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  • House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    House, Senate advance competing border proposals

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:22:26 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...
    At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled...
  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-07-24 04:22:09 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration says it will continue its ban on U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv while assessing the danger of rocket attacks.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights to Israel, which it had imposed out of concern over the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.
  • Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

    Obama nominee McDonald pledges to 'transform' VA

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

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

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

    Cruz suggests flight ban is boycott of Israel

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:04:33 GMT
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is questioning whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel Aviv...
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday questioned whether President Barack Obama used a federal agency to impose an economic boycott on Israel after the Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airline flights to Tel...
  • Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

    Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

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

    Nunn and Perdue shift to fall battle of outsiders

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:25:13 GMT
    Now that Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state's open Senate seat, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn...
    New Republican nominee David Perdue and Democratic opponent Michelle Nunn used the first day of the general election campaign to retool the "outsider" arguments they've used to reach this point in a race that will help...
  • Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

    Senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis

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

    Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

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

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

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

    Biden decries voting restrictions in NAACP address

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

    Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall

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

    Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:26:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas.
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.
  • Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

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

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:24:01 GMT
    Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to start launching its new, $12 billion rocket program by the end of 2017 as planned.
    NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.
  • US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

    US: Downed fighter jets part of pattern in Ukraine

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

    Rubio: Same-sex marriage foes face 'intolerance'

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

    Boehner lauds doctor who saved lawmaker's baby

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

    Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

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

    Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check

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

    CBS event marks civil rights anniversary

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

    Stopping deadly oil train fires: New rules planned

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

    Senators push to end Hamas threat in cease-fire

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

    Boehner asks Obama to declare stance on border

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:25:37 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.
    House Speaker John Boehner is calling on President Barack Obama to declare his support for changing U.S. law to speed removals of migrant kids arriving here from Central America.
  • Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:17 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:17:01 GMT
    This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
    This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
  • Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

    Senate agrees on $11B highway funding measure

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

    Dole, vets groups renew push for disability treaty

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

    US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

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

    Senate bill targets companies that move overseas

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:12:53 GMT
    The Senate has advanced an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
    The Senate voted Wednesday to advance an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. But big hurdles remain.
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:08 PM EDT2014-07-23 16:08:51 GMT
    Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law.
    Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

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

    Judges in health care rulings vote party line

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-07-23 07:34:43 GMT
    Six federal judges on two appeals courts have weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
    In rapid succession, six federal judges on two appeals courts weighed in on a key component of President Barack Obama's health care law. Their votes lined up precisely with the party of the president who appointed them.
  • US: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down

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

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

    Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

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

    New arrest linked to gun used after Boston attacks

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

    Obama fundraising amid many challenges

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

    Senate, House on collision course on border money

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

    Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

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

    Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

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

    Dueling rulings: Courts split on health law clash

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

    Government drafting birth control accommodation

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

    Obama pledges justice in visit to Dutch embassy

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

    Beretta: Gun law forcing move out of Maryland

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

    FAA tells US airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv

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

    Undercover probe finds health law failings

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

    Seeking the limelight, Biden courts key Dem groups

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

    Gov't arrests 192 on immigrant smuggling charges

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

    First lady tells America to 'Drink Up' more water

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

    Jakarta governor wins Indonesian presidency

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

    Big issues loom for Congress as Aug. recess nears

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

    Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

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

    Oops! EPA goes off topic, tweets about Kardashian

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

    Peace talks eyed after Israel, Hamas cease-fire

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

    US job-training review emphasizes data, employers

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

    Senators urge new sanctions against Russia

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

    Obama sends top aides to Germany amid spying flap

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

    Senate panel advances global disabilities pact

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

    US to present intelligence data on plane crash

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

    White House: Health subsidies not halted by ruling

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

    2008 law unexpectedly at center of border debate

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

    Boehner: No border money without policy changes

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

    Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

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

    Working-class whites lose voting dominance in Ohio

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

    Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

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

    White House reports drop in minors crossing border

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

    Judge tosses Wisconsin senator's health care suit

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

    Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site

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

    US urges global push for Israeli, Hamas cease-fire

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

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

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

    Gay, transgender workers gain US bias protection

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

    Afghan vet who fought wounded gets Medal of Honor

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

    Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:42:44 GMT
    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from...
    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from...
  • Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

    Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:35:33 GMT
    The nation's largest public school systems are now working with the White House to improving the lives of boys and young men of color as part of the "My Brother's Keeper" program.
    President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help minority...
  • Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

