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  • Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

    Orman business tie part of Kansas Senate race

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-09-18 01:27:32 GMT
    Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman acknowledges having a modest business tie to a former Goldman Sachs board member convicted of insider trading.
    Independent candidate Greg Orman's business dealings faced new scrutiny Wednesday in Kansas' unexpectedly competitive U.S. Senate race, as he acknowledged his friendship with a former Goldman Sachs board member...
  • House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

    Wary House lawmakers appear to be on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate Syrian rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.
    The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly Wednesday to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels as President Barack Obama emphasized anew that American forces "do not and will not have a...
  • USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

    USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

    The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.
    The Agriculture Department has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.
  • Obama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels

    Obama praises House vote on arming Syrian rebels

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-09-17 23:43:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a House vote granting authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels is an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.
    President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.
  • Muted expectations for Obama, Rouhani meeting

    Muted expectations for Obama, Rouhani meeting

    One year ago, President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came close to ending the decades-long freeze on face-to-face meetings between their countries' leaders.
    One year ago, President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came close to ending the decades-long freeze on face-to-face meetings between their countries' leaders.
  • Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

    Eyeing 2016, Rubio pushes American strength abroad

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-09-17 22:26:13 GMT
    Sen. Marco Rubio is positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House.
    Sen. Marco Rubio called Wednesday for increased U.S. defense spending and greater intervention abroad, positioning himself as the leading foreign policy hawk among Republicans considering runs for the White House.
  • US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

    US military role in Iraq raises combat questions

    The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.
    The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.
  • Bushes figure prominently in Georgia Senate race

    Bushes figure prominently in Georgia Senate race

    The Bush family isn't from Georgia, but the powerful Republican clan is playing a starring role in the state's contentious Senate race.
    The Bushes aren't from Georgia, but the powerful Republican clan has become a focal point in a contentious Senate race here as Republican David Perdue trades fire with Democrat Michelle Nunn over her work at the Bush...
  • Mechanical issue slows first lady's Tennessee trip

    Mechanical issue slows first lady's Tennessee trip

    Who was the mystery passenger President Barack Obama greeted aboard a government aircraft after he spent most of the day in Florida?
    Who was the mystery passenger President Barack Obama greeted Wednesday aboard a government aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base after he returned from Florida?
  • Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'

    Ex-VA doctor: Phoenix report a 'whitewash'

    A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital says a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders at the...
    A doctor who first exposed serious problems at the troubled Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital said Wednesday that a report on patient deaths there is a "whitewash" that minimizes life-threatening conduct by senior leaders...
  • In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    In Iowa, Biden preaches populist theme on taxes

    Vice President Joe Biden is preaching a populist theme during a visit to Iowa - an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar.
    Vice President Joe Biden accused Republicans of breaking faith with the middle class while he preached a populist theme Wednesday in Iowa, an important early-voting state in the presidential nominating calendar.
  • Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

    Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

    Senate investigators are blaming China for nearly two dozen successful hacker break-ins of computer networks belonging to Pentagon contractors.
    China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and...
  • Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess

    Biden: Troops not needed now, but will reassess

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 3:42 PM EDT2014-09-17 19:42:49 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.
    Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.
  • US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

    US scientist: Ebola unlikely to become airborne

    A top government scientist says it's very unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air.
    It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.
  • Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

    Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

    Vice President Joe Biden says he made a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders who took advantage of U.S. troops as "Shylocks."
    Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the...
  • Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

    Benghazi probe looks set to go deep in 2016 race

    The House Select Committee on Benghazi gets its public debut Wednesday, two years after militants in the eastern Libyan city killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, and four months after Republicans...
    The Republican chairman of a special House panel on Benghazi charted a course Wednesday for his investigation to stretch deep into a 2016 presidential election that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seems...
  • Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

    Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

    President Barack Obama is consulting Wednesday with military officials about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants.
    President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to...
  • Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

    Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-09-17 17:55:30 GMT
    An Associated Press review finds that cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.
    Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.
  • Pro-Hillary Clinton group helping Senate Democrats

    Pro-Hillary Clinton group helping Senate Democrats

    A pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton super PAC is dispatching staffers to key states before the fall elections and helping Senate candidates with fundraising.
    A pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton super PAC is dispatching staffers to key states before the fall elections and helping Senate candidates with fundraising, laying the foundation for a potential Clinton presidential bid in 2016.
  • US can't track Westerners fighting in Syria

