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  • Not guilty plea for man in White House incident

    Not guilty plea for man in White House incident

    Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.
    A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.
  • McConnell, Grimes both get public pay to campaign

    McConnell, Grimes both get public pay to campaign

    Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for taking her taxpayer salary while campaigning for the U.S. Senate. But McConnell is getting even more government pay while he serves in the Senate and...
    Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell is criticizing his Democratic opponent for drawing her state paycheck while away from work to campaign. Left unsaid in the new TV ad is that McConnell appears to be taking his government...
  • Obama dines with fundraising contest winners

    Obama dines with fundraising contest winners

    President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates.
    President Barack Obama is breaking bread in Washington with two women who won a fundraising contest to help Democratic Senate candidates.
  • Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

    Hagel: Military medical system 'average'

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is directing military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at under-achieving military health care facilities.
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed military medical officials to show within 45 days how they will improve care, patient safety and access to treatment at underachieving military health care facilities.
  • Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

    Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses

    The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service.
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being...
  • Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

    Questions and answers about the US Ebola case

    U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became...
    U.S. health officials have warned for months that someone infected with Ebola could unknowingly carry the virus to this country, and there is word now that it has happened: A traveler in a Dallas hospital became the first...
  • US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project

    US sharply criticizes new Israeli housing project

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet for the first time since a rash of civilian casualties during Israel's summer war with Hamas heightened tensions between two...
    In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from "even its closest allies" and raise questions...
  • Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee

    Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee

    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office says it had no written or email correspondence with national Republican groups or U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' re-election campaign as a legal dispute over the...
    Kansas Democrats are not required to field a candidate this fall against Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a state court decided Wednesday in a boost for independent Greg Orman and a blow to the GOP's hopes of...
  • AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

    AP-GfK Poll: Top issues in the midterm election

    It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't...
    It's October and in some places, voters are already voting. The latest Associated Press-GfK poll finds those likely to cast a ballot are focused more on the economy than other issues. But that hasn't stopped...
  • US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

    US issues final minimum wage rule for contractors

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is issuing a final rule raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued a final rule on Wednesday raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.
  • US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

    US, China air differences over Hong Kong protests

    The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats are publicly airing differences over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.
    The top U.S. and Chinese diplomats publicly aired differences Wednesday over the protests in Hong Kong, where students want democratic changes to the electoral system.
  • AP-GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

    AP-GfK Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

    It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections,...
    It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but...
  • Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria

    Civilian casualty standard eased in Iraq, Syria

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-10-01 20:36:32 GMT
    Current and former U.S. officials say the Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria. It's also operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President...
    President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without "near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured."
  • Obama: New leadership was needed at Secret Service

    Obama: New leadership was needed at Secret Service

    The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign.
    The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign.
  • Obama salutes 2013 MLS champs, Sporting KC

    Obama salutes 2013 MLS champs, Sporting KC

    President Barack Obama has saluted the 2013 Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City. He credits the "dedicated fans" of Kansas City for helping the sport grow in the United States.
    President Barack Obama has saluted the 2013 Major League Soccer champions Sporting Kansas City. He credits the "dedicated fans" of Kansas City for helping the sport grow in the United States.
  • Group aims to put food policy on the kitchen table

    Group aims to put food policy on the kitchen table

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-10-01 16:28:51 GMT
    A group called Food Policy Action wants Americans to think more about the subject when they vote. They're putting money and organization into elections for the first time, starting with an effort to defeat...
    Americans like to talk about food, and they certainly like to eat. But they don't normally think about food policy when they vote.
  • Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

    Mom: Jailed Marine in Mexico suffering greatly

    The mother of a Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country says her son tried to kill himself in detention after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution.
    A Marine jailed in Mexico on charges of bringing weapons into the country tried to kill himself after receiving threats of rape, torture and execution, his tearful mother told a House panel Wednesday. She said her son was...
  • High court weighs same-sex marriage cases

    High court weighs same-sex marriage cases

    The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some states would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.
    Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now.
  • US and Brazil resolve cotton trade fight

    US and Brazil resolve cotton trade fight

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-10-01 15:15:36 GMT
    The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to U.S. cotton growers.
    The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to U.S. cotton growers.
  • Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

    Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-10-01 12:54:50 GMT
    President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against...
    President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against...
  • Christie: 3 questions drive decision on campaign

    Christie: 3 questions drive decision on campaign

    Wednesday, October 1 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-10-01 11:56:34 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn't decided yet whether he'll run for president.
    Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn't decided yet whether he'll run for president.
  • First ladies get the 'Project Runway' treatment

    First ladies get the 'Project Runway' treatment

    America's first ladies have gone under the fashion microscope and the results weren't always positive.
    America's first ladies went under Tim Gunn's fashion microscope Tuesday night, and the results weren't always positive.
  • AP Source: US and Brazil resolve trade fight

    AP Source: US and Brazil resolve trade fight

    An official close to the negotiations says the United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to American cotton growers.
    The United States and Brazil have resolved a decade-long trade battle over subsidies Washington provided to American cotton growers, an official close to the negotiations said late Tuesday.
  • In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

    In Georgia, 2 parties battle over minority votes

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-10-01 01:03:14 GMT
    Republicans and Democrats in Georgia are in a fierce fight to inspire blacks and other minorities to cast ballots in this year's midterm elections, with several statewide offices and control of the Senate at...
    Behind a nondescript storefront just outside Atlanta, Delores Washington makes telephone call after call in this Democratic stronghold using a list of potential voters handed to her by a young party staffer.
  • Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

