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  • Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

    Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:08:22 GMT
    Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? Most voters in Louisiana and Virginia probably aren't either.
    Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either.
  • Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

    Miller faces sales job on $17B VA health care bill

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:37 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:37:15 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Jeff Miller was a real estate broker. His background in sales will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion deal to improve veterans health care to a GOP...
  • Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess

    Obama going to dinner as clock ticks toward recess

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:37 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:37:05 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans by taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner.
    President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess.
  • Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms

    Senate to vote on highway money as deadline looms

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:36:57 GMT
    The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.
    The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.
  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:21:23 GMT
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...
  • $1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    $1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:20:52 GMT
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-29 07:20:22 GMT
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
  • Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 2:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 06:08:48 GMT
    The debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races - in Maine.
    In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.
  • Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:17:56 GMT
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the...
    Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has returned from two weeks of training with the Iowa National Guard to a midterm election race against Democrat Bruce Braley that has become a competitive contest in the battle for...
  • US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:26:27 GMT
    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'
    In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...
  • FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:26:10 GMT
    A Salt Lake City attorney is arguing in a lawsuit that the FBI has video of the Oklahoma City bombing that shows a second person was involved.
    The FBI thoroughly searched its archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist, agency employees told a judge Monday in a trial that has rekindled questions about whether any others were...
  • Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

    Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:47:33 GMT
    Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the...
    Revelations over the past few years about how U.S. security officials have the ability to track people through phone, email and other electronic records are making it harder for journalists to report on what the government...
  • White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:45:46 GMT
    President Barack Obama and European leaders are conferring about next steps for dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.
    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.
  • Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:36:49 GMT
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards are accusing the government of suppressing evidence favorable to the defendants, who are accused in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
    Lawyers for Blackwater security guards said Monday that the government has suppressed evidence favorable to defendants who are on trial in the killings of 14 Iraqis in Nisoor Square in Baghdad.
  • US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

    US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:19:12 GMT
    The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem.
    The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem.
  • Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:57:45 GMT
    White House officials are making plans to act before November's midterm elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants in this country illegally.
    Even as they grapple with an immigration crisis at the border, White House officials are making plans to act before November's mid-term elections to grant work permits to potentially millions of immigrants who are in...
  • Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

    Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:57:40 GMT
    A freshman Republican lawmaker has apologized for mistaking two senior U.S. government officials as visitors from India when they testified at a congressional hearing.
    A freshman Republican lawmaker has apologized for mistaking two senior U.S. government officials as visitors from India when they testified at a congressional hearing.
  • House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

    House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:36:09 GMT
    The House has passed a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea and restrict its access to hard currency.
    The House has passed a bill to toughen sanctions against North Korea and restrict its access to hard currency.
  • Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:35:57 GMT
    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela.
    President Barack Obama criticized gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" development in some countries, speaking out publicly Monday for the first time against female genital mutilation while encouraging...
  • FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:20:58 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing...
    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.
  • Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

    Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:20:49 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner says the United States must be a strong partner and trusted ally to Israel, not just a peace broker or observer.
    House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration.
  • Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:18:33 GMT
    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records...
    A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department...
  • Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story

    Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:17 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:17:05 GMT
    Fast food workers from across the country have voted in suburban Chicago to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience.
    In a story July 26, The Associated Press reported that Latoya Caldwell, a mother of four from Kansas City, Missouri, who earns $7.50 an hour at a Wendy's restaurant, said she works six days a week to get 40 hours and...
  • US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:03:07 GMT
    Obama administration officials are fuming over Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a...
  • Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    Medicare's own health looking better, report says

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:02:46 GMT
    The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 - four years later than last year's estimate.
    Medicare's financial future is looking brighter despite a growing wave of baby boomers reaching retirement.
  • Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

    Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:48:09 GMT
    Ukraine's foreign minister says pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.
    Ukraine's foreign minister said Monday that pro-Russian separatists are continuing to try to manipulate the wreckage of the Malaysian airliner that the United States and others have accused the rebels of shooting down.
  • House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