    Study: Record-low turnouts seen in some primaries

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-21 21:05:22 GMT
    More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps signaling widespread apathy within both...
    More than half the states to hold primary elections so far have seen record-low turnouts, according to a nonpartisan survey of voter rolls released Monday. That perhaps is a sign of widespread apathy within both political...
  • Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Army intelligence system pulled from key test

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:31:43 GMT
    The Army's troubled intelligence system has suffered another setback.
    Army officials have withdrawn their intelligence network from a major testing exercise this fall because of software glitches, in the latest setback for the troubled system.
  • Idaho woman appeals NSA surveillance lawsuit

    Idaho woman appeals NSA surveillance lawsuit

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:22:34 GMT
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information.
    The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho's woman appeal over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information.
  • Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

    Senate race zeroes in on metro Atlanta, north Ga.

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-07-21 17:03:29 GMT
    Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key...
    Neither Republican running in Georgia's closely watched Senate race has a natural advantage in metro Atlanta, where the state's most populous area and a ring of northern exurbs are serving as the key battleground...
  • Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy' despite video

    Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy' despite video

    Monday, July 21 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-07-21 14:03:19 GMT
    Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.
    Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.
  • Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Bill Clinton won't 'jump the gun' on wife's plans

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-07-21 12:10:18 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
    Former President Bill Clinton says he doesn't know if his wife, Hillary, is going to run for president and said "she hasn't asked me yet."
  • US working on case against Russia on downed plane

    US working on case against Russia on downed plane

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:30 AM EDT2014-07-21 07:30:49 GMT
    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-21 07:21:03 GMT
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
  • Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

    Family spokesman: Ex-Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh dies

    Monday, July 21 2014 1:52 AM EDT2014-07-21 05:52:39 GMT
    Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.
    Vic Atiyeh, Oregon's last Republican governor who shepherded the state through a deep recession during two terms in the 1980s, died Sunday night, a family spokesman said.
  • Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

    Kerry heads to Mideast in bid for cease-fire

    Monday, July 21 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-07-21 04:12:34 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel "has every right in the world to defend itself" from attacks by Hamas militants in Gaza, but the U.S. is working diligently to get an immediate cease-fire in place.
    Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as the Obama administration attempts to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire and sharpens its criticism of Hamas in its conflict with Israel.
  • DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M

    DNC raises almost $9M in June, cuts debt to $3M

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:32:26 GMT
    The Democratic National Committee is carrying just $3 million in debt - a significant reduction in its onetime $23 million tab.
    The Democratic National Committee narrowly outraised its Republican rival last month and cut its debt to just $3 million, down from a onetime high of $23 million, according to federal financial forms due Sunday.
  • Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Committees, super PACs disclose June fundraising

    Sunday, July 20 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-21 01:10:36 GMT
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
    The political parties, their campaign committees and super PACs faced a Sunday deadline to disclose how much donors gave and how much operatives spent in June. Highlights from the filings:
  • Obama unveils programs for young men's initiative

    Obama unveils programs for young men's initiative

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-21 00:09:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama is announcing new commitments for his initiative aimed at helping boys and young men of color, called "My Brother's Keeper."
    President Barack Obama is announcing new commitments for his initiative aimed at helping boys and young men of color, called "My Brother's Keeper."
  • US outlines case against Russia on downed plane

    US outlines case against Russia on downed plane

    Sunday, July 20 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-07-20 19:22:29 GMT
    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
    Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
  • US turns up heat on Russia over downed plane

    US turns up heat on Russia over downed plane

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:13:37 GMT
    The United States is putting the likely blame for the downed Malaysian passenger plane on Ukraine separatists who had Russian military help.
    The Obama administration on Sunday turned up the heat on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists accused by the United States and others of shooting down a Malaysian passenger plane.
  • FDA: Powdered caffeine can be lethal

    FDA: Powdered caffeine can be lethal

    Sunday, July 20 2014 1:57 PM EDT2014-07-20 17:57:55 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered pure caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.
    The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen.
  • IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:52:37 GMT
    The IRS says Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.
    The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner's computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails.
  • Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

    Child migrant surge shifts politics of immigration

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:52:30 GMT
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The large numbers of Central American children entering the U.S. illegally is putting Democrats in a bind.
    By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats...
  • Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    Obama to sign orders protecting gay employees

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:52:21 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption for religious...
    President Barack Obama plans to sign executive orders Monday prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, without a new exemption that was requested...
  • Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

