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

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

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:33:09 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...
    Under pressure to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to West Africa amid worries that the financial and human cost of the outbreak is growing...
  • History books spark latest Texas classroom battle

    History books spark latest Texas classroom battle

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:22:35 GMT
    As Texas mulls new history textbooks for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America's Founding Fathers.
    As Texas mulls new history textbooks for its 5-plus million public school students, some academics are decrying lessons they say exaggerate the influence of Christian values on America's Founding Fathers.
  • Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

    Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:12:56 GMT
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday of a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a...
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal...
  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:12:43 GMT
    President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...
    American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress began debating...
  • House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    House panel: Safety agency mishandled GM recall

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:43 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:43:51 GMT
    A House committee has determined that the government's auto safety agency should have discovered General Motors' faulty ignition switches seven years before the company recalled 2.6 million cars to fix the...
    The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans...
  • EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan

    EPA grants extension on power plant pollution plan

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:42 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:42:08 GMT
    The Environmental Protection Agency is giving the public more time to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants.
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday gave the public 45 more days to weigh in on a plan that would for the first time curb the pollution blamed for global warming from the nation's coal-fired power plants....
  • Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy

    Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:32 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:32:30 GMT
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says President Barack Obama's administration has failed to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.
  • Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

    Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:22:15 GMT
    The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006.
    The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.
  • Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

    Kansas judges question why Democrat can't withdraw

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:43:38 GMT
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.
    Several Kansas Supreme Court justices are questioning why a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate who wants his name off the ballot should be prevented from doing so by the state's chief election officer.
  • Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

    Social Security resumes mailing benefit statements

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:43 AM EDT2014-09-16 15:43:38 GMT
    The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire.
    The Social Security Administration has resumed mailing statements to workers letting them know the estimated benefits they will get when they retire, the agency announced Tuesday.
  • Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

    Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:12:44 GMT
    The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot anyway, a dispute which could have a big effect on Republican...
    The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot, a dispute that could have a big effect on Republicans recapturing a...
  • US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    US silent on Venezuela's Security Council bid

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:12:31 GMT
    The Obama administration is declining to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
    The Obama administration is declining to say whether it will oppose Venezuela's bid to grab a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
  • A look at US response to Ebola crisis

    A look at US response to Ebola crisis

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:22:45 GMT
    A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:
    A look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:
  • US to assign 3,000 from US military to fight Ebola

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

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:52:50 GMT
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to...
    The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local...
  • More children live to age 5, work still to be done

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

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 8:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 12:21:42 GMT
    More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
    More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
  • Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority

    Senate Dems spent $14M in August to keep majority

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 09:21:34 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday.
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm, defending a narrow majority heading into November's elections, spent more than $14 million last month, committee aides said Tuesday.
  • As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    As core al-Qaida weakened, its successors spread

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:31:48 GMT
    Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
    Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.
  • NJ Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina

    NJ Gov. Chris Christie visiting South Carolina

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:31:15 GMT
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his first visit to South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South.
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest possible presidential contender to visit South Carolina, the home of the GOP's first presidential primary in the South.
  • AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    AP sources: US would retaliate against Assad

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 AM EDT2014-09-16 07:22:18 GMT
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
    The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.
  • House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:31:29 GMT
    This week offers Congress its best chance to get answers about President Barack Obama's new Mideast counterterror strategy.
    Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President...
  • White House backs use of body cameras by police

    White House backs use of body cameras by police

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

    First U.S. airstrike in expanded Iraq fight

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-09-16 01:31:45 GMT
    U.S. officials say the United States took the first step in the planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants Monday, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces south of Baghdad who were being attacked by...
    U.S. officials said Monday the United States has taken the first step in its planned expanded fight against Islamic State militants, going to the aid of Iraqi security forces near Baghdad who were being attacked by enemy...
  • US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

    US labor board orders CNN to rehire fired workers

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 00:01:33 GMT
    The National Labor Relations Board is finding against the CNN cable television network in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 workers and former workers.
    The National Labor Relations Board ruled against the CNN cable television network on Monday in an 11-year-old labor dispute, ordering the network to rehire or compensate about 300 former workers.
  • Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

    Once-troubled reverse mortgages poised for rebound

    Monday, September 15 2014 7:52 PM EDT2014-09-15 23:52:00 GMT
    Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have...
    Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the...
  • AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

    AP sources: US would hit back against Assad attack

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

    GOP blocks women's bill, Dems see campaign fodder

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:32:07 GMT
    Senate Republicans were ready to derail an election-season drive by Democrats on Monday to pressure employers to pay women the same as men for comparable jobs.
    Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill on Monday aimed at pressuring employers to pay women the same as men, a vote Democrats knew they would lose but scheduled in hopes of attracting support from female voters in...
  • Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

    Obama lends voice to DNC's first ads of 2014

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:12:14 GMT
    President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections.
    President Barack Obama is lending his voice to national radio ads by the Democratic National Committee, seeking to motivate African-American, female and other voters who tend to sit out midterm elections.
  • Chicago, NY, Hawaii on Obama library's short list

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

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:42:05 GMT
    Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library.
    Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama's future presidential library.
  • Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    Some consumers risk losing health law tax credits

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:42:01 GMT
    Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
    Thousands of consumers risk losing financial aid for health care premiums under President Barack Obama's law unless they clear up lingering questions about their incomes, administration officials said Monday.
  • Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

    Powerful Washington lobbyist Boggs dies at 73

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:31:47 GMT
    Longtime lobbyist and Washington insider Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., who for years helped lead the powerful Patton Boggs law firm, has died. He was 73.
    Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday He was 73.
  • Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:01:07 GMT
    A federal judge says a Tampa, Florida, woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging that the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.
    A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.
  • Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

    Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:51:23 GMT
    After an act of Congress and years of lobbying by descendants and admirers, a Union Army officer who made the ultimate sacrifice more than 150 years ago will be recognized for his heroism when President Barack...
    Two Vietnam War soldiers - one still living, one killed in action - received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers...
  • Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID

    Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:41:37 GMT
    Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.
    Wisconsin election officials were scrambling Monday to deal with a federal appeals court's ruling reinstating the requirement that voters show photo identification when casting ballots.
  • Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