    US can't track Westerners fighting in Syria

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-09-17 16:02:38 GMT
    A top American intelligence official is acknowledging that the U.S. has difficulty tracking the movements and activities of Westerners in Syria who have joined rebels fighting President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR'...
    A top American intelligence official is acknowledging that the U.S. has difficulty tracking the movements and activities of Westerners in Syria who have joined rebels fighting President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR'...
  • Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army not OK as US partners

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-09-17 13:34:54 GMT
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially...
    About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt...
  • Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

    Ebola survivor: No time to waste as Obama ups aid

    President Barack Obama has a plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
    An American doctor who survived Ebola said there's no time to waste as President Barack Obama outlined his plan to ramp up the U.S. response to the epidemic in West Africa.
  • No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push

    No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 3:42 AM EDT2014-09-17 07:42:08 GMT
    No Labels, a bipartisan group of lawmakers and strategists, is outlining a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget.
    Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget.
  • No welfare for weed under House bill

    No welfare for weed under House bill

    The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.
    The House passed a bill Tuesday night that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.
  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Wednesday, September 17 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-09-17 04:02:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress plunged into an...
  • Questions, answers about Senate race in Kansas

    Questions, answers about Senate race in Kansas

    The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether the state's chief elections officer must fulfill a request from Democrats' nominee for the U.S. Senate to remove his name from the Nov. 4 election ballot.
    The Kansas Supreme Court is considering whether the state's chief elections officer must fulfill a request from Democrats' nominee for the U.S. Senate to remove his name from the Nov. 4 election ballot. The legal...
  • AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

    AP Interview: Feds launch policing bias study

    Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in five American cities.
    Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend...
  • House passes 'no welfare for weed' bill

    House passes 'no welfare for weed' bill

    The House has passed a bill that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.
    The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.
  • House passes bills highlighting IRS controversy

    House passes bills highlighting IRS controversy

    The House passed three bills Tuesday designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.
    The House passed three bills Tuesday designed to highlight complaints that the IRS mistreated conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.
  • Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

    Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:44:12 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...
    President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis...
  • House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    House passes bill to oversee VA hospital building

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:33:40 GMT
    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra...
    The House has passed a bill to increase oversight of veterans' hospitals under construction, following a report that some medical centers take three years longer to complete than estimated and cost an extra $366...
  • Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead

    Sen. Reid moves to ensure nuclear dump stays dead

    As Congress debates terrorism overseas, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is finding time for an issue closer to home. Reid is working to ensure that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of Nevada remains...
    Amid action in Congress to intensify the fight against Islamic State militants, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found time Tuesday for an issue closer to home: ensuring that a nuclear waste dump in his home state of...
  • Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

    Congress approves inflation increase for veterans

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-09-17 00:05:37 GMT
    Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
    Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
  • NJ Gov. Chris Christie visits South Carolina

    NJ Gov. Chris Christie visits South Carolina

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his first visit to South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South.
    New Jersey Gov. Chis Christie stayed coy Tuesday about any presidential plans as he raised campaign cash for GOP candidates in North and South Carolina.
  • Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

    Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security

    Nonpartisan congressional investigators say the HealthCare.gov website has significant security weaknesses that could put Americans' personal information at risk.
    HealthCare.gov, the health insurance website serving more than 5 million Americans, has significant security flaws that put users' personal information at risk, nonpartisan congressional investigators have concluded.
  • Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    Congress: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    A House committee has determined that the government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the...
    Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of...
  • History books spark new Texas classroom battle

    History books spark new Texas classroom battle

    As Texas mulls new social studies books for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America's Founding Fathers.
    The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on...
  • US airstrikes target Islamic militants in Iraq

    US airstrikes target Islamic militants in Iraq

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:34:48 GMT
    The Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq.
    The Defense Department says the U.S. military on Tuesday pressed its expanded campaign against Islamic State militants with five airstrikes across Iraq.
  • Obama takes center stage in Kentucky's Senate race