    Secrets leaker Manning to begin gender treatments

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:52 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:52:09 GMT
    National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort...
    National security leaker Chelsea Manning can get initial treatment for a gender-identity condition from the military after the Bureau of Prisons rejected the Army's request to accept her transfer from Fort Leavenworth,...
  • US building case tying separatists to plane crash

    US building case tying separatists to plane crash

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:59 GMT
    President Barack Obama will speak about the downed plane in Ukraine from the White House Friday morning.
    The United States began building a case Friday linking pro-Russian separatists to the shocking downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine. A somber President Barack Obama declared the deaths of those on board, including at...
  • Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Panel supports early release for 46K drug felons

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:40 GMT
    The U.S. Sentencing Commission is voting on a proposal that could result in the early release of tens of thousands of drug inmates.
    Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation's prison population over time.
  • Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

    Liberals swoon for Warren, point to Clinton in '16

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:37 GMT
    At Netroots Nation, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren captures the hearts of Democratic activists thinking about the 2016 presidential campaign.
    At a summertime getaway for liberals, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has captured the hearts of Democratic activists beginning to think about an heir to President Barack Obama. But their minds tell them that Hillary...
  • Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

    Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

    Sunday, July 20 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-07-20 12:51:30 GMT
    The flow of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents is slowing down.
    The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday.
  • Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

    Extremists kill more than 100 in northeast Nigeria

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-19 16:48:44 GMT
    A civilian defense spokesman and human rights activist say Boko Haram militants have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Nigeria's...
    Boko Haram extremists have killed more than 100 people and hoisted their black and white flag over a town left undefended by Nigeria's military, just 85 kilometers (53 miles) from the northeastern state capital of...
  • Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

    Syrian troops seek to retake jihadi-held gas field

    Saturday, July 19 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-19 13:59:24 GMT
    Activists say Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, as the death toll from three days of fighting rises to more than 200.
    Syrian government forces have launched a counter-attack to recapture a gas field seized by Islamic extremists, activists said Saturday, as the death toll from three days of fighting there rose to more than 200 people killed.
  • AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

    AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-07-19 04:13:00 GMT
    The premier of the Australian state hosting an international AIDS conference says a "substantial number" of world-renowned AIDS researchers and activists were on board a Malaysian jetliner that was shot down over...
    A prominent researcher, two activists and at least three others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the...
  • Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Health officials: Food label changes not enough

    Saturday, July 19 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-07-19 04:11:34 GMT
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
    Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them.
  • Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Clinton papers: Iraq, bin Laden and Supreme Court

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:14:15 GMT
    New records from the Clinton White House show former President Bill Clinton asking his advisers for details on Osama bin Laden after reading a New York Times story. Other files show the White House considering...
    President Bill Clinton's advisers carefully considered how to explain the president's military action against Iraq in 1998 as the House was debating his impeachment, according to records from the Clinton White...
  • Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    Obamas to spend rare weekend at Camp David retreat

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 21:29:40 GMT
    President Barack Obama is foregoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: a weekend at the...
    President Barack Obama is forgoing his usual round of weekend golf at a Washington suburban military base. Instead, he and his family are choosing what is for them a rare woodland getaway: A weekend at the presidential...
  • 15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    15 percent of Syrian sarin chemicals destroyed

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:54:01 GMT
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
    The Pentagon says 15 percent of the main Syrian chemical weapons on board the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray have been destroyed.
  • In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    In Iraq, Syria, militants try to govern as a state

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:39:58 GMT
    Across the broad swath of territory it controls bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix...
    Across the broad swath of territory they control bridging Syria and Iraq, extremist militants from the group known as the Islamic State have proven to be highly organized administrators. Flush with cash, they fix roads,...
  • Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

    Senate Dems' campaign arm outraises GOP

    Friday, July 18 2014 2:37 PM EDT2014-07-18 18:37:46 GMT
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm has again outraised its Republican rival.
    Senate Democrats' campaign arm again outraised its Republican rival, the two committees said Friday.
  • Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    Reports: 115 killed in seizure of Syria gas field

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:43:35 GMT
    Activists say some 100 soldiers, guards and employees were killed when jihadis seized a gas field in central Syria on Thursday.
    Islamic extremists killed at least 115 Syrian troops, guards and workers as they captured a gas field in central Syria following daylong clashes, activists said Friday.
  • Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

