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  • US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    US checking report of 2nd American killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:01:56 GMT
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
    The U.S. is trying to determine if a second American fighting with the Islamic State group has been killed in Syria.
  • US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

    US to consider spousal abuse in immigration claims

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:01:23 GMT
    The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals has decided that some Guatemalan women who fled to the United States after being victims of domestic violence may now qualify for asylum.
    A government immigration board has determined for the first time that domestic violence victims may be able to qualify for asylum in the United States. The ruling comes in the case of a Guatemalan woman who crossed into...
  • Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

    Perry says GOP Congress is key to solving problems

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:28:32 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is telling the South Carolina GOP that it's important for Republicans to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry told South Carolina Republicans on Wednesday that it's important for the GOP to control Congress so they can solve the country's immigration problem and other national issues.
  • IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:08 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:08:36 GMT
    The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
    Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix.
  • Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Mother of US reporter in Syria begs for his life

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:59:07 GMT
    The independent U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes says the Islamic State group has committed crimes against humanity with its attacks on civilians in two cities in the country's north and west.
    The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men...
  • Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

    Obama crafts legal rationale for immigration steps

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:18:39 GMT
    The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.
    The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.
  • Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor

    Defense rests in corruption trial of ex-governor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:08:35 GMT
    The eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose...
    Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife wrapped up their case Wednesday in the couple's corruption trial, their defense featuring McDonnell's testimony and the idea that the marriage was so...
  • Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

    Report: FBI official used 'poor judgment' in suit

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:08:28 GMT
    The Justice Department inspector general has criticized a former top FBI agent in Milwaukee for showing "extremely poor judgment" in response to a discrimination lawsuit against the agency.
    A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in trying to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department...
  • Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint

    Super PAC changes anti-Shaheen ads after complaint

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:59:14 GMT
    A super PAC's negative ads against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were pulled off the air Wednesday after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot.
    A conservative super PAC was forced Wednesday to edit a negative ad against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen after the New Hampshire Democrat's attorneys flagged inaccuracies in the spot with the broadcaster.
  • Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:29:09 GMT
    A 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor as he was showing her how to use an automatic Uzi, authorities said Tuesday.
    The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a...
  • Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    Blackwater defense: Iraqi police removed evidence

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 22:18:33 GMT
    A prosecutor is urging a federal jury to convict four former Blackwater guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis.
    A defense attorney told a federal jury on Wednesday that Iraqi national police removed evidence that would prove Blackwater security guards were being fired on by insurgents, prompting the guards to return fire in...
  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-08-27 21:09:04 GMT
    Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education...
    In a move certain to bolster his national standing with conservatives, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration Wednesday, hoping to strike a blow against the controversial Common Core education standards...
  • Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    Obama again faces Congress question on Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:59:35 GMT
    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers.
    One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes...
  • Immigration judges' union wants independent court

    Immigration judges' union wants independent court

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:59:31 GMT
    The top two leaders of the union representing federal immigration judges say the court system that decides the fate of hundreds of thousands of immigrants facing deportation needs to be separate from the Justice...
    The federal immigration court system should be separated from the Justice Department and operated independently of federal law enforcement, the top two leaders of the immigration judges' union said Wednesday.
  • Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:39:12 GMT
    Tired of that friend or relative who won't stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority.
    People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.
  • Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

    Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty in GOP caucuses case

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:38:59 GMT
    A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican presidential candidate to another before the 2012 caucus.
    A former Iowa lawmaker has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his switch of support from one Republican candidate for president to another before the 2012 caucuses, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

    Q&A: Few laws govern children at shooting range

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:30 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:30:30 GMT
    By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last...
    By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop...
  • US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    US: Russia directing new offensive in Ukraine

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:59:09 GMT
    The Obama administration believes Russia is leading a new military counteroffensive in Ukraine.
    The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine that is helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and...
  • Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