    Obama opens campaign against campus sexual assault

    Monday, September 15 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 19:21:14 GMT
    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign with a focus on engaging men in the fight.
    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem.
  • Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

    Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in US war strategy

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:52:54 GMT
    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.
    Just miles from where former Guantanamo Bay terror suspects have resettled, American warplanes take off from Qatar's al-Udeid air base in the global war on extremism.
  • US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

    US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

    Monday, September 15 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-15 18:52:40 GMT
    The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there.
    The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there.
  • Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

    Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

    Monday, September 15 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-09-15 17:52:10 GMT
    The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Sen. Jeff Sessions. The Alabama Republican is a tea party favorite, a strong foe of immigration legislation and the...
    The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014...
  • US creating programs to counter extremists

    US creating programs to counter extremists

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:52:04 GMT
    The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq.
    The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder...
  • US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

    US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:41:19 GMT
    Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.
    Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.
  • Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:10 AM EDT2014-09-15 15:10:55 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom...
  • US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

    US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

    Monday, September 15 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-09-15 13:21:52 GMT
    The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic.
    The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic.
  • Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

    Monday, September 15 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-09-15 12:10:59 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa...
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom...
  • Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:10:40 GMT
    White House speculation in overdrive, Hillary Rodham Clinton returns to Iowa to pay tribute to the state's retiring Democratic senator as anticipation builds over the possibility of another presidential campaign.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an...
  • Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:01:00 GMT
    Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016...
    Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome Sunday to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential...
  • White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    White House still seeking coalition in Mideast war

    Sunday, September 14 2014 2:40 PM EDT2014-09-14 18:40:07 GMT
    As the United States works to assemble a coalition against the Islamic State group, the White House is trying to make clear what a successful outcome would be.
    The White House said Sunday it will find countries willing to send combat troops to fight Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, but it's too early to identify them.
  • Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

    Obama condemns beheading of Briton by extremists

    Saturday, September 13 2014 11:09 PM EDT2014-09-14 03:09:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama is condemning as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.
  • Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

    Arizona candidate gives GOP's weekly radio address

    Saturday, September 13 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-09-13 20:29:34 GMT
    Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin said Saturday that rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington.
    Arizona congressional candidate Andy Tobin said Saturday that rural Arizona and parts of the country have been forgotten by Washington.
  • Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

    Chemical reform bill faces uphill battle in Senate

    Saturday, September 13 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-09-13 12:59:28 GMT
    Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.
    Efforts to come up with a new chemical regulation bill face an uphill battle in the Senate.
  • Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

    Obama: Combating Islamic State not US fight alone

    Saturday, September 13 2014 7:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 11:49:27 GMT
    President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says the fight must avoid what he calls mistakes of the past.
    President Barack Obama is distinguishing the military campaign against Islamic State militants from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

    Iowa steak fry may help Democrat in Senate race

    Saturday, September 13 2014 3:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 07:49:13 GMT
    Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Democrat Bruce Braley, who is locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker.
    Retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's final steak fry fundraiser may provide some much-needed sizzle for Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democrat locked in a close race to replace the liberal lawmaker.
  • Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

    Navy pilot missing after 2 jets crash into sea

    Saturday, September 13 2014 1:49 AM EDT2014-09-13 05:49:16 GMT
    Pentagon officials say two U.S. Navy jets have crashed into the western Pacific Ocean and that one pilot was rescued and a search is on for the other.
    Two Navy fighter jets based in California crashed Friday in the far western Pacific Ocean, with one pilot safely ejecting but the other missing in the waters off the U.S. territory of Wake Island.
  • US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

    US Rep Sanford calls off engagement to 'soul mate'

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:18:53 GMT
    Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.
    Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.
  • Clinton wants more done to halt kidnappings

    Clinton wants more done to halt kidnappings

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:38:59 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling on the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the Middle East
    Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday urged the United Nations to come up with a more robust strategy to combat the growing use of kidnappings of girls and women as a war tactic across the globe.
  • Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

    Boehner promises support to new Iraqi leader

    Friday, September 12 2014 7:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 23:09:20 GMT
    Speaker John Boehner is telling Iraq's prime minister that the House will ensure that the new government has all the U.S. support that it needs to combat Islamic militants.
    Speaker John Boehner on Friday promised Iraq's prime minister that the House will provide the new government in Baghdad the U.S. assistance necessary to defeat Islamic militants.
  • Obama 'confident' of Islamic State group's defeat

    Obama 'confident' of Islamic State group's defeat

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:49:20 GMT
    President Barack Obama is touring the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner, where U.S. troops defended the city of Baltimore against the British during the War of 1812.
    President Barack Obama cast the worldwide campaign he's leading to destroy the Islamic State group on Friday as part of a broader effort to root out extremism within the Muslim world, telling Jewish donors the U.S. "is...
  • Lawyers for migrants? Administration says yes, no

    Lawyers for migrants? Administration says yes, no

    Friday, September 12 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-09-12 22:29:27 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border.
    Attorney General Eric Holder is arguing publicly in favor of legal representation for migrant children arriving unaccompanied at the border - even as his department takes the opposite position in court.
  • Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

    Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:59:21 GMT
    Working to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries, Justice Department officials are pressing for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards.
    Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal...
  • Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

    Obama's war plan rattles Dem, GOP Senate nominees

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:49:21 GMT
    In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will...
    In a nation weary of war, yet alarmed by the prospect of an emerging threat, President Barack Obama's plan to strike Islamic State militants is ruffling the usual left-right politics in several races that will decide...
  • Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    Kerry says no to Iran's help against Islamic group

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-09-12 21:28:55 GMT
    Top diplomats from the United States and Turkey are meeting to discuss what Ankara is willing to contribute to a growing worldwide coalition to defeat the Islamic State militant group.
    Even as it discouraged Iran from joining diplomatic talks on how to defeat the Islamic State militant group, the United States could not outline Friday what other nations have volunteered to contribute to a worldwide...
  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:29 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:29:19 GMT
    Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing...
    Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing...
  • Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    Deportations down 20 percent, fewest since 2007

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:20:21 GMT
    President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.
    President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.
  • Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress?

