Jamaal Charles' standoff with the Kansas City Chiefs didn't last long. The sides agreed to terms on a new contract Wednesday, and Charles was headed to training camp with the rest of the Chiefs' veterans, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced. Terms of the...

The Antarctic sea might not be expanding as quickly as previously believed, according to new research, which also claims there could be a processing error in the satellite data. Satellite observations suggest that sea ice cover in the Antarctic is expanding and that sea ice extent has reached record highs recently. A team of researchers have released a study suggesting that a lot...

When the gene for cystic fibrosis (CF) was discovered 25 years ago, hopes ran high that new treatments were just around the corner. But novel drugs proved hard to design, and sometimes they don't work as expected. Now, a pair of studies suggests why two breakthrough therapies might not help many patients as much as hoped. CF is caused by...

Humans no longer hunt blue whales, but we’ve found a new way to put the endangered cetaceans at risk: plowing into them with our ships. After using satellites to track 171 blue whales that spend time off the west coast of the Americas over a 15-year period, scientists have fingered whale-ship collisions as a possible factor in why blue...

U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter. But the global lending organization said Wednesday that it still expects growth resumed in the April-June quarter and will remain healthy in the second half of this...

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, authorities said. The...

Hamas says ready for humanitarian truce; 3 IDF soldiers killed in Gaza; UN rights council to form commission of inquiry over alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza; Israel asks U.S. for $225m for missing Iron Dome parts; Defense minister tells IDF troops: Prepare for next mission in Gaza. Israel's Operation Protective Edge entered its 16th day on Wednesday, marking the...

Investigators say the black box is 'intact' and there is 'no evidence' of tampering as the bodies of 40 victims from Malaysia Airlines flight disaster arrive from Ukraine to Netherlands. 'Black box' damaged but data 'intact' and not 'tampered with' • Bodies of 40 victims taken to Hilversum after arriving at Eindhoven airport • Pro-Russian rebels shoot down two Ukrainian fighter jets...

New chief executive announces that Microsoft will create a single, unified version of Windows that runs on smartphones, tablets, PCs and the Xbox console, allowing developers to create 'Universal Apps' that work on any device   In a radical departure from its strategy under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft has said that it will merge all of its different Windows operating systems into...

In a year clogged with a record number of recalls, General Motors had gone three weeks without any new ones. That brief pause ended Wednesday, as the automaker announced it was recalling 718,000 cars and trucks for a variety of different problems. The problems ranged from a broken screw that could cause front seats to move up and down freely to...