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  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:34:39 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants...
  • Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary

    Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary

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

    Alaska Republicans vie for chance to unseat Begich

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 02:04:20 GMT
    A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.
    A whistle-stop tour of the state in an RV. An endorsement from the second man to walk on the moon. Even one of the most polarizing figures in American politics found cause to weigh in on the state she used to lead.
  • Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

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

    AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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

    Rights groups call for openness in Brown case

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

    AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:45:07 GMT
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
    The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel.
  • Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-19 21:04:53 GMT
    Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story.
    Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story.
  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

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

    AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

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

    Many communities still mistrust police

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

    Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire

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

    New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

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

    As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role

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

    Rove-backed Crossroads adds Colo. to fall TV plan

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

    US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

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

    Emanuel's critics scurry to find 2015 challenger

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

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

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

    US won't reveal records on health website security

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

    Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

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

    House Democrats' campaign arm has $57M banked

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

    FAA blocks US planes from flying over Syria

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

    Obama: Time to review local police militarization

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

    Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

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

    Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

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

    Eyes on 2016? Clinton goes to Iowa next month

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

    Witness: McDonnell struggled to rein in his wife

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

    Attorney: Gov. Perry's booking will be public

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

    Obama sending attorney general Holder to Missouri

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

    Biden welcomes Castro amid 2016 VP chatter

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

    Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

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

    Government wants to make cars talk to each other

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

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

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

    No arrest warrant being issued for Texas' Perry

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

    Obama on family vacation with just part of family

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

    Obama heads back to DC in rare vacation break

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

    New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

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

    Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies

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

    Defiant Perry defends veto that led to indictment

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

    US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

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

    Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power

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

    Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

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

    Perry latest 2016 GOP hopeful facing legal trouble

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

    Boehner's fundraising skills evident during summer

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

    GOP Senate campaign arm has more than $26M saved

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

    Schatz wins over voters in tough US Senate primary

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

    Schatz wins Democratic Hawaii US Senate primary

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

    John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

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

    Vacation chief has traveled a long road with Obama

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

    More Clinton-Obama differences likely to emerge

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

    Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

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

    White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

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

    Sarah Palin endorses Joe Miller in Senate race

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

    Texas' Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

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

    Battle over flood aid roils Colorado Senate race

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

    Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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

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

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

    US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

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

    Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

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

    Jeb Bush lends political star power to Rick Scott

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

    War college begins review into senator's work

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

    Ex-Eagle Cobb running for Congress in New Jersey

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

    Obama to visit Estonia in September

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

    Obama steps into another racially charged incident

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

    Obama's involvement in 3 racially charged cases

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

    Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

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

    Miller says he'll back Alaska GOP Senate nominee

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

    Challengers line up Wyoming's US senator

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

    Battle for obscure Nevada office all about 2016

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

    Sentencing panel to weigh economic crime penalties

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

    Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

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

    US commends al-Maliki for stepping aside

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

    Holder promises Brown family a full investigation

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

    Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

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

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

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

    Report: FBI improves national security letter use

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

    VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

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

    For Obama, pitfalls and power in addressing race

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

    IRS failed to do background checks on contractors

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

    Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

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

    Media groups present petition supporting reporter

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

    Obama confers on Ebola with African leaders

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

    Obama: US broke militants' siege on Iraq mountain

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

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

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

    Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

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

    Clinton and White House try to shrug off split

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

    US says far fewer Iraqi refugees on Sinjar Mt.

