October 8, 2013 South Korean officials say they have confirmed the North has restarted a nuclear reactor that had been shut down in 2007. In April, North Korea said it would restart the reactor to supply its nuclear weapons program.
October 8, 2013 Smart, who was held captive for nine months at age 14, describes the 2002 ordeal in a new memoir called My Story. She's now an advocate for children's safety education and says "the best punishment" she can give her abusers is to move on with her life and be happy.
October 8, 2013 Prime Minister Ali Zeidan says the U.S. and Libya can work out differences created by an operation to snatch al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas al-Libi from a street in Tripoli.
October 8, 2013 A second team of international inspectors is being deployed to Syria, where the process of destroying chemical weapons-producing facilities began Sunday. Syria faces a November deadline for demolishing its production equipment.
October 8, 2013 Police have identified John Constantino, 64, of Mount Laurel, N.J., as the man who died after setting himself on fire on the National Mall last week. His family says Constantino had struggled with mental illness.
October 8, 2013 There are signs that a measure to raise the limit on government spending could be introduced as early as Tuesday.
October 8, 2013 Large foreign holders of U.S. debt warn Congress and President Obama to get their acts together... White House and Senate Democrats' unified message momentarily appeared less so... Senate Democrats are moving ahead with debt-ceiling legislation that Republicans may filibuster.
October 8, 2013 Britain's Peter Higgs and Belgium's Francois Englert were cited by the Royal Swedish Academy for the "theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles."
October 8, 2013 Will new overtures between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani produce meaningful results? Patrick Chappatte thinks it will take a willful suspension of disbelief, while Steve Greenberg, much like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has exceeded the limit of what he's willing to disbelieve.
October 8, 2013 Sergio Garcia passed the California bar exam four years ago. The bar granted Garcia a law license but then rescinded it because he was undocumented. Gov. Jerry Brown has since signed a measure into law that permits undocumented immigrants to be a licenses attorneys.
October 8, 2013 Both the U.S. government and BP have estimates on just how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The problem: They reached two different numbers. At stake is up to $18 billion in fines and penalties under federal environmental laws.
October 8, 2013 "All of a sudden, people are looking over their shoulders," says former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He says changes in the way campaigns are financed have led members of Congress to worry that if they're seen as not liberal or not conservative enough, they'll be challenged by their own party.
October 8, 2013 Afghanistan hopes to reach an important milestone next spring with its first democratic transfer of power. Many familiar faces are vying for the presidency, including a number of powerful warlords. The race will be more about personalities and power bases than policies and political platforms.
October 8, 2013 Three years after the landmark Citizens United decision, the justices will hear a case that could undercut most of the remaining rules that limit big money in politics. Before the court on Tuesday is a challenge to the aggregate limits on contributions to candidates and political parties.
October 8, 2013 For the few hundred people living in the cell- and wireless-free town of Green Bank, W.Va., staying connected — to each other and to the outside world — is a daily challenge. The area is within a zone designed to protect a giant radio telescope from interference.