    Few signs of progress as Obama meets India's Modi

    President Barack Obama and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi are trying to put an optimistic face on the future of relations between India and the United States.
    President Barack Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday that sought to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and...
  • Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

    Drug and device firms paid $3.5B to care providers

    Striving to shine a light on potential ethical conflicts in medicine, the Obama administration is releasing data on drug company payments to tens of thousands of individual doctors.
    From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical...
  • Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

    Colorado school protests roil swing state politics

    Candidates in two contested statewide political campaigns are taking very different positions on the controversy over the Jefferson County School Board's new curriculum proposal.
    The protests over a Colorado school district's proposal to promote patriotism and de-emphasize civil disobedience in American history classes have found their way into the state's marquee midterm election races,...
  • Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach

    Secret Service chief on hot seat for WH breach

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is scheduled to answer lawmakers' questions about an embarrassing White House security breach.
    Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service on Tuesday admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a...
  • Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

    Report: Obama rode elevator with armed man

    Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols.
    President Barack Obama rode an elevator this month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols, according to published reports.
  • Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

    Afghan pact signed amid questions on Iraq pullout

    President Barack Obama says the signing of a security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan marks a "historic day" in the partnership between the two countries.
    After lengthy delays, U.S. and Afghan officials signed a security pact Tuesday to keep American troops in Afghanistan beyond year's end, aiming to prevent the country from descending into the kind of chaos that has...
  • Review panel: Wis. rep likely broke House rules

    Review panel: Wis. rep likely broke House rules

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-09-30 22:20:23 GMT
    A congressional review panel says there is substantial reason to believe that veteran Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock.
    A congressional review panel said there is "substantial reason to believe" that veteran Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock,...
  • Judge rules against investors in gov't dispute

    Judge rules against investors in gov't dispute

    A federal judge has ruled against investors who are trying to collect billions of dollars in profits of government-chartered mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
    A federal judge on Tuesday ruled against investors who are trying to collect billions of dollars in profits of government-chartered mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • Accused White House intruder indicted

    Accused White House intruder indicted

    Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez has been indicted on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.
    Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez was indicted Tuesday on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.
  • What to serve a guest who's fasting? Hospitality

    What to serve a guest who's fasting? Hospitality

    What do you serve a man who isn't eating?
    What do you serve a man who isn't eating?
  • Refugee plan set up for Central American minors

    Refugee plan set up for Central American minors

    The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico...
    The Obama administration is initiating a program to give refugee status to some young people from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in response to the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Oil, rail industries want 7 years to fix tank cars

    Oil, rail industries want 7 years to fix tank cars

    A top oil industry official says the oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to retrofit existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil.
    The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars that transport highly volatile crude oil, a top oil industry official said Tuesday. The cars...
  • Court reviews contractor political donations

    Court reviews contractor political donations

    A panel of 11 appeals court judges seems reluctant to overturn a ban on contractors donating money to federal elections, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.
    A panel of 11 appeals court judges on Tuesday seemed reluctant to overturn a ban on contractors donating money to federal elections, a prohibition that has been on the books for 70 years.
  • Jeb Bush talks education for Arkansas GOP hopeful

    Jeb Bush talks education for Arkansas GOP hopeful

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is praising fellow Republican Asa Hutchinson's proposal to expand computer science classes in Arkansas schools as the potential 2016 White House hopeful campaigned for...
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised education proposals from gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas Tuesday despite differences between the Republicans on key school reforms, as the potential 2016 GOP...
  • Hillary Clinton to raise money for NH's Shaheen

    Hillary Clinton to raise money for NH's Shaheen

    Democratic officials say Hillary Rodham Clinton is hosting a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New York City this week. Shaheen faces Republican Scott Brown, a former senator from Massachusetts, in...
    Hillary Clinton is expected to help raise campaign cash for Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire - an important place to maintain friends, should the former secretary of state choose to make a second bid for the...
  • Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    Obama goal of Gitmo closure stalled at Pentagon

    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process.
    The transfer of prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay has ground to a halt amid a slow Pentagon approval process, causing deep frustration within the administration and raising doubts that President Barack Obama will be able to...
  • First lady praises National Design Award winners

    First lady praises National Design Award winners

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 2:46 PM EDT2014-09-30 18:46:04 GMT
    Michelle Obama says she speaks for all women in saying she's glad that Narciso Rodriguez became a fashion designer.
    Michelle Obama says she speaks for all women in saying she's glad that Narciso Rodriguez became a fashion designer.
  • Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

    Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is playing a major role in the November midterm elections - even though he's not on the ballot.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat.
  • FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    FCC spikes sports blackout rule

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-09-30 18:04:25 GMT
    The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.
    The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.
  • White House urges Secret Service to release probe

    White House urges Secret Service to release probe

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-09-30 18:04:25 GMT
    President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible.
    President Barack Obama's spokesman is urging the Secret Service to release results of its investigation into a White House intrusion as soon as possible.
  • Education Dept awards $75M in innovation grants

    Education Dept awards $75M in innovation grants

    The Education Department has awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.
    The Education Department has awarded $75 million to 24 colleges and universities to foster innovation in college value and efficiency.
  • Savvy Utah lawmaker leads GOP on Secret Service

    Savvy Utah lawmaker leads GOP on Secret Service

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-09-30 17:24:38 GMT
    The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known.
    The night before Tuesday's congressional hearing on the White House break-in, bombshell news broke: The intruder had made it much farther into the executive mansion than previously known.
  • Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters in SC