    Friday, September 12 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-09-12 20:00:03 GMT
    The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give President Barack Obama the legal backing to expand the fight against the Islamic State group without new...
    On the cusp of intensified airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama is using the legal grounding of the congressional authorizations President George W. Bush relied on more than a decade ago to go to war. But...
  • White House: New US mission a war as with al-Qaida

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

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:39:13 GMT
    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.
    The White House is characterizing the U.S. mission against Islamic State militants as a war similar to the one waged against al-Qaida and its affiliates.
  • Sen. Mark Udall visits flooded Colorado towns

    Sen. Mark Udall visits flooded Colorado towns

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:28:55 GMT
    Fighting for his political life, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall is visiting flood-ravaged villages northwest of Denver amid criticism that he's making the disaster a cornerstone of his re-election campaign.
    Fighting for his political life, Colorado U.S. Sen. Mark Udall marked the one-year anniversary of last year's devastating floods by visiting two battered villages northwest of Denver while his re-election campaign...
  • Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps

    Obama, Clinton celebrate 20 years of AmeriCorps

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-09-12 19:20:00 GMT
    President Barack Obama is welcoming former President Bill Clinton to the White House to mark the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program.
    President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton on Friday highlighted the benefits of volunteering as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the AmeriCorps national service program and welcomed the newest class...
  • Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

    Obama to visit Atlanta health center to talk Ebola

    Friday, September 12 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-09-12 18:09:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control.
    President Barack Obama will travel next week to Atlanta to address the Ebola crisis during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the White House said Friday.
  • INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs

    INFLUENCE GAME: Chemical trade tries to shape regs

    Friday, September 12 2014 12:39 PM EDT2014-09-12 16:39:54 GMT
    The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles - but also...
    The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles - but also make it...
  • Senate GOP raises $6M in August, spends twice that

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

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

    Clintons returning to Iowa amid 2016 speculation

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-09-12 15:49:39 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton left Iowa when she finished third in the state's presidential caucuses on what she later called an "excruciating" night in 2008.
    Hillary Rodham Clinton left Iowa on an "excruciating" night in 2008, the beginning of the end of her White House campaign. She returns for the first time this weekend, not quite yet running for president but sure to hear...
  • US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors

    US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors

    Friday, September 12 2014 11:19 AM EDT2014-09-12 15:19:19 GMT
    The Obama administration is sanctioning Russia's largest bank as part of a new round of financial penalties aimed at punishing Moscow for its support of separatists in Ukraine.
    The United States hit Russia Friday with a new round of economic sanctions, levying penalties on Russia's largest bank and expanding financing restrictions on major energy and defense companies.
  • Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

    Nevada governor enacts Tesla tax break package

    Friday, September 12 2014 5:10 AM EDT2014-09-12 09:10:01 GMT
    The Nevada Legislature has approved an unprecedented package of incentives to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.
    Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law Thursday night an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion...
  • US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

    US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over emails

    Friday, September 12 2014 3:49 AM EDT2014-09-12 07:49:05 GMT
    Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.
    Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day.
  • Yahoo says gov't threatened $250,000 a day fine

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

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:58:43 GMT
    Yahoo says the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance laws by surrendering online information, a step the...
    Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company...
  • Obama addresses plight of Christians in Mideast

    Obama addresses plight of Christians in Mideast

    Thursday, September 11 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 23:58:03 GMT
    President Barack Obama says it's important to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as the U.S. and its partners fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama says it's important to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as the U.S. and its partners fight the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
  • US Senate rivals become reality show survivors

    US Senate rivals become reality show survivors

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:49:23 GMT
    Two U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle spent a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival."
    Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show, "Rival Survival."
  • Across the years, Obama's 9/11 message varies

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

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:38:24 GMT
    Five times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the...
    Six times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at...
  • Obama's request to combat militants draws support

    Obama's request to combat militants draws support

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:09:29 GMT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he believes Congress will help President Barack Obama carry through on his strategy to attack Islamic State militants who have been grabbing territory in Iraq and Syria.
    Bending for once to the will of the White House, Republicans and Democrats coalesced Thursday behind President Barack Obama's call to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State militants and pointed toward...
  • Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

    Feds tighten rules on workplace death reporting

    Thursday, September 11 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 22:08:57 GMT
    The federal government on Thursday moved to tighten its rules on the reporting of workplace deaths and severe injuries, declaring that employers beginning Jan. 1 must report any fatalities within eight hours of the...
    Tightening its standards, the government issued new regulations Thursday that will require managers to file a detailed report within eight hours on fatal workplace accidents.
  • Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

    Obama chief of staff pledges action on immigration

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:48:52 GMT
    The White House chief of staff is assuring frustrated Latino lawmakers that President Barack Obama will take executive action by the end of the year to address the nation's flawed immigration system, and do as...
    President Barack Obama will act on his own by year's end to remake the nation's fractured immigration system, and he will go as far as he can under the law, the White House chief of staff told frustrated Latino...
  • Incumbent's loss upends Massachusetts' House race

    Incumbent's loss upends Massachusetts' House race

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:38:08 GMT
    For months, Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic congressman John Tierney as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically wounded and vulnerable to Republican challenger...
    For months, state and national Republican groups have been criticizing Democratic Rep. John Tierney in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District as an extreme partisan on the far left, hoping to leave him politically...
  • Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Retired general to coordinate Iraq, Syria effort

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:28:48 GMT
    U.S. officials say retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State group, as nations begin to determine what part each will play.
    Retired Marine Gen. John Allen will coordinate the broad international effort to battle the Islamic State militants, as the campaign against the extremist group ramps up and nations begin to determine what role each will...
  • Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

    Lawmakers to high court: Protect pregnant workers

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:18:32 GMT
    More than 120 members of Congress are urging the Supreme Court to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty. They say the protections are needed to ensure that...
    More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it's needed to ensure that expecting mothers...
  • APNewsBreak: US sharply cutting deportations

    APNewsBreak: US sharply cutting deportations

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:09:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama, who has postponed until after Election Day his plans that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation, is already on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since...
    President Barack Obama is on pace this year to deport the fewest number of immigrants since at least 2007, even as he has postponed until after Election Day his promised unilateral action that could shield millions more...
  • Obama's counter-terror fight faces high risk