    Texas' Wendy Davis escalates push for female votes

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:38:31 GMT
    Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling an upset in the Texas governor's race.
    With time running out in an underachieving campaign for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis is brandishing a darker and tougher edge in an aggressive courtship of female voters who are essential to her chances of pulling...
  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:29:28 GMT
    U.S. defense officials say the Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants.
    The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.
  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

    3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-08-27 19:20:02 GMT
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul, but there's still wiggle room for them to...
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using...
  • US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

    US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:50:02 GMT
    The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says the country's election stalemate has hurt progress in training the Afghan military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success...
    Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said...
  • Obama, Clinton to highlight DNC fundraiser

    Obama, Clinton to highlight DNC fundraiser

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-08-27 18:49:39 GMT
    President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be the top draws for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in September.
    President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be the top draws for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in September.
  • 10 things to know about corporate inversions

    10 things to know about corporate inversions

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:31:08 GMT
    Burger King plans to become is the latest U.S. company to shift its legal address out of the country by merging with a foreign company. Burger King has announced plans to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian...
    Burger King is drawing a lot of flak over plans to shift its legal address to a foreign country by merging with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain.
  • Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

    Army knocks 2-star down to 1-star rank

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-08-27 17:19:06 GMT
    The Army says it has forced a two-star general to retire as a one-star general after he was disciplined for failing to properly handle a sexual assault allegation in his command in Japan.
    A two-star Army general faulted for failing to properly investigate sexual assault and other accusations against a colonel on his staff will be retired at one-star rank, the Army announced Wednesday.
  • US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

    US economy forecast to grow by 1.5 percent in 2014

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:38:22 GMT
    The Congressional Budget Office says the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent this year - hurt by a poor first-quarter performance.
    The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.
  • Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

    Afghan presidential candidates pull out of audit

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-27 13:49:38 GMT
    A spokesman for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he has pulled his observers from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of widespread fraud.
    Afghanistan's troubled presidential election was rocked by more turmoil on Wednesday as both candidates vying to succeed Hamed Karzai pulled their observers out of a ballot audit meant to determine the winner of a June...
  • AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:58 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:58:33 GMT
    A U.S. official says an American man reported to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State.
    An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.
  • Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

    Pakistan minister urges opposition to ease demands

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 11:48:06 GMT
    A Cabinet minister has urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government.
    A Cabinet minister on Wednesday urged Pakistan's two key opposition figures leading mass rallies outside parliament to back off their demand for the prime minister's resignation in ongoing talks with the government.
  • Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 5:30 AM EDT2014-08-27 09:30:21 GMT
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona, Vermont and Oklahoma. Highlights:
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona, Vermont and Oklahoma. Highlights:
  • Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-08-27 08:39:37 GMT
    If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov....
    If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott...
  • Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

    Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 3:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 07:19:30 GMT
    A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and...
    A century and a half after his valiant death in the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil...
  • Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

    Can Ferguson change the 'ritual' of black deaths?

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 1:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 05:48:42 GMT
    The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest.
    The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest.
  • Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Florida, Arizona pick nominees for governor

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:21 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:21:35 GMT
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona and Vermont. Highlights:
    Voters cast ballots Tuesday in primary elections in Florida, Arizona and Vermont. Highlights:
  • Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-27 04:19:34 GMT
    Voters in four states are headed to the polls for primaries and runoffs.
    Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist continued his political comeback Tuesday as Democratic voters selected him as their nominee to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott in Florida, one of four states where voters were...
  • Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    Doug Ducey wins GOP primary for Arizona governor

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-08-27 03:49:31 GMT
    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a...
    State Treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey won the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his blend of government and business experience in serving as a state...
  • American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    American woman is being held hostage in Syria

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-08-27 02:10:40 GMT
    Family members and U.S. officials say the Islamic State militant group has been holding a young American woman hostage in Syria since last year.
    The Islamic State militant group is holding hostage a young American woman who was doing humanitarian aid work in Syria, a family representative said Tuesday. The 26-year-old woman is the third American known to have been...
  • Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

