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  • GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

    GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

    Sunday, April 20 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 20:52:53 GMT
    The House Republican campaign committee says it raised almost $10 million in March and has $31 million in the bank to defend the GOP's majority.
    The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.
  • Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:43:39 GMT
    John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.
    John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.
  • Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

    Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service

    Sunday, April 20 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-04-20 18:32:48 GMT
    President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.
    President Barack Obama may have expected a quiet Easter, but his presence rallied a congregation eager to greet him and his family to the front of the church.
  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:52:41 GMT
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:13:59 GMT
    A study paid for by the federal government says biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term.
    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil...
  • Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:03:30 GMT
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
    People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's...
  • Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-20 17:03:16 GMT
    The outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law is getting better, with more people enrolled overall and a much-needed surge of interest among young adults.
    A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama's health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.
  • Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Sunday, April 20 2014 12:13 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:13:20 GMT
    New partial results released in Afghanistan's presidential election show candidate Abdullah Abdullah still is the front-runner, though a runoff election will be likely.
    Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a...
  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-20 15:02:40 GMT
    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are calling Sunday for stronger sanctions against Russia
    Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United...
  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

    Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

    Sunday, April 20 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 14:53:50 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the...
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:33:14 GMT
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:33:11 GMT
    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.
    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.
  • Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:33 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:33:03 GMT
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
    Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
  • Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

    Obama signs bill aimed at blocking Iran's UN envoy

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:32 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:32:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says...
    President Barack Obama signed legislation Friday aimed at blocking Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. But the president says he's...
  • US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:34:26 GMT
    A Western official says the United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks.
    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup...
  • Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

    Mrs. Obama to appear on May episode of 'Nashville'

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:42:09 GMT
    Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.
    Michelle Obama is going a little bit country.
  • Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:52:18 GMT
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.
  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:42:40 GMT
    Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.
    Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.
  • A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:52 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:52:08 GMT
    "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.
    "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.
  • From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    From Clinton to Obama, many parallels

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-04-19 04:22:42 GMT
    The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

    White House on deport Bieber petition: No comment

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:21:15 GMT
    The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.
    The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.
  • DNC raises $10.3M in March, has $14M in debt

    DNC raises $10.3M in March, has $14M in debt

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:32:28 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt.
    The Democratic National Committee raised $10.3 million last month but still has more than $14 million in debt.
  • US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:32:21 GMT
    The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit.
    The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.
  • Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:31:57 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.
    The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.
  • Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

    Baucus casts wide shadow over Montana Senate race

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:11:52 GMT
    Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate.
    Max Baucus' decision not to seek re-election to the Senate after 35 years opened the door for Republicans to pick up one of the six Democratic seats they need to recapture control of the Senate. But his early...
  • Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

    Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:51:13 GMT
    The Supreme Court has declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals.
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.
  • White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    White House makes economics focus of Asia trip

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:41:42 GMT
    The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region.
    The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the...
  • After Algerian landslide, what next?

    After Algerian landslide, what next?

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:21:52 GMT
    Algerian officials say President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has won a fourth term in office with a landslide 81 percent of the vote.
    Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation - what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the...
  • Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

    Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:42:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.
    President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.
  • Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

    Appeals court rejects challenge on cement plants

    Friday, April 18 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 18:21:56 GMT
    A federal appeals court has turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.
    A federal appeals court on Friday turned aside a challenge by environmental groups to an air pollution standard for cement plants.
  • Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

    Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:41:08 GMT
    Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.
    Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.
  • In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

    In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:21:10 GMT
    Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving...
    Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of...
  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-18 17:12:46 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's publisher says her upcoming book on her role as President Barack Obama's secretary of state will be called "Hard Choices."
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state...
  • Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Walker's challenger doesn't focus on union rights

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:00:54 GMT
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when...
    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was...
  • UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    UK opposition party hires top Obama adviser

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:31:26 GMT
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.
    Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod - a key figure behind Barack Obama's two presidential victories - to help with its leader's election bid next year.
  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Friday, April 18 2014 1:01 AM EDT2014-04-18 05:01:04 GMT
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of...
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and...
  • 2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:40 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:40:27 GMT
    The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia (AN'-toh-nihn skuh-LEE'-uh) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the...
    The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect.
  • Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:00:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow...
    President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't...
  • Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

    Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

    Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent.
    The main opposition candidate in Algeria's presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced.
  • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-04-17 23:11:45 GMT
    Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.
    For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.
  • IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

    IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnerships

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:31:04 GMT
    A new government report says the Internal Revenue Service audits less than 1 percent of large partnerships, drawing criticism from Congress.
    The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.
  • Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:31:37 GMT
    Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the...
    Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still call their hometown, state and local officials aren't taking for granted that the Windy City...
  • Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

    Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now

    Ukraine is seeking to pacify Russia even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what Washington says are Russian efforts to foment unrest in the former Soviet state.
    In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by...
  • Gov't: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

    Gov't: Case against a Blackwater guard in jeopardy

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:23:39 GMT
    The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad...
    The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly...
  • Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    Michelle Obama: High school diploma is not enough

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:02:37 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama says a high school education is not enough in today's global economy.
    It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation.
  • President defending health law good for some Dems

    President defending health law good for some Dems

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.
    President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.
  • Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine

    Obama: No US military involvement in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:31:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.
    President Barack Obama is repeating his position that involving the U.S. military in Ukraine is not an option he is considering.
  • Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

    Obama disputes GOP version of immigration call

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:22:24 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.
    President Barack Obama says he's surprised that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is accusing him of failing to work with Congress on immigration.
  • Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

    Obama hopeful on Ukraine, will watch Russians

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:10:27 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.
    President Barack Obama says he hopes Russia lives up to its agreement with Ukraine but adds that Russia's previous actions give him concern.
  • Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

    Obama sends condolences on S Korea ferry disaster

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:00:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.
    President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week.
  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

    Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:10:10 GMT
    A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three...
    A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed...
  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    Thursday, April 17 2014 3:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 19:00:31 GMT
    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.
    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.
  • Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

    Budget office: Wage boost would cost firms $15B

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:40:57 GMT
    The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.
    A Senate Democratic bill gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would require private businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries when it takes full effect in 2017, the Congressional Budget...
  • Turkey increases spy agency's powers

    Turkey increases spy agency's powers

    Turkey's parliament looks set to pass a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It is the latest in a string of moves critics say is undermining democracy in the country...
    Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's...
  • Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial

    Ex-Senegalese president's son to face graft trial

    An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multi-million dollar fortune.
    An official says the son of Senegal's former president will be tried for illicit enrichment following an investigation into how he amassed his multimillion-dollar fortune.
  • War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

    War of words in Northwestern-athletes' union fight

    Thursday, April 17 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-04-17 18:01:53 GMT
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes...
    Northwestern University and a group trying to unionize college athletes are trading accusations as the National Labor Relations Board considers the school's appeal of a federal ruling that scholarship athletes...
  • Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

    Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:10 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:10:41 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.
    Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.
  • Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

    Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

    Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?
    As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime.
  • US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    US sending nonlethal aid to Ukraine military

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:00:36 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. will send nonlethal assistance to Ukraine's military in light of what he called Russia's ongoing destabilizing actions there.
    The U.S. will send medical supplies, helmets and other nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military in response to Russia's "dangerously irresponsible" efforts to destabilize the country, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said...
  • Obama says wounded bikers are an inspiration

    Obama says wounded bikers are an inspiration

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:22:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the site of wounded veterans biking at the White House is a mark of how far they've come.
    President Barack Obama says the site of wounded veterans biking at the White House is a mark of how far they've come.
  • US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

    US sanctions government official in Zimbabwe

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:21:58 GMT
    The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.
    The Treasury Department is sanctioning a government official and others in Zimbabwe for allegedly undermining democracy in the southern African nation.
  • Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

    Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:09:49 GMT
    The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her...
    The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with...
  • Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies

    Snowden questions Putin on surveillance policies

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:49:42 GMT
    Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from...
    Several hours into Vladimir Putin's televised call-in show, one of the TV anchors interrupted viewers' questions to air what she said was a "sensational video" for the Russian president: a message from Edward Snowden.
  • UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

    UnitedHealth's 1Q profit tumbles 8 percent

    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer UnitedHealth Group says its first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as fees and funding cuts from the health care overhaul helped dent the performance of the...
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health...
  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals

    A year after background check defeat, modest goals

    A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama's drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda.
    Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers...
  • India struggles with rebel threats during election

    India struggles with rebel threats during election

    Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of...
    Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of...
  • Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

    Obama praises Biden, but doesn't endorse for 2016

    President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House.
    President Barack Obama is keeping to himself his favorite to succeed him in the White House.
  • Little government response to bombing a year later

    Little government response to bombing a year later

    A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism...
    A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that...
  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

    Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

    Democrats in the nation's largest swing-state see the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year's midterm elections.
    Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections.
  • Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

    Report projects health care costs to dip slightly

    A new government report says the Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought.
    The Affordable Care Act's health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday.
  • Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

    Freight train industry to miss safety deadline

    Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said...
    Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday.
  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    Some Democrats say it's time for their party to openly embrace the president's health care law now that better news surrounds it.
    The outlook for the president's health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it's time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.
  • Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

    Consumer groups win appeal to reveal Company Doe

    A federal appeals court is siding with consumer groups in a fight to reveal the identity of the manufacturer in a product safety case linked to a child's death.
    We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer - only known now as "Company Doe" - in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.
  • US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    US readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

    The United States is working on a package of non-lethal aid for Ukraine that could include medical supplies and clothing, but would stop short of providing body armor and other military-style equipment, U.S....
    The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian...
  • Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

    Cantor blasts Obama for immigration attack on GOP

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is criticizing President Barack Obama for attacking the same lawmakers he's supposed to be working with on immigration.
  • Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

    Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people...
    Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help...
  • US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

    US judge overturns 6-week abortion ban

    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
    A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
  • Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Jill Biden promotes Post-9/11 GI Bill website

    Vice President Joe Biden's wife is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill at...
    Jill Biden is promoting a new website designed to make it easier for service members, veterans, their spouses and dependents to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits at thousands of schools and job training programs.
  • Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next...
    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month.
  • US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

    US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions

    A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits...
    A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow...
  • Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

    Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network

    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls,...
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he...
  • Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.
    Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.
  • Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    Arkansas voter ID law challenged in court by ACLU

    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next...
    A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time state-wide in the primary election next month.
  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

    Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama

    Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular...
    Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President...
  • Clinton White House documents to be released

    Clinton White House documents to be released

    The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.
    The National Archives is scheduled to release about 7,500 pages of documents on Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration.
  • Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    Jordanian jets strike vehicles on Syrian border

    Jordan's army says the country's air force has attacked cars that were at the kingdom's border with neighboring Syria.
    Jordanian military warplanes struck a convoy of vehicles as they were trying to enter Jordan from Syria, the army said in a statement Wednesday, in an unusual move at a time of tensions between the desert kingdom and...
  • Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

    Female Afghan lawmaker wounded in shooting attack

    An Afghan policeman has opened fire and wounded a female lawmaker in the country's capital, Kabul, during what authorities described as a "dispute" between the two.
    A female Afghan lawmaker was wounded in a shooting that her sister called a political attack, but which the government on Wednesday described as resulting from an undetermined personal dispute with a police officer.
  • End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

    End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

    Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror...
    Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terrorism...
  • House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

    House Democrats' committee sitting on $40M fund

    Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in...
    Donors gave more than $10 million in March to the committee tasked with electing House Democrats and helped it amass a $40 million fund to fight skepticism that Republicans can be ousted from their majority in November.
  • Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

    Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

    President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.
    President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.
  • New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

    New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

    The New York Police Department says it has disbanded a special unit whose efforts to try to detect terror threats in Muslim communities through secret surveillance sparked outrage.
    A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016

    Sen. Ted Cruz: Too early to worry about 2016

    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year.
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says it's too early to be thinking about 2016 and that he's working right now to make sure his party regains control of the Senate this year.
  • Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

    Democrats have outside money advantage - for now

    Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to political organizations for November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already...
    Deep-pocketed donors are turning over multimillion-dollar checks to influence November's elections, and the sums raised by the national parties and their super PAC allies are already approaching the $1 billion mark,...
  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    The U.S. transportation secretary says indecision by Congress about how to pay for programs is again threatening to set back or shut down road and transit projects across the country. That could result in...
    On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects...
  • Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor

    Former Army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor

    President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.
    President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sergeant Kyle J. White, who put his own life at risk in an hours-long effort to save fellow service members during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.
  • Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    Obama congratulates UConn on NCAA dominance

    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments.
    President Barack Obama has congratulated the University of Connecticut's men's and women's basketball teams on winning last week's NCAA tournaments.
  • AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

    AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability

    Diplomats say the U.N. will certify later this week that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been reduced because it has neutralized half of its material that can be turned quickly into weapons-grade...
    The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into...
  • Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

    Obama cuts sentence with typo, plans more clemency

    President Barack Obama is commuting the sentence of an inmate who got a longer prison sentence because of a typo.
    President Barack Obama on Tuesday cut prison time for a drug convict sentenced to more than three extra years because of a typographical error in a court order.
  • In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

    In Uganda, a nurse is accused of spreading HIV

    Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was...
    Goaded by journalists who wanted a clear view of her face, the Ugandan nurse looked dazed and on the verge of tears. The Ugandan press had dubbed her "the killer nurse," after the HIV-infected medical worker was accused of...
  • 5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    5 Things to Know about Tax Day

    By The Associated Press The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.
    By The Associated Press The deadline for filing taxes is midnight Tuesday. Here are five things to consider as the deadline nears.
  • Court upholds EPA emission standards

    Court upholds EPA emission standards

    A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.
  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly

    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain...
    Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to...
  • Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders

    Obama discusses immigration with faith leaders

    President Barack Obama has told religious leaders that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws.
    President Barack Obama told religious leaders Tuesday that he has no plans to make unilateral changes to the nation's immigration laws while there's still a window for Congress to pass legislation.
  • Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

    Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

    President Barack Obama is observing the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing with a moment of silence at the White House.
    President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office.
  • Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

    Union fights push to hire private tax collectors

    A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.
    A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.
  • US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

    US eyes more action against Russia if talks fail

    The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.
    The State Department says the U.S. is eyeing a new round of sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, but any new move against Moscow is unlikely until after a diplomatic meeting later this week in Geneva.
  • Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

    Grimes raised $2.7 million in first quarter

    Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.
    Alison Lundergan Grimes raised more money than Mitch McConnell in the past three months, but the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate still trails the Senate Republican leader by a 2-to-1 margin in available funds.
  • Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

    Syrian forces try seize rebel-held areas of Homs

    Syrian state media say rebels have fired mortars rounds into predominantly Christian districts of the capital that exploded near schools, killing one child and injuring 41 others.
    Syrian forces tried to seize rebel-held areas of Homs on Tuesday, with fighters weakened by defections and cut supply lines, in some of the fiercest fighting in the central city for months, activists said.
  • Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

    Walker kicks off re-election campaign with rallies

    Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of...
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker, touting nearly $2 billion in tax cuts over the past three years and the addition of more than 100,000 jobs, officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a series of rallies across...
  • US backs Ukraine military action in east region

    US backs Ukraine military action in east region

    The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists.
    The United States is giving its tacit support to Ukrainian military action against pro-Russian separatists.
  • Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

    Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

    The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.
    The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College.
  • NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

    NSC backs disclosing software vulnerabilities

    Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need,...
    Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President...
  • Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

    Diplomat appointed to head UK eavesdropping agency

    A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.
    A diplomat who has advised the British government on counterterrorism has been appointed head of the electronic spy agency GCHQ.
  • Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

    Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

    A Milan court has ruled that Silvio Berlusconi will perform a year of community service at a center for the elderly for his tax fraud conviction.
    Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend four hours a week helping the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, a sentence that imposes few restrictions on his campaigning in the...
  • Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

    Holder urges approval of $15M for shooter training

    Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.
    Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to approve $15 million for training law enforcement officers in handling shooting rampages.
  • Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against...
    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas...
  • People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

    People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now.
    People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve - for now.
  • Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    Little sign of progress as Obama, Putin speak

    The White House is confirming that CIA Director John Brennan was in the Ukrainian capital over the weekend.
    Speaking for the first time in more than two weeks, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin showed little sign of agreement on Monday, with the U.S. leader urging pro-Russian forces to de-escalate the...
  • Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides

    Christie 'nervous' when scandal linked to aides

    Newly released notes from lawyers who interviewed Gov. Chris Christie say he was "nervous" about finding out if anyone else on his staff was involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal.
    Gov. Chris Christie was "nervous" about the possibility more of his aides were involved in a politically motivated traffic jam scandal, according to interview notes released Monday by lawyers the governor's office...
  • Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

    Vietnam releases dissidents amid foreign pressure

    Lawyers and activists say Vietnam has granted early release to two more high profile dissidents.
    Vietnam has granted early release to two high-profile dissidents, bringing the number of democracy activists freed this month to three in what the government called a "policy of leniency."
  • Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

    Feds charge woman in Hillary Clinton shoe-throw

    Authorities have filed federal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe on stage while Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a convention speech.
    Federal authorities have lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort.
  • Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

    Social Security halts effort to collect old debts

    The Social Security Administration says it is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.
    The Social Security Administration is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago.
  • CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

    CBO: Deficits to drift lower on lower health costs

    A congressional report predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.
    A congressional report released Monday predicts slightly smaller deficits both this year and over the coming decade, with lower spending on federal health care spending being the main reason.
  • Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

    Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

    By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press An Army general is upholding Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to...
    By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the...
  • Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

    Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

    Michelle Obama says she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.
    Michelle Obama said Monday she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.
  • Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

    Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

    A report that revealed the massive U.S. government surveillance effort is among the top finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.
    The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in stories based on thousands of secret documents handed over by...
  • Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian state media say pro-government troops have seized a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon, continuing a march to dislodge opposition strongholds from along the rugged frontier.
    Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever...
  • April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

    April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.
    The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.
  • Native Americans say US violated human rights

    Native Americans say US violated human rights

    A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.
    A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim.
  • APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    A U.S. military official says a Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region.
    A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.
  • Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims

    Obama remembers Kansas shooting victims

    President Barack Obama is remembering those killed at a Jewish community center and retirement complex, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.
    President Barack Obama on Monday honored those killed in a weekend attack at two Jewish facilities in Kansas, saying no one should have to worry about their security while gathering with their fellow believers.
  • Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

    Rand Paul: US 'can't invite the whole world'

    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love."
  • Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

    Sebelius: Health care launch 'terribly flawed'

    Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the administration's own predictions that the new health care law's online sign-up system would be ready by Oct. 1 were "just flat out...
    The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview...
  • Feds to probe hate crimes link in Kansas shootings

    Feds to probe hate crimes link in Kansas shootings

    Attorney General Eric Holder says Justice Department prosecutors will investigate whether federal hate crimes were committed in the Kansas shootings that killed three people over the weekend.
    Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a Justice Department investigation Monday into whether federal hate crimes were committed in shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas that killed three people.
  • US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

    US ambassador: Talks with Iran continuing

    The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body.
    The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washington's decision to block Tehran's ambassador to the diplomatic body.
  • 2 congressmen have questions in Jill Kelley leak

    2 congressmen have questions in Jill Kelley leak

    Two Republican congressmen, Spencer Bachus and Walter Jones, say the Justice Department inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by a businesswoman whose identity was leaked to the news...
    Two Republican congressmen, Spencer Bachus and Walter Jones, say the Justice Department inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by a businesswoman whose identity was leaked to the news media...
  • Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

    Finance ministers: Economy stronger but fragile

    The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.
    The world's top financial officials say they believe the global economy is strengthening but that growth remains fragile and open to risks of new geopolitical strife, as in Ukraine.
  • Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

    Disappointment, forgiveness mix in La. scandal

    Louisiana voters say they're disappointed but not surprised by a video showing Republican congressman Vance McAllister in an extramarital encounter with an aide.
    To Louisiana voters accustomed to tawdry scandals involving elected officials, disappointment with an eye toward forgiveness is the prevailing sentiment about their new congressman, caught on video embracing an aide...
  • Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

    Cruz says he's optimistic about turning US around

    Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future.
    Ted Cruz says he's optimistic about the country's future.
  • Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings

    Obama offers condolences after Kansas shootings

    President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas.
    President Barack Obama is offering condolences to the families of those killed in Sunday's shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Kansas.
  • 'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