    Eying 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters in SC

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina.
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.
  • Secret Service: Internal investigation is ongoing

    Secret Service: Internal investigation is ongoing

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says even 11 days after an Army veteran jumped the fence and burst into the White House, she still hasn't concluded why officers and agents failed to follow security rules.
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says even 11 days after an Army veteran jumped the fence and burst into the White House, she still hasn't concluded why officers and agents failed to follow security rules.
  • Secret Service: White House intruder posed threat

    Secret Service: White House intruder posed threat

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged to Congress that an Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and made his way into the executive mansion was a threat.
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged to Congress that an Army veteran who jumped the White House fence and made his way into the executive mansion was a threat.
  • Obama turns to economy with Illinois speech

    Obama turns to economy with Illinois speech

    President Barack Obama will deliver an economic address this week seeking to promote the recovery as the campaign season heads into its final weeks before midterm congressional elections.
    President Barack Obama will deliver an economic address this week seeking to promote the recovery as the campaign season heads into its final weeks before midterm congressional elections.
  • Dem lawmaker: Low confidence in Secret Service

    Dem lawmaker: Low confidence in Secret Service

    Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch says he has very low confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's ability to protect the White House.
    Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Stephen Lynch says he has very low confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's ability to protect the White House.
  • Secret Service chief says intruder was recognized

    Secret Service chief says intruder was recognized

    The Secret Service director says at least two of her uniformed officers recognized a man just before he jumped the White House fence from an earlier troubling encounter with him. But she acknowledged that they...
    The Secret Service director says at least two of her uniformed officers recognized a man just before he jumped the White House fence from an earlier troubling encounter with him. But she acknowledged that they never...
  • Secret Service allowed to shoot WH intruders

    Secret Service allowed to shoot WH intruders

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House.
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says officers and agents are allowed to use "lethal force" to stop someone from getting into the White House.
  • White House front door now locks automatically

    White House front door now locks automatically

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach.
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the front door to the White House now locks automatically in a security breach.
  • Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

    Secret Service boss vows no repeat of breach

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and made his way well into the executive mansion will never happen again.
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson vows that a security breach like the Sept. 19 incident in which a man scaled the White House fence and made his way well into the executive mansion will never happen again.
  • Treasury targets those tied to Pakistan extremists

    Treasury targets those tied to Pakistan extremists

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-09-30 14:47:53 GMT
    The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan.
    The Treasury Department is taking action against individuals and networks linked to two terrorist groups based in Pakistan.
  • Secret Service head takes responsibility in breach

    Secret Service head takes responsibility in breach

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told lawmakers she takes full responsibility for the serious breach of the White House mansion eight days ago. That's when an Army veteran with a knife climbed the fence...
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told lawmakers she takes full responsibility for the serious breach of the White House mansion eight days ago. That's when an Army veteran with a knife climbed the fence and made...
  • 3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets

    3rd-graders face high-stakes reading targets

    Tuesday, September 30 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-09-30 13:56:02 GMT
    Third-graders across the U.S. are increasingly facing the possibility they'll be held back for missing state reading proficiency targets.
    The games, ice cream and play rehearsals that 9-year-old Joshua Rowell experienced during summer school this year weren't just for fun.
  • Jeb Bush says GOP would 'fix a few big things'

    Jeb Bush says GOP would 'fix a few big things'

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the latest Republican heavy-hitter to come to the aid of Sen. Pat Roberts' struggling campaign for re-election.
    Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush weighed in to a key midterm election race on Monday, telling a Kansas fundraiser for struggling Sen. Pat Roberts that the incumbent must be re-elected so the GOP...
  • Dominion natural gas exports plan gets federal OK

    Dominion natural gas exports plan gets federal OK

    Federal regulators have approved Dominion Energy's proposal to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
    Dominion Energy received federal approval late Monday to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point terminal on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.
  • Obama hosts India's Modi for White House visit

    Obama hosts India's Modi for White House visit

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) meets President Barack Obama for the first time Monday, and his welcome will be very different from the response he got nearly a decade ago -...
    Once shunned by the United States, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode a wave of enthusiasm and popular support Monday to the White House, where he kicked off a two-day visit with President Barack Obama. The two...
  • Gov't settles with newspaper over seized notes

    Gov't settles with newspaper over seized notes

    The Obama administration is ordering a review of training for Coast Guard criminal investigators as part of settlement in a federal lawsuit over the 2013 seizure of a reporter's notes.
    Training for Coast Guard criminal investigators will be reviewed as part of a settlement with a Washington newspaper over the 2013 seizure of notes from one of the paper's former reporters.
  • White House intruder gets far past front door

    White House intruder gets far past front door

    The Washington Post and New York Times say the intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged.
    The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight...
  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday.
    A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been slated to begin Tuesday.
  • Christie, Michelle Obama campaign in Wisconsin

    Christie, Michelle Obama campaign in Wisconsin

    The Wisconsin race for governor is getting some star power behind Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Mary Burke. And the developments carry implications for the GOP presidential nomination fight in 2016.
    Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady...
  • Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

    Fed report: IRS bungles hunt for unpaid taxes

    A report by federal investigators says IRS workers are often not doing all the research they are supposed to do to track down people with unpaid tax bills.
    The IRS failed to take all required steps for collecting unpaid taxes from people it can't locate in over half the cases that investigators studied, potentially costing the government a pile of lost revenue, according...
  • Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    Obama efforts to oust Assad pushed to back burner

    By President Barack Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help...
    By President Barack Obama's own admission, U.S. efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad have been pushed to the back burner by a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that could ultimately help him...
  • VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