    Federal prosecutions not easy in police shootings

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:28:08 GMT
    As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.
    As the Justice Department probes the police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, history suggests there's no guarantee of a criminal prosecution, let alone a conviction.
  • Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:18 PM EDT2014-08-27 00:18:20 GMT
    A Civil War soldier is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death.
    A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil...
  • Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad

    Pryor invokes Ebola outbreak in new TV attack ad

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:37:45 GMT
    Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invoked the Ebola outbreak in a new television ad unveiled this week criticizing his Republican rival over a vote against medical disaster funding, injecting fears about the deadly...
    Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor invoked the Ebola outbreak in a new television ad unveiled this week criticizing his Republican rival over a vote against medical disaster funding, injecting fears about the deadly disease into...
  • Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

    Maine Governor LePage embraces candor in campaign

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:27:49 GMT
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President Barack Obama to "go...
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage sometimes can't help mouthing off, once telling the Portland chapter of the NAACP to "kiss my butt," calling the IRS "the new Gestapo" and saying he wouldn't be afraid to tell President...
  • Former Virginia governor denies corruption charges

    Former Virginia governor denies corruption charges

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:17:53 GMT
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday faced the most pointed questions yet about his dealings with a businessman whose gifts are at the heart of the ex-governor's corruption trial.
    Former Gov. Bob McDonnell wrapped up a grueling four-plus days on the witness stand Tuesday by emphatically denying that he did special favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts, trips...
  • Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Possible airstrikes in Syria raise more questions

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:08:38 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer said Tuesday that the U.S. has some insights into the activities of Islamic State militants within Syria, and certainly wants to have more, but he declined to comment on the Obama...
    The intelligence gathered by U.S. military surveillance flights over Syria could support a broad bombing campaign against the Islamic State militant group, but current and former U.S. officials differ on whether air power...
  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:58:22 GMT
    The office of the Justice Department inspector general says it is investigating alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee.
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office.
  • Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers

    Perry: To deter grousing, state won't pay lawyers

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:07 PM EDT2014-08-26 21:07:55 GMT
    Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."
    Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."
  • Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

    Arab strikes in Libya show impatience with US

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:50:11 GMT
    U.S. officials say Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya.
    Egypt and the United Arab Emirates secretly carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias inside Libya, the United States publicly acknowledged Tuesday, another sharp jolt to American-led attempts over the past three...
  • GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money

    GOP leader says Labor Dept. is wasting tax money

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:18:37 GMT
    The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information he alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor Department.
    The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information the lawmaker alleges will show "a pattern of wasteful spending and mismanagement" at the Labor...
  • French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

    French gov't reshuffle expels dissident ministers

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 20:18:27 GMT
    France has reshuffled its government to silence dissidents that had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policy as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation and steer it toward...
    France's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Tuesday to silence ministers who had openly criticized Socialist President Francois Hollande's economic policies as he tries to pull the nation out of stagnation...
  • Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

    Afghan candidate threatens boycott of vote audit

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-26 18:18:41 GMT
    An adviser to a leading Afghan presidential contender, Abdullah Abdullah, says the candidate is threatening to boycott the country's ballot audit, which has been mired in obstacles.
    One of the two men vying to become Afghanistan's next president is threatening to boycott a ballot audit from the country's disputed presidential runoff, his adviser said Tuesday, a development that could further...
  • CEO named for HealthCare.gov

    CEO named for HealthCare.gov

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:37:54 GMT
    The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds.
    The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds.
  • Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Obama vows justice in murder of American