    Staffer for Pa. congressman arrested on gun charge

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:42 PM EDT2014-07-18 16:42:46 GMT
    U.S. Capitol Police say a staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman has been arrested after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building.
    A staff member for a Pennsylvania congressman was arrested Friday after carrying a handgun and magazine into the Cannon House Office building, U.S. Capitol Police said.
  • Italian court acquits Berlusconi in sex case

    Italian court acquits Berlusconi in sex case

    Friday, July 18 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-18 15:33:56 GMT
    An Italian appeals court has acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case.
    An Italian appeals court on Friday acquitted former Premier Silvio Berlusconi in a sex-for-hire case, reversing a lower court conviction that had carried a seven-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on holding political...
  • Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

    Strike threat plays to Cuomo's image as pragmatist

    Friday, July 18 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-07-18 14:04:02 GMT
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observes alike - while playing nicely into his aggressively...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's work to avert a strike on the nation's largest commuter rail system won praise from commuters and political observers alike - while playing nicely into his aggressively cultivated image...
  • Should online accounts die when you die?

    Should online accounts die when you die?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:43:53 GMT
    Should your emails, Web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?
    Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters?
  • AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

    AP source: Missile took down jet in Ukraine

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:53 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:53:41 GMT
    President Barack Obama is asking his advisers to keep him updated on reports of a plane shot down over Ukraine. But the White House says it can't confirm the reports.
    American intelligence authorities believe a surface-to-air missile took down a passenger jet in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a U.S. official said, but the Obama administration was still scrambling to confirm who launched...
  • APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    APNewsBreak: Manning to begin gender treatment

    Friday, July 18 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-07-18 04:38:02 GMT
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from a military prison. So the military will begin treatment for her gender-identity...
    The Bureau of Prisons has rejected the Army's request to accept the transfer of national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to a civilian facility where she could...
  • Suspect package delays Obama return to White House

    Suspect package delays Obama return to White House

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:47:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package.
    President Barack Obama is back at the White House after his return there was delayed by the discovery of a suspicious package.
  • US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

    US: Israel must do more to protect Gaza civilians

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:29 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:29:12 GMT
    The Obama administration says Israel must do more to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza as the two sides consider a tenuous cease fire agreement in the latest outbreak of Mideast violence.
    The Obama administration accused Israel on Thursday of failing to do all it can to prevent civilian casualties in Gaza during cross-border attacks.
  • Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

    Prospects fade for resolution on border crisis

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:28:29 GMT
    The White House is meeting growing resistance from both the left and the right as it pushes a multibillion-dollar emergency spending bill for the border.
    Prospects for action on the nation's border crisis faded Thursday as lawmakers traded accusations rather than solutions, raising chances that Congress will head out for its summer recess without doing anything about...
  • Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

    Clinton: Will have 'specific agenda' if she runs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-07-18 00:23:48 GMT
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says if she runs for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledges in an interview that the job of president has "gotten even bigger and more difficult."
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday if she decides to run for the White House in 2016 she will have "a very specific agenda" but acknowledged in an interview that the modern role of U.S. president has "gotten even bigger...
  • Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Obama pushes transportation money at closed bridge

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:54:25 GMT
    President Barack Obama is hitting the road again on a weeklong push on spending for roads, bridges and other public works.
    President Barack Obama announced a new program Thursday to attract more private money to help pay to build new roads and bridges as he criticized Congress for refusing to approve a more lasting source of funding.
  • Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

    Biden: US needs a 'rational' immigration policy

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:40:43 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is telling protesters he shares their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
    Vice President Joe Biden told protesters Thursday he shared their concern about the deportations of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally.
  • House votes to allow marijuana-related banking

    House votes to allow marijuana-related banking

    Thursday, July 17 2014 7:28 PM EDT2014-07-17 23:28:59 GMT
    The House has voted in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.
    The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.
  • US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

    US intel says Malaysian plane shot down by missile

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:39:20 GMT
    A U.S. official says that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine Thursday.
    A U.S. official said Thursday that American intelligence authorities now believe a surface-to-air missile took down the Malaysian passenger plane as it flew over eastern Ukraine.
  • Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

    Social Security: Field offices to verify benefits

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:30:10 GMT
    The Social Security Administration says its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.
    Bowing to pressure from Congress, the Social Security Administration said Thursday its field offices will continue issuing statements that recipients can use to verify their benefits.
  • Criminal history on Pennsylvania Capitol portraits

    Criminal history on Pennsylvania Capitol portraits

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:07:25 GMT
    The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers and one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories.
    The portraits of three former Pennsylvania House speakers and one former top state senator hanging in the Capitol's marble corridors each have new information to tell visitors: their criminal histories.
  • Glance: Airliners that have been shot down