    House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:47:59 GMT
    It's a battle pitting the nation's airlines against their passengers, and the first round has gone to the industry.
    In a victory for airlines and their workers' unions, the House rejected consumers' complaints and easily passed legislation Monday letting airline advertising emphasize the base price of tickets, before taxes and...
  • Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:18 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:02:36 GMT
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
  • Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:34:57 GMT
    An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he was stopped by a bomb.
    An emotional Philippine President Benigno Aquino III called his opponents desperate Monday and expressed confidence that many people will carry on his reforms even if he is stopped by a bomb.
  • Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:25:22 GMT
    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.
  • Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

    Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:05:47 GMT
    The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Palestinian land.
    The leader of Hamas is demanding anew that Israel end its occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.
  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:38 AM EDT2014-07-28 09:38:13 GMT
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the...
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.
  • Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:35:19 GMT
    A former Venezuelan general detained in Aruba on U.S. drug charges will be released by the Dutch Caribbean island and sent home, authorities said Sunday.
    Aruba's government released a former Venezuelan general who was detained on U.S. drug charges when he arrived to serve as his country's consul on the Dutch Caribbean island, sending him home Sunday night and...
  • Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

    Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:15:07 GMT
    Thirty university and college professors say government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
    University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
  • 10 Things to Know for Monday

    10 Things to Know for Monday

    Sunday, July 27 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 01:57:26 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:54:33 GMT
    U.S. officials are sharing satellite images they say show Russia has been firing rockets more than 7 miles into eastern Ukraine.
    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the...
  • APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:46 GMT
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up...
  • Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:46:28 GMT
    Activists say Syrian rebels have shot down a helicopter gunship over a slum in the northern city of Aleppo, killing at least four people.
    An al-Qaida-linked group fighting in Syria has released video of the first American to carry out a suicide attack in the country's civil war, showing him smiling and saying he looked forward to going to heaven.
  • EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

    EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

    Sunday, July 27 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:14:03 GMT
    Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for an effective way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to...
    Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course.
  • Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:46:54 GMT
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he realizes world opinion might be shifting away from his nation with every Palestinian civilian's death, but adds that the public relations battle cannot...
    Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he...
  • Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

    Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:26 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:26:39 GMT
    President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.
    President Barack Obama is telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is growing more concerned about the rising number of civilian deaths in the Gaza war that is entering its third week.
  • Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

    Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:14 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:14:28 GMT
    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday.
    A program designed to foster a new generation of young African leaders will be renamed after former South African President Nelson Mandela, the White House said Sunday.
  • Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

    Judge strikes down DC ban on handguns outside home

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:04:29 GMT
    A federal judge has ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.
    A federal judge struck down the District of Columbia's ban on carrying guns outside of a person's home, concluding it violates Second Amendment rights.
  • GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

    GOP works to avert Senate upset in Georgia

    Sunday, July 27 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-07-27 19:24:55 GMT
    Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's general election Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a...
    Republicans are on the offensive in the opening days of Georgia's Senate campaign, hammering Democrat Michelle Nunn as a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama and questioning her resume as a non-profit executive -...
  • Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

    Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:25:02 GMT
    President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans.
    President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House - six...
  • US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    US faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-07-27 16:54:30 GMT
    A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence-gathering even when it is intensely focused.
    A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in...
  • Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

    Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:55:07 GMT
    One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
    One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
  • US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:25:23 GMT
    The State Department has shuttered the U.S. embassy in Libya and evacuated American staffers there as the security situation in the capital Tripoli deteriorates amid worsening clashes between rival militias.
    The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said...
  • Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:14:17 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.
    President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.
  • Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

    Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-07-27 14:29:49 GMT
    A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
    A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region.
  • Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

    Some in 'torture' report denied chance to read it

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:24 AM EDT2014-07-27 14:24:00 GMT
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure...
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in...
  • Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

    Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:03 PM EDT2014-07-27 03:03:34 GMT
    Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa begins, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.
    Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.
  • Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

    Saturday, July 26 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-26 20:53:36 GMT
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that...
    With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border...
  • House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    Saturday, July 26 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-26 19:03:50 GMT
    The House has overwhelmingly passed a resolution barring President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval.
    The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a "sustained combat role" without congressional approval, a bill with greater symbolic than legal...
  • 2 guns found at hospital shooting suspect's home