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 1:30 PM EDT2014-08-26 17:30:04 GMT
    President Barack Obama will be addressing the American Legion National Convention three months after a veterans' health care scandal rocked his administration, in an appearance that is also fraught with midterm...
    His standing with veterans damaged by scandal, President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended his administration's response to Veterans Affairs lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members, but...
  • Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:28 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:28:43 GMT
    The Homeland Security Department is warning that more than 1,000 retailers could have a new malicious software program lurking in their cash registers that allows computer hackers to steal financial data about...
    More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.
  • Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Dempsey in Afghanistan for transition talks

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-08-26 15:37:45 GMT
    The top U.S. military officer says the Pentagon has developed plans that will allow American forces to stay in Afghanistan a bit beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and no...
    The Pentagon has developed plans that would allow American forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the end of the year if the contested presidential election drags on and a security agreement isn't signed soon, the top...
  • Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

    Lawsuits challenge FAA drone, model aircraft rules

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-08-26 14:00:28 GMT
    Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone operators and investors have filed lawsuits challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model...
    Model aircraft hobbyists, research universities and commercial drone interests filed lawsuits Friday challenging a government directive that they say imposes tough new limits on the use of model aircraft and broadens the...
  • New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    New Obama birth control fixes for religious groups

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 12:57:56 GMT
    The Obama administration will offer a new accommodation to religious nonprofits that object to covering birth control for their employees. The measure allows those groups to notify the government, rather than their...
    Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while...
  • AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

    AP sources: US surveillance planes fly over Syria

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 2:07 AM EDT2014-08-26 06:07:45 GMT
    A senior administration official says President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State militant group.
    The U.S. has begun surveillance flights over Syria after President Barack Obama gave the OK, U.S. officials said, a move that could pave the way for airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets there.
  • Biden to Iraqi leaders: Time for new government

    Biden to Iraqi leaders: Time for new government

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 02:17:07 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is calling top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State group.
    Vice President Joe Biden has called three top Iraqi leaders to call for the formation of a new government of Iraq and encourage their opposition to the Islamic State terror group.
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boosts SC Republicans

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio boosts SC Republicans

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:27:48 GMT
    A U.S. senator from Florida pondering a GOP presidential bid says he sympathizes with hecklers demanding immigration reform during his address at a South Carolina Republican fundraiser.
    Confronted several times by hecklers demanding immigration reform, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio told attendees at a Republican fundraising barbecue that no country has been more generous to people from elsewhere than the United...
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:27:44 GMT
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix.
    The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care...
  • California wait period doesn't apply to gun owners

    California wait period doesn't apply to gun owners

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:07:51 GMT
    A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.
    A federal judge has overturned part of a California law requiring a 10-day waiting period for gun buyers, ruling that it does not apply to those who already own firearms.
  • Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    Monday, August 25 2014 9:07 PM EDT2014-08-26 01:07:41 GMT
    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, campaigned at early voting sites and black churches on the final weekend before a state Democratic primary as he sought his old job back under a different...
    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, campaigned at early voting sites and black churches on the final weekend before a state Democratic primary as he sought his old job back under a different party...
  • Mourners urge black Americans to take action

    Mourners urge black Americans to take action

    Monday, August 25 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-08-25 23:01:33 GMT
    After weeks of community protests, the family of Michael Brown is asking for silence and peace as they lay him to rest.
    The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown - recalling him as a "gentle giant," aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college.
  • American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    American held in Syria freed after nearly 2 years

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:18:36 GMT
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist executed by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
    As the U.S. mourned an American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants, the nation found something of a reprieve with the release of another freelance reporter who had been held hostage for nearly two years by an...
  • Defense rests in Blackwater trial

    Defense rests in Blackwater trial

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:18:30 GMT
    Four Blackwater security guards have rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded over 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad.
    Four Blackwater security guards on Monday rested their defense in the shootings that killed or wounded more than 30 Iraqis seven years ago in Baghdad.
  • Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a 'war hawk'

    Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a 'war hawk'

    Monday, August 25 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-25 21:37:19 GMT
    Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.
    Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton "a war hawk," Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war.
  • NC senator braces for Obama's visit to her state