    'Obamacare' under attack as conservatives eye 2016

    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is coming under renewed attack as some of the nation's leading conservatives gather for a New Hampshire summit thick with presidential implications.
    Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama's health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans...
  • Abdullah, Ghani lead in partial Afghan vote tally

    Abdullah, Ghani lead in partial Afghan vote tally

    An Afghan official says nearly 1,900 complaints of fraud in this month's presidential election are being investigated but the number is lower than that of the last election.
    Two clear front-runners emerged in Afghanistan's presidential election as partial results released Sunday showed a tight race that increasingly appears destined for a runoff vote.
  • Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

    Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message

    Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.
    Potential presidential contender Rand Paul says conservatives need a bold message to "hit those who haven't been listening" and to keep their political movement growing.
  • Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    Official: US looking into Syria toxic gas reports

    Activists say shelling and firefights between Syrian government forces and rebels in the northern city of Aleppo have killed at least 28 people.
    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that reports of a poison gas attack in a rural village north of Damascus were so far "unsubstantiated," adding that the United States was trying to establish what...
  • Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

    Democratic lawmaker: GOP base 'animated by racism'

    The head of the Democrats' committee to elect members to the House says, quote, "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."
    An overhaul to the nation's broken immigration system remains stalled because "the Republican base does have elements that are animated by racism," the head of the House committee to elect Democratic lawmakers said...
  • Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

    Peru state a violent 'mini-dictatorship'

    One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a...
    One by one, the senior officials from the capital took the microphone and apologized to an auditorium packed with angry people who had long been living in fear. The officials admitted they had failed to prevent a political...
  • Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

    Feds: Safety concerns led to Nevada cow release

    By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who...
    By MARTIN GRIFFITH Associated Press Federal land managers say "escalating tensions" led them to release all 400 or so head of cattle rounded up on public land in southern Nevada from a rancher who has...
  • Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    Poison gas claims complicate Syrian civil war

    The Syrian government and rebel forces say poison gas has been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.
    Both sides in Syria's bloody civil war said Saturday that a rural village fell victim to a poison gas attack, an assault that reportedly injured scores of people amid an ongoing international effort to rid the country...
  • GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

    GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

    Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight.
    Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in...
  • Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement

    Belafonte keeping King documents in settlement

    Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King's documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.
    Singer and activist Harry Belafonte will get to keep three of Martin Luther King's documents that the King estate had blocked him from selling.
  • Biden to travel to Ukraine later this month

    Biden to travel to Ukraine later this month

    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with government and citizen leaders.
    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Ukraine later this month to meet with government and citizen leaders.
  • Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

    Finance officials: Global economy turns the corner

    Finance officials from the world's major economies say an ambitious goal to boost global growth by $2 trillion in the next five years is within reach despite a variety of threats, including rising political...
    The world's top finance officials expressed confidence Saturday that the global economy finally has turned the corner to stronger growth. This time, they may be right.
  • In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran's envoy to UN

    In a rare rebuke, US blocks Iran's envoy to UN

    The White House says the U.S. has informed Iran that it will not issue a visa to Teheran's pick for envoy to the United Nations. It's the first time the White House has clarified the status of the...
    In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran's controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking a thaw...
  • No. 2 US diplomat to retire

    No. 2 US diplomat to retire

    The second-highest ranking American diplomat is retiring this fall after a 32-year career in the foreign service that included stints as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan, top Middle East hand and leader of a...
    The second-highest ranking American diplomat is retiring this fall after a 32-year career in the foreign service that included stints as U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan, top Middle East hand and leader of a team that...
  • Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

    Gingrich blasts 'ideologues' behind health law

    Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.
    Newt Gingrich isn't holding back in his criticism of the Cabinet secretary and others behind the troubled rollout of the health care law.
  • Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

    Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

    Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.
    Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been making a habit lately of bucking his own president and voting with the Republican majority in the House as it moves to amend or overturn parts of the national health care law.
  • Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    Obama reiterates call for equal pay for women

    President Barack Obama is stepping up his call for equal pay for women, reinforcing a top election-year issue for Democrats eager to mobilize women to vote.
    President Barack Obama is making his case for equal pay for women - a leading election-year issue for Democrats.
  • In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity

    In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity

    Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will have a lot of work to do in Iowa, should he seek the 2016 presidential nomination, based on the range of sour reactions to his just-passed House budget proposal.
    Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told an Iowa audience Friday that his party can and must come together, and he held out his recently passed budget plan as a sign of growing GOP unity.
  • 2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

    2 reporters who probed NSA surveillance back in US

    Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort have returned to the United States for the first time since the story broke.
    Two reporters central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort returned to the United States on Friday for the first time since the story broke and used the occasion to praise their exiled source:...
  • Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

    Longtime Wisconsin GOP Rep. Tom Petri to retire

    Republican congressman Tom Petri of Wisconsin says he will retire after more than 30 years in Congress.
    U.S. Rep. Tom Petri announced Friday that he plans to retire, ending a 35-year career as a moderate Republican from east-central Wisconsin.
  • Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception

    Leaked findings paint pattern of CIA deception

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has found a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of harsh interrogations after the Sept. 11 attacks.
    A controversial torture report by the Senate Intelligence Committee paints a pattern of CIA deception about the effectiveness of waterboarding and other brutal interrogation methods used on terror suspects after the Sept....
  • Major economies express confidence about growth

    Major economies express confidence about growth

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is warning Russia that it could face tougher economic sanctions because of its actions in Ukraine but so far other economic powers are showing a reluctance to go as far as the United...
    Finance officials of the world's major economies expressed confidence Friday that they can meet an ambitious goal of boosting global growth by $2 trillion over the next five years.
  • Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

    Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098

    The White House says President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid just over $98,000 in taxes on income of nearly half a million dollars last year.
    President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 in adjusted income last year, tax returns the White House released Friday show. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent and...
  • New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    New 'face,' but some old problems for 'Obamacare'

    For five years, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been a lightning rod for critics of President Barack Obama's health care law.
    Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.
  • Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

    Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

    President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama's path in politics.
    In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for millions...
  • Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

    Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

    President Barack Obama's new pick to run the department that oversees the nation's health care would bring significant expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest...
    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run "Obamacare," would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington's toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the...
  • Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

    Alaska ad proudly ties Dem senator to 'Obamacare'

    Democrats have spent months debating how to answer conservatives' attacks on President Barack Obama's health care law.
    After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare."
  • SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

    SeaWorld loses appeal in death by killer whale

    A federal appeals court has upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer at the theme park who was pulled under by a killer whale.
    A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a regulatory safety finding against SeaWorld in the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale at the theme park.
  • Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

    Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses

    Safety advocates say rules to make crashed buses easier for passengers to escape have not been implemented despite a recommendation from accident investigators 15 years ago.
    Safety standards to make large buses easier for passengers to escape after a crash have not been adopted 15 years after accident investigators called for new rules.
  • US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

    US levies more sanctions over Crimea takeover

    The Treasury Department is sanctioning the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.
    The Treasury Department on Friday sanctioned the former vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, six Crimean separatist leaders and a Crimea-based gas company over Russia's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula.
  • Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

    Minnesota Senate rivals tied to investment firm

    Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over...
    Democrats fighting to protect Minnesota U.S. Sen. Al Franken's seat want to replicate the last presidential campaign playbook by casting a well-funded GOP challenger as a corporate raider who put profit over people.
  • Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

    Carter, Dole wives aid White House troop effort

    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are bringing relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans.
    Showing that some issues can bridge the political divide, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, offered new sources of much-needed support Friday for...
  • African migrants in Israel hold Passover meal

    African migrants in Israel hold Passover meal

    Hundreds of African migrants gathered in Israel's Negev desert Friday to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held.
    Hundreds of African migrants gathered in Israel's Negev desert Friday to eat matzo and recall the Passover story, mere steps away from a detention facility where they are being held.
  • Syria death toll from rebel infighting rises to 68

    Syria death toll from rebel infighting rises to 68

    Activists say the death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in eastern Syria has jumped to 68.
    The death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in an eastern Syrian town has risen 68 killed, with some shot after being captured alive, activists said Friday.
  • Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

    Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable

    A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.
    A federal appeals court says the Environmental Protection Agency acted reasonably in deciding not to change the primary air quality standard for carbon monoxide.
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