    Glance: Airliners that have been shot down

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:52:30 GMT
    As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down by the U.S. Navy and a South Korean...
    By The Associated Press As unthinkable as shooting down an airliner with hundreds of passengers is, it has happened before. Among the most notable cases in recent decades were an Iranian plane shot down...
  • US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017

    US military didn't seek Afghan pullout in 2017

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:33:41 GMT
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is telling senators that military commanders did not recommend the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in 2017, as the president ordered.
    Military commanders did not recommend that the White House announce the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in 2017 as the president ordered, the top U.S. commander there told senators Thursday.
  • Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

    Republicans criticize handling of IRS inquiry

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:19:58 GMT
    A Justice Department investigation into the Internal Revenue Service is expanding to include an inquiry into the disappearance of emails from a former senior IRS official.
    Republicans chastised the Justice Department on Thursday for failing to share information with Congress about its investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Lawmakers called...
  • Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

    Report: Labor force drop had pre-recession roots

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:02:19 GMT
    White House economists say the Great Recession is only partly to blame for the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force. They say the reduced participation rate dampens economic growth and...
    Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job...
  • US defends counterterrorism dialogue with China

    US defends counterterrorism dialogue with China

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:01:58 GMT
    The United States is defending holding a counterterrorism dialogue with China this week.
    The United States is defending holding a counterterrorism dialogue with China this week.
  • Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan

    Inspector general probing US 'Cuban Twitter' plan

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:37:16 GMT
    An internal investigator is probing whether the Obama administration's "Cuban Twitter" program had proper oversight.
    The inspector general for the nation's international aid agency is probing a once-secret Obama administration program that created a social media network in Cuba, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

    Obama: Climate change a direct threat to US cities

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:21:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama wants local government officials to prepare their communities now for the effects of climate change.
    Harsher storms, worsening flooding and rising seas threaten the public's safety and health across the country, President Barack Obama warned Wednesday as he urged local communities to prepare for the effects of climate...
  • Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Divided panel backs training, arming Syrian rebels

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-17 19:21:32 GMT
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
    Congress' deep reservations about President Barack Obama's push to train and arm vetted Syrian rebels were on full display Thursday as Democrats and Republicans on a Senate panel grudgingly backed the...
  • Obama: Downed jet in Ukraine a 'terrible tragedy'

    Obama: Downed jet in Ukraine a 'terrible tragedy'

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:50:34 GMT
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that the passenger plane downed over Ukraine "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and his top priority is finding out whether American citizens were on board.
    President Barack Obama said Thursday that the passenger plane downed over Ukraine "looks like it may be a terrible tragedy" and his top priority is finding out whether American citizens were on board.
  • House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    House passes tax breaks to boost charitable giving

    Thursday, July 17 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-17 18:28:26 GMT
    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.
    The House passed a package of tax breaks Thursday designed to boost charitable donations by seniors, private foundations and procrastinators.
  • Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

    Senate Dems, GOP woo female voters for this fall

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:50:09 GMT
    Democrats and Republicans are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in Congress because they target a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections: female voters.
    Democratic and Republican Senators are pouring significant time and energy into pursuing female voters, a coveted prize in the Nov. 4 elections.
  • Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

    Syria Kurds impose military service amid civil war

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:41:35 GMT
    Activists say that Syrian government forces have heavily shelled the central town of Morek in an attempt to wrest it from rebels.
    Syria's Kurds imposed compulsory military service for their men to ward off a push by Islamic extremists in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria, Kurdish officials said Thursday.
  • Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift

    Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-07-17 17:31:04 GMT
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant...
    By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer The nation's largest health insurer expects to play a much bigger role in the health care overhaul next year, as the federal law shifts from raising giant questions...
  • For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

    For US and Europe, divisions over Russia penalties

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:52:12 GMT
    The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing...
    The United States and Europe are seeking to maintain a united front against Russia with coordinated announcements of new economic sanctions, but divisions persist over how aggressive the West should be in punishing Moscow...
  • Dems eye women's vote with bill on contraception

    Dems eye women's vote with bill on contraception

    Thursday, July 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-07-17 16:52:07 GMT
    Democrat and Republican lawmakers are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in the U.S. Congress in a bid to woo women whose votes could be decisive in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
    Democrat and Republican lawmakers are fervently pursuing a batch of doomed bills in the U.S. Congress in a bid to woo women whose votes could be decisive in the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
  • Obama's second-in-command at EPA resigns