    NC senator braces for Obama's visit to her state

    Monday, August 25 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-08-25 20:39:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama's visit to the American Legion this week is posing an uncomfortable test for embattled Sen. Kay Hagan.
    Her re-election in doubt, North Carolina's Democratic senator has an uncomfortable decision to make as President Barack Obama appears in her state before a critical audience she's trying to woo: Veterans.
  • Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Dempsey: We will act if Islamic group threatens US

    Monday, August 25 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-08-25 19:38:02 GMT
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against Islamic State militants in Syria if and when he determines they have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland or Europe.
    Gen. Martin Dempsey says that once he determines the Islamic State militants in Iraq have become a direct threat to the U.S. homeland, he will recommend the U.S. military move directly against the group in Syria.
  • Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Obama back in DC amid crises, as if he never left

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 18:17:14 GMT
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
    While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, "What is it about August?"
  • Ryan says he's weighing possible White House run

    Ryan says he's weighing possible White House run

    Monday, August 25 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-25 17:17:10 GMT
    Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans' presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he'll try to move to the top of his party's ticket in 2016.
    Paul Ryan was No. 2 on the Republicans' presidential ballot in 2012, and the Wisconsin congressman is thinking about whether he'll try to move to the top of his party's ticket in 2016.
  • Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

    Pakistan cleric at rally warns of 48-hour deadline

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:49:45 GMT
    A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament has issued a 48-hour deadline for the country's prime minister to step down or he says he's prepared to die.
    A Pakistani cleric leading a mass anti-government rally in front of parliament issued a 48-hour deadline Monday for the country's prime minister to step down, saying he's prepared to die to see it happen.
  • Felony indictment energizes Texas GOP behind Perry

    Felony indictment energizes Texas GOP behind Perry

    Monday, August 25 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-25 14:48:14 GMT
    Just when Rick Perry was feeling like governor non grata, a felony indictment accusing him of abusing his power has energized Texas conservatives.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's legacy has rarely been mentioned on statewide GOP campaign trails this year, and the party's nominee to replace him has questioned some of Perry's signature achievements. Amid his record...
  • NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

    NKorea launch pad expansion 'nearing completion'

    Monday, August 25 2014 2:16 AM EDT2014-08-25 06:16:58 GMT
    A U.S. research institute says construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be completed by fall, allowing Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to...
    Construction to upgrade North Korea's main rocket launch pad should be complete by this fall, allowing Pyongyang to conduct a launch by year's end if it decides to do so, a U.S. research institute said Thursday.
  • Obama back at White House after summer 'vacation'

    Obama back at White House after summer 'vacation'

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:36 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:36:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama's summer vacation off the Massachusetts coast is about to end.
    The "vacation" is over and it's back to the White House for President Barack Obama.
  • US says American held in Syria has been freed

    US says American held in Syria has been freed

    Sunday, August 24 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-25 02:27:35 GMT
    The U.S. government says an American held hostage for about two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria has been released.
    An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic...
  • Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    Fla. primary: Ex-gov. Crist seeks job back as Dem

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:46 PM EDT2014-08-24 23:46:32 GMT
    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, has campaigned at early voting sites and black churches, seeking voter support ahead of a Democratic primary as he bids for his old job back under a different...
    A former Republican governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, has campaigned at early voting sites and black churches, seeking voter support ahead of a Democratic primary as he bids for his old job back under a different party...
  • Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Democrats reframe debate on health care

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:57:10 GMT
    One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Barack Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the unpopular mandate may be losing some of its political punch.
    President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of...
  • US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

    US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:57:04 GMT
    The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.
    The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun.
  • Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

    Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

    Sunday, August 24 2014 3:07 PM EDT2014-08-24 19:07:10 GMT
    Leaders of the Democratic Party are preparing to approve a plan that sets the 2016 presidential calendar.
    Leaders of the Democratic Party adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar on Saturday, setting the stage for a successor to President Barack Obama.
  • Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