    Obama's counter-terror fight faces high risk

    Thursday, September 11 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 20:09:31 GMT
    President Barack Obama's decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State...
    President Barack Obama's decision to expand airstrikes in Iraq and extend them to Syria raises a host of questions about how an intensified military campaign can achieve his goal of destroying the Islamic State group.
  • House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

    House, Senate weigh bills that are going nowhere

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-09-11 19:58:21 GMT
    The House and Senate are controlled by different political parties, but both are spending time these days on similar paths: debating measures that everyone knows are going nowhere.
    House and Senate leaders, usually proud sorts, staged showdown votes in their chambers Thursday on measures that are going nowhere. And in the logic that prevails during the weeks before crucial congressional elections,...
  • Biden returning to key presidential state of Iowa

    Biden returning to key presidential state of Iowa

    Thursday, September 11 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-09-11 18:48:26 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is returning to the key presidential state of Iowa next week, reminding voters not to count him out of the next presidential campaign.
    Vice President Joe Biden is returning to the key presidential state of Iowa next week, reminding voters not to count him out of the next presidential campaign.
  • Senate kills constitutional amendment on elections

    Senate kills constitutional amendment on elections

    Thursday, September 11 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-09-11 18:28:18 GMT
    Senate Republicans have killed a Democratic-written constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in election campaigns by corporations, wealthy individuals and candidates themselves.
    Senate Republicans have killed a Democratic-written constitutional amendment aimed at big spending in election campaigns by corporations, wealthy individuals and candidates themselves.
  • Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

    Senate women: No tolerance for domestic violence

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:59:02 GMT
    Sixteen female senators from both parties are calling on the NFL to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.
    Sixteen female senators from both parties called on the National Football League Thursday to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.
  • Obama: US to step up economic penalties on Russia

    Obama: US to step up economic penalties on Russia

    Thursday, September 11 2014 1:08 PM EDT2014-09-11 17:08:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. is moving ahead with tougher economic sanctions on Russia over what the U.S. says are Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine.
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. is moving ahead with tougher economic sanctions on Russia over what the U.S. says are Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine.
  • Clintons organizing 10th annual global meeting

    Clintons organizing 10th annual global meeting

    Thursday, September 11 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-11 16:38:16 GMT
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are bringing together heads of state, business leaders and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon for their annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
    Bill and Hillary Clinton are bringing together heads of state, business leaders and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon for their annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
  • Cruz walks out after pro-Israel comments draw boos

    Cruz walks out after pro-Israel comments draw boos

    Thursday, September 11 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-09-11 15:09:22 GMT
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says he walked out of a speech Wednesday night after audience members booed his comments in support of Israel.
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
  • Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

    Ethics could tip scales in Georgia governor race

    Thursday, September 11 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-09-11 13:57:53 GMT
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has always managed to stay one step ahead of ethics scrapes, and the 72-year-old Republican will have to do it again in what is likely his last election campaign in this GOP-leaning state.
  • Homeland Security chief says ISIL not only threat

    Homeland Security chief says ISIL not only threat

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-09-11 12:08:29 GMT
    The head of the Homeland Security Department says that while the surging Islamic State group is taking most U.S. attention now, officials must stay on top of other terrorist threats as well.
    The head of the Homeland Security Department says that while the surging Islamic State group is taking most U.S. attention now, officials must stay on top of other terrorist threats as well.
  • Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    Expanded US strikes are 1st step in long campaign

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-09-11 07:18:17 GMT
    By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal...
    By expanding his military campaign against the Islamic State group, President Barack Obama hopes to reverse the militants' momentum in Iraq, squeeze their sanctuary in Syria and erode their recruiting appeal across the...
  • From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    From Ebola front line: Teaching how to stay safe

    Thursday, September 11 2014 3:18 AM EDT2014-09-11 07:18:13 GMT
    He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease...
    He's traveled to the sites of worrisome outbreaks of SARS, bird flu, MERS. But the Ebola outbreak that's spiraled out of control in West Africa presents new challenges for even a veteran infectious disease doctor -...
  • Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

    Congressional reaction to Obama's speech

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-09-11 03:17:49 GMT
    By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to...
    By The Associated Press Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to combat...
  • Lawyers: Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    Lawyers: Court lifts bank freeze on ex-US diplomat

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:37:48 GMT
    An Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and his wife, lawyers for the couple said late Wednesday.
    An Austrian court has lifted a freeze on bank deposits held by a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations, and his wife, lawyers for the couple said late Wednesday.
  • FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    FACT CHECK: Obama on his plan for military action

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:27:59 GMT
    It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military...
    It's not as clear as President Barack Obama made it sound Wednesday night that he has the authority to go after Islamic State militants in the manner he plans, with sustained airstrikes and associated military actions...
  • Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:19:04 GMT

    In an address to the nation, Obama also announced he was dispatching nearly 500 more U.S. troops to Iraq to assist that country's besieged security forces.

    Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless...
  • Independent walks tightrope in Senate bid in Kan.

    Independent walks tightrope in Senate bid in Kan.

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:18:52 GMT
    Greg Orman, the suddenly relevant independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, is walking a tightrope in his campaign against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, projecting himself as fresh and authentic while...
    Greg Orman, the suddenly relevant independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kansas, is walking a tightrope in his campaign against GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, projecting himself as fresh and authentic while acknowledging that...
  • Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

    Tea party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-09-11 02:07:41 GMT
    Some of the tea party lawmakers who helped force a government shutdown last year over President Barack Obama's health care law appear to be playing nice this time around.
    The tea party may have learned its lesson.
  • Congress questions Goodell actions on Rice video

    Congress questions Goodell actions on Rice video

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:47:28 GMT
    Twelve Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell questioning his handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
    Members of Congress from both parties on Wednesday questioned NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
  • Obama says military campaign will take time

    Obama says military campaign will take time

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:17:57 GMT
    President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama says it will take time to eradicate Islamic State extremists but is offering no timetable for how long the United States will conduct airstrikes against the group in Iraq and Syria.
  • Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Obama to send 475 additional troops to Iraq

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-09-11 01:09:53 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic...
    President Barack Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities.
  • Republican women struggle to secure party's future

    Republican women struggle to secure party's future

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-09-10 23:02:53 GMT
    Elise Stefanik (STEF'-ah-nick) is fighting to make history in upstate New York.
    Elise Stefanik is fighting to make history in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, an expanse of rural America in upstate New York that - like the Republican Party - is struggling to grow.
  • Senators chide freight railroads on delays

    Senators chide freight railroads on delays

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:17:52 GMT
    Senators say they're skeptical that freight railroads are doing all they can do to alleviate widespread delays preventing shippers from getting their products to market.
    Senators and shippers complained Wednesday that widespread delays in freight rail shipments are hurting a wide array of industries and driving some companies out of business, and they expressed doubt that the railroad...
  • Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

    Kerry says US will back Iraq against militants

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 22:08:04 GMT

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed Iraq's Shiite leader on Wednesday to quickly deliver more power to wary Sunnis - or jeopardize any hope of defeating the Islamic State group.

