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Harris to host Merkel before chancellor’s talks with Biden

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WASHINGTON — In a meeting intended to reflect the importance of U.S.-German ties, Kamala Harris will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel at the...

Cuba, Haiti stir fresh political pressures for US president

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WASHINGTON — They are two tiny Caribbean states whose intractable problems have vexed U.S. presidents for decades. Now, Haiti and Cuba are suddenly posing...

US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year

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NEW YORK — Overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government reported Wednesday. ...

Big jump in Indiana budget surplus triggering tax refund

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INDIANAPOLIS — A big jump in Indiana’s state tax collections will result in a refund for taxpayers, although they’ll have to wait for that...

Acclaim, fundraising spread unevenly among Black colleges

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ATLANTA — Two recent high-profile faculty appointments could be a fundraising and enrollment bonanza for Howard University, one of the nation’s most prestigious Black...

Europe takes another step toward introducing digital euro

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The European Central Bank said Wednesday it is launching a two-year investigation on whether to introduce a digital version of the euro that would...

Ex-Tennessee health official: State backed off vaccine push

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee health officials will not acknowledge that August is National Immunization Awareness Month per an order from the state's health commissioner,...

With taxpayers’ help, Delta posts $652 million profit in 2Q

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Delta Air Lines reported its first quarterly profit since the pandemic devastated the airline industry more than a year ago, as hordes of vacation...

Lithuania struggles with migrant flood opened by Belarus

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VEREBIEJAI, Lithuania — Mustafa Hussein Hamad kicked a dirty ball between two old tires in the schoolyard where he spends most of his time....

Pope Francis returns to Vatican 10 days after surgery

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ROME — Pope Francis was discharged from a Rome hospital and returned home to the Vatican on Wednesday, 10 days after undergoing surgery to...