Here are Thursday’s developments in the latest round of provocative moves by the communist state.
Authorities are investigating what caused an Exxon Mobil pipeline to rupture in Mayflower, Ark., Friday.
A final deal on a changing immigration laws is at hand but still incomplete, according to two of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators collaborating on it.
Russia is calling on the U.S. and North Korea to end an escalating cycle of dangerous provocations after Pyongyang put its missile forces on high alert and American stealth bombers flew practice bomb runs over the Korean Peninsula.
Hundreds of demonstrators demanded that City Hall walk back its plan to close 53 elementary schools and one high school in response to a $1 billion budget deficit.
North Korea on Wednesday cut a hotline with the South and told the United Nations that conditions were ripe for a “simmering nuclear war” on the peninsula.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday held the first of two high-profile hearings on laws concerning same-sex marriage (today’s focuses on California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage; Wednesday’s focuses on the Defense of Marriage Act).
China has reportedly signed a deal to buy new submarines and Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets from Russia, the first such arms deal in nearly a decade.
President Obama wrapped up his trip to Israel and the West Bank on Friday with visits to three symbolic pilgrimage sites: First he laid a stone on the grave of Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, then he laid a wreath and a stone on the grave of Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli leader assassinated in 1995. Finally, Obama made a somber visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.
A quick moving blizzard plowed through the central Canadian plains province of Alberta this week, triggering a massive vehicle pileup on Thursday; scores of motorists were stranded near the provincial capital of Edmonton.