    The United States pledged Wednesday to stand by Iraq as its new leaders pleaded for help in facing down a rampant, deadly insurgency. The assurances by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a daylong visit to Baghdad...
  • Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    Reid calls for vote on training Syrian rebels

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:58 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:58:20 GMT
    House Republicans have rebuffed President Barack Obama's private request for authority to train moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State group militants in Syria. They have also turned aside his appeal...
    In the run-up to a presidential address, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on Wednesday for a quick pre-election vote to approve the administration's request to train and equip Syrian rebels fighting terrorists...
  • Senior Americans burdened with student debt

    Senior Americans burdened with student debt

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:28:36 GMT
    Student loan debt isn't just a problem for the young. A small, but growing percentage of seniors struggle to pay back education debt - tens of thousands even seeing their Social Security benefits offset when...
    Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social...
  • First lady helps reopen White House Visitor Center

    First lady helps reopen White House Visitor Center

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:28:29 GMT
    Michelle Obama has helped reopen the White House Visitor Center following a two-year, $12.6 million renovation.
    The desk where President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his "fireside chats." An eagle ornamental feature from the top of the flagpole on the White House roof. A desk with an intercom system that allowed the chief White...
  • Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

    Court adds gay marriage to Sept. 29 agenda

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-09-10 20:08:20 GMT
    The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.
    The Supreme Court has formally added gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.
  • Officials: No threat of Islamic State attack in US

    Officials: No threat of Islamic State attack in US

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-09-10 15:07:23 GMT
    The Obama administration is reiterating its belief that there is no immediate threat of an attack in the U.S. by Islamic State extremists.
    The Islamic State group doesn't pose an immediate threat of an attack in the United States, senior U.S. officials testified Wednesday, but warned that the danger from the militants is spreading beyond the Middle East...
  • Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    Reid: Give Obama authority to equip Syrian rebels

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-09-10 14:28:28 GMT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Congress should give President Barack Obama authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants, without rushing into a war like the one in Iraq.
  • Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

    Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-09-10 12:28:14 GMT
    The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company...
    The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company officials say....
  • Senator: Congress must vote on fighting Islamists

    Senator: Congress must vote on fighting Islamists

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-09-10 11:56:55 GMT
    An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration's push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little.
    An independent member of the U.S. Senate is voicing uneasiness with the Obama administration's push toward a more fierce confrontation with Islamic militants, while criticizing Congress for doing too little.
  • News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

    News Guide: Highlights of primary elections

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-09-10 07:24:14 GMT
    Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
    Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
  • Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat

    Democrat Moulton sets sights on congressional seat

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 2:07 AM EDT2014-09-10 06:07:27 GMT
    Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state's 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney...
    Political newcomer Seth Moulton is setting his sights on Republican Richard Tisei in the state's 6th Congressional District, having pulled off the stunning defeat of nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney in a...
  • After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive

    After Brown wins GOP primary, Shaheen on offensive

    Wednesday, September 10 2014 1:57 AM EDT2014-09-10 05:57:35 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wasted no time contrasting Republican Scott Brown's recent arrival in New Hampshire to her deep connections and decades of service, running ads against him hours before he won the...
    U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wasted no time contrasting Republican Scott Brown's recent arrival in New Hampshire to her deep connections and decades of service, running ads against him hours before he won the Republican...
  • US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

    US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-09-10 03:56:48 GMT
    Nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday conceded defeat to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the Democratic primary in the state's 6th Congressional District.
    In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state's 6th Congressional District.
  • Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

    Security clearance contractor to lose gov't work

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:17:21 GMT
    The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and...
    The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to terminate its massive contracts with USIS, the major security clearance contractor that was targeted last month by a cyberattack, agency, congressional and company...
  • Brown wins GOP primary in bid for US Senate return

    Brown wins GOP primary in bid for US Senate return

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:06 PM EDT2014-09-10 02:06:41 GMT
    Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state.
    Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state.
  • US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

    US Rep. Tierney concedes defeat in Dem primary

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-09-10 01:56:52 GMT
    Nine-term U.S. Rep. John Tierney has conceded defeat to former Marine Seth Moulton after a hard-fought Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District.
    Nine-term U.S. Rep. John Tierney has conceded defeat to former Marine Seth Moulton after a hard-fought Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District.
  • Justice Dept. watchdog complains of interference

    Justice Dept. watchdog complains of interference

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-09-10 01:56:50 GMT
    The Justice Department's inspector general says his staff is routinely blocked from getting access to documents it needs for investigation of the department.
    The Justice Department's inspector general said Tuesday that his staff is routinely blocked from getting access to documents it needs for audits and reviews of the department and its law enforcement agencies.
  • Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

    Study: More pilots testing positive for drugs

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-09-10 01:36:38 GMT
    A draft study of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades shows increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying.
    Tests of pilots killed in plane crashes over more than two decades show an increasing use of both legal and illegal drugs, including some that could impair flying, according to a study released Tuesday by the National...
  • Brown wins New Hampshire Republican Senate primary

    Brown wins New Hampshire Republican Senate primary

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-09-10 00:57:59 GMT
    Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has won his Republican primary in New Hampshire, advancing his attempt to get back to the Senate from another state.
    Former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown won New Hampshire's Republican U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, moving forward in his attempt to get back to Washington from another state.
  • House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