    2 guns found at hospital shooting suspect's home

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:54:15 GMT
    Authorities say a psychiatric patient who killed his caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex - and grazed his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back - has a lengthy...
    Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.
  • Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    Saturday, July 26 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:13:57 GMT
    The Pentagon says the movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", escalating the military action there.
    The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.
  • Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

    Gifts-for-favors trial set for ex-governor, wife

    Saturday, July 26 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-07-26 16:25:52 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal...
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, his reputation already tarnished and his political future destroyed by a gifts-for-favors scandal, faces the possibility of an even greater loss when his trial on federal corruption...
  • Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

    Diplomats call for extension of Gaza cease-fire

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:44:43 GMT
    Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
    Foreign Ministers from seven nations are calling for an extension of the 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
  • Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

    Federal court upholds Fla.'s docs vs. glocks law

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:15:50 GMT
    A federal appeals court is upholding a Florida law that restricts what doctors can discuss about guns with their patients.
    A Florida law restricting what doctors can tell patients about gun ownership was deemed to be constitutional Friday by a federal appeals court, which said it legitimately regulates professional conduct and doesn't...
  • AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

    AP source: Former AG subpoenaed in McDonnell trial

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:23:32 GMT
    A person familiar with the situation has told The Associated Press that former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
    Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is a possible witness in the upcoming corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on...
  • Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

    Colorado gun law relies on flawed estimate

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:44:03 GMT
    A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was...
    A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly...
  • Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:38:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...
    Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.
  • Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

    Former CIA officials can't see 'torture' report

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:45:52 GMT
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were told that they would be able to review parts of the document after signing a secrecy agreement.
    About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in...
  • Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:55:44 GMT
    A man who authorities say fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex near Philadelphia and was then shot by his psychiatrist remains listed in critical condition.
    A psychiatrist's patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back,...
  • House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    House and Senate chairs resume talks on VA

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:19:53 GMT
    A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise.
    A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are again attempting to find a compromise.
  • House votes to boost child tax credit for some

    House votes to boost child tax credit for some

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:23:26 GMT
    The House passed a bill Friday that would gradually increase the popular child tax credit and make it available to more families with higher incomes.
    More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income...
  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

    Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:15 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:15:48 GMT
    After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.
    After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will.
  • Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:06 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:06:08 GMT
    This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
    This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
  • Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

    Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

    Friday, July 25 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 18:05:58 GMT
    Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to start launching its new, $12 billion rocket program by the end of 2017 as planned.
    NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.
  • Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Jordan shoots down 'aerial target' near Syria

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:45:30 GMT
    A Jordanian military official says his country's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border, which eyewitnesses say was a drone.
    Jordan's air force shot down an "aerial target" near the Syrian border on Friday, a Jordanian military official said. Eyewitnesses said the object was a drone.
  • US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 17:08:48 GMT
    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.
    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.
  • Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

    Prominent Libyan activist abducted amid clashes

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:33:08 GMT
    Father of well-known Libyan activist says armed men abducted his son in the capital Tripoli, which is witnessing ongoing battles between heavily armed militias.
    Armed men abducted a well-known Libyan political activist in the country's capital, his father said Friday, the latest in rampant attacks that have targeted officials, activists and foreigners in the strife-torn nation.
  • Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

    Court panel orders subpoena to Vilsack be quashed

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:26 PM EDT2014-07-25 16:26:02 GMT
    A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.
    A federal appeals court has ordered that a subpoena be quashed for testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a lawsuit filed against the late blogger Andrew Breitbart.
  • Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Iran confirms it is holding 4 journalists

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:42:56 GMT
    Iran is confirming that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two U.S. freelance photographers, but is not saying why they are being held.
    Iran confirmed on Friday that it has detained four journalists, including a reporter for The Washington Post and two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held.
  • Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously

    Obama aide says impeachment threat taken seriously

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:14:06 GMT
    One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.
    One of President Barack Obama's top advisers says the White House takes seriously the possibility that House Republicans could pursue impeachment of the president.
  • Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Deal still elusive for Gaza cease-fire