    Obama takes center stage in Kentucky's Senate race

    President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's hotly contested Senate race despite Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' efforts to distance herself from him.
    President Barack Obama is playing a starring role in Kentucky's fierce Senate race, with new ads putting him at the center of the contest for Republican Mitch McConnell's seat despite Democrat Alison Lundergan...
  • Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy

    Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:37:30 GMT
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says President Barack Obama's administration has failed to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.
  • Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

    Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-09-16 20:34:41 GMT
    The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006.
    The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.
  • Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy

    Blacks, Hispanics have doubts about media accuracy

    A new study says a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately.
    A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately, a statistic that could be troubling for the news industry as the...
  • Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

    Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:12:56 GMT
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday of a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a...
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal...
  • EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan

    EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:43:51 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency is giving the public more time to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants....
  • Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

    Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

    A Kansas voter says he wants to cast his ballot for the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who is trying to get his name removed from the ballot.
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.
  • Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

    Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

    The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire.
    The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday.
  • Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

    Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:14:05 GMT
    The Kansas Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in an election-law case that could have big implications for GOP hopes of capturing control of the U.S. Senate in November.
    The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot, a dispute that could have a big effect on Republicans recapturing a...
  • US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    The Obama administration is declining to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
    The Obama administration is declining to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
  • A look at US response to Ebola crisis

    A look at US response to Ebola crisis

    A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:
    A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

    The Obama administration is preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa to combat the Ebola crisis that has overwhelmed local health care systems and drawn appeals for help from the region and...
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local...
  • More children live to age 5, work still to be done

    More children live to age 5, work still to be done

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:21:49 GMT
    More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
    More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
  • Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority

    Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority

    Senate Democrats' campaign arm says it spent more than $14 million last month to defend an at-risk majority.
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday.
  • As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
    Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
  • AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:24:30 GMT
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
  • New questions over abortion coverage in health law

    New questions over abortion coverage in health law

    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
    A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.
  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:31:30 GMT
    This week offers Congress its best chance to get answers about President Barack Obama's new Mideast counterterror strategy.
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President...
  • White House backs use of body cameras by police

    White House backs use of body cameras by police

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:01:17 GMT
    The White House says requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to the mistrust between police and their communities that fueled unrest last month in Ferguson, Missouri.
    Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of...
  • First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

    First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:32:42 GMT
    U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by...
    U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy...
  • US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

    US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:04:10 GMT
    The National Labor Relations Board is finding against the CNN cable television network in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 workers and former workers.
    The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers.
  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

    Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:51:48 GMT
    Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have...
    Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the...
  • AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

    AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:01:11 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the United States would retaliate if Syrian President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) were to order his forces to go after American planes launching airstrikes...
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
  • GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

    GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

    Senate Democrats are forcing an election-season vote on their drive to pressure companies to pay women the same as men for comparable jobs.
    Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in...
  • Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

    Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:21:29 GMT
    After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack...
    Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers...
  • Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

    Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

    President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections.
    President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections.
  • Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    The Obama administration says some consumers risk losing financial aid for their health insurance premiums unless they clear up lingering questions about how much they make.
    Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
  • Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

    Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

    Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library.
    Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama's future presidential library.
  • Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

    Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:31:48 GMT
    Longtime lobbyist and Washington insider Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who for years helped lead the powerful Patton Boggs law firm, has died. He was 73.
    Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.
  • Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    A federal judge says a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.
    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.
  • Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID

    Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID

    Wisconsin election officials are scrambling to deal with the reinstatement of the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.
    Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.
  • Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

    Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign with a focus on engaging men in the fight.
    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem.
  • Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:53:29 GMT
    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.
    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.
  • Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

    Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:53:28 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq.
    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq.
  • US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

    US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:53:27 GMT
    The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there.
    The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there.
  • White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    As the United States works to assemble a coalition against the Islamic State group, the White House is trying to make clear what a successful outcome would be.
    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.
  • Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

    Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

    The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Sen. Jeff Sessions. The Alabama Republican is a tea party favorite, a strong foe of immigration legislation and the...
    The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014...
  • US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

    US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:52:27 GMT
    Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.
    Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.
  • US creating programs to counter extremists

    US creating programs to counter extremists

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:52:25 GMT
    The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq.
    The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder...
  • Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom...
  • US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

    US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:31:13 GMT
    The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic.
    The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic.
  • Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom...
  • Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

    Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

    Sunday, September 14 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-09-15 02:20:19 GMT
    President Barack Obama is condemning as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
  • Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an...
  • Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016...
    Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential...
  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

    Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

    Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.
    Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.
  • Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

    Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

    Sunday, September 14 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-09-14 11:49:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past.
    President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

    Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

    Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Democrat Bruce Braley, who is locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker.
    Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker.
  • Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

    Strikes in Iraq, Syria expected under new war plan

    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early...
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next...
  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing...
    Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing...
  • US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

    US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

    Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.
    Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.
  • US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

    US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

    Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford says he and his fiancee are calling off their engagement due to the ongoing contention with his ex-wife Jenny Sanford, four years after their divorce.
    Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.
  • Lawyers for migrants? Administration says yes, no

    Lawyers for migrants? Administration says yes, no

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:49:58 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border.
    Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border - even as his department takes the opposite position in court.
  • Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

    Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-09-14 00:49:46 GMT
    Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards.
    Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal...
  • Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

    Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

    Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin says rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington.
    Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin said Saturday that rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington.
  • Sen. Mark Udall visits flooded Colorado towns

    Sen. Mark Udall visits flooded Colorado towns

    Fighting for his political life, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is visiting flood-ravaged villages in the foothills, again touting his role in getting millions of dollars in federal aid for recovery.
    Fighting for his political life, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall marked the one-year anniversary of last year's devastating floods by visiting two battered villages northwest of Denver while his re-election campaign...
  • Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

    Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

    Pentagon officials say two U.S. Navy jets have crashed into the western Pacific Ocean and that one pilot was rescued and a search is on for the other.
    Two Navy fighter jets based in California crashed Friday in the far western Pacific Ocean, with one pilot safely ejecting but the other missing in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island.
  • Clinton wants more done to halt kidnappings

    Clinton wants more done to halt kidnappings

    Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the Middle East
    Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday urged the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the globe.
  • Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

    Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

    Speaker John Boehner is telling Iraq's prime minister that the House will ensure that the new government has all the U.S. support that it needs to combat Islamic militants.
    Speaker John Boehner on Friday promised Iraq's prime minister that the House will provide the new government in Baghdad the U.S. assistance necessary to defeat Islamic militants.
  • Obama 'confident' of Islamic State group's defeat

    Obama 'confident' of Islamic State group's defeat

    President Barack Obama is touring the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner, where U.S. troops defended the city of Baltimore against the British during the War of 1812.
    President Barack Obama cast the worldwide campaign he's leading to destroy the Islamic State group on Friday as part of a broader effort to root out extremism within the Muslim world, telling Jewish donors the U.S. "is...
  • Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

    Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

    In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will...
    In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide...
  • Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    Top diplomats from the United States and Turkey are meeting to discuss what Ankara is willing to contribute to a growing worldwide coalition to defeat the Islamic State militant group.
    Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide...
  • US will be ramping up airstrikes soon in Iraq

    US will be ramping up airstrikes soon in Iraq

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:50:31 GMT
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early...
    As U.S. forces gear up for airstrikes in Syria, the first demonstration of President Barack Obama's more aggressive military campaign against the Islamic State group is likely to unfold first in Iraq as early as next...
  • Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.
    President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.
  • Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give President Barack Obama the legal backing to expand the fight against the Islamic State group without new...
    On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But...
  • INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs

    INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs

    The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles - but also...
    The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles - but also make it...
  • White House: New US mission a war as with al-Qaida

    White House: New US mission a war as with al-Qaida

    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.
    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.
  • Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps

    Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:19:16 GMT
    President Barack Obama is welcoming former President Bill Clinton to the White House to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program.
    President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton on Friday highlighted the benefits of volunteering as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program and welcomed the newest class...
  • Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

    Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

    President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.
    President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday.
  • Senate GOP raises $6M in August, spends twice that

    Senate GOP raises $6M in August, spends twice that

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:09:35 GMT
    Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $6 million last month and spent more than twice that in an effort to claim the majority.
    Senate Republicans' campaign arm, which is looking to topple Democrats from their majority in November's elections, spent almost $13 million last month, committee aides said Friday.
  • Clintons returning to Iowa amid 2016 speculation