    VA settles complaints by 3 Phoenix whistleblowers

    The Veterans Affairs Department has reached financial settlements with three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.
    The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it has settled complaints filed by three employees who faced retaliation after filing whistleblower complaints about the troubled Phoenix VA hospital.
  • Rep. Lamborn decried for urging generals to quit

    Rep. Lamborn decried for urging generals to quit

    A Republican congressman from Colorado says he was not trying to undermine President Barack Obama's military policy by urging generals to resign in protest.
    A Republican congressman from Colorado was not trying to undermine President Barack Obama's military actions in the Middle East by urging generals who disagreed with the president to resign "in a blaze of glory," a...
  • McConnell's backers spend millions in Kentucky

    McConnell's backers spend millions in Kentucky

    Two groups with close ties to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are poised to spend nearly $20 million on television advertisements to sway Kentucky voters. That's a staggering amount for a single race...
    Two groups with close ties to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell are on track to spend nearly $20 million on television advertisements to sway Kentucky voters, a staggering amount for a single race that stands as a...
  • Obama: US 'underestimated' Islamic State threat

    Obama: US 'underestimated' Islamic State threat

    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man the United Nations...
    President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants in the Middle East and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight such...
  • US urges restraint against Hong Kong protesters

    US urges restraint against Hong Kong protesters

    The White House is urging authorities in Hong Kong to show restraint with pro-democracy protesters.
    The White House is urging authorities in Hong Kong to show restraint with pro-democracy protesters.
  • Administration seeks to close Gitmo hearing

    Administration seeks to close Gitmo hearing

    The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing on the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified.
    The Obama administration is seeking to close a court hearing into the government's treatment of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner, saying that much of the information about the man is classified. He has gone on a hunger strike...
  • US grants $450M to link job training to employers

    US grants $450M to link job training to employers

    The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training.
    Vice President Joe Biden announced almost a half-billion dollars of grants Monday to community colleges working with employers on job training.
  • Lawsuit could scramble Kansas Senate race again

    Lawsuit could scramble Kansas Senate race again

    A key contest in the fight for control of the Senate could turn on the outcome of an arcane legal argument Monday over whether Democrats must field a candidate against struggling Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
    A key contest in the fight for control of the Senate could turn on the outcome of an arcane legal argument Monday over whether Democrats must field a candidate against struggling Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.
  • FAA chief orders review Chicago air traffic snarl

    FAA chief orders review Chicago air traffic snarl

    Monday, September 29 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-09-29 15:12:50 GMT
    The head of the Federal Aviation Administration says he's ordered a review of the agency's security protocols and how it deals with unexpected incidents such as last week's fire at a Chicago-area air...
    The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing security practices and how it deals with unexpected incidents throughout its air traffic control facilities following last week's fire at a Chicago-area air traffic...
  • Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

    Obama says mistrust of police corroding America

    Monday, September 29 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-09-29 08:51:22 GMT
    The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation,...
    The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly...
  • New mom Chelsea Clinton celebrates baby daughter

    New mom Chelsea Clinton celebrates baby daughter

    Sunday, September 28 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-09-29 00:01:24 GMT
    Chelsea Clinton has given birth to a daughter named Charlotte, the first grandchild of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton say they are "blessed, grateful, and so happy" to become grandparents.
  • Obama: 'Contradictory' Syria policy helps Assad

    Obama: 'Contradictory' Syria policy helps Assad

    Sunday, September 28 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-09-28 23:11:20 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the fight against Islamic jihadis must be two-pronged, one that corners them militarily and the other that soothes tensions between the world's two major sects of Islam, Sunnis...
    President Barack Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria is...
  • US doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH

    US doctor exposed to Ebola virus admitted to NIH

    The National Institutes of Health is preparing to care for an American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.
    An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital.
  • 4 governors visit Afghanistan for terror briefings

    4 governors visit Afghanistan for terror briefings

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval are among a delegation of governors visiting Afghanistan at the invitation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
    Four U.S. governors made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there.
  • Missouri gov's Ferguson response widely criticized

    Missouri gov's Ferguson response widely criticized

    Sunday, September 28 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-09-28 21:11:13 GMT
    As protests mounted following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, so too did the public frustration directed at Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon - seemingly, no matter what...
    As protests mounted following the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, so too did the public frustration directed at Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon - seemingly, no matter what action...
  • Boehner: US may need ground troops vs. militants

    Boehner: US may need ground troops vs. militants

    House Speaker John Boehner says the United States may have "no choice" but to send American troops to fight Islamic State group militants if President Barack Obama's strategy fails to destroy the extremist group.
    House Speaker John Boehner says the United States may have "no choice" but to send American troops to fight Islamic State group militants if President Barack Obama's strategy fails to destroy the extremist group.
  • AP Interview: Browns unmoved by chief's apology

    AP Interview: Browns unmoved by chief's apology

    Sunday, September 28 2014 1:40 AM EDT2014-09-28 05:40:54 GMT
    Michael Brown's parents say they are unmoved by the Ferguson police chief's apology in their son's shooting death by a police officer.
    The parents of Michael Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday they were unmoved by the apology given by the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.
  • Obama: Mistrust of police corrodes America

    Obama: Mistrust of police corrodes America

    President Barack Obama is broadening a program that is designed to help make young minority men's lives better.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday said the widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Missouri, is corroding America, not just its black...
  • Trio of GOP prospects urge midterm turnout in Iowa