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:35:24 GMT
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
    Turbulent negotiations to broker a temporary truce in the Gaza Strip are continuing against the backdrop of fresh Israeli attacks on Palestinian militants.
  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:55 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:55:33 GMT
    The Obama administration is considering giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border.
    The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.
  • White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

    White House: Obama offers Netherlands condolences

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:42:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (RUH'-tuh) are in agreement that Russia is still working to destabilize Ukraine.
  • Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Very bad week: Airline disasters come in a cluster

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:05:10 GMT
    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. An airliner crashes during a storm, and yet another disappears....
    Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel's largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst...
  • House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

    House panel clears way for vote on Obama lawsuit

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:04:13 GMT
    Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.
    Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law...
  • Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

    Aviation officials to meet on plane shot down

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:52:23 GMT
    An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over...
    An aviation official says global aviation leaders will meet in Montreal next week to initiate discussions on a plan to address safety and security issues raised by the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern...
  • War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    War College to investigate plagiarism allegations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 01:25:19 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh said his unattributed use of others' work in his master's thesis was not plagiarism but "a few citations that were unintentionally left out of a term paper" that he blamed in part on...
    Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid an investigation into whether he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor...
  • House votes to simplify education tax breaks

    House votes to simplify education tax breaks

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:22:49 GMT
    The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.
    The House passed a bill Thursday that would simplify a complicated patchwork of tax breaks for higher education but would exclude many graduate students.
  • Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

    Key senator urges Myanmar to reform constitution

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:37:23 GMT
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has issued a strong call for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian...
    Sen. Mitch McConnell issued a strong call Thursday for Myanmar to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule.
  • House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:04:16 GMT
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans.
    With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait...
  • Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:56:25 GMT
    Sen. Ted Cruz says he'll continue blocking confirmation of a series of State Department nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel.
    Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The...
  • Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

    Reporter among 3 Americans believed held by Iran

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:53:27 GMT
    Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran.
    Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran, the newspaper said Thursday.
  • Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions

    Obama: Plane stiffens Europe's spine on sanctions

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:38:40 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine "may stiffen the spine of our European partners" as they consider additional sanctions against Russia.
    President Barack Obama says the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine "may stiffen the spine of our European partners" as they consider additional sanctions against Russia.
  • Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

    Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:37:42 GMT
    Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying.
    Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an early sign of pre-primary jockeying.
  • Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

    Obama: FAA took 'prudent action' on Israel flights

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:15:20 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
    President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
  • Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:43:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama wraps up a three-day fundraising trip on the West Coast on Thursday, devoting part of his day to promoting his economic agenda at a technical college.
    Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers.
  • Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

    Senate hopefuls risk 'oppo-research' revelations

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:33:48 GMT
    Sen. John Walsh is learning that running for a highly competitive Senate seat brings intense scrutiny of almost everything he ever wrote or said publicly.
    It's one thing to be Montana's lieutenant governor. It's another to be a U.S. Senate candidate in one of the states that will determine which party controls that 100-member chamber.
  • Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

    Israel swears in new president amid Gaza war

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:23:46 GMT
    Israel's parliament has sworn in Reuven Rivlin as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres whose term ends as Israel is fighting a war against Hamas in Gaza.
    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday - a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the...
  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:11 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:11:10 GMT
    Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.
    Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:55:39 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
  • Russians sentenced to 4 ½ years on riot conviction

    Russians sentenced to 4 ½ years on riot conviction

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:45:51 GMT
    Russian news agencies say two opposition activists have been convicted of organizing riots at the May 2012 protest in Moscow, a day before the re-election of President Vladimir Putin.
    A Moscow court convicted two Russian opposition activists and sentenced them to 4 ½ years in prison Thursday for their role in organizing protests a day before President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May 2012.
  • Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

    Texas governor's startup fund is not all it seems

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:34:51 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous...
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has distributed $205 million in taxpayer money to scores of technology startups using a pet program designed to bring high-paying jobs and innovation to the nation's second most-populous state.
  • Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

    Ex-Sen. Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:12:33 GMT
    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year.
  • Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:12:28 GMT
    A Democratic senator says he'll block arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces.
    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:44:17 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
  • Central American leaders seek solution in US