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

    US credits strikes with allowing Iraqis to escape

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

    VA referrals to private doctors on rise

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

    Correction: Postal Service-Losses story

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

    Lighter sentences sought for some business crimes

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

    Report: NSA eyed preset strikes in cyberattacks

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

    US drone attacks, destroys armed truck in Iraq

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

    Obama speaks to Israel's Netanyahu amid cease-fire

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

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

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

    American at NKorea labor camp gets consular visit

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

    House candidate's first vote is one for himself

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

    Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

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

    All Sept. 11 suspects back on same trial schedule

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

    Tennessee's Corker won't rule out presidential bid

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

    Decision could boost use of popular weed killer

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

    Report: White House didn't OK immigrant releases

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

    Congress on board with Obama's Iraq plans

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

    Kerry visits Solomon Islands, sees WWII memorials

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

    US sends 130 more troops to Iraq

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

    Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

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

    US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

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

    Obama administration eases part of lobbying rule

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

    AP exam grants: how much each state is receiving

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

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

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

    Watchdog: Officials didn't OK immigrant releases

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

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

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

    Clinton making amends with Obama after critique

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

    Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

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

    Bitterness defining Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

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

    House campaign groups start $75M ad push

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

    Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers

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

    Obama talks Iraq with leaders of Turkey, Canada

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

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

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

    US drone attacks Iraq militant mortar position

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

    DEA improperly paid $854,460 for passenger lists

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

    John Kerry stayed at US-blacklisted Myanmar hotel

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

    US sees hope for easing of Ukraine tensions

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

    US, Australia sign military cooperation pact

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

    Ebola: Questions, answers about an unproven drug

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

    Storm victims likely to decide Hawaii Senate race

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

    US sends food, water, other aid to Iraq

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

    Obama calls Robin Williams 'one of a kind'

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

    Foreign policy crises intrude on Obama vacations

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

    Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as 'step forward'

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

    US fighters hit Islamic State checkpoints

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

    Clinton distinguishes herself from Obama policies

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

    Holder says Missouri shooting deserves review

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

    Correction: GOP-2016-Social Conservatives story

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

    Obama takes step to improve government technology

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:48:03 GMT
    The White House is announcing the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.
    The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly.
  • Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee

    Biden calls Iraq president, prime minister nominee

    Monday, August 11 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-11 17:17:02 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is giving U.S. support to Iraq's new president as he's embroiled in dispute with the prime minister.
    Vice President Joe Biden is giving U.S. support to Iraq's new president and his nominee to take over as prime minister over the objections of the incumbent.
  • Obama directs funds to fight terrorists in Africa

    Obama directs funds to fight terrorists in Africa

    Monday, August 11 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-08-11 14:59:01 GMT
    President Barack Obama is directing $10 million in emergency Pentagon spending to help fight terrorists in northern Africa.
    President Barack Obama on Monday directed $10 million in emergency Pentagon spending to help France fight terrorists in northwest Africa.
  • Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

    Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:07 AM EDT2014-08-11 08:07:47 GMT
    Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary.
    Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary.
  • Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments

    Illinois governor, opponent clash over investments

    Monday, August 11 2014 2:57 AM EDT2014-08-11 06:57:00 GMT
    Illinois voters are hearing a lot about a territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean during one of the nation's most competitive governor's races.
    Illinois voters are hearing a lot about a territory thousands of miles away in the Caribbean during one of the nation's most competitive governor's races.
  • Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

    Alaska GOP candidates clash on immigration

    Monday, August 11 2014 2:06 AM EDT2014-08-11 06:06:50 GMT
    Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, the major Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration in a televised debate Sunday night.
    Thousands of miles from the U.S-Mexico border, three Republicans vying for their party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska clashed on immigration Sunday night in a televised debate ahead of the Aug. 19 primary.
  • State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president

    State Dept.: US 'fully supports' Iraq president

    Sunday, August 10 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-11 02:27:05 GMT
    A leading Republican says he worries an American city could soon be a terrorist target if the U.S. military fails to turn back Islamic militants on the march in Iraq and Syria.
    The United States said Sunday it "fully supports" Iraq's new president, just hours after embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution.
  • Hawaii Democrats seek unity after dramatic races

    Hawaii Democrats seek unity after dramatic races

    Sunday, August 10 2014 9:06 PM EDT2014-08-11 01:06:49 GMT
    Hawaii's Democratic Unity Breakfast the morning after the primary election is traditionally a time for candidates to put aside differences and rally together to challenge the Republican candidates they will...
    Hawaii's Democratic Unity Breakfast the morning after the primary election is traditionally a time for candidates to set aside their differences and coalesce against the Republican candidates they will face in November.
  • Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

    Study: Keystone carbon pollution more than figured

    Sunday, August 10 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-10 17:17:49 GMT
    The much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated earlier this year, a new study concludes.
    A new study concludes that the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline could produce four times more global warming pollution than the State Department calculated this year.
  • Prime chance in Iowa for potential 2016 candidates

