US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Wednesday discussed rising tensions over the South China Sea, a flashpoint issue that has been stoked by Beijing's island building in the disputed waters. Beijing has sparked alarm in the region by expanding tiny reefs and constructing military posts to reinforce its claims over the strategic waters. The United States and Southeast Asian countries have called for Beijing to halt such activities, which have dominated discussions at the regional security forum, but China has refused.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Hunter Knighton once went a week without sleeping, afraid to close his eyes because the nightmares were inevitable. Panic attacks were common. Memories were hazy. Breathing was a struggle.