    Clintons returning to Iowa amid 2016 speculation

    Hillary Rodham Clinton left Iowa on an "excruciating" night in 2008, the beginning of the end of her White House campaign. She returns for the first time this weekend, not quite yet running for president but sure...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton left Iowa on an "excruciating" night in 2008, the beginning of the end of her White House campaign. She returns for the first time this weekend, not quite yet running for president but sure to hear...
  • US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors

    US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors

    The Obama administration is sanctioning Russia's largest bank as part of a new round of financial penalties aimed at punishing Moscow for its support of separatists in Ukraine.
    The United States hit Russia Friday with a new round of economic sanctions, levying penalties on Russia's largest bank and expanding financing restrictions on major energy and defense companies.
  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

    Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

    Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery...
    Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory...
  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

    Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

    State senators are questioning Gov. Brian Sandoval's economic advisers about the details of the sales and use tax abatements in a package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives the Legislature is considering to...
    Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion...
  • Yahoo says gov't threatened $250,000 a day fine

    Yahoo says gov't threatened $250,000 a day fine

    Yahoo says the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance laws by surrendering online information, a step the...
    Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company...
  • Obama addresses plight of Christians in Mideast

    Obama addresses plight of Christians in Mideast

    President Barack Obama says it's important to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as the U.S. and its partners fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama says it's important to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as the U.S. and its partners fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
  • US Senate rivals become reality show survivors

    US Senate rivals become reality show survivors

    Two U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle spent a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival."
    Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival."
  • Across the years, Obama's 9/11 message varies

    Across the years, Obama's 9/11 message varies

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:38:27 GMT
    Five times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the...
    Six times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at...
  • Obama's request to combat militants draws support

    Obama's request to combat militants draws support

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he believes Congress will help President Barack Obama carry through on his strategy to attack Islamic State militants who have been grabbing territory in Iraq and Syria.
    Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama's call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward...
  • Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

    Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

    The federal government is tightening its rules on the reporting of workplace deaths and severe injuries, declaring that employers beginning Jan. 1 must report any fatalities within eight hours of the accident or...
    Tightening its standards, the government issued new regulations Thursday that will require managers to file a detailed report within eight hours on fatal workplace accidents.
  • Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

    Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

    The White House chief of staff is assuring frustrated Latino lawmakers that President Barack Obama will take executive action by the end of the year to address the nation's flawed immigration system, and do as...
    President Barack Obama will act on his own by year's end to remake the nation's fractured immigration system, and he will go as far as he can under the law, the White House chief of staff told frustrated Latino...
  • Biden returning to key presidential state of Iowa

    Biden returning to key presidential state of Iowa

    Vice President Joe Biden is returning to the key presidential state of Iowa next week, reminding voters not to count him out of the next presidential campaign.
    Vice President Joe Biden is returning to the key presidential state of Iowa next week, reminding voters not to count him out of the next presidential campaign.
  • Incumbent's loss upends Massachusetts' House race

    Incumbent's loss upends Massachusetts' House race

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:38:15 GMT
    For months, Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic congressman John Tierney as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically wounded and vulnerable to Republican challenger...
    For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically...
  • Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    U.S. officials say retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State group, as nations begin to determine what part each will play.
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will...
  • Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

    Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

    More than 120 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty. They say the protections are needed to ensure that...
    More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers...
  • Obama's counter-terror fight faces high risk

    Obama's counter-terror fight faces high risk

    President Barack Obama's decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State...
    President Barack Obama's decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State group.
  • APNewsBreak: US sharply cutting deportations

    APNewsBreak: US sharply cutting deportations

    President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plans that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since...
    President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more...
  • House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

    House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

    The House and Senate are controlled by different political parties, but both are spending time these days on similar paths: debating measures that everyone knows are going nowhere.
    House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections,...
  • Senate kills constitutional amendment on elections

    Senate kills constitutional amendment on elections

    Senate Republicans have killed a Democratic-written constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in election campaigns by corporations, wealthy individuals and candidates themselves.
    Senate Republicans have killed a Democratic-written constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in election campaigns by corporations, wealthy individuals and candidates themselves.
  • Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

    Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

    Sixteen female senators from both parties are calling on the NFL to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.
    Sixteen female senators from both parties called on the National Football League Thursday to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.
  • Obama: US to step up economic penalties on Russia

