two years ago, Mateusz Fijalkowski spoke barely any English and did not know how to swim. In the United States from Poland on a summer program, Fijalkowski spent most of his time here hospitalized after nearly drowning in that pool. Now Fijalkowski, 23, is suing the police officers and lifeguard who pulled him out.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Just after 8 a.m. Monday, April 30, a familiar boom filled the air and rattled windows across the Afghan capital. Local news photographers, reporters and cameramen grabbed their gear and rushed to cover the latest suicide bombing in a long and bloody conflict. Though never without risk, it was the kind of incident they were used to - and rather competitive about reaching first.
The Steamboat Geyser at Yellowstone National Park can spout 300 feet of scalding water into the air, a feature of the world's tallest active geyser. That is known. What isn't known is why is the geyser has erupted three times in the past six weeks, including one event on Friday in an unusual pattern that hasn't occurred since 2003. The spike in activity has puzzled scientists who closely monitor Yellowstone - the crown jewel of the national park system that rests on top of a violent supervolcano measuring 44 miles across.
Someone in southwestern Oregon is either an exceptionally terrible shot or intentionally maiming wild deer with arrows. Either way, state wildlife officials and law enforcement are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever has been responsible for a curious sight in the Oregon wilderness: live deer roaming around with arrows stuck in them.
TOKYO - If anyone were to win the Nobel Peace Prize for the current effort to solve the North Korean nuclear problem, it should be President Donald Trump. That's what South Korea's president said Monday, April 30, when it was suggested he himself should be in line for the award. President Moon Jae-in has gone out of his way to flatter Trump and credit him for creating the environment that has brought about the remarkable diplomatic rapprochement now unfolding.
T-Mobile and Sprint, the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers, respectively, agreed to a nearly $27 billion merger Sunday, April 29, that could dramatically reshape the U.S. telecom industry while testing the appetites of consumers and regulators alike for further corporate consolidation.
CAIRO - The headquarters coordinating the activities of American ground forces in Iraq closed down on Monday, April 30, marking the end of major combat operations against the Islamic State, said U.S. officials. Deactivating the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command in Baghdad also signifies "the changing composition and responsibilities of the Coalition" to defeat Islamic State, according to the United States Central Command statement.