2014-05-31 01:22 PM
OBAMA-NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER
WASHINGTON -- Once seemingly destined to become secretary of state, Susan Rice now holds a lower profile job at the White House, juggling one global crisis after another for President Barack Obama and trying to insure that his broad list of foreign policy priorities doesn't fall by the wayside in the widening storm of problems overseas. By Julie Pace.
WASHINGTON -- Amid a mushrooming scandal over appointment delays, falsified-record keeping and other problems plaguing the strained health care system for America's former warriors, President Barack Obama has announced the resignation of the Department of Veterans Affairs chief.
AMERICAN SUICIDE BOMBER-SYRIA
WASHINGTON -- An American from Florida launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops earlier this week in what is believed to be the first time a U.S. citizen has been involved in such attacks since the start of the Syrian civil war, U.S. officials said. By Matthew Lee and Zeina Karam.
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says passage of legislation to impose sanctions on officials could cause his country to shut down its diplomatic missions in the United States, but he praises the Obama administration's opposition to the bill. By Jorge Rueda.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina's vice president is ordered to answer allegations that he abused his power to gain control of the company that prints the nation's currency. By Almudena Calatrava.
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican magnate Carlos Slim inaugurates a four-level, underground aquarium that is one of the biggest in Latin America, housing 3,000 animals belonging to 230 species.
OBAMA PRESS SECRETARY
WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney's resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman. By Nedra Pickler.
PHOENIX -- A shift in immigration has seen South Texas' Rio Grande Valley surpass the Tucson, Arizona sector as the leader in border apprehensions, overwhelming border agents. The trend is being driven by a huge increase in the number of immigrants from Central America. By Astrid Galvan.
GOOGLE-SCRUBBING SEARCH RESULTS
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google is accepting requests from Europeans who want to erase unflattering information from the results produced by the world's dominant search engine. The demands can be submitted on a Web page that Google opened in response to a landmark ruling issued two weeks ago by Europe's highest court. By Michael Liedtke.
CENTRAL AMERICA-COFFEE RUST
FRAIJANES, Guatemala -- The coffee fungus known as "rust," together with a drought in Brazil -- the world's biggest coffee producer -- have caused big declines in production, but they've also caused prices to rise again, raising hopes that some good may come of it all.
AP photos, video.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
LOS ANGELES -- "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night TV comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded late-night TV market. By Lynn Elber.
LOS ANGELES -- The NBA has called off a hearing to oust embattled Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling in advance of a vote on a potentially record-breaking deal negotiated by his wife Shelly Sterling to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. By Tami Abdollah.