    Obama's second-in-command at EPA resigns

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:38:54 GMT
    The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.
    The No. 2 environmental official under President Barack Obama is resigning to head a nonprofit group dedicated to energy and climate change.
  • 2 critics of Swaziland government convicted

    2 critics of Swaziland government convicted

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-07-17 15:07:21 GMT
    A lawyer in Swaziland says two government critics there have been found guilty of contempt of court in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom.
    Two government critics in Swaziland were found guilty of contempt of court on Thursday in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom.
  • Criminal charge recommended against ousted Thai PM

    Criminal charge recommended against ousted Thai PM

    Thursday, July 17 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:59:33 GMT
    An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand's ousted prime minister over her government's rice subsidy program, which cost the country's billions of dollars.
    An anti-corruption body on Thursday recommended criminal charges against Thailand's ousted prime minister over her government's rice subsidy program, which cost the country's billions of dollars.
  • US says Myanmar resorting to police-state tactics

    US says Myanmar resorting to police-state tactics

    Thursday, July 17 2014 3:40 AM EDT2014-07-17 07:40:54 GMT
    The State Department's top human rights official has accused Myanmar authorities of resorting to police-state tactics after five journalists got 10 years at hard labor for a disputed story about a weapons factory.
    The State Department's top human rights official is accusing Myanmar authorities of resorting to police-state tactics after five journalists from a weekly magazine got 10 years at hard labor for a disputed story about...
  • NYC mayor's plan for rail strike? He's outta here

    NYC mayor's plan for rail strike? He's outta here

    Thursday, July 17 2014 1:30 AM EDT2014-07-17 05:30:44 GMT
    New York City's tabloid newspapers next week are easy to imagine: a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of Mayor Bill de...
    A screaming headline that reads "Good luck on that, I'm off to Italy." A composite photo depicting his family in a gondola in Venice. Withering criticism from a former mayor.
  • FAA investigates congressman's drone wedding video

    FAA investigates congressman's drone wedding video

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-07-17 03:27:44 GMT
    A congressman who sits on the House committee that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration commissioned a video of his own wedding using a drone even though the FAA bans drone flights for commercial purposes.
    The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.
  • Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

    Obama on a high wire on immigration law changes

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:49 PM EDT2014-07-17 02:49:49 GMT
    President Barack Obama is meeting at the White House with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as he seeks additional authority to more quickly turn back young Central American border crossers.
    Democratic opposition increased Wednesday to legal changes that would speed removals of young Central American migrants, jeopardizing President Barack Obama's call for $3.7 billion in emergency border spending to deal...
  • Watchdog report faults FBI laboratory probe

    Watchdog report faults FBI laboratory probe

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-07-17 02:17:05 GMT
    A report from a Justice Department watchdog criticizes an FBI review of cases involving 13 crime lab examiners whose work was found to be flawed.
    The FBI and Justice Department didn't move quickly enough to identify the cases handled by 13 FBI crime lab examiners whose work was found to be flawed, meaning defendants sometimes were never notified that their...
  • House passes $20B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    House passes $20B bill cutting IRS tax enforcement

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:47:02 GMT
    The GOP-controlled House has passed a $22 billion measure that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle...
    The GOP-controlled House passed a $20 billion measure Wednesday that would slash budgets for enforcing tax laws and new financial regulations, and a healthy food initiative that's a pet cause of first lady Michelle Obama.
  • Justice Dept. investigating missing IRS emails

    Justice Dept. investigating missing IRS emails

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:19:11 GMT
    The Justice Department says it's investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official.
    The Justice Department is investigating the circumstances behind the disappearance of emails from a former senior Internal Revenue Service official, part of a broader criminal inquiry into whether the agency had targeted...
  • US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

    US, Europe escalate economic sanctions on Russia

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:14:02 GMT
    U.S. officials say the Obama administration is levying deeper sanctions on Russia as the West grapples for a way to quell an insurgency in eastern Ukraine widely believed to be backed by Moscow.
    Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, with President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their...
  • Man accused in La. death recent border-crosser

    Man accused in La. death recent border-crosser

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:59:12 GMT
    A Guatemalan man accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana was arrested at the Mexican border in June, released and told to report back later.
    A Guatemalan immigrant accused of killing his girlfriend in Louisiana illegally crossed the Mexican border with his children last month and was released from custody after being issued a notice to report back to...
  • Climate politics group falling short of money goal

