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  • GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:54:08 GMT
    The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.More >
    The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.More >
  • The ice bucket stops with Obama

    The ice bucket stops with Obama

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:25:06 GMT
    The bucket stops with President Barack Obama.More >
    The ice bucket stops with Obama.More >
  • Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:24:31 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.More >
    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said...More >
  • NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

    NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:14:51 GMT
    A U.S. research institute says construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be completed by fall, allowing Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to...More >
    Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.More >
  • Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:14:49 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm is spending $1 million on television ads criticizing the GOP nominee's opposition to abortion rights.More >
    Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday.More >
  • Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:34:13 GMT
    The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified in using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, North Carolina. In that case, a diabetic man's...More >
    It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.More >
  • Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:54:00 GMT
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.More >
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.More >
  • Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:01 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's confident in his case as he faces two felony indictments on coercion and official oppression charges.More >
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground...More >
  • 5 things to know about case against Texas' Perry

    5 things to know about case against Texas' Perry

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:34:28 GMT
    In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has...More >
    In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has pleaded not...More >
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:15:01 GMT
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether...More >
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...More >
  • Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

    Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:54:34 GMT
    Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but...More >
    The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.More >
  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:55:05 GMT
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul...More >
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.More >
  • US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:15:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find...More >
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...More >
  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 07:15:28 GMT
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes...More >
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no...More >
  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:43:53 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.More >
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...More >
  • News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:13:28 GMT
    Political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. The highlights:More >
    Party-controlled campaign committees and outside groups faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:More >
  • GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too

    GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:23:28 GMT
    The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged...More >
    The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan...More >
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:23:26 GMT
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.More >
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.More >
  • McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:43:49 GMT
    The candidates in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.More >
    Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.More >
  • APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

    APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:36 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:36:53 GMT
    Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008...More >
    Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with...More >
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:34:42 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.More >
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....More >
  • Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

    Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:23:43 GMT
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama.More >
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama. But Tuesday's primary produced a GOP nominee with a military record that could hold...More >
  • DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

    DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:23:40 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee says it raised almost $9 million in July and has more than $9.5 million ready for the final push toward November's elections.More >
    The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday.More >
  • Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

    Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:33:21 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.More >
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him.More >
  • Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:13:25 GMT
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.More >
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained...More >
  • US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

    US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:44:13 GMT
    The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting...More >
    The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting an...More >
  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:10 GMT
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups.More >
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the...More >
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:06:11 GMT
    A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any...More >
    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...More >
  • High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:24:10 GMT
    The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.More >
    The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.More >
  • Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:55:22 GMT
    The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.More >
    The Obama administration detailed on Wednesday the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes.More >
  • After somber statement, Obama golfs with friends

    After somber statement, Obama golfs with friends

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:44:49 GMT
    President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime -- a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts...More >
    President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime -- a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast came...More >
  • Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:13:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.More >
    President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.More >
  • Senate control could rest with well-funded women

    Senate control could rest with well-funded women

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:54:00 GMT
    Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way.More >
    The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races.More >
  • AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:34:55 GMT
    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal...More >
    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation,...More >
  • Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:53:52 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.More >
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.More >
  • US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

    US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:24:29 GMT
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help an establishment-preferred Republican in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.More >
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help a Republican preferred by the establishment in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.More >
  • Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:25:05 GMT
    Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark...More >
    Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in...More >
  • Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:15 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:15:26 GMT
    A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.More >
    A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the...More >
  • Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska

    Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:53:57 GMT
    Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska.More >
    Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska.More >
  • Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:35:09 GMT
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.More >
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.More >
  • No-fly list rules get changes

    No-fly list rules get changes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:16 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:16:47 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.More >
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.More >
  • Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

    Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:14:35 GMT
    Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story.More >
    Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story.More >
  • Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 05:24:33 GMT
    Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story.More >
    Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story.More >
  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:54:17 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.More >
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants...More >
  • Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary

    Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:03:49 GMT
    Wyoming's Mike Enzi has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate, beating four challengers as he seeks a fourth term.More >
    What had been shaping up as one of this year's most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi soundly beat four little-known Republican challengers in his...More >
  • Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:54 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:54:25 GMT
    Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."More >
    Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."More >
  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:06:41 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.More >
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.More >
  • Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

    Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-08-19 23:55:09 GMT
    More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.More >
    More than a dozen civil and human rights groups are appealing for openness in the investigation of the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.More >
  • AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:45:07 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.More >
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.More >
  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:45:53 GMT
    A government audit says an "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it.More >
    An "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday.More >
  • AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

    AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:04:30 GMT
    As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Rep. Paul Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs.More >
    At age 15, Paul Ryan was already feeling isolated from his father, who had grown distant from his family and leaned heavily on whiskey. Then one morning the future congressman found his alcoholic father in bed, dead from...More >
  • Many communities still mistrust police