    House GOP to extend Export-Import Bank authority

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-09-09 23:59:04 GMT
    Speaker John Boehner says the House will extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month and it may be done as part of a government-wide funding bill that's needed to prevent a shutdown at month's...
    House Republicans moved Tuesday to extend the authority of the Export-Import Bank this month as part of a government-wide funding bill needed to prevent a shutdown at month's end.
  • Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-09-09 23:58:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama will deliver a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday to discuss his plans for expanding U.S. efforts to confront militants in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to...
  • Court hears arguments over Walker-related probe

    Court hears arguments over Walker-related probe

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-09-09 23:28:04 GMT
    Prosecutors investigating Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups hope to convince a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's ruling that temporarily blocked the...
    Wisconsin prosecutors on Tuesday tried to persuade a federal appeals court to let them to resume their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign, in a case that touches on broader issues about just...
  • Senate candidates in Colo. clash on foreign policy

    Senate candidates in Colo. clash on foreign policy

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:37:16 GMT
    Turning more to foreign policy in a Senate race that has centered on domestic concerns, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on Tuesday blamed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for not doing more to stop the rise of the terrorist...
    Turning more to foreign policy in a Senate race that has centered on domestic concerns, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner on Tuesday blamed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for not doing more to stop the rise of the terrorist...
  • Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

    Obama defends decision to delay immigration action

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:29:58 GMT
    Abandoning his pledge to act by the end of summer, President Barack Obama has decided to delay any executive action on immigration until after the November congressional elections, White House officials said.
    President Barack Obama said Saturday that the surge of immigrant children entering the U.S. illegally changed the politics surrounding the issue of immigration and led him to put off a pledge to use executive action that...
  • House votes to block EPA water rules

    House votes to block EPA water rules

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:16:57 GMT
    The Republican-controlled House is moving to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands. Critics say the rule...
    The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands - an action that...
  • Amid GOP fears, Kansas senator's campaign reboots

    Amid GOP fears, Kansas senator's campaign reboots

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-09 22:16:53 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts' newly retooled campaign already sounds different from the quiet races he's run in the past.
    Pat Roberts' quickly retooled Senate campaign is emerging, and it already sounds different from the quiet races he's run in the past.
  • House condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    House condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:46:54 GMT
    House Republicans are pushing a resolution condemning President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders.
    The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to condemn President Barack Obama for failing to give 30-day notice to Congress about the exchange in May of American prisoner Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders held at...
  • Safety board finds multiple errors in UPS crash

    Safety board finds multiple errors in UPS crash

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-09-09 21:07:30 GMT
    An accident investigations board is scheduled to meet Tuesday to decide the cause of a fatal cargo plane crash that has become the focus of dispute between UPS and its pilot union over whether work schedules are...
    A fatal UPS cargo plane crash during a landing attempt last year was caused by pilots who made a series of errors and should have aborted the landing, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
  • Congress considers review of police military gear

    Congress considers review of police military gear

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:57:19 GMT
    Congress says it's considering doing more to monitor and hold accountable police departments across the United States that obtain sophisticated military equipment from the federal government.
    U.S. government programs to help local police agencies obtain military-grade equipment evolved in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but more than a decade later lawmakers are questioning why smalltown police...
  • Sen. Reid calls for apology for plantation remark

    Sen. Reid calls for apology for plantation remark

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 4:27 PM EDT2014-09-09 20:27:48 GMT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants an apology from a GOP House member and Senate candidate who says that Reid runs the Senate, quote, "like a plantation."
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday he wants an apology from a GOP House member and Senate candidate who said that Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation."
  • Biden: Domestic violence a stain on US character

    Biden: Domestic violence a stain on US character

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-09-09 19:56:42 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden says violence against women is the ugliest form of violence there is. He's calling it a stain on America's national character that must be exposed and eliminated.
    Vice President Joe Biden says violence against women is the ugliest form of violence there is. He's calling it a stain on America's national character that must be exposed and eliminated.
  • Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

    Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-09-09 19:28:46 GMT
    Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
    Both sides in the gay marriage debate agree on one thing: It's time for the Supreme Court to settle the matter.
  • Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

    Veterans Watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-09-09 19:28:41 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department says it has reached out to all veterans on official and unofficial waiting lists at the VA's troubled Phoenix medical center, where a whistleblower first exposed long delays in...
    Managers at more than a dozen Veterans Affairs medical facilities lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues, the department's inspector general said Tuesday.
  • GOP leader wants Obama to seek Hill OK for strike

    GOP leader wants Obama to seek Hill OK for strike

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-09 19:06:56 GMT
    The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants.
    The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants.
  • GOP in uphill battle in Michigan US Senate fight

    GOP in uphill battle in Michigan US Senate fight

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-09 19:06:54 GMT
    Not so long ago, Republicans were giddy about prospects for seizing the Michigan U.S. Senate seat held for more than three decades by retiring Democrat Sen. Carl Levin.
    Not so long ago, Republicans were giddy about winning U.S. Senate control in part by picking up a prized seat in Michigan held for more than three decades by a retiring Democratic lion, Sen. Carl Levin.
  • US airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles

    US airstrikes in Iraq hit Islamic State vehicles

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-09-09 17:58:25 GMT
    The U.S. military says it launched five more airstrikes in support of Iraqi government troops and Sunni tribesmen protecting the Haditha Dam against fighters of the Islamic State group that controls parts of...
    The U.S. military says it launched five more airstrikes in support of Iraqi government troops and Sunni tribesmen protecting the Haditha Dam against fighters of the Islamic State group that controls parts of northern and...
  • Boehner: Awaiting Obama strategy against militants

    Boehner: Awaiting Obama strategy against militants

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-09-09 15:28:29 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says Islamic State militants are a serious threat that must be dealt with in Iraq, Syria or wherever they exist.
    House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday that Islamic State militants pose a serious threat that must be dealt with in Iraq, Syria or wherever they exist as he pressed President Barack Obama to spell out the U.S. strategy...
  • College savings on the rise as plans average $20K

    College savings on the rise as plans average $20K

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-09-09 14:36:29 GMT
    The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount still isn't enough to cover one year at a four-year public university.
    The good news is that Americans are saving more than ever for college. The bad news is that the average amount wouldn't come close to getting a person a degree.
  • Senator: US must take on Islamic State militants