    Trio of GOP prospects urge midterm turnout in Iowa

    For Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both considered 2016 Republican presidential prospects, it's a chance to meet hundreds of likely participants in Iowa's caucuses.
    A trio of Republican presidential prospects implored conservatives Saturday to vote in November's midterm elections while doing their best to impress likely caucus goers should they compete for the GOP presidential...
  • White House hints at fall confirmation for next AG

    White House hints at fall confirmation for next AG

    Saturday, September 27 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-09-27 23:20:53 GMT
    Could there be a hint about when President Barack Obama might nominate a new attorney general coming from the White House?
    Could the White House be hinting at when President Barack Obama might nominate a new attorney general?
  • NIH to treat US doctor exposed to Ebola virus

    NIH to treat US doctor exposed to Ebola virus

    Saturday, September 27 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-09-27 21:21:42 GMT
    The National Institutes of Health is preparing to care for an American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.
    The National Institutes of Health is preparing to care for an American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone.
  • Gov't lets Liberians stay in US amid Ebola crisis

    Gov't lets Liberians stay in US amid Ebola crisis

    Saturday, September 27 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-09-27 21:10:32 GMT
    The Obama administration won't deport Liberian immigrants back to the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for at least two more years.
    Liberian immigrants living in the United States without a visa won't be sent back to the epicenter of Ebola crisis in West Africa for at least another two years, the Obama administration said Friday.
  • Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

    Pentagon wants tighter soldier loan protections

    The Obama administration wants to put a stop to excessive payday or car title loans for military service members.
    Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and...
  • IMF OKs $130 million for Ebola stricken countries

    IMF OKs $130 million for Ebola stricken countries

    The International Monetary Fund has approved $130 million in emergency aid to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help these West African countries respond to the Ebola outbreak.
    The International Monetary Fund has approved $130 million in emergency aid to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help these West African countries respond to the Ebola outbreak.
  • US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

    US: Most new immigrant families fail to report

    Saturday, September 27 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-09-27 18:30:50 GMT
    For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border.
    For nearly three months this summer, the Obama administration carefully avoided answering questions about what happened to tens of thousands of immigrant families caught illegally crossing the Mexican border and released...
  • It's Pryor v. Cotton v. Obama in Arkansas race

    It's Pryor v. Cotton v. Obama in Arkansas race

    In a Senate race as pivotal as any in the country, Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is running against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running against President Barack Obama.
    In a Senate race as pivotal as any in the country, Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is running against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running against President Barack Obama.
  • Poll: Confused by issues of the day? Join the club

    Poll: Confused by issues of the day? Join the club

    Confused by the federal health care law? How about the debate over NSA surveillance? The way the Federal Reserve affects interest rates?
    Confused by the federal health care law? How about the debate over NSA surveillance? The way the Federal Reserve affects interest rates?
  • Republicans rallying behind religious liberty

    Republicans rallying behind religious liberty

    Leading Republicans are rallying around "religious liberty" at home and abroad as religious activists gather for a weekend conference.
    Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.
  • Texas congressman battles Ryan for committee post

    Texas congressman battles Ryan for committee post

    Friday, September 26 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-09-26 23:37:11 GMT
    Congressman Paul Ryan's plan to take over one of the most powerful committees in Congress could hit a snag when lawmakers return after the midterm elections.
    Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to take over one of the most powerful committees in Congress could hit a snag when lawmakers return after the midterm elections.
  • Fancy meals but no food for fasting Indian leader

    Fancy meals but no food for fasting Indian leader

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) will join President Barack Obama for dinner on Monday and attend a State Department lunch the next day. But there's one hitch.
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join President Barack Obama for dinner on Monday and attend a State Department lunch the next day. But there's one hitch.
  • US cites Missouri company in cell tower deaths

    US cites Missouri company in cell tower deaths

    A federal safety enforcement agency is citing a Missouri-based communications company for "willful" and "serious" safety violations in the death of two workers in the collapse in March of a cell tower they were...
    A federal safety enforcement agency cited a Missouri-based communications company on Friday for "willful" and "serious" safety violations in the death of two workers in the collapse in March of a cell tower they were...
  • Holder departure will bring civil rights questions

    Holder departure will bring civil rights questions

    Moments after making fresh demands that Attorney General Eric Holder open federal investigations into police shootings of unarmed black men, a cluster of civil rights activists learned, courtesy of whispers and a...
    Moments after making fresh demands that Attorney General Eric Holder open federal investigations into police shootings of unarmed black men, a cluster of civil rights activists learned, courtesy of whispers and a shared...
  • Pentagon stresses effort to limit civilian deaths

    Pentagon stresses effort to limit civilian deaths

    The nation's top military officer says the United States and its allies are taking every precaution to limit civilian casualties as they continue air strikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria and...
    The nation's top military officer says the United States and its allies are taking every precaution to limit civilian casualties as they continue air strikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria and Iraq.
  • Michelle Obama to appear on ABC's 'The Chew'

    Michelle Obama to appear on ABC's 'The Chew'

    Friday, September 26 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-09-26 16:43:36 GMT
    Michelle Obama is making her debut on the ABC daytime talk show "The Chew."
    Michelle Obama is making her debut on the ABC daytime talk show "The Chew."
  • A departing Obama friend leaves mixed legal legacy

    A departing Obama friend leaves mixed legal legacy

    It wasn't difficult for Barack Obama and Eric Holder to be in the same orbit. Both were sons of immigrants, Columbia Ivy Leaguers, basketball fans and prominent African-American political figures.
    It wasn't difficult for Barack Obama and Eric Holder to be in the same orbit. Both were sons of immigrants, Columbia Ivy Leaguers, basketball fans and prominent African-American political figures.
  • Correction: Movie Drones story