    Climate politics group falling short of money goal

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:39:30 GMT
    A super PAC backed by environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer is falling far short of its goal to raise $100 million to put climate change at the forefront of the 2014 midterm elections.
    A super PAC aiming to make climate change a key issue in this year's midterm elections is falling far short of its goal to raise $100 million, cramping the group's ability to influence major races with just four...
  • Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    Obama: US using all means to get Israel cease-fire

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:39:21 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the United States will use all of its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will use all its diplomatic resources and relationships to secure a deal on a cease-fire to end violence between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • EU horse-trading for bloc's new top diplomat fails

    EU horse-trading for bloc's new top diplomat fails

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:10:39 GMT
    European Union leaders are haggling over who will get the prestigious job as the 28-nation bloc's new foreign policy chief.
    European Union leaders failed to agree on who should get the prestigious job as the 28-nation bloc's new foreign policy chief to succeed Catherine Ashton, who also chairs the international negotiations on Iran's...
  • Illinois Gov. Quinn facing ongoing investigation

    Illinois Gov. Quinn facing ongoing investigation

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 8:09 PM EDT2014-07-17 00:09:51 GMT
    Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is facing questions about a program he started in the run-up to his 2010 election. It's been a focus of Republicans looking to tarnish Quinn's reputation as a reformer...
    Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's cleaned up state government as questions about a now-defunct anti-violence program he...
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    What happens to your online accounts when you die?

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:58:25 GMT
    A group of influential lawyers says it has an answer to the question of what should happen to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts when you die.
    You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online?
  • Immigration leads to O'Malley and Obama spat

    Immigration leads to O'Malley and Obama spat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:54:48 GMT
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of Barack Obama's top fundraisers in 2012, raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign.
    Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was one of President Barack Obama's top fundraisers in 2012, raising more than $1 million for his re-election campaign and supporting him regularly on political talk shows. Now,...
  • Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

    Obama: Significant gaps on Iran nuclear talks

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:10 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:10:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama says there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do on Iran nuclear talks.
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday that there are "still significant gaps" and more work to do to reach a deal to get Iran to curb its nuclear program.
  • Egypt sentences 7 to life for sexual assaults

    Egypt sentences 7 to life for sexual assaults

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:08:51 GMT
    An Egyptian court has sentenced eight men to life in prison for sexual assaults on women during a number of public rallies in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square.
    An Egyptian court sentenced seven men to life in prison on Wednesday for sexual assaults on women during public rallies in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, in the first such heavy sentences since the government vowed to...
  • House GOP to DC: Guns OK, pot dangerous

    House GOP to DC: Guns OK, pot dangerous

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:51:15 GMT
    If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won't be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle.
    If House Republicans have their way, District of Columbia residents won't be allowed to walk the streets with a joint in their pocket, and they will be allowed to carry a semi-automatic rifle.
  • FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

    FEC filing: pro-Cochran PAC funded black outreach

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:47:31 GMT
    A super PAC backing Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid was the sole source of money for a separate effort to urge black voters to support the incumbent.
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's political machine paid to turn out the black vote for Republican Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election bid, according to campaign finance reports. His vanquished rival insisted...
  • Feds seek to air consumer finance complaints

    Feds seek to air consumer finance complaints

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:46:57 GMT
    The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from hundreds of thousands of consumers who feel wronged by banks and finance companies. Now the agency wants the public to hear from those consumers, too.
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has heard from hundreds of thousands of consumers who feel wronged by banks and finance companies. Now the agency wants the public to hear from those consumers too.
  • Pentagon plans to transfer 6 from Gitmo to Uruguay

    Pentagon plans to transfer 6 from Gitmo to Uruguay

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:36 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:36:36 GMT
    U.S. officials say the Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay.
    The Pentagon has notified Congress of its intent to transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, two Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
  • Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

    Liberals assessing 2016 race as Clinton weighs bid

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:08:00 GMT
    As Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes her book, liberals in the Democratic Party are elbowing into the 2016 presidential conversation while pitching populist messages on the economy and immigration.
    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren told a group of young Democrats Wednesday that the political system was "rigged" by powerful lobbyists and the wealthy and made an impassioned case for reducing burdensome student loans....
  • Bergdahl hires lawyer for military investigation