    Many communities still mistrust police

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:44:45 GMT
    The shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson has magnified the distrust that can exist between police and some minority communities.More >
    For one night, all was well in Ferguson, Missouri. After a change in police command, violent protests decrying the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of white police officer Darren Wilson...More >
  • Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire

    Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:34:30 GMT
    The last time voters in New Hampshire saw Rick Perry, the Texas governor's 2012 presidential bid had fallen apart after a series of gaffes punctuated by a much-maligned stumble during a televised debate.More >
    The last time voters in New Hampshire saw Rick Perry, the Texas governor's 2012 presidential bid had fallen apart after a series of gaffes punctuated by a much-maligned stumble during a televised debate.More >
  • New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 18:14:31 GMT
    A new report by a respected international research group warns that armed groups in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying...More >
    Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed...More >
  • As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

    As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:23 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:23:43 GMT
    As President Barack Obama pleads for calm and understanding in Ferguson, Missouri, he's struggling to determine what role he can play - if any - as the nation's first black president in defusing the crisis.More >
    When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in...More >
  • Rove-backed Crossroads adds Colo. to fall TV plan

    Rove-backed Crossroads adds Colo. to fall TV plan

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:34:51 GMT
    The Republican establishment's favorite political machine is adding Colorado to the list of states where it will be advertising this fall.More >
    The Republican establishment's favorite political machine is adding Colorado to the states where it will be advertising this fall, booking more than $6 million in television time and taking its post-Labor Day media...More >
  • US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

    US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:14:57 GMT
    The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it.More >
    The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it.More >
  • Emanuel's critics scurry to find 2015 challenger

    Emanuel's critics scurry to find 2015 challenger

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-08-19 11:34:40 GMT
    Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a promise - some might say a threat - to tackle Chicago's many problems with...More >
    Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor's office with support from across the city, a nod from favorite son Barack Obama and a promise - some might say a threat - to tackle Chicago's many problems with the same...More >
  • Senate Democrats have $8M July, have $32M banked

    Senate Democrats have $8M July, have $32M banked

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:14 AM EDT2014-08-19 10:14:21 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm outraised its GOP rival again last month and now has $32 million saved to help endangered incumbents defend their narrow majority, committee officials said Tuesday.More >
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm outraised its GOP rival again last month and now has $32 million saved to help endangered incumbents defend their narrow majority, committee officials said Tuesday.More >
  • US won't reveal records on health website security

    US won't reveal records on health website security

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:36 AM EDT2014-08-19 09:36:50 GMT
    The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's signature health care website because doing so could "potentially"...More >
    After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the...More >
  • Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

    Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:55 AM EDT2014-08-19 06:55:23 GMT
    For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed - a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans.More >
    For most of his career, Jim Jeffords was one of a now all-but-vanished breed - a moderate-to-liberal Northeast Republican who championed the environment, education and the rights of disabled Americans.More >
  • House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked

    House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-08-19 03:54:29 GMT
    House Republicans trying to hold onto their majority are sitting on almost $48 million heading into what is already a costly fall campaign.More >
    House Democrats' uphill effort to oust Republicans from their majority is sitting on a $56.7 million pile of cash heading into what is shaping up to be a costly fall election season, campaign officials said Monday....More >
  • FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

    FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

    Monday, August 18 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-08-19 03:13:20 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat.More >
    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice Monday barring flights of U.S. planes over Syria, citing extremist groups equipped with anti-aircraft weapons that could pose a serious threat.More >
  • Obama: Time to review local police militarization

    Obama: Time to review local police militarization

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:33:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for a two-day break from a summer vacation during which airstrikes in Iraq and violent clashes in a St. Louis suburb intruded on his golf and...More >
    Calling for a sharp separation between the nation's armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with...More >
  • Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-08-18 23:15:17 GMT
    The Pentagon says a new round of 15 U.S. airstrikes near the Mosul dam in northern Iraq were justified because the dam's failure could trigger a humanitarian disaster.More >
    President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the...More >
  • Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:35:06 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile marks an important achievement in the effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.More >
    President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's...More >
  • Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:26:44 GMT
    Bill and Hillary Clinton will headline the annual steak fry for retiring Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, making a big return to the leadoff caucus state as the former secretary of state considers another presidential...More >
    Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline a high-profile fundraiser next month in the nation's first presidential caucus state of Iowa, creating a big campaign splash as Democrats scramble to hold a key Senate seat in...More >
  • Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

    Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:16:46 GMT
    A cabinet secretary for Bob McDonnell tells jurors she wasn't instructed to give preferential treatment to the owner of a dietary supplement company at the heart of the former governor's ongoing corruption...More >
    Former Gov. Bob McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife's erratic behavior, causing turmoil throughout the executive staff and nearly prompting a mass resignation among workers in the governor's mansion, a defense...More >
  • Attorney: Gov. Perry's booking will be public

    Attorney: Gov. Perry's booking will be public

    Monday, August 18 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:04:34 GMT
    A warrant won't be issued for the arrest of Gov. Rick Perry following his indictment on two felony charges of abuse of power.More >
    Attorneys for Texas Gov. Rick Perry say they don't know when he will be booked on abuse of power charges - but that it won't happen in secret.More >
  • Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri

    Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri

    Monday, August 18 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-18 20:53:19 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.More >
    President Barack Obama is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with federal law enforcement authorities investigating the police shooting of an unarmed teenager.More >
  • Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter

    Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:25:08 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is giving a hearty welcome to the man many Democrats hope will someday replace him.More >
    Vice President Joe Biden gave a hearty welcome Monday to the man many Democrats hope will someday replace him.More >
  • Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

    Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:25:04 GMT
    The former U.S. senator from Vermont who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent has died. James Jeffords was 80.More >
    Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80.More >
  • Government wants to make cars talk to each other

    Government wants to make cars talk to each other

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:55:04 GMT
    The Obama administration says it wants to require that future cars and trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.More >
    The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid...More >
  • USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-08-18 18:13:32 GMT
    A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she becomes an adult, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden.More >
    A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock.More >
  • No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

    No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

    Monday, August 18 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-18 16:14:20 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving ahead with plans to visit 2016 primary states and calling his indictment politically motivated as he faces two felony counts in his home state.More >
    A judge has decided not to issue an arrest warrant for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a court official said Monday, meaning the Republican can continue traveling the country and gearing up for a possible 2016 presidential run...More >
  • Obama on family vacation with just part of family

    Obama on family vacation with just part of family

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:23 AM EDT2014-08-18 07:23:47 GMT
    When President Barack Obama arrived on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard for vacation, he had just one of his two daughters with him.More >
    President Barack Obama started his vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard with just one of his daughters, and he may leave with just one of his daughters when the two-week getaway ends next weekend....More >
  • Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

    Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

    Monday, August 18 2014 2:14 AM EDT2014-08-18 06:14:20 GMT
    President Barack Obama is getting off the island.More >
    President Barack Obama is getting off the island.More >
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    Sunday, August 17 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 22:52:15 GMT
    The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign.More >
    The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam.More >
  • Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies

    Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies

    Sunday, August 17 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-08-17 20:52:49 GMT
    Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.More >
    Sophie Masloff, who rose from a tax clerk to become Pittsburgh's first female mayor, died Sunday. She was 96.More >
  • Defiant Perry defends veto that led to indictment

    Defiant Perry defends veto that led to indictment

    Sunday, August 17 2014 10:23 AM EDT2014-08-17 14:23:50 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is lashing out at the "outrageous" criminal charges filed against him and defending the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power.More >
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors.More >
  • US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

    US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

    Saturday, August 16 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-08-16 22:20:08 GMT
    U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.More >
    U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam.More >
  • Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

    Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

    Saturday, August 16 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-16 21:19:49 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Saturday that the indictment against him was an "outrageous" abuse of power and vowed to fight it.More >
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he's kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential...More >
  • Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

    Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

    Saturday, August 16 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-08-16 21:10:53 GMT
    Montana Democrats have selected a little-known state legislator as their replacement candidate for the U.S. Senate race against Republican Rep. Steve Daines after Sen. John Walsh dropped out.More >
    Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War...More >
  • Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

    Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

    Saturday, August 16 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-08-16 20:20:31 GMT
    As they form exploratory committees, consider the grueling prospect of a national campaign with their families and begin hiring staff in key presidential battleground states, three potential Republican White House...More >
    As they form exploratory committees, consider the grueling prospect of a national campaign with their families and begin hiring staff in key presidential battleground states, three potential Republican White House...More >
  • Boehner's fundraising skills evident during summer

    Boehner's fundraising skills evident during summer

    Saturday, August 16 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-08-16 17:50:11 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner's fundraising skills are in a class of their own, helping him raise more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helping to raise tens of millions more to help...More >
    House Speaker John Boehner's fundraising skills put him in a class with few others. He has scooped up more than $43 million for accounts under his direct control and helped amass tens of millions more for Republican...More >
  • GOP Senate campaign arm has more than $26M saved

    GOP Senate campaign arm has more than $26M saved

    Saturday, August 16 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-08-16 16:10:15 GMT
    Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $5 million last month and has almost $27 million ready to help candidates, committee aides said Saturday.More >
    Senate Republicans' campaign arm raised more than $5 million last month and has almost $27 million ready to help candidates, committee aides said Saturday.More >
  • Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

    Saturday, August 16 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-08-16 11:00:21 GMT
    Incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii on Friday. He proved he's not just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters.More >
    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz won a tense Democratic primary election in Hawaii, proving that he is no longer just a senator who was appointed to his seat - he has captured the confidence of Hawaii voters.More >
  • Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-08-16 07:51:06 GMT
    A steady flow of residents recovering from Tropical Storm Iselle began casting votes Friday to finally decide who wins Hawaii's Democratic U.S. Senate primary - a race expected to determine who will serve the...More >
    Sen. Brian Schatz beat U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Hawaii, closing out a tight, emotional race that went into overtime after a tropical storm kept some voters from the polls.More >
  • John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:50 AM EDT2014-08-16 07:50:53 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure...More >
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace...More >
  • Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

    Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-08-16 07:40:45 GMT
    When Anita Decker Breckenridge joined Barack Obama's Senate campaign in 2003, she drove the state lawmaker around Illinois in her car.More >
    President Barack Obama's top-ranking adviser on his vacation to Martha's Vineyard is a former Illinois political operative who drove him around the state during his Senate campaign a decade ago and then was his...More >
  • More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

    More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:09 AM EDT2014-08-16 07:09:51 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks...More >
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be...More >
  • Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

    Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

    Saturday, August 16 2014 1:20 AM EDT2014-08-16 05:20:22 GMT
    A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political,...More >
    A grand jury has indicted Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat - a case the possible 2016 presidential hopeful is dismissing as nakedly political, but...More >
  • White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

    White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-16 03:29:30 GMT
    The White House is looking into what it calls unconfirmed reports that Ukraine's security forces have disabled vehicles in a Russian military convoy inside Ukraine.More >
    The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian...More >
  • Sarah Palin endorses Joe Miller in Senate race

    Sarah Palin endorses Joe Miller in Senate race

    Friday, August 15 2014 11:21 PM EDT2014-08-16 03:21:08 GMT
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Joe Miller in this state's GOP U.S. Senate primary on Friday, one day after Miller referred to Palin as a "major inspiration" in a debate.More >
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Joe Miller in this state's GOP U.S. Senate primary on Friday, one day after Miller referred to Palin as a "major inspiration" in a debate.More >
  • Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

    Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:50 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:50:44 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.More >
    A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption - making the possible 2016...More >
  • Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

    Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

    Friday, August 15 2014 7:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 23:20:42 GMT
    One year after record-setting floods devastated Colorado, the disaster is taking center stage in the state's U.S. Senate race.More >
    One year after record-setting floods devastated Colorado, the disaster has taken center stage in the state's contentious U.S. Senate race.More >
  • Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

    Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:52:07 GMT
    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon...More >
    The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for...More >
  • Clinton's break with Obama on Syria what's next

    Clinton's break with Obama on Syria what's next

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:11:01 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks...More >
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's split with President Barack Obama over a foreign policy "organizing principle" isn't likely to be the last time differences emerge between the two. How she handles those breaks could be...More >
  • US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

    US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

    Friday, August 15 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-08-15 22:10:42 GMT
    U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group.More >
    U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group.More >
  • Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

    Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:20:30 GMT
    The Pentagon says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been "guaranteed" by his Russian counterpart that no Russian military personnel were involved in a humanitarian convoy that approached Ukraine's eastern border.More >
    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu "guaranteed" Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday that no Russian troops are involved in the transport of humanitarian relief supplies to eastern Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said.More >
  • Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

    Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

    Friday, August 15 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-08-15 21:20:25 GMT
    Jeb Bush is lending his political star power to embattled Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race for re-election in the nation's largest swing-voting state.More >
    Jeb Bush is lending his political star power to embattled Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is locked in a tight race for re-election in the nation's largest swing-voting state.More >
  • War college begins review into senator's work

    War college begins review into senator's work

    Friday, August 15 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-08-15 18:31:30 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete.More >
    A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete.More >
  • Ex-Eagle Cobb running for Congress in New Jersey

    Ex-Eagle Cobb running for Congress in New Jersey

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-08-15 17:42:44 GMT
    Garry Cobb spent more than a decade as a pro football player tackling opponents on the field. Now, the former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker-turned-radio-personality is taking on one of New Jersey's most...More >
    Garry Cobb spent more than a decade as a pro football player tackling opponents on the field. Now, the former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker-turned-radio-personality is taking on one of New Jersey's most powerful...More >
  • Obama to visit Estonia in September

    Obama to visit Estonia in September

    Friday, August 15 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-08-15 14:12:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia in September as part of U.S. efforts to reaffirm security commitments to Baltic nations following Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine.More >
    President Barack Obama will travel to Estonia in September as part of U.S. efforts to reaffirm security commitments to Baltic nations following Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine.More >
  • Obama steps into another racially charged incident

    Obama steps into another racially charged incident

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-08-15 07:22:40 GMT
    For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president.More >
    For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president.More >
  • Obama's involvement in 3 racially charged cases

    Obama's involvement in 3 racially charged cases

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-08-15 07:10:53 GMT
    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama has called for peace and calm in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot over the weekend by a...More >
    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama has called for peace and calm in Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot over the weekend by a white...More >
  • Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

    Friday, August 15 2014 3:10 AM EDT2014-08-15 07:10:13 GMT
    A Democratic congressman plans to introduce a bill to restrict a Defense Department program that provides machine guns and other surplus military equipment for free to local law enforcement agencies across the...More >
    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that...More >
  • Miller says he'll back Alaska GOP Senate nominee