    Obama urges renewal of US Export-Import Bank

    Sunday, August 24 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-08-24 12:06:05 GMT
    President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.
    President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.
  • Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

    Niger: Minister held in baby-trafficking scandal

    Sunday, August 24 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-08-24 11:57:13 GMT
    A relative says Niger's agriculture minister has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class.
    A relative says Niger's agriculture minister has been arrested over his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal that has shaken the country's political class.
  • White House aides to attend Michael Brown funeral

    White House aides to attend Michael Brown funeral

    Sunday, August 24 2014 5:46 AM EDT2014-08-24 09:46:18 GMT
    President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
    President Barack Obama is sending three White House aides to the funeral of Michael Brown, the young black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer sparked days of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-08-24 01:28:35 GMT
    A Homeland Security Department official says a recent computer breach at a major government security clearance contracting firm may have affected the internal files of as many as 25,000 of the agency's workers.
    The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday.
  • Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

    Mexico blasts Perry comments about Islamists

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-08-24 01:25:39 GMT
    Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd."
    Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade says Texas Gov. Rick Perry's recent statements about the possibility that Islamic fundamentalists could be entering the U.S. from Mexico are "absurd."
  • Officials: White House reviewing equipment program

    Officials: White House reviewing equipment program

    Saturday, August 23 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-08-23 22:06:37 GMT
    The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the...
    The White House is conducting a review of programs that have equipped local police departments with military gear from the Pentagon, urged by President Barack Obama's call for more separation between the nation's...
  • Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:55:51 GMT
    Criticized whenever he goes on vacation, President Barack Obama is on par with most Americans, who average four leisure trips a year, travel industry data shows.
    President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as...
  • Days Obama, predecessors spent on vacation

    Days Obama, predecessors spent on vacation

    Saturday, August 23 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-23 21:55:48 GMT
    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama as of Friday has spent all or part of 138 days on vacation, less time away from the White House than his predecessors. Here's a look at how they...
    By The Associated Press President Barack Obama as of Friday has spent all or part of 138 days on vacation, less time away from the White House than his predecessors. Here's a look at how they...
  • Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    Potential 2016 candidates cautious on Ferguson

    Saturday, August 23 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:15:27 GMT
    The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation, but many potential presidential candidates in 2016 are taking a cautious approach to the clashes between protesters and police in suburban St....
    The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in...
  • Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Emails show Walker recall election campaign push

    Friday, August 22 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-23 02:34:53 GMT
    Newly released court documents include emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group which would run ads for...
    Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads...
  • Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Perry in New Hampshire: No decision on 2016

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 00:14:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing his presidential prospects in New Hampshire while carrying the scars of old political stumbles and a recent indictment.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around.
  • Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

    Friday, August 22 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 23:56:10 GMT
    A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. government "strongly condemns" the unilateral movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine.
    The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic.
  • Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

    Reid apologizes for jokes at Asian business event

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:55:17 GMT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is apologizing for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon in Las Vegas this week.
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Friday for jokes he made about Asians during a luncheon of business leaders in Las Vegas earlier this week.
  • Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:17:47 GMT
    The Pentagon says a Chinese fighter jet conducted a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy aircraft three days ago off the coast of China in international airspace.
    The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace - the fourth...
  • Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

    Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:55:26 GMT
    Texas researchers are reporting that an experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began.
    An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises...
  • FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

    FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:35:11 GMT
    The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.
    The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group.
  • UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk

    UN warns its food aid program in NKorea at risk

    Friday, August 22 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-22 18:24:47 GMT
    The World Food Program says it may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this fall.
    The World Food Program may have to shut down its operations in North Korea by early next year unless it gets more funding from international donors by this fall, the U.N. agency's director for Asia said Friday.
  • Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Huckabee: 'Stop the fight' over Common Core

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:45:23 GMT
    Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The...
    Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts...
  • Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

