• Charges shed light on sea cucumber smuggling at US border

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade.

  • It’s a record year for processing US passport applications

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. State Department expects 20.5 million applications for new and renewed passports this year, and that will be a record number.