    Correction: Movie Drones story

    Friday, September 26 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-09-26 16:33:03 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the...
    In a story Sept. 25 about the Federal Aviation Administration granting permits for drones to be used in moviemaking, The Associated Press reported erroneously that ConocoPhillips was the only company previously granted a...
  • Obama: Fighting Ebola must be a global priority

    Obama: Fighting Ebola must be a global priority

    Friday, September 26 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-26 16:16:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama says that in an interconnected world, outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola have the potential to affect every nation.
    President Barack Obama says that in an interconnected world, outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola have the potential to affect every nation.
  • To win Senate, groups book $80M of final TV ads

    To win Senate, groups book $80M of final TV ads

    After a summer chasing voters with millions of dollars in television ads, some of the biggest spenders in politics have settled on eight races for Senate for a final flurry before Election Day.
    After a summer spent chasing voters with millions of dollars in television ads, some of the biggest spenders in politics have settled on eight Senate races for a final flurry before Election Day.
  • FBI: About 12 Americans fighting in Syria, not 100

    FBI: About 12 Americans fighting in Syria, not 100

    Friday, September 26 2014 4:09 AM EDT2014-09-26 08:09:25 GMT
    The FBI director says the U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, an estimate that has been cited by government officials and lawmakers for...
    The U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, as has been cited for months.
  • FBI chief: Apple, Google phone encryption perilous

    FBI chief: Apple, Google phone encryption perilous

    The FBI director is criticizing the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement with a court order.
    The FBI director on Thursday criticized the decision by Apple and Google to encrypt smartphones data so it can be inaccessible to law enforcement, even with a court order.
  • Holder's legacy: counterterrorism to civil rights

    Holder's legacy: counterterrorism to civil rights

    Eric Holder, who is resigning as attorney general, leaves a legacy built over six years during which he was in the vanguard of administration policymaking but also the subject of intense criticism from Republicans....
    Eric Holder, who is resigning as attorney general, leaves a legacy built over six years during which he was in the vanguard of administration policymaking but also the subject of intense criticism from Republicans. A look...
  • Hundreds protest Iran president outside UN complex

    Hundreds protest Iran president outside UN complex

    Hundreds have gathered in New York City to protest Iran President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roo-HAH'-nee) during his remarks before the U.N. General Assembly.
    Hundreds of people gathered Thursday in a plaza outside the United Nations to protest what they said was Iran's continued support of terrorism, its poor record on human rights and its deceptive tactics in nuclear...
  • US: Immigrant families fail to report to agents

    US: Immigrant families fail to report to agents

    The Homeland Security Department is acknowledging that tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally this year subsequently failed to meet with immigration agents, as they were instructed.
    Tens of thousands of young families caught crossing the border illegally earlier this year subsequently failed to meet with federal immigration agents, as they were instructed, the Homeland Security Department has...
  • FBI: About a dozen Americans fighting in Syria

    FBI: About a dozen Americans fighting in Syria

    About a dozen Americans are believed to be fighting with extremist groups in Syria at the moment.
    The number of Americans the government believes is fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria is almost one-tenth the number cited by government officials and lawmakers for months.
  • Turkey, still coy, joins fight against militants

    Turkey, still coy, joins fight against militants

    Thursday, September 25 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-25 22:09:37 GMT
    Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the U.S. is still...
    Moving from reluctance to refusal and finally to acceptance, Turkey is joining its NATO allies and fellow Sunni Muslim nations in a coalition to destroy the Islamic State militant group. But the world is still waiting for...
  • Obama accepts Holder resignation, praises record

    Obama accepts Holder resignation, praises record

    Thursday, September 25 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-09-25 20:55:54 GMT
    President Barack Obama is accepting the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder and praising him for his deep commitment to ensuring all Americans receive equal justice under the law.
    President Barack Obama is accepting the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder and praising him for his deep commitment to ensuring all Americans receive equal justice under the law.
  • Obama says Egypt key to US security in Mideast

    Obama says Egypt key to US security in Mideast

    President Barack Obama is touting the longstanding relationship between the United States and Egypt as a cornerstone of American security policy in the Middle East.
    President Barack Obama is highlighting the longstanding relationship between the United States and Egypt as a cornerstone of American security policy in the Middle East.
  • Christie ramps up travel in midterm homestretch

    Christie ramps up travel in midterm homestretch

    Thursday, September 25 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-09-25 20:23:52 GMT
    Gov. Chris Christie has already spent more than a third of his second term outside New Jersey, mostly stumping and raising money for fellow Republicans.
    Gov. Chris Christie has already spent more than a third of his second term outside of New Jersey, mostly stumping and raising money for fellow Republicans. As the midterm elections draw near, the prospective White House...
  • Families want investigations into police deaths

    Families want investigations into police deaths

    Thursday, September 25 2014 4:19 PM EDT2014-09-25 20:19:43 GMT
    The parents of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two unarmed black men who died in police encounters, are calling for full federal investigations into their deaths.
    The parents of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two black men who died in encounters with white police officers, joined with civil rights leaders on Thursday to call for a full federal investigation and charges against those...
  • US may have identified man in beheading videos

    US may have identified man in beheading videos

    The U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker, the FBI director says.
    The FBI director says the U.S. believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker.
  • Pentagon: No 'credible' evidence civilians killed