    Senator: US must take on Islamic State militants

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 8:36 AM EDT2014-09-09 12:36:25 GMT
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it's critically important that the United States strongly confront the insurgent Islamic State organization.
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says it's critically important that the United States strongly confront the insurgent Islamic State organization.
  • Clinton to join Obama for AmeriCorps anniversary

    Clinton to join Obama for AmeriCorps anniversary

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-09-09 10:07:27 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton will join President Barack Obama at the White House this week to mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, officials said Tuesday.
    Former President Bill Clinton will join President Barack Obama at the White House this week to mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, officials said Tuesday.
  • Romney inner circle meeting in Washington

    Romney inner circle meeting in Washington

    Tuesday, September 9 2014 3:16 AM EDT2014-09-09 07:16:53 GMT
    Members of Mitt Romney's inner circle are shooting down speculation about Romney's 2016 ambitions on the eve of a senior staff reunion in Washington.
    Members of Mitt Romney's inner circle are shooting down speculation about the former Republican presidential nominee's 2016 ambitions on the eve of a senior staff reunion in Washington.
  • Wendy Davis says memoir was not written to aid bid

    Wendy Davis says memoir was not written to aid bid

    Monday, September 8 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-09-09 03:17:49 GMT
    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has said revealing in a memoir released to bookstores Tuesday that she terminated a pregnancy in which the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality was not...
    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis said revealing in a memoir that she terminated a pregnancy in which the fetus had developed a severe brain abnormality was not meant to boost her campaign in its final...
  • Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

    Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

    Monday, September 8 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 02:46:32 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria.
    President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still...
  • Obama promises more US aid to stem Ebola outbreak

    Obama promises more US aid to stem Ebola outbreak

    Monday, September 8 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-09-09 02:46:24 GMT
    President Barack Obama is pledging more U.S. assistance to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
    President Barack Obama is pledging more U.S. assistance to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • Obama decries domestic violence after Rice cut

    Obama decries domestic violence after Rice cut

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-09-09 01:16:03 GMT
    President Barack Obama is speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of Ray Rice's termination by the Baltimore Ravens.
    President Barack Obama is speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of Ray Rice's termination by the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

    Schwarzenegger reveals portrait by Austrian artist

    Monday, September 8 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-09-09 00:36:16 GMT
    The Governator is back.
    Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has lifted the curtain on his official state portrait, revealing a photograph-like giant image of the onetime bodybuilder in front of the official California seal.
  • Udall apologizes for comments on slain hostages

    Udall apologizes for comments on slain hostages

    Monday, September 8 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-09-08 23:58:12 GMT
    Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is apologizing for saying that two reporters beheaded by militants in the Middle East would agree that the United States should "not be impulsive" in responding to their deaths.
    Sen. Mark Udall on Monday apologized for saying that two reporters beheaded by militants in the Middle East would agree that the United States should not "be impulsive" in responding to their deaths.
  • Senate Dems in doomed push to limit campaign funds

    Senate Dems in doomed push to limit campaign funds

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:57:20 GMT
    Senate Democrats are starting a campaign-season push for a constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states curb election spending by special interests.
    Senate Democrats started their campaign-season drive Monday for a constitutional amendment aimed at curbing special interests' financial clout in elections, a doomed effort the party hopes will help them make a...
  • Michelle Obama stumps for Nunn in Ga. Senate race

    Michelle Obama stumps for Nunn in Ga. Senate race

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:47:54 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama is in Georgia making her debut on the 2014 campaign trail, helping Senate candidate Michelle Nunn in her bid to pick up a key seat for Democrats.
    First lady Michelle Obama debuted on the 2014 campaign trail Monday in Georgia, where Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is working to pick up a key seat for Democrats.
  • Kerry: New Iraq gov't is key to militants' defeat

    Kerry: New Iraq gov't is key to militants' defeat

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:36:44 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Saudi Arabia and Jordan this week to meet with Mideast leaders about confronting threats from the Islamic State militant group.
    Secretary of State John Kerry says Iraq has cleared a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State militant group by forming a government that has pledged to ease sectarian tensions in the country.
  • US says airstrike killed estimated 50 fighters

    US says airstrike killed estimated 50 fighters

    Monday, September 8 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-09-08 22:07:03 GMT
    The U.S. military says its latest airstrikes in Iraq killed an unusually large number of Islamic State fighters.
    The U.S. military says its latest airstrikes in Iraq killed an unusually large number of Islamic State fighters.
  • US fears Islamic State group attack on Jordan

    US fears Islamic State group attack on Jordan

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-09-08 21:56:56 GMT
    Worried that Jordan could be vulnerable to the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. is stepping up its intelligence cooperation with one of its most stalwart Middle East allies.
    Worried that Jordan could be vulnerable to the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. is stepping up its intelligence cooperation with one of its most stalwart Middle East allies.
  • Obama to meet with India's Modi on Sept. 29-30

    Obama to meet with India's Modi on Sept. 29-30

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-09-08 21:46:00 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will welcome India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee), to the White House for a Sept. 29-30 visit aimed at repairing frayed...
    President Barack Obama will welcome India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee), to the White House for a Sept. 29-30 visit aimed at repairing frayed relations between their countries.
  • Study: Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion

    Study: Rise in ER visits after Medicaid expansion

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-09-08 21:36:36 GMT
    A new study finds that many people newly covered by Medicaid under the federal health law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms. That's one of the most expensive settings for health care.
    Many people newly insured by Medicaid under the federal health care law are seeking treatment in hospital emergency rooms, one of the most expensive medical settings, a study released Monday concludes.
  • Administration: 'Worst is over for now' on border

    Administration: 'Worst is over for now' on border

    Monday, September 8 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-09-08 21:27:22 GMT
    The Obama administration is asking Congress to agree to an additional $1.2 billion to deal with the unaccompanied minors arriving at the Southwest border.
    The Obama administration renewed its plea Monday for Congress to provide additional money to deal with the unaccompanied migrant children at the border, even as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson declared that "the...
  • New VA chief: Veterans agency too complicated