    Miller says he'll back Alaska GOP Senate nominee

    Friday, August 15 2014 1:09 AM EDT2014-08-15 05:09:36 GMT
    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller says he will support the eventual GOP nominee if he doesn't win Tuesday's primary.More >
    Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Joe Miller said he will support the eventual GOP nominee if he doesn't win Tuesday's primary.More >
  • Challengers line up Wyoming's US senator

    Challengers line up Wyoming's US senator

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:09 AM EDT2014-08-15 04:09:48 GMT
    Sen. Mike Enzi says his son didn't benefit from the senator's position in landing a job with a company that received almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a carbon-capture project...More >
    Sen. Mike Enzi said his son didn't benefit from the senator's position in landing a job with a company that received almost $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a carbon-capture project that...More >
  • Battle for obscure Nevada office all about 2016

    Battle for obscure Nevada office all about 2016

    Thursday, August 14 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-08-15 03:29:35 GMT
    Normally a lieutenant governor's race doesn't draw much attention. But Nevada insiders are captivated by the contest between Republican State Sen. Mark Hutchison and Democratic Assemblywoman Lucy Flores.More >
    Like most lieutenant governors, the No. 2 executive in Nevada doesn't have much to do most days. So why are Harry Reid and Brian Sandoval so involved in the battle over the office this fall?More >
  • Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

    Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

    Thursday, August 14 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-08-15 02:02:12 GMT
    The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment...More >
    The federal panel that sets sentencing policy announced Thursday that it plans in the coming year to consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes.More >
  • Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:19:49 GMT
    Two U.S. officials say that roughly 4,500 people remain atop northern Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, and nearly half are herders who lived there before the siege and have no interest in being evacuated.More >
    President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands...More >
  • US commends al-Maliki for stepping aside

    US commends al-Maliki for stepping aside

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:19:41 GMT
    The White House is commending Iraq's incumbent prime minister for stepping aside.More >
    The Obama administration commended Iraq's incumbent prime minister Thursday for stepping aside, calling it a milestone that sets the stage for a peaceful transition of power that could unite Iraqis against the security...More >
  • Holder promises Brown family a full investigation

    Holder promises Brown family a full investigation

    Thursday, August 14 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-15 00:29:22 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder says he's concerned that the use of military equipment by police in Ferguson, Missouri, is sending a "conflicting message."More >
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday promised the family of an unarmed black teenager shot by police in Missouri a full, independent civil rights investigation of his death.More >
  • Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

    Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:00:58 GMT
    A military judge says he's concerned about the pace of the complex case involving five Guantanamo prisoners accused of plotting the Sept. 11 terror attacks.More >
    The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of...More >
  • Chuck Todd taking over NBC's 'Meet the Press'

    Chuck Todd taking over NBC's 'Meet the Press'

    Thursday, August 14 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-14 23:00:38 GMT
    Embattled "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory is tweeting that he is leaving NBC.More >
    Embattled "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory is leaving NBC News and Chuck Todd will replace him on the venerable Sunday morning public affairs program, NBC said Thursday.More >
  • Report: FBI improves national security letter use

    Report: FBI improves national security letter use

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:39:39 GMT
    The Justice Department watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better.More >
    The Justice Department's watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better.More >
  • VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

    Thursday, August 14 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-08-14 22:21:51 GMT
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is in the process of holding employees accountable for failing to properly do their jobs amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other...More >
    The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to...More >
  • For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

    For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:55:06 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed on the situation in a St. Louis suburb where police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel protesters.More >
    For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as the nation's first black president.More >
  • IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

    IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:10:09 GMT
    A government investigator says the IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud...More >
    The IRS failed to do background checks on some private contractors who handled confidential taxpayer information, exposing more than a million taxpayers to an increased risk of fraud and identity theft, a government...More >
  • Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

    Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

    Thursday, August 14 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-08-14 21:01:15 GMT
    Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and...More >
    Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and closely...More >
  • Media groups present petition supporting reporter

    Media groups present petition supporting reporter

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:03:15 GMT
    Organizations that advocate for news media have presented the Justice Department with a petition in support of New York Times reporter James Risen.More >
    Organizations that advocate for news media have presented the Justice Department with a petition in support of New York Times reporter James Risen.More >
  • Obama confers on Ebola with African leaders

    Obama confers on Ebola with African leaders

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:09:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama has told the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone that the U.S. is committed to working to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.More >
    President Barack Obama has told the leaders of Liberia and Sierra Leone that the U.S. is committed to working to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.More >
  • Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain

    Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain

    Thursday, August 14 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-08-14 17:12:47 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.More >
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. has broken Islamic militants' siege on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain, but that airstrikes will continue.More >
  • It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

    It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-08-14 16:39:53 GMT
    It's a jungle out there in campaign television advertising.More >
    It's a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would.More >
  • Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-08-14 07:19:42 GMT
    The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far...More >
    The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken,...More >
  • Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

    Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

    Thursday, August 14 2014 12:00 AM EDT2014-08-14 04:00:07 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her presence felt on President Barack Obama's summer vacation - in more ways than one.More >
    In yet another twist in their complex and heavily scrutinized relationship, Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Barack Obama did their best to shrug off their differences Wednesday as they gathered together on...More >
  • US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-08-14 02:29:11 GMT
    A Pentagon official says a team of U.S. Army Special Forces were flown atop Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq to get a firsthand look at possible ways to rescue stranded Iraqi civilians suffering from thirst and...More >
    Far fewer refugees remain on Iraq's Sinjar Mountain and a U.S.-led rescue mission is far less likely, U.S. officials said Wednesday night.More >
  • US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

    US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-08-14 00:38:52 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will make a decision within days about whether to send the U.S. military to rescue Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain.More >
    Crediting U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid, the Obama administration said Wednesday many trapped Iraqis have fled a mountain where they had sought refuge from militants, making it less likely the military would have to...More >
  • VA referrals to private doctors on rise

    VA referrals to private doctors on rise

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-08-13 22:50:45 GMT
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over long patient waits and falsified appointment records at...More >
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over lengthy patient waiting times at many VA hospitals and clinics and falsified appointment...More >
  • Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

    Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:32:30 GMT
    The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail.More >
    In a story Aug. 11 about U.S. Postal Service Revenues, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the agency blamed its $2 billion loss for the quarter ending June 30 on increases in compensation and benefit costs....More >
  • Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

    Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-08-13 21:19:33 GMT
    The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of drug prisoners. Now defense lawyers hope white-collar criminals could be next in line to benefit.More >
    The federal panel that sets sentencing policy eased penalties this year for potentially tens of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders. Now, defense lawyers and prisoner advocates are pushing for similar treatment for a...More >
  • Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

    Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:49:09 GMT
    A new report says the National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyber-attacks from foreign countries without any human involvement.More >
    The National Security Agency secretly planned a cyberwarfare program that could automatically fire back at cyberattacks from foreign countries without any human involvement, creating the risk of accidentally starting a...More >
  • US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

    US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:39:31 GMT
    U.S. military officials say a drone aircraft attacked and destroyed an armed truck operated by Islamic militants west of the village of Sinjar in northern Iraq.More >
    U.S. military officials say a drone aircraft attacked and destroyed an armed truck operated by Islamic militants west of the village of Sinjar in northern Iraq.More >
  • Obama speaks to Israel's Netanyahu amid cease-fire

    Obama speaks to Israel's Netanyahu amid cease-fire

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:39:29 GMT
    President Barack Obama has been consulting by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip nears expiration.More >
    President Barack Obama has consulted by telephone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a 72-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip nears expiration.More >
  • Senate Dems' campaign arms starts $9M ad buy in NC

    Senate Dems' campaign arms starts $9M ad buy in NC

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:30:24 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm is spending more than $9 million on TV ads in North Carolina's tight Senate race.More >
    Senate Democrats unleashed on Wednesday the first piece of a $9.1 million North Carolina advertising blitz that criticizes GOP hopeful Thom Tillis for making deep cuts to education spending and providing tax breaks for his...More >
  • American at NKorea labor camp gets consular visit

    American at NKorea labor camp gets consular visit

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:18:59 GMT
    The State Department says the Swedish Embassy in North Korea has visited a detained American at a labor camp.More >
    The State Department says the Swedish Embassy in North Korea has visited a detained American at a labor camp.More >
  • House candidate's first vote is one for himself

    House candidate's first vote is one for himself

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:09:07 GMT
    The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House.More >
    The first time Art Moore cast a ballot, he filled in the bubble next to his name in California's June primary for a seat in the U.S. House.More >
  • Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

    Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:09:04 GMT
    Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.More >
    Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Wednesday he isn't ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016, but any decision would wait until next year.More >
  • All Sept. 11 suspects back on same trial schedule

    All Sept. 11 suspects back on same trial schedule

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-08-13 20:01:54 GMT
    A war-crimes judge at Guantanamo Bay is pondering the way forward for five detainees accused in the Sept. 11 attacks after ordering a separate trial for one of them.More >
    A military judge put a Guantanamo prisoner charged in the Sept. 11 attacks back on the same trial schedule as his four co-defendants Wednesday after hearing arguments about issues that have bogged down the case for months.More >
  • Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

    Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-08-13 19:01:33 GMT
    Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says he is not ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016.More >
    Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says he is not ruling out joining the field of Republicans running for president in 2016.More >
  • Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

    Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:01 PM EDT2014-08-13 17:01:09 GMT
    Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed...More >
    Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide - and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist...More >
  • Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

    Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-08-13 15:44:18 GMT
    More than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 were released strictly for budget reasons by immigration agency officials who kept the homeland security secretary in the dark about the plan.More >
    More than 2,000 immigrants facing deportation in 2013 were released strictly for budget reasons by immigration agency officials who kept the homeland security secretary in the dark about the plan.More >
  • Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans

    Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 3:28 AM EDT2014-08-13 07:28:44 GMT
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.More >
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.More >
  • Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials

    Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials

    Wednesday, August 13 2014 1:58 AM EDT2014-08-13 05:58:26 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a brief visit to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he'll meet the tiny nation's leaders and commemorate the ferocious WWII battles fought on...More >
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit Wednesday to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, where he met the tiny nation's leaders and commemorated the ferocious World War II battles fought on Guadalcanal.More >
  • US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

    US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-08-13 03:18:52 GMT
    A senior U.S. defense official says the Pentagon is considering sending more military advisers to Iraq.More >
    Another 130 U.S. troops arrived in Iraq on Tuesday on what the Pentagon described as a temporary mission to assess the scope of the humanitarian crisis facing thousands of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar...More >
  • Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

    Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-08-13 02:21:46 GMT
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.More >
    Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq.More >
  • US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

    US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-08-12 23:49:04 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Iraq's new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government and says the U.S. is prepared to offer additional aid in the fight against Islamic State militants.More >
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iraq's new leaders on Tuesday to work quickly to form an inclusive government and said the U.S. is prepared to offer significant additional aid in the fight against Islamic...More >
  • Obama administration eases part of lobbying rule

    Obama administration eases part of lobbying rule

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-08-12 23:17:47 GMT
    The Obama administration is easing a key part of its rule restricting lobbyists from serving in government.More >
    The Obama administration is easing a key part of its rule restricting lobbyists from serving in government.More >
  • AP exam grants: how much each state is receiving

    AP exam grants: how much each state is receiving

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-12 22:08:20 GMT
    A look at how much each state received in Education Department grants to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. The grant covers advanced placement exams administered by the College...More >
    By The Associated Press A look at how much each state received in Education Department grants to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students. The grant covers advanced placement...More >
  • Obama: Teen's death has prompted 'strong passions'

    Obama: Teen's death has prompted 'strong passions'

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-08-12 22:00:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama says that while the shooting death of a Missouri teenager has prompted "strong passions," people should remember Michael Brown through "reflection and understanding."More >
    President Barack Obama says that while the shooting death of a Missouri teenager has prompted "strong passions," people should remember Michael Brown through "reflection and understanding."More >
  • Watchdog: Officials didn't OK immigrant releases

    Watchdog: Officials didn't OK immigrant releases

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:48:00 GMT
    The Obama administration wrongly denied for weeks in 2013 that it had released more than 2,000 immigrants from jails because lower-ranking government officials failed to notify the Homeland Security secretary they...More >
    The Obama administration wrongly denied for weeks in 2013 that it had released more than 2,000 immigrants from jails because lower-ranking government officials failed to notify the Homeland Security secretary they were...More >
  • States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

    States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:38 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:38:00 GMT
    The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.More >
    The Education Department said Tuesday that it was awarding $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.More >
  • Clinton making amends with Obama after critique

    Clinton making amends with Obama after critique

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-08-12 21:18:20 GMT
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton once was President Barack Obama's top diplomat, but she is now laying out some foreign policy disagreements.More >
    After distancing herself from some of President Barack Obama's foreign policy, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her ex-boss Tuesday to try to smooth things over and planned on "hugging it out" in...More >
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-08-12 20:49:05 GMT
    The administration is warning hundreds of thousands of consumers they risk losing taxpayer-subsidized health insurance unless they act quickly to resolve issues about their citizenship and immigration status.More >
    Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The...More >
  • Bitterness defining Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Bitterness defining Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-12 20:00:28 GMT
    Alaska Republican Joe Miller says he has no plans to run as a third-party candidate for U.S. Senate should he lose in next week's GOP primary.More >
    Needing to net six seats in November to regain control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans ought to be able to count on reliably conservative Alaska as something of a gimme.More >
  • House campaign groups start $75M ad push

    House campaign groups start $75M ad push

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-12 19:38:58 GMT
    Both parties' House campaign arms began a $75 million ad blitz that will continue until November's elections.More >
    Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties' House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November's elections.More >
  • Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers

    Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:58:35 GMT
    Journalist and scientific organizations say the Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through...More >
    Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information...More >
  • Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

    Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:30:58 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada.More >
    The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the situation in Iraq with the leaders of Turkey and Canada.More >
  • States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

    States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-12 18:18:52 GMT
    The Education Department is announcing $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.More >
    The Education Department is announcing $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.More >
  • US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

    US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-12 14:48:52 GMT
    U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.More >
    U.S. military officials say an armed American drone has attacked and destroyed a mortar position of Islamic militants in northern Iraq.More >
  • DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

    DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 5:00 AM EDT2014-08-12 09:00:16 GMT
    The Associated Press has learned that the Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers. The DEA could have...More >
    The Drug Enforcement Administration paid an Amtrak employee hundreds of thousands of dollars over two decades to obtain confidential information it could have gotten for free, according to internal investigators at the...More >
  • John Kerry stayed at US-blacklisted Myanmar hotel