    Obama: US to step up economic penalties on Russia

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:18:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. is moving ahead with tougher economic sanctions on Russia over what the U.S. says are Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. is moving ahead with tougher economic sanctions on Russia over what the U.S. says are Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine.
  • Clintons organizing 10th annual global meeting

    Clintons organizing 10th annual global meeting

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:40 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:40:36 GMT
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are bringing together heads of state, business leaders and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon for their annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are bringing together heads of state, business leaders and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon for their annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
  • Cruz walks out after pro-Israel comments draw boos

    Cruz walks out after pro-Israel comments draw boos

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:12:32 GMT
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he walked out of a speech Wednesday night after audience members booed his comments in support of Israel.
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
  • Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

    Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

    If Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal wants to win re-election, he's got to weather more attacks over alleged ethics violations.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.
  • Homeland Security chief says ISIL not only threat

    Homeland Security chief says ISIL not only threat

    The head of the Homeland Security Department says that while the surging Islamic State group is taking most U.S. attention now, officials must stay on top of other terrorist threats as well.
    The head of the Homeland Security Department says that while the surging Islamic State group is taking most U.S. attention now, officials must stay on top of other terrorist threats as well.
  • Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    President Barack Obama expects his expanded military mission against the Islamic State militants to achieve at least three short-term objectives: reverse the extremist group's momentum in Iraq, squeeze their...
    By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the...
  • From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-09-11 07:19:45 GMT
    He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease...
    He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor -...
  • Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

    Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

    By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to...
    By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to combat...
  • Lawyers: Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    Lawyers: Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    Defense lawyers say an Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and his wife.
    An Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and his wife, lawyers for the couple said late Wednesday.
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:28:11 GMT
    President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address Wednesday outlining an expanded military and political effort to combat militants in Syria and Iraq, and urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm...
    Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless...
  • Independent walks tightrope in Senate bid in Kan.

    Independent walks tightrope in Senate bid in Kan.

    Greg Orman, the suddenly relevant independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, is walking a tightrope in his campaign against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, projecting himself as fresh and authentic while...
    Greg Orman, the suddenly relevant independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, is walking a tightrope in his campaign against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, projecting himself as fresh and authentic while acknowledging that...
  • Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

    Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

    Some of the tea party lawmakers who helped force a government shutdown last year over President Barack Obama's health care law appear to be playing nice this time around.
    The tea party may have learned its lesson.
  • FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military...
    It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions...
  • Congress questions Goodell actions on Rice video

    Congress questions Goodell actions on Rice video

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:19:47 GMT
    Twelve Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell questioning his handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
    Members of Congress from both parties on Wednesday questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
  • Obama says military campaign will take time

    Obama says military campaign will take time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:20:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.
  • Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:12:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic...
    President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities.
  • Republican women struggle to secure party's future

    Republican women struggle to secure party's future

    Elise Stefanik (STEF'-ah-nick) is fighting to make history in upstate New York.
    Elise Stefanik is fighting to make history in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, an expanse of rural America in upstate New York that - like the Republican Party - is struggling to grow.
  • Senators chide freight railroads on delays

    Senators chide freight railroads on delays

    Senators say they're skeptical that freight railroads are doing all they can do to alleviate widespread delays preventing shippers from getting their products to market.
    Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad...
  • Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

    Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

    With a new Iraqi government finally in place and a growing Mideast consensus on defeating insurgent threats, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad Wednesday to press Iraq's Shiite leader to...
    The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad...
  • Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    House Republicans have rebuffed President Barack Obama's private request for authority to train moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State group militants in Syria. They have also turned aside his appeal...
    In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists...
  • Senior Americans burdened with student debt

    Senior Americans burdened with student debt

    Student loan debt isn't just a problem for the young. A small, but growing percentage of seniors struggle to pay back education debt - tens of thousands even seeing their Social Security benefits offset when...
    Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social...
  • First lady helps reopen White House Visitor Center

    First lady helps reopen White House Visitor Center

    Michelle Obama has helped reopen the White House Visitor Center following a two-year, $12.6 million renovation.
    The desk where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "fireside chats." An eagle ornamental feature from the top of the flagpole on the White House roof. A desk with an intercom system that allowed the chief White...
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