    Pentagon: No 'credible' evidence civilians killed

    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. military is looking into allegations that civilians were killed in U.S. and allied airstrikes in Syria. But he said they have no "credible" reporting that such deaths occurred.
    The U.S. military is looking into allegations that civilians may have been killed in U.S. and allied airstrikes in Syria, but so far there is no "credible" reporting that such deaths occurred, the Pentagon said Thursday.
  • FBI director assumes Khorasan plots not disrupted

    FBI director assumes Khorasan plots not disrupted

    Thursday, September 25 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-09-25 18:40:09 GMT
    Plots against the U.S. and Europe by the al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group may still be in the works.
    Plots against the U.S. and Europe by the al-Qaida cell in Syria known as the Khorasan Group may still be in the works.
  • Higher judicial pay to cost $1.2B over next decade

    Higher judicial pay to cost $1.2B over next decade

    Thursday, September 25 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-09-25 17:49:06 GMT
    Recent court decisions that require the government to restore cost-of-living increases for federal judges will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the coming decade.
    Recent court decisions that require the government to restore cost-of-living increases for federal judges will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the coming decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
  • Palin says all eyes on Kansas in US Senate race

    Palin says all eyes on Kansas in US Senate race

    U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is courting tea party supporters as he campaigns with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in southeast Kansas.
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged Kansas Republicans Thursday to unify behind U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, alleging his independent opponent is trying to "snooker" voters in what has become a surprisingly close race.
  • Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

    Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

    More than a dozen senators are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care.
    More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as...
  • US orders some diplomats out of Yemen

    US orders some diplomats out of Yemen

    The State Department is ordering some of its diplomats at the U.S. embassy in Yemen to leave the country.
    The State Department on Thursday ordered some of its diplomats and other government workers at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country because of deteriorating security amid unrest and sectarian clashes that have...
  • White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

    White House: Holder resigning as attorney general

    Thursday, September 25 2014 12:30 PM EDT2014-09-25 16:30:12 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning after heading the Justice Department for six years.
    Eric Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job. He is the nation's first...
  • Expanded US ocean preserve to be world's largest

    Expanded US ocean preserve to be world's largest

    Thousands of miles off America's shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack...
    Thousands of miles off America's shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama...
  • Congress releases war funds to fight Ebola

    Congress releases war funds to fight Ebola

    Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.
    Top lawmakers in Congress have approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa.
  • Federal court: Walker campaign probe should resume

    Federal court: Walker campaign probe should resume

    Thursday, September 25 2014 8:30 AM EDT2014-09-25 12:30:12 GMT
    A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court's ruling halting an investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and more than two dozen conservative groups for alleged illegal campaign activity.
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed one barrier to restarting an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups, a...
  • US diplomat calls Islamic State 'monstrous group'

    US diplomat calls Islamic State 'monstrous group'

    Thursday, September 25 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-09-25 11:59:21 GMT
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says America doesn't have to be perpetually at war, but it must take on the surging Islamic State group.
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says America doesn't have to be perpetually at war, but it must take on the surging Islamic State group.
  • When is an 'imminent' attack not imminent?

    When is an 'imminent' attack not imminent?

    Thursday, September 25 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-09-25 07:21:22 GMT
    Smart people in the Obama administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt "imminent attack plotting" against U.S. and...
    Smart people in the Obama administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt "imminent attack plotting" against U.S. and Western...
  • FBI releases report examining mass shootings

    FBI releases report examining mass shootings

    The FBI says the number of shootings in which a gunman opens fire on a crowd of people has increased in recent years.
    The number of shootings in which a gunman wounds or kills multiple people has increased dramatically in recent years, with the majority of attacks in the last decade occurring at a business or a school, according to an FBI...
  • FAA expected to approve drones for moviemaking

    FAA expected to approve drones for moviemaking

    The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones.
    The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by...
  • In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for villagers

    In Exxon suit, judge leaves opening for villagers

    A federal judge has left a small legal opening for some Indonesian villagers to pursue a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. over alleged human rights abuses by Indonesian troops guarding an Exxon natural gas field.
    A federal judge has left a small legal opening for some Indonesian villagers to pursue a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for human rights abuses allegedly committed by Indonesian troops guarding an Exxon natural gas field.
  • Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times the size

    Obama to expand ocean preserve to 6 times the size

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-09-25 00:18:51 GMT
    President Barack Obama is expanding a marine preserve in the Pacific Ocean to six times its current size.
    President Barack Obama is carving out a wide swath the Pacific Ocean for an expanded marine preserve, putting the waters off-limits to drilling and most fishing in a bid to protect fragile underwater life.
  • How imminent is an 'imminent' attack threat?

    How imminent is an 'imminent' attack threat?

    Smart people in the administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt "imminent attack plotting" against U.S. and Western...
    Smart people in the administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt "imminent attack plotting" against U.S. and Western interests.
  • FACT CHECK: Rauner early prison release TV ad

    FACT CHECK: Rauner early prison release TV ad

    Republican Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) has opened a new line of attack on incumbent Pat Quinn in the race for Illinois governor: a prison-release scandal that nearly sunk the Democrat in his 2010 campaign for the...
    A secret program allowing the early release of Illinois prison inmates nearly sunk Democrat Pat Quinn's first run for governor four years ago. Now it has resurfaced in his bid for re-election.
  • Jeb Bush stumps for GOPs, weighs presidential bid

