US to exchange ambassadors with Belarus

The United States is prepared to exchange ambassadors with Belarus, a top-ranking State Department official announced Tuesday -- a significant step in thawing relations between the two countries.

One of last great Washington train rides coming to an end

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - For more than a century, train passengers have traveled along Tacoma's waterfront and through the Tacoma Narrows.Those roughly 20 miles of track are the only expansive waterfront section of Amtrak's Pacific Coast route between Seattle and Pismo Beach, California.On Dec. 18, that all will come to an end. The next day a new route parallel to Interstate 5 will open, along with a new Tacoma Amtrak station.