    Prime chance in Iowa for potential 2016 candidates

    Sunday, August 10 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-10 16:56:56 GMT
    The lineup of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates courting Iowa conservatives Saturday agreed on two things: America is on the wrong track and they could move it in the right direction.
    The lineup of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates courting Iowa conservatives Saturday agreed on two things: America is on the wrong track and they could move it in the right direction.
  • US military conducts more airstrikes in Iraq

    US military conducts more airstrikes in Iraq

    Sunday, August 10 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-08-10 16:08:30 GMT
    The Defense Department says a new round of airstrikes by U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones has targeted Islamic militants in Iraq.
    The Defense Department says a new round of airstrikes by U.S. fighter jets and unmanned drones has targeted Islamic militants in Iraq.
  • Hawaii's governor ousted in stunning primary loss

    Hawaii's governor ousted in stunning primary loss

    Sunday, August 10 2014 7:26 AM EDT2014-08-10 11:26:43 GMT
    A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership...
    A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to...
  • Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie ousted by Ige in primary

    Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie ousted by Ige in primary

    Sunday, August 10 2014 4:36 AM EDT2014-08-10 08:36:31 GMT
    As the final days of campaigning drew to a close in Hawaii's dramatic primary races, a pair of hurricanes thrashed toward the islands.
    In a stunning defeat for an incumbent, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie was unseated by a fellow Democrat in Saturday's primary election, as voters chose state Sen. David Ige as their nominee in one of two marquee races...
  • US oversees its 3rd airdrop of supplies in Iraq

    US oversees its 3rd airdrop of supplies in Iraq

    Saturday, August 9 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-08-10 01:36:02 GMT
    The U.S. military has dropped food and water for a third time to thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar.
    The U.S. military has dropped food and water for a third time to thousands of Iraqi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar.
  • Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action

    Obama offers no time limit on Iraq military action

    Saturday, August 9 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-10 00:06:19 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement Saturday on the situation in Iraq.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday refused to give a time limit on America's renewed military involvement in Iraq, saying he doesn't think "we are going to solve this problem in weeks" as the country struggles to...
  • US launches 4 airstrikes against Iraqi militants

    US launches 4 airstrikes against Iraqi militants

    Saturday, August 9 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-09 23:37:28 GMT
    The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.
    The U.S. military says American jet fighters and drones have conducted four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq, taking out armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians.
  • Obama leaves DC for Massachusetts island vacation

    Obama leaves DC for Massachusetts island vacation

    Saturday, August 9 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-08-09 21:45:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama is opening a two-week summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard just as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq.
    President Barack Obama on Saturday fled Washington for his familiar spot on Martha's Vineyard for a two-week summer vacation, which comes as the U.S. is engaged in airstrikes against Islamic militant targets in Iraq.
  • Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions

    Kerry seeks to calm South China Sea tensions

    Saturday, August 9 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-08-09 20:52:03 GMT
    Already scrambling to confront multiple simultaneous international crises, the Obama administration stepped up efforts Saturday to avert another, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China and its...
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday urged China and its neighbors to take new steps to ease tensions over maritime disputes that many fear could spark conflict.
  • Kerry presses Myanmar on democratic reform

    Kerry presses Myanmar on democratic reform

    Saturday, August 9 2014 2:36 PM EDT2014-08-09 18:36:07 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is warning the leaders of Myanmar that improved relations with the United States will require a significant speed-up in its democratic transition and a halt to what Washington...
    To improve relations with the United States, Myanmar must make progress in its democratic transition and halt what Washington sees as backsliding on commitments to improve human rights, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...
  • Obama, Merkel warn Russia against intervention

    Obama, Merkel warn Russia against intervention

    Saturday, August 9 2014 2:25 PM EDT2014-08-09 18:25:55 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) agree that any Russian intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable and violates international law.
    The White House says President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) agree that any Russian intervention in Ukraine is unacceptable and violates international law.
  • Hagel: US, India must improve defense cooperation

    Hagel: US, India must improve defense cooperation

    Saturday, August 9 2014 5:27 AM EDT2014-08-09 09:27:18 GMT
    The United States and India must seize opportunities to collaborate more on defense development and not let government red tape and other problems stymie progress between the two nations, U.S. Defense Secretary...
    The United States and India must seize opportunities to collaborate more on defense development and not let government red tape and other problems stymie progress between the two nations, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...
  • Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