    Friday, August 22 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:15:24 GMT
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether...
    For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama...
  • Facts about US racial unrest

    Facts about US racial unrest

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:55:31 GMT
    The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes...
    The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there...
  • US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:06:20 GMT
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul...
    U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.
  • Biden voices support for Georgia's NATO wishes

    Biden voices support for Georgia's NATO wishes

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:06:17 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden tells Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili that he supports the former Soviet republic's desire to join NATO. Georgia's aspirations to join the Western alliance are a sore...
    Vice President Joe Biden tells Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili that he supports the former Soviet republic's desire to join NATO. Georgia's aspirations to join the Western alliance are a sore point with...
  • Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:07 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:07:42 GMT
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition...
    America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of...
  • Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:45 GMT
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
    At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.
  • US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:37 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find...
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:45 AM EDT2014-08-22 07:45:33 GMT
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes...
    America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no...
  • GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:56:58 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday.
  • The ice bucket stops with Obama

    The ice bucket stops with Obama

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:25:09 GMT
    The bucket stops with President Barack Obama.
    The ice bucket stops with Obama.
  • Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

    Pryor's 'Obamacare' ad highlights his cancer fight

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:25:03 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.
    U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him.
  • Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 22:34:40 GMT
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but he expects Islamic State militants will regroup and stage a new offensive.
    U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said...
  • Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    Colorado's Mark Udall gets ad boost in Senate race

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:14:48 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm is spending $1 million on television ads criticizing the GOP nominee's opposition to abortion rights.
    Republican Senate hopeful Cory Gardner's opposition to abortion rights "is way too extreme for Colorado," women voters say in ads Senate Democrats' campaign arm began running Thursday.
  • Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Audit: 'Obamacare' tax not meeting revenue target

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:14:43 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.
  • Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:24:33 GMT
    An international human rights group says on the anniversary of the deadly chemical attack outside Damascus that "justice remains elusive" for the victims and their families.
    The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad.
  • Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:04:19 GMT
    Activists and Syria's state media are reporting that dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in fighting around a northern military base.
    Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state...
  • Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

    Pakistan parliament rejects calls for PM to quit

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:53:58 GMT
    Pakistani officials have held first, "initial" talks with two opposition groups whose supporters have been besieging the parliament for a second day demanding the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud.
    Pakistan's parliament on Thursday rejected calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation as unconstitutional despite massive anti-government protests just outside the assembly in the capital Islamabad.
  • Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:34:26 GMT
    The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified in using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, North Carolina. In that case, a diabetic man's...
    It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.
  • Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    Education Department tries to ease testing worries

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:54 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:54:03 GMT
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.
    Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.
  • Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:45 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:45:04 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's confident in his case as he faces two felony indictments on coercion and official oppression charges.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground...
  • 5 things to know about case against Texas' Perry

    5 things to know about case against Texas' Perry

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:34 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:34:30 GMT
    In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has...
    In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has pleaded not...
  • US won't reveal records on health website security

    US won't reveal records on health website security

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:24:46 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...
  • Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

    Bank of America agrees to nearly $17B settlement

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:56:56 GMT
    Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but...
    The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
  • Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

    Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:04:44 GMT
    Indonesian police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters trying to get close to a court hearing a challenge to the legality of last month's elections.
    Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov....
  • SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

    SAfrican lawmakers protest presidential scandal

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:55:02 GMT
    Opposition lawmakers have heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on the president's private home.
    Opposition lawmakers heckled South African President Jacob Zuma during a parliamentary session Thursday in which questions were raised about more than $20 million in state spending on his private home.
  • Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike

    Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:53:49 GMT
    India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in prison, but she vows to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide.
    India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in jail but vowed to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide, her brother said Thursday.
  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:44:17 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...
  • News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:16:16 GMT
    Political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. The highlights:
    Party-controlled campaign committees and outside groups faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:26:15 GMT
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.
  • GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too

