Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa participate in a charity run down a slope at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine December 7, 2014.
A senior US State Department official praised China's efforts in global counterpiracy in the waters off Somalia, a busy sea lane where attacks and hijacking of commercial ships worry many nations.
For the first time in more than 40 years, NASA has launched a spaceship designed to carry astronauts far beyond Earth.
US spaceship Orion designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars blasted off on Friday for an unmanned trial run around Earth.
NASA took another shot at launching its new Orion spacecraft Friday, a day after gusty wind and sticky valves held up the critical test flight.
The extension of visa validity from one to 10 years for short-term business and leisure visitors is an important milestone in advancing America's ability to attract international travellers, said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.
A Phoenix police officer shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle and authorities said the officer believed the individual had a gun, in the latest fatal incident amid national turmoil over the policing of black communities.
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised a full investigation into the choking death of an unarmed black man by a white New York police officer.
The House of US Congress has voted to bar the executive branch from deferring the deportation of undocumented workers in the country.
President Barack Obama will be awarded the bulk of his $6.2 billion request to fight Ebola in Africa, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee said Thursday.
US President Barack Obama and his family presided over the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Thursday in an annual ritual near the White House.
He is a white man with a black son, a mayor elected on a campaign centered on mending relations between the nation's largest police force and the communities of color who feel mistreated and, at times, endangered by the police.