    Hawaii primary to go ahead despite tropical storm

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:35 AM EDT2014-08-09 05:35:32 GMT
    Hawaii election officials were scrambling Friday to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which officials determined will go ahead as planned despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm...
    Hawaii election officials were scrambling Friday to set up polling stations ahead of the state's primary election, which officials determined will go ahead as planned despite rain and winds from Tropical Storm Iselle...
  • Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions

    Kerry aims to calm South China Sea tensions

    Saturday, August 9 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-08-09 05:15:31 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its smaller neighbors.
  • Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

    Obama's Iraq aim: contain, not destroy, extremists

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:57 PM EDT2014-08-09 02:57:00 GMT
    Declaring that "America is coming to help," President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat...
    President Barack Obama's new military strategy in Iraq amounts to trying to contain - not destroy - the Islamic militant group that now controls much of the country's northern region. That leaves open the questions...
  • VA chief makes 1st hospital visit amid scandal

    VA chief makes 1st hospital visit amid scandal

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-08-09 02:35:40 GMT
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and health care providers and vowing to restore...
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visited a VA hospital Friday for the first time since taking over the embattled agency last month, meeting with veterans and health care providers and vowing to restore trust in...
  • 2016 preview? Perry, Cruz at same GOP gathering

    2016 preview? Perry, Cruz at same GOP gathering

    Friday, August 8 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-08-09 00:15:52 GMT
    Sounding more than ever like a 2016 presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling for a national "rebellion" against a "power-hungry, oppressive" president.
    Sounding like he's almost made up his mind to run again for president, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday told a national audience of conservatives that it's time for a rebellion against a "power-hungry, oppressive"...
  • How Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq

    How Obama decided on airstrikes in Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-08-09 00:06:03 GMT
    For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned...
    For much of the summer, President Barack Obama had watched with alarm as a brutal, al-Qaida-linked insurgency seized more and more territory in northern Iraq. But it wasn't until Thursday, when Obama learned that...
  • Democrats search for replacement in US Senate race

    Democrats search for replacement in US Senate race

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-08-08 23:26:28 GMT
    Democrats will be hard-pressed in quickly finding a strong candidate for Montana's U.S. Senate election after incumbent John Walsh's abrupt withdrawal from the campaign in a plagiarism controversy.
    Montana Democrats were casting about Friday for a last-minute U.S. Senate candidate to take on Republican Rep. Steve Daines, after their hopes to hold the seat in November suffered a huge blow with the withdrawal of...
  • Coal group: No doubts about McConnell's support

    Coal group: No doubts about McConnell's support

    Friday, August 8 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-08-08 23:26:23 GMT
    A trade group representing Kentucky's coal industry is defended Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell after a published report that his wife is a board member of an organization that has spent $50 million to close...
    A trade group representing Kentucky's coal industry defended Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell on Friday after a published report said his wife is a board member of an organization that has spent $50 million to close...
  • Obama signs $10.8 billion highway funding bill

    Obama signs $10.8 billion highway funding bill

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:55:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama has signed into law $10.8 billion in temporary funding for highway and transit construction.
    President Barack Obama has signed into law $10.8 billion in temporary funding for highway and transit construction.
  • Past doesn't haunt DesJarlais in rural Tenn.

    Past doesn't haunt DesJarlais in rural Tenn.

    Friday, August 8 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-08-08 22:15:28 GMT
    Scandal-plagued Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais defied expectations of a blowout defeat in his bid for a another term, instead emerging from the Republican primary with a razor-thin margin that left the race too...
    Well-known details about U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais - including that he once urged a mistress to seek an abortion and held a gun in his mouth for hours outside his ex-wife's room - didn't deter Republican primary...
  • Pentagon: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

    Pentagon: New round of airstrikes near Irbil

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:36:58 GMT
    American officials say the U.S. launched a second round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets near Irbil on Friday, using drones and fighter jets.
    The U.S. launched two more airstrikes against Islamic State targets in northern Iraq on Friday, hitting a vehicle convoy and two mortar positions, the Pentagon said.
  • Ryan calls for solutions-based GOP comeback

