US court revives European suit vs. R.J. Reynolds

A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the European Union's 12-year-old lawsuit claiming that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds sponsored cigarette smuggling in Europe and orchestrated a global money laundering scheme with organized crime groups.

Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on the opposition side.