    New VA chief: Veterans agency too complicated

    Monday, September 8 2014 4:57 PM EDT2014-09-08 20:57:57 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday, promising to make it...
    The Veterans Affairs Department with its 14 different password-protected websites is too complicated for most veterans to navigate, new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Monday as he promised to make it...
  • Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail

    Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail

    Monday, September 8 2014 3:30 PM EDT2014-09-08 19:30:29 GMT
    The Clinton juggernaut is hitting the midterm campaign trail this week for fellow Democrats who are shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama.
    The Clinton juggernaut hits the midterm campaign trail this week as the power couple lends fundraising prowess and their seal of approval to Democratic candidates shunning an unpopular President Barack Obama. For Hillary...
  • Hagel: US must weigh results of broader Iraq fight

    Hagel: US must weigh results of broader Iraq fight

    Monday, September 8 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-09-08 19:17:29 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says that as the U.S. considers how to expand operations against the Islamic State militants in Iraq, President Barack Obama needs to weigh all the consequences of what could be a...
    As the U.S. considers how to expand operations against the Islamic State militants in Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that President Barack Obama needs to weigh all the consequences of what could be a...
  • Report: Security agency not prepared for pandemic

    Report: Security agency not prepared for pandemic

    Monday, September 8 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-08 19:06:51 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says the agency is ill prepared to respond to a pandemic and has a stockpile of expired or soon-to-expire medicine and supplies on hand.
    For nearly a decade the Homeland Security Department has stockpiled supplies, from respirators and surgical masks to hand sanitizer and antiviral medications, in case of a pandemic. But the agency stocked up without...
  • Marine, Iraq vet aims to oust House Democrat

    Marine, Iraq vet aims to oust House Democrat

    Monday, September 8 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-09-08 19:06:45 GMT
    Seth Moulton's opposition to another ground war in Iraq is rooted in firsthand experience acquired from four tours. As a young Marine, he saw how quickly a militant threat could transform U.S. military advisers...
    Seth Moulton's opposition to another ground war in Iraq is rooted in firsthand experience acquired from four tours. As a young Marine, he saw how quickly a militant threat could transform U.S. military advisers into a...
  • Hagel: Turkey will play role in militant fight

    Hagel: Turkey will play role in militant fight

    Monday, September 8 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-09-08 18:45:52 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Turkey has limits to what it will do in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, but the country will play a role in the regional campaign being developed.
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Turkey has limits to what it will do in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq, but the country will play a role in the regional campaign being developed.
  • Clinton, Bush yuk it up, launch scholars program

    Clinton, Bush yuk it up, launch scholars program

    Monday, September 8 2014 1:36 PM EDT2014-09-08 17:36:35 GMT
    Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are launching a new scholars program at four presidential libraries, aiming to help academics and business leaders learn more about presidential leadership.
    Political opposites turned friends, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush launched a new scholars program at four presidential centers with an opening act that might have been mistaken for a comedy routine.
  • Rep. Dingell hospitalized with abdominal pain

    Rep. Dingell hospitalized with abdominal pain

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-09-08 16:57:49 GMT
    U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan is being hospitalized in Detroit after experiencing abdominal pain.
    U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the longest-serving member of Congress in history, was hospitalized Monday after experiencing abdominal pain but is "doing well" and is expected to be released in a few days, according...
  • Treasury to limit profitability of overseas shifts

    Treasury to limit profitability of overseas shifts

    Monday, September 8 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-09-08 16:38:29 GMT
    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the Obama administration will decide 'in the very near future' what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to...
    The Obama administration will decide "in the very near future" what actions it can take to make it less profitable for U.S. companies to shift their legal addresses to other countries, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said...
  • US weighs security needs at overseas embassies

    US weighs security needs at overseas embassies

    Monday, September 8 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-09-08 15:15:36 GMT
    The Obama administration is directing all U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to review security and the State Department says it will give additional help to embassies and consulates in need.
    The Obama administration is directing all U.S. diplomatic posts overseas to review security and the State Department says it will give additional help to embassies and consulates in need.
  • Summer break over, must-do tasks await Congress

    Summer break over, must-do tasks await Congress

    Monday, September 8 2014 9:37 AM EDT2014-09-08 13:37:35 GMT
    Summer break over and elections ahead, Congress is beginning an abbreviated September session with must-do tasks of preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet.
    Summer break over and elections ahead, Congress is beginning an abbreviated September session with must-do tasks of preventing a government shutdown and extending a freeze on taxing access to the Internet.
  • Ditka in ad for Republican gubernatorial candidate

    Ditka in ad for Republican gubernatorial candidate

    Sunday, September 7 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-09-07 23:34:55 GMT
    Da Coach has weighed in on Da Campaign for Illinois governor.
    Da Coach has weighed in on Da Campaign for Illinois governor.
  • Obama says Afghan power-sharing deal needed soon

    Obama says Afghan power-sharing deal needed soon

    Sunday, September 7 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-09-07 18:55:01 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama has told Afghanistan's two presidential candidates that it's important to complete a power-sharing deal as soon as possible so the country can form a new government.
    The White House says President Barack Obama has told Afghanistan's two presidential candidates that it's important to complete a power-sharing deal as soon as possible so the country can form a new government.
  • Pence's pivot to the middle angers far-right base

    Pence's pivot to the middle angers far-right base

    Sunday, September 7 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-09-07 17:25:09 GMT
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is angering the hardcore conservatives who courted him for the White House in 2012 as he positions himself for a possible presidential run in 2016.
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been ticking off some of his tea party backers as he positions himself to possibly run for president in 2016, and that may be just what he needs to appeal to business-minded Republicans looking...
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  • New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

    New Jersey loses 4th casino as Trump Plaza closes

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:22:43 GMT
    When Trump Plaza opened on May 14, 1984, Donald Trump called it the finest building in Atlantic City, and possibly the nation.
    The supervisor drew his finger in a slashing motion moments after the final hand of blackjack had been dealt at Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino.
  • Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:12 GMT
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a...
    The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in...
  • Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

    Racing wildfire engulfs homes in California town

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:13:11 GMT
    Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.
    Aided by calmer winds and another day of fire-retardant bomber sorties, firefighters mopped up Tuesday around the smoldering remains of 100 structures, most of them homes, after a wind-driven wildfire raced through a...
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