Chinese state media breaks silence on Cultural Revolution

BEIJING (AP) — China's official media reaffirmed on Tuesday the Communist Party's longstanding judgment that the Cultural Revolution was a catastrophic mistake after staying silent on Monday's 50th anniversary of the start of the decade-long upheaval.

  • Written by GERRY SHIH, Associated Press

Newsletters released from secretive National Security Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — In-house newsletters from the clandestine National Security Agency have been released by an online news site — part of the mountain of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

  • Written by DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press

World and regional powers meet in Vienna on Syria

VIENNA (AP) — World and regional powers met Tuesday in an attempt to overcome stubborn divisions among Syrian factions that have led to the rise of Islamic extremists and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives since violence turned to war five years ago.

  • Written by MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

Will robot cars drive traffic congestion off a cliff?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Self-driving cars are expected to usher in a new era of mobility, safety and convenience. The problem, say transportation researchers, is that people will use them too much.

  • Written by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press