    Jeb Bush stumps for GOPs, weighs presidential bid

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-09-24 22:33:12 GMT
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is on the campaign trail, boosting Republican candidates in this year's midterm elections while reinforcing his relationships in critical 2016 presidential primary states.
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hit the midterm election campaign trail in politically important North Carolina Wednesday, stumping for state House Speaker Thom Tillis and becoming the latest possible presidential contender...
  • F-22 Raptor makes debut combat flight

    F-22 Raptor makes debut combat flight

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-09-24 22:33:07 GMT
    Envisioned in the 90s as crucial to U.S. military superiority in the next century - the sleek, radar-evading F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat.
    Envisioned in the 1990s as crucial to U.S. military superiority in the next century, the sleek, radar-evading F-22 Raptor has finally seen its first combat.
  • Obama at UN: Dismantle the IS 'network of death'

    Obama at UN: Dismantle the IS 'network of death'

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-09-24 22:26:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama is addressing the United Nations as a commander in chief overseeing a war against militants in two Middle Eastern nations, a striking shift in the trajectory of a presidency that had been...
    Confronted by the growing threat of Middle East militants, President Barack Obama implored world leaders at the United Nations Wednesday to rally behind his expanding military campaign to stamp out the violent Islamic...
  • US, allies launching more airstrikes in Syria

    US, allies launching more airstrikes in Syria

    The Pentagon says the U.S. and its Arab allies are launching more airstrikes into Syria against Islamic State militants.
    The U.S. and two Arab allies took aim Wednesday at a key source of financing for Islamic State militants, bombing 12 of the oil refineries controlled by the terrorist group in Syria, the military said.
  • Inhofe demands details before OK-ing Ebola funding

    Inhofe demands details before OK-ing Ebola funding

    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is holding up money to fight Ebola until the Obama administration provides details on how the military would protect American personnel sent to Africa to...
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is holding up money to fight Ebola until the Obama administration provides details on how the military would protect American personnel sent to Africa to battle the...
  • Report: Admission of uninsured at hospitals dips

    Report: Admission of uninsured at hospitals dips

    The government says the number of uninsured patients admitted into hospitals has dropped markedly this year, reducing charity care and bad debt cases particularly in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage...
    The number of uninsured patients admitted to hospitals has dropped markedly this year, reducing charity care and bad debt cases, particularly in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under the new federal health care...
  • GOP embraces technology in Louisiana Senate race

    GOP embraces technology in Louisiana Senate race

    Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is a central battleground in the Republican Party's national drive to catch up to the Democrats' data collection know-how that helped power President Barack Obama to two terms.
    Dustin Brewster's door-knocking journey across a Baton Rouge neighborhood zigged - then zagged.
  • Report: Services for female veterans fall short

    Report: Services for female veterans fall short

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-09-24 20:31:33 GMT
    A new report says the Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who serve in the military. It comes as the number of women in the military is increasing dramatically.
    The Veterans Affairs Department and other government agencies are not doing enough to help women who served in the military, even as their number is rising dramatically, according to a new report.
  • US issues new rules for university germ research

    US issues new rules for university germ research

    The Obama administration is tightening oversight of high-stakes scientific research involving dangerous germs that could raise biosecurity concerns, imposing new safety rules on universities and other institutions...
    The Obama administration is tightening oversight of high-stakes scientific research involving dangerous germs that could raise biosecurity concerns, imposing new safety rules on universities and other institutions where...
  • US sanctions foreign fighter facilitators

    US sanctions foreign fighter facilitators

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-09-24 20:02:19 GMT
    The Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on eight people it says have helped finance or facilitated the movement of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State and the Nusra Front. Those are two Syrian...
    The Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on eight people it says have helped finance or facilitate the movement of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State and the Nusra Front, two Syrian extremist groups...
  • US: Afghan security deal may be signed next week

    US: Afghan security deal may be signed next week

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-09-24 19:26:50 GMT
    The Obama administration expects that a security agreement allowing U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan next year will be signed by the country's incoming president as early as next week.
    The Obama administration expects that a security agreement allowing U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan next year will be signed by the country's incoming president as early as next week, a senior State Department...
  • GOP's Cassidy criticizes Landrieu's keg assist

    GOP's Cassidy criticizes Landrieu's keg assist

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-09-24 18:49:26 GMT
    Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's leading Republican opponent says she shouldn't have helped a Louisiana State University football fan drink upside-down from a beer keg at a recent tailgate party.
    U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu's leading opponent said Wednesday it was inappropriate for the Democratic senator to help a Louisiana State University fan drink upside-down from a beer keg before a recent game.
  • Hillary Clinton pushes school program for girls

    Hillary Clinton pushes school program for girls

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is announcing a new $600 million effort through the Clinton Foundation to help girls around the globe attend secondary schools.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a $600 million effort Wednesday to enroll girls in secondary schools around the globe, aiming to address security and access problems in the developing world.
  • Deer are pests for airports, threats to pilots

    Deer are pests for airports, threats to pilots

    Wednesday, September 24 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-09-24 17:51:28 GMT
    Long the bane of gardeners and unwary motorists, soaring deer populations are also nuisances for airports and threats to pilots, especially at this time of year, according to aviation and wildlife experts.
    Oh, deer! Unwary motorists aren't the only ones who need to beware of the four-legged bane of gardeners, especially at this time of the year. Pilots are also having deer encounters that rarely end well, especially for...
  • Obama: Al-Abadi the right man to lead Iraq

    Obama: Al-Abadi the right man to lead Iraq

    President Barack Obama says new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) is the right person to lead Iraq as the country faces an enormous threat from the Islamic State group.
    President Barack Obama says new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) is the right person to lead Iraq as the country faces an enormous threat from the Islamic State group.
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