DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay for strict nationwide factory inspections is bringing renewed scrutiny to an industry that has profited from a country notorious for its hazardous workplaces and subsistence-level wages.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence indicates Syrian President Bashar Assad has twice used deadly chemical weapons in his country's fierce civil war, a provocative action that would cross President Barack Obama's "red line" for a significant military response. But the administration said the revelation won't immediately change its stance on intervening.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Marathon bombers were headed for New York's Times Square to blow up the rest of their explosives, authorities said Thursday, in what they portrayed as a chilling, spur-of-the-moment scheme that fell apart when the brothers realized the car they had hijacked was low on gas.
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 100 crucial gauges that warn of imminent flooding or lack of needed water will be shut down starting next month as part of the federal government's automatic budget cuts.
NEW YORK (AP) - Banks aren't the big jobs machines they used to be.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the second-fewest in more than five years. The drop suggests that layoffs have declined and that job growth may pick up from last month's sluggish pace.
WACO, Texas (AP) - President Barack Obama consoled a rural Texas community rocked by a deadly fertilizer plant explosion, telling mourners Thursday they are not alone in their grief and they will have the nation's support to rebuild from the devastation.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration is detaining imports of cucumbers from a Mexican company after they were linked to salmonella illnesses in 18 states.
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - NASA researchers said Thursday that test flights conducted in California have shown a commercial jet could fly safely with a blend of jet fuel that includes a plant oil.
NEW YORK (AP) - EBay has confirmed that it pulled a Nike T-shirt with the words "Boston Massacre" printed on it from its online marketplace.
OZARK, Miss. (AP) - A lawyer says authorities know how to reach a Mississippi man being investigated in the poisoned letters sent to the president and others.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said Thursday.
DALLAS (AP) - Presidents past and present lionized one of their own Thursday, putting politics aside as President George W. Bush dedicated the library that documents his place in history. President Barack Obama praised his predecessor's strength and resolve after Sept. 11, calling Bush a "good man" who faced the storm head on.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A phone tip and a Superman tattoo led to the Mexico arrest and return to the U.S. of a fugitive charged with abducting and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Los Angeles girl.
LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A few weeks after David Letterman announced he'd be retiring from the CBS late-night television lineup, Craig Ferguson did the same.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Trainers at Sea World's marine parks began wearing inflatable safety vests Monday whenever they work near killer whales, yet another safety measure implemented after the 2010 death of a trainer who was dragged into a pool by an orca.
NEW YORK (AP) - Advertisers are backing away from the Los Angeles Clippers after racist comments attributed to the NBA team's owner.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - A federal transportation safety official arrived Monday in Northern California to investigate a collision between two small planes that sent one crashing into San Francisco Bay.
TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) - Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.
LONDON (AP) - George Clooney -Hollywood's most eligible bachelor - is getting hitched, according to a London law firm.
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The mayor of Ukraine's second-largest city was shot in the back and pro-Russia insurgents seized more government buildings Monday as the U.S hit Russia with more sanctions for allegedly fomenting the unrest in eastern Ukraine.
SHEDDER REFUGEE CAMP, Ethiopia (AP) - The Somali mother's home is a small shelter with a frame of sticks covered by ragged blankets on the dusty grounds of a refugee camp. It was to her that her 15-year-old son wanted to travel to on an impossible journey as a stowaway on a plane from California.
The Los Angeles Clippers have Monday off.
VILONIA, Ark. (AP) - Emergency officials on Monday began searching for survivors in the debris left by a powerful tornado that carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburban Little Rock, killing at least 16 people.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe real estate agent is taking marketing homes to new heights, along with new complications in federal aviation laws.