US bars Atlantic drilling; Obama builds environmental legacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president's aggressive steps to deal with climate change.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Obama administration punches new holes in embargo on Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — The Obama administration punched a new series of holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba on Tuesday, turning a ban on U.S. tourism to Cuba into an unenforceable honor system and paving the way for Cuban athletes to one day play Major League Baseball and other U.S. professional sports.

  • Written by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

Suu Kyi loyalist and friend elected Myanmar's president

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament elected Htin Kyaw as the country's new president Tuesday in a watershed moment that ushers the longtime opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi into government after 54 years of direct or indirect military rule.

  • Written by ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press

Former EPA official defends actions on Flint water crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former Environmental Protection Agency official who resigned as the Flint, Michigan water crisis worsened came under withering criticism in Congress Tuesday as she defended the agency's actions to deal with the lead contamination.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press