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

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:23:33 GMT
    The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged...
    The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan...
  • Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

    Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:23:24 GMT
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama.
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama. But Tuesday's primary produced a GOP nominee with a military record that could hold...
  • Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

    Ex-governor at corruption trial: Wife grew anxious

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:53:58 GMT
    Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the...
    Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the...
  • McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:44:07 GMT
    The candidates in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental.
    Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.
  • APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

    APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:35:22 GMT
    Officials familiar with the deal say Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement with federal and state authorities over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008...
    Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with...
  • Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:35:16 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.
    The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria....
  • DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

    DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:23:45 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee says it raised almost $9 million in July and has more than $9.5 million ready for the final push toward November's elections.
    The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday.
  • Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:13:45 GMT
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream.
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained...
  • US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

    US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:44:19 GMT
    The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting...
    The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting an...
  • Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:04:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the legal immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups.
    President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the...
  • US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-08-20 20:05:50 GMT
    A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any...
    American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials...
  • High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 19:24:14 GMT
    The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.
    The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.
  • Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

    Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

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

    After somber statement, Obama golfs with friends

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:44:49 GMT
    President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime -- a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts...
    President Barack Obama is engaging in his favorite pastime -- a game of golf with friends, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning. The outing at Martha's Vineyard off the Massachusetts coast came...
  • Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

    Iran's parliament dismisses moderate minister

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:33:34 GMT
    Iranian lawmakers dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani.
    In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President...
  • Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:13:57 GMT
    Jubilant anti-government demonstrators in Pakistan are claiming victory after tearing down barricades and occupying a key road outside Parliament, where they are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz...
    Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in...
  • Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:13:56 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.
    President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley.
  • Senate control could rest with well-funded women

    Senate control could rest with well-funded women

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:56:35 GMT
    Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way.
    The political tilt of the Senate during President Barack Obama's final two years in office is likely to hinge on a handful of female contenders in tight and costly races.
  • AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:37:08 GMT
    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal...
    At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation,...
  • Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Obama to speak after militants behead American

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:53:58 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.
    The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.
  • US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

    US Chamber pumps money into Arizona GOP primary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:24:31 GMT
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help an establishment-preferred Republican in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is stepping in to help a Republican preferred by the establishment in a bruising three-way Arizona primary in one of the most competitive House districts in the country.
  • Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:46:43 GMT
    Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark...
    Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in...
  • Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:25 AM EDT2014-08-20 09:25:00 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 tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the...
  • Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska

    Sullivan wins GOP US Senate primary in Alaska

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 4:54 AM EDT2014-08-20 08:54:02 GMT
    Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska.
    Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Alaska.
  • Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:35 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:35:36 GMT
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.
    Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans.
  • No-fly list rules get changes

    No-fly list rules get changes

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:24:43 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 bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

    Holder bringing personal perspective to Ferguson

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 3:24 AM EDT2014-08-20 07:24:01 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.
  • Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-08-20 05:27:09 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.
  • US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    US officials: Video shows American's beheading

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 05:04:32 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 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:25:29 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...
  • Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:56 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:56:36 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 23:55:16 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 22:45:42 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.
  • Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-08-19 22:34:32 GMT
    Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital on Tuesday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up security measures...
    Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime...
  • AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

    AP Interview: Ryan discusses father's alcoholism

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:04:37 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 19:44:48 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 19:34:33 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.
  • Government wants to make cars talk to each other

    Government wants to make cars talk to each other

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-08-19 19:14:40 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...
  • 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 18:14:35 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 1:33 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:33:44 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 16:34:54 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 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:15:03 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.
  • Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:54:15 GMT
    A Syrian opposition group says Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group.
    Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday.
  • 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 11:34:42 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 10:14:23 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.
  • Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

    Jeffords remembered for fierce independence

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 2:55 AM EDT2014-08-19 06:55:21 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 03:54:34 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 03:13:22 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 23:33:59 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...
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