    Ryan calls for solutions-based GOP comeback

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:36:50 GMT
    Republican congressman Paul Ryan is telling the party's most active members that criticism of President Barack Obama alone is insufficient to sustain a GOP comeback in this year's elections and in 2016.
    Rep. Paul Ryan told the nation's most active Republicans on Friday that criticism of President Barack Obama alone is insufficient to fuel a GOP comeback in this year's elections or in 2016.
  • Mainstream GOP upbeat after sweeping tea party

    Mainstream GOP upbeat after sweeping tea party

    Friday, August 8 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-08 20:06:17 GMT
    Mainstream conservatives ran the table in Senate Republican primaries as tea party upstarts lost all six challenges to GOP incumbents.
    Mainstream conservatives ran the table in Senate Republican primaries as tea party upstarts lost all six challenges to GOP incumbents, leaving the establishment upbeat about midterm elections and the insurgent movement...
  • GOP officially OKs Cleveland for 2016 convention

    GOP officially OKs Cleveland for 2016 convention

    Friday, August 8 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-08-08 18:55:51 GMT
    The Republican National Committee erased any scintilla of doubt on Friday when its members cast a unanimous vote to make Cleveland the host of its 2016 national convention.
    The Republican National Committee erased any scintilla of doubt on Friday when its members cast a unanimous vote to make Cleveland the host of its 2016 national convention.
  • Giffords in Maine ahead of midterm push on guns

    Giffords in Maine ahead of midterm push on guns

    Friday, August 8 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-08 18:45:25 GMT
    Trying to make good on a promise to make gun control a part of the midterm election debate, Gabby Giffords will visit Maine Saturday to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as her team...
    Trying to make good on a promise to make gun control a part of the midterm election debate, Gabby Giffords will visit Maine Saturday to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as her team prepares a...
  • US condemns renewed violence in Israel-Gaza

    US condemns renewed violence in Israel-Gaza

    Friday, August 8 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-08 18:35:47 GMT
    The White House is condemning the renewed rocket fire in the conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip and urging both sides to cease hostilities immediately.
    The White House is condemning the renewed rocket fire in the conflict between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip and urging both sides to cease hostilities immediately.
  • FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq

    FAA prohibits US airlines from flying over Iraq

    Friday, August 8 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-08-08 16:38:57 GMT
    Federal aviation authorities are prohibiting U.S. airlines and other commercial carriers from flying over Iraq, saying hostilities there could threaten safety.
    The Federal Aviation Administration said it is prohibiting U.S. airlines and other commercial carriers from flying over Iraq as the U.S. launched its first airstrikes there Friday.
  • Afghan candidates agree to resolve dispute

    Afghan candidates agree to resolve dispute

    Friday, August 8 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-08-08 15:55:24 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is opening a second day of talks in Afghanistan aimed at preventing the fragile country's from collapsing into political chaos after disputed elections.
    Afghanistan's feuding presidential candidates agreed Friday to resolve their election dispute and said they would set an inauguration date before the end of August.
  • Obama interrupting summer vacation with trip to DC

    Obama interrupting summer vacation with trip to DC

    Friday, August 8 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-08-08 14:27:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard.
    President Barack Obama is doing something unusual with his summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard: He'll come back to Washington midway through the getaway to attend White House meetings.
  • Hagel: US can effectively target Iraq airstrikes

    Hagel: US can effectively target Iraq airstrikes

    Friday, August 8 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-08-08 13:46:37 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out Islamic militants and launch effective airstrikes if they threaten U.S. interests or the thousands of refugees who...
    The U.S. launched its first airstrikes into Iraq Friday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned the U.S. military has enough intelligence to clearly single out and hit Islamic militants if they threaten U.S. interests or...
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  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:34:58 GMT
    The Obama administration says it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of an American journalist by Islamic State militants.
    A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants...
  • Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:27:22 GMT
    The National Guard has arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters have again clashed with police in the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the county prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly...
  • Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    Macy's to pay $650,000 in shopper-profiling probe

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:14:22 GMT
    The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.
    The retailer Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.
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