    Central American leaders seek solution in US

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:42:00 GMT
    The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
    The presidents of Honduras and Guatemala are meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill amid a stalemate over the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    Gates worried about notion of US disengagement

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:56 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:56:47 GMT
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he's worried there's a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs.
  • Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Islamic militants seize part of Syrian army base

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:42:03 GMT
    Activists say fighters from the extremist Islamic State group stormed parts of a besieged army base in northern Syria, setting off clashes that left dozens killed or wounded on both sides.
    Fighters from the extremist Islamic State group on Thursday overran part of an army base in northern Syria, which has been under the militants' siege for months, in ferocious battles that killed or wounded dozens on...
  • Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:01 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:01:58 GMT
    Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
    In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:06 AM EDT2014-07-24 10:06:43 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
  • Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

    Malawi corruption suspect faces charges

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:32 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:32:42 GMT
    The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.
    The chief suspect in a government corruption scandal that has rocked the southern African nation of Malawi faces charges of fraud and money laundering.
  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-07-24 07:24:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta...
    President Barack Obama's quick congratulation for Indonesia's election victor Joko Widodo, even as the losing candidate rejected the result, underscores Washington's intent to deepen ties with Jakarta and...
  • US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    US hails Indonesia democracy in turbulent SE Asia

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:20 AM EDT2014-07-24 07:20:22 GMT
    President Barack Obama is congratulating Indonesia's presidential election victor Joko Widodo (JOH-koh WI-doh-doh), even as the losing candidate rejected the result.
    President Barack Obama is congratulating Indonesia's presidential election victor Joko Widodo (JOH-koh WI-doh-doh), even as the losing candidate rejected the result.
  • Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:33 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:33:18 GMT
    Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn...
    New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help...
  • Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:44 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:44:25 GMT
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is questioning whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv...
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel...
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:42:07 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks.
    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban Wednesday on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:24:43 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...
    At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled...
  • Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

    Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:21:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department goes before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Tuesday as Congress considers a bill to help the next VA leader do his job.
    President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged Tuesday to transform the beleaguered agency, saying that "systematic failures" must be addressed.
  • This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

    This time, Obama fundraising is a bit of 'Scandal'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:04:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails." He is also urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote Republicans out of...
    Fact met fiction Wednesday in one of those Hollywood ways: The real-life president of the United States complains about "phony scandals" in the presence of the producer and the star of a hit TV drama about indignity and...
  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:51:13 GMT
    The State Department says a computer glitch has caused major delays in its passport and visa issuance operations at its embassies around the world, potentially leaving millions of people awaiting U.S. travel...
    The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said...
  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:04:12 GMT
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
    Sen. John Walsh of Montana said Wednesday his failure to attribute conclusions and verbatim passages lifted from other scholars' work in his thesis to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College was an...
  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:22:16 GMT
    A California woman called for more protections for passengers on cruise lines as she recounted before Congress the assault she suffered during a trip aboard a cruise ship.
    Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers might...
  • Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

    Document: Man tied to gun said 'bomber' his friend

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:44:38 GMT
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a university police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
    Details emerged Wednesday on another friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who may have been linked to events surrounding the deadly attack, this one a high school classmate tied to a gun used to kill...
  • Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:53 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden says it's time the public turns against a raft of new laws that restrict the ability to vote.
    Vice President Joe Biden urged the NAACP on Wednesday to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the...
  • Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:29:29 GMT
    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much...
  • Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:26:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas.
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.
  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:11:12 GMT
    The White House says the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine is part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircraft.
    The White House cast the downing of two fighter jets in Ukraine on Wednesday as part of a pattern of Russian-backed separatists using Russian weapons to pose risks to aircrafts and further destabilize the conflict in the...
  • Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:08:09 GMT
    Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says supporters of gay marriage often show "intolerance" toward people like him who support heterosexual marriages.
    Americans who oppose same-sex marriage often face "intolerance" from those who support it, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Wednesday in a speech about values that appeared aimed at wooing social conservatives.
  • Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

    Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:24:14 GMT
    A choked-up House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has interrupted a series of votes to praise a doctor who helped a congresswoman's infant survive a rare condition.
    In a break from his chamber's often acrid political divisions, a choked-up House Speaker John Boehner prompted two bipartisan standing ovations on Wednesday when he praised the doctor who helped a congresswoman's...
  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:01:57 GMT
    Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is...
    Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere...
  • Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:45:32 GMT
    Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.
    Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.
  • CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

    CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:43:48 GMT
    A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.
    A CBS News event Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation is both a look back at history and a glimpse into future business opportunities for a broadcast news division.
  • Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

    Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:24:39 GMT
    Federal regulators are proposing to phase out thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil. It's the government's response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a...
    Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable...
  • Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:03:30 GMT
    Senate Republicans and Democrats are insisting that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas (huh-MAHS') militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels.
    Senate Republicans and Democrats insisted on Wednesday that any viable cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants must eliminate the threat posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels.
  • Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:25:37 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.
    House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.
  • Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 2:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 18:47:00 GMT
    The Senate is moving toward passage of an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs.
    The Senate agreed Wednesday on an $11 billion measure to temporarily fix a multibillion-dollar shortfall in federal highway and transit programs, setting up a vote next week on several alternatives.
  • Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:17 GMT
    Former Sen. Bob Dole and proponents of a treaty promoting equal rights for the disabled around the world stepped up pressure for full Senate ratification.
    At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer.
  • US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:30 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say they've vastly ramped up intelligence sorties over Iraq to better understand an expanding extremist insurgency and help Iraqi forces fight back.
    Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even...
  • Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:12:53 GMT
    The Senate has advanced an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
    The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:16:26 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Israel's main airport despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban as he continues to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
    Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks...
  • US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

    US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:33:53 GMT
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian...
  • Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:46 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:46:40 GMT
    After a bruising nine-week runoff campaign, Georgia Republicans will finally have their Senate nominee who will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn for a seat the GOP can ill afford to lose as the party looks to...
    Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia's U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine...
  • New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:53:36 GMT
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a college police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.
    A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer during the manhunt, people with knowledge of the...
  • Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Obama fundraising amid many challenges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:05:47 GMT
    Amid a swirl of foreign and border challenges, President Barack Obama is embarking on the one mission that has regularly proved a winner for him - raising money for his fellow Democrats.
    Fundraising amid a swirl of overseas and border challenges, President Barack Obama conceded Tuesday that foreign crises are creating anxieties in an American public already worried that a recovering economy is not...
  • Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Senate, House on collision course on border money

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:51:32 GMT
    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for...
    Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to...
  • Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

    Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:33:25 GMT
    Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that makes it harder...
    Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that...
  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:11:08 GMT
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
    President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change.
  • Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:33:27 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.
    President Barack Obama's health care law is snarled in another big legal battle, with two federal appeals courts issuing contradictory rulings on a key financing issue within hours of each other Tuesday.
  • Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Government drafting birth control accommodation

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:20:25 GMT
    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
    The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.
  • Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:50:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama says Americans were heartbroken by the loss of so many citizens of the Netherlands in the downed Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the nearly 200 citizens of the Netherlands who died when a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down in Ukraine, visiting the Netherlands Embassy in Washington and pledging unity...
  • Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

    Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:31:22 GMT
    Beretta U.S.A. Corp. says concerns about a gun-control bill that passed in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
    Beretta U.S.A. announced Tuesday that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee.
  • FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:03:34 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration is telling U.S. airlines they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel after a Hamas rocket exploded nearby.
    The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on...
  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Undercover probe finds health law failings

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:51:43 GMT
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
    Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday.
  • Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:21:40 GMT
    Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more...
    Caught in Hillary Rodham Clinton's perpetual shadow, Joe Biden is working to boost his political profile among key Democratic voting blocs, a move that could help the vice president fashion himself as a more liberal...
  • Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:06:48 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's...
    The Homeland Security Department said Tuesday it arrested 192 people along the Mexican border in South Texas on immigrant-smuggling charges and seized more than $625,000, part of the Obama administration's efforts to...
  • First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:32:23 GMT
    Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the...
    Michelle Obama is expanding her push for America to drink more water, as the White House claims partial responsibility for helping to boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales among consumers since the national "Drink...
  • Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

    Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:21:13 GMT
    Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto says he rejects the election process and accused it of being unfair as nearly complete results showed his opponent Jakarta governor Joko Widodo leading with 52...
    Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, was declared the winner Tuesday of the country's presidential election, calling it a victory for all of the...
  • Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:06 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:06:16 GMT
    A gridlocked Congress failed to do the big things: overhauling the nation's immigration system, reforming the loophole-cluttered tax code and stiffening background checks on gun buyers. Now it's time to see...
    Pressure is on Congress to act in the next two weeks on several problems, from keeping highway projects on track and easing wait time for veterans seeking health care to the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:53:13 GMT
    Preliminary Pentagon data shows that suicides among active duty military increased a bit this year compared to the same period last year, but officials say that more service members are seeking help through...
    Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines...
  • Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:23:20 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution is getting a splash of pop culture, thanks to a flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
    The Environmental Protection Agency's fight to clean up water pollution got a splash of pop culture Tuesday, thanks to an Internet flub involving reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
  • Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

    Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:54:56 GMT
    The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a...
    The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary...
  • US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:40:36 GMT
    A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.
    As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, Americans must have the skills to fill those jobs, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.
  • Senators urge new sanctions against Russia

    Senators urge new sanctions against Russia

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:22:16 GMT
    Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.
    Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.
  • Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

    Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:05:46 GMT
    President Barack Obama has dispatched two senior advisers to Germany in an apparent effort to soothe tensions following new allegations of American spying.
    Working to stem the fraying of ties with a key European ally, President Barack Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Berlin, a diplomatic gesture reflecting Germany's growing indignation about allegations of American...
  • Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

    Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:51:11 GMT
    A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.
    A Senate panel has advanced a treaty promoting equal rights for disabled around the world. but full ratification still appears a major doubt.
  • US to present intelligence data on plane crash

    US to present intelligence data on plane crash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:31:59 GMT
    The United States says it's preparing to present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysian Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.
    The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what's known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine.
  • White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

    White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:42:57 GMT
    The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
    The White House says health subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will continue to flow for the time being despite a major setback delivered by a federal appeals court.
  • 2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:06 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:06:18 GMT
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S.
  • Boehner: No border money without policy changes

    Boehner: No border money without policy changes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:53 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:53:30 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
  • Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 08:51:47 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to get international support for a Mideast cease-fire. But he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term...
    Egypt's foreign minister raised the possibility Tuesday of restarting stalled peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians as part of negotiating a cease-fire in the war that has broken out on the Gaza Strip.
  • Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:44 AM EDT2014-07-22 05:44:22 GMT
    For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal...
    For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the...
  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 02:51:14 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia and says she backs President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger...
  • White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    White House reports drop in minors crossing border

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:13:15 GMT
    The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
    The White House says the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is dropping significantly.
  • Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

    Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:12:32 GMT
    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business...
    A federal judge on Monday dismissed a U.S. senator's lawsuit challenging a requirement that congressional members and their staffs to obtain government-subsidized health insurance through small business exchanges,...
  • Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

    Monday, July 21 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 01:12:24 GMT
    President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Monday morning.
    President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators...
  • US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:03:45 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is making a renewed push for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas with another trip to the Middle East, as the civilian death toll in the conflict has sharply escalated.
    With high hopes but low expectations, the U.S. stepped up calls Monday for an international push to end fighting in the Gaza Strip as President Barack Obama sent his top envoy to the Mideast to help broker a new cease-fire...
  • CBO: $25M of $3.7B border ask to be spent in 2014

    CBO: $25M of $3.7B border ask to be spent in 2014

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:03:33 GMT
    A congressional analysis says just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the Southern border might be spent before the...
    Just $25 million of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with a wave of unaccompanied Central American children on the southern border might be spent before the budget year ends Sept. 30, a new study...
  • Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:54:41 GMT
    Federal workers and contractors who are gay and transgender are getting new protections from President Barack Obama.
    President Barack Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees who work for the federal government or for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the...
  • Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:45:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama is bestowing the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.
    Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama...
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