Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do. By logging on to Facebook and other social networking sites, users can choose people they do not want to see.
SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR - An air and sea search for a missing Malaysian passenger jet moved 1,100 km (685 miles) north on Friday, after Australian authorities coordinating the operation in the remote Indian Ocean received new information from Malaysia that suggested the plane ran out of fuel earlier than thought.
DARRINGTON, Washington - Washington state officials said the confirmed death toll from a huge mudslide in the U.S. Pacific Northwest was likely to rise sharply from 25 on Friday as residents accused local authorities of a slow early response to the disaster that had cost lives. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed without warning on Saturday, unleashing a deluge of mud on dozens of homes in a river valley near the rural town of Oso, in Snohomish County, some 55 miles northeast of Seattle.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Thursday announced details of its plan to end the government's vast bulk collection of data about phone calls made in the United States, including new procedures to get judicial approval before asking companies for such records. Under the plan, phone companies would have to provide data from their records quickly and in a usable format when requested by the government, a senior administration official told reporters on condition of anonymity.
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress to end the bulk collection and storage of phone records by the National Security Agency but allow the...
THE HAGUE/MOSCOW - Russia and the West sought to draw a provisional line under the Ukraine crisis on Tuesday after major industrialised nations warned Moscow of tougher economic sanctions if it goes beyond the seizure of Crimea. After initially scoffing at a decision by the United States and its allies to boycott a planned Group of Eight summit in Sochi and hold a G7 summit instead without Russia, the Kremlin said it was keen to maintain contact with G8 partners.
LOS ANGELES - A California toddler survived a three-story fall, saved by a couple who were moving into a new home and threw a mattress under the boy before he...
SEATTLE - A news helicopter crashed and burst into flames in downtown Seattle near the Space Needle on Tuesday, killing a pilot and a photographer on board and setting three cars on fire in the popular tourist area, officials said. The chopper appeared to have fallen to the street as it attempted to take off from a helipad at the top of a television news station, Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore told reporters. Witnesses reported an "unusual noise" coming from the helicopter during its departure.
Search and rescue workers on Friday combed still-smoldering rubble for survivors of a New York City gas explosion that caused two apartment buildings to collapse this week, killing eight people...
Amazon.com Inc planned to hike the annual fee for its popular Prime service by $20 to $99 starting next week, a move announced Thursday that could deter potential customers and undermine a feature that has helped drive its business. Amazon had warned of an increase of as much as $40 in January, citing rising fuel and transportation costs. The service, which offers unlimited two-day shipping among other perks, had cost $79 since its introduction in 2005.