    John Kerry stayed at US-blacklisted Myanmar hotel

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:38 AM EDT2014-08-12 08:38:05 GMT
    The U.S. says Secretary of State John Kerry wasn't breaking any rules when he stayed in a hotel owned by a tycoon blacklisted by the U.S. because of ties with Myanmar's former military regime.More >
    The U.S. says Secretary of State John Kerry did not break any rules when he stayed in a glitzy hotel owned by a tycoon blacklisted because of ties to Myanmar's former military regime.More >
  • US sees hope for easing of Ukraine tensions

    US sees hope for easing of Ukraine tensions

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-08-12 08:28:47 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is hopeful diplomacy can ease tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Moscow's insistence on sending humanitarian aid to pro-Russian areas of...More >
    The Obama administration is cautiously hopeful diplomacy can ease tensions between Ukraine and Russia over Moscow's insistence on sending humanitarian aid to pro-Russian areas of eastern Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of...More >
  • US, Australia sign military cooperation pact

    US, Australia sign military cooperation pact

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-08-12 07:18:07 GMT
    The U.S. and Australia signed an agreement Tuesday that will allow the two countries' militaries to train and work better together as U.S. Marines and airmen deploy in and out of the country.More >
    The U.S. and Australia signed an agreement Tuesday that will allow the two countries' militaries to train and work better together as U.S. Marines and airmen deploy in and out of the country.More >
  • Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

    Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

    Tuesday, August 12 2014 12:16 AM EDT2014-08-12 04:16:38 GMT
    A Spanish missionary priest is the third Westerner with Ebola to be treated with an experimental drug that's never been tested in people and is said to be in very limited supply.More >
    An experimental Ebola drug has been used to treat two American aid workers and a Spanish missionary priest. Could Liberian doctors be next?More >
  • Storm victims likely to decide Hawaii Senate race

    Storm victims likely to decide Hawaii Senate race

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-08-12 02:19:42 GMT
    The storm-beaten seaside communities on Hawaii's Big Island are fighting to restore electricity and running water - and likely deciding who will hold the state's U.S. Senate seat.More >
    Robert Gavel was too busy Monday helping a crew repair a home savaged by Tropical Storm Iselle to consider that his hard-hit community on Hawaii's Big Island would likely decide who would become the state's next...More >
  • US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq

    US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-12 01:57:22 GMT
    The U.S. is deploying a disaster response team to Iraq help distribute humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in the fresh wave of violence in the country's north.More >
    The U.S. is delivering food, water and aid teams to try to help tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes in Iraq in the fresh wave of violence in the country's north.More >
  • Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

    Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

    Monday, August 11 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-08-12 01:37:40 GMT
    President Obama is calling Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most."More >
    President Obama called Robin Williams "one of a kind" who shared his talent "freely and generously with those who needed it most."More >
  • Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

    Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

    Monday, August 11 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-08-12 00:09:24 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama is being briefed by his national security team on the latest military and political developments in Iraq and the situations in Ukraine and Gaza.More >
    Foreign policy crises have a way of intruding on President Barack Obama's Martha's Vineyard vacations.More >
  • Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward'

    Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward'

    Monday, August 11 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-08-11 23:58:50 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say the Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in Iraq.More >
    President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government.More >
  • US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

    US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

    Monday, August 11 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-11 22:18:10 GMT
    U.S. military officials say American fighter aircraft struck and destroyed several vehicles Sunday that were part of an Islamic State group convoy moving to attack Kurdish forces defending the northeastern Iraqi...More >
    U.S. fighter jets have carried out airstrikes on four checkpoints manned by Sunni militants in northwest Iraq near where thousands of minority Yazidi refugees have been trapped on a mountain to escape violence.More >
  • Clinton distinguishes herself from Obama policies

    Clinton distinguishes herself from Obama policies

    Monday, August 11 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-11 22:18:08 GMT
    Laying out a foreign policy vision ahead of a possible run for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton made her most aggressive effort yet to distinguish herself from her former boss, President Barack Obama, rebuking his...More >
    Laying out a foreign policy vision ahead of a possible run for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton made her most aggressive effort yet to distinguish herself from her former boss, President Barack Obama, rebuking his...More >
  • Holder says Missouri shooting deserves review

    Holder says Missouri shooting deserves review

    Monday, August 11 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-11 21:30:02 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb deserves a full review.More >
    Attorney General Eric Holder says the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb deserves a full review.More >
  • Correction: GOP-2016-Social Conservatives story

    Correction: GOP-2016-Social Conservatives story

    Monday, August 11 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-11 19:58:38 GMT
    More than 1,000 people are expected at a daylong religious conference in Iowa - several of them potential candidates for the Republican nomination for president.More >
    In a story Aug. 9 about potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates attending a conservative summit in Iowa, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Sen. Ted Cruz said the country should "appeal Obamacare." Cruz said...More >
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