    Bergdahl hires lawyer for military investigation

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:54:48 GMT
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has hired a well-known lawyer and military justice expert to represent him as the Army investigates how and why the soldier left his post in Afghanistan five years ago, before being captured by...
    The lawyer representing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Wednesday that his client has been vilified by some people, but the public should not leap to conclusions before the Army finishes its investigation into how and why the...
  • Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

    Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:37:22 GMT
    Democrats see a political winner in the stinging defeat they suffered when the Supreme Court ruled that businesses with religious objections may deny coverage for contraceptives under President Barack Obama's...
    Senate Democrats suffered what looked like a difficult setback on birth control Wednesday, but they hope it pays big political dividends in November.
  • VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

    VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:09:50 GMT
    The top official of the Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the...
  • McDaniel lawyers: Challenge likely in primary loss

    McDaniel lawyers: Challenge likely in primary loss

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 5:02 PM EDT2014-07-16 21:02:52 GMT
    Lawyers for tea party favorite Chris McDaniel say they are likely to challenge his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary.
    Lawyers for tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said Wednesday that they intend, in the next 10 days, to file a challenge of McDaniel's loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary.
  • NJ Gov. Christie to be in Iowa and 2016 spotlight

    NJ Gov. Christie to be in Iowa and 2016 spotlight

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:33:34 GMT
    Chris Christie heads the Republican Governors Association and says that's why he'll be in Iowa on Thursday - to raise money for other politicians.
    New Jersey's Chris Christie insists it's his role as Republican Governors Association chairman that's bringing him to Iowa this week, to raise money for other politicians, including Gov. Terry Branstad, a...
  • Locally-grown foods look to bigger business

    Locally-grown foods look to bigger business

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:02:40 GMT
    Locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
    Once a niche business, locally grown foods aren't just for farmers markets anymore.
  • Obama, Kerry discuss 'path forward' on Iran talks

    Obama, Kerry discuss 'path forward' on Iran talks

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:51:48 GMT
    The White House says President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are meeting Wednesday to discuss the "path forward" on Iranian nuclear talks.
    The Obama administration says President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry met Wednesday to discuss whether to extend Iranian nuclear talks.
  • Pentagon: More Russian troops on Ukraine border

    Pentagon: More Russian troops on Ukraine border

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:39 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:39:05 GMT
    The Pentagon says Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine, and officials believe that Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists.
    Russian combat troops are again building up along the border with Ukraine, and U.S. officials believe Moscow may be sending heavy weapons into the country to aid the separatists, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
  • GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

    GOP, Dems fight over legality of suing Obama

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-07-16 18:00:37 GMT
    Constitutional lawyers backing a planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama say the action is justified because Obama went too far in carrying out his health care law.
    A planned House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama is justified because his actions carrying out his health care law dangerously exceed his powers, constitutional lawyers backing the litigation told...
  • Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat

    Former Coast Guard chief tapped as Arctic diplomat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-16 17:25:27 GMT
    The State Department has named a retired Coast Guard admiral to serve as its first special representative for Arctic issues.
    A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and...
  • Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll

    Immigration now a top problem for US, per poll

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 16:09:52 GMT
    By The Associated Press One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent...
    By The Associated Press One in six people now call immigration the most pressing problem facing the U.S., according to a new Gallup poll. That's up sharply since June, when just 5 percent said...
  • INSIDE WASHINGTON: Bogus cash pays for roads

    INSIDE WASHINGTON: Bogus cash pays for roads

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    If there's anything that can unite Democrats and Republicans in the partisan swamp of Capitol Hill, it's free money.
  • Gov't to release more Clinton White House records

    Gov't to release more Clinton White House records

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-07-16 14:37:10 GMT
    The National Archives says it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
    The National Archives said Wednesday it will release previously restricted records from the Clinton White House on Supreme Court nominations, Osama bin Laden and Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.
  • 2 Utah ex-attorneys general charged with bribery

    2 Utah ex-attorneys general charged with bribery

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-07-16 13:59:40 GMT
    As candidates for attorney general, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow vowed to root out fraud and uphold the laws of Utah with the highest integrity. They served a combined 13 years as attorney general while holding...
    As candidates for attorney general, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow vowed to root out fraud and uphold the laws of Utah with the highest integrity. They served a combined 13 years as attorney general while holding...
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    Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic

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  • Couple and baby miss Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over Ukraine

    Couple and baby miss Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over Ukraine

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    Imagine how you would feel if you were supposed to be on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that was downed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday but changed your flight for a later time?
  • Company sets limits on how long workers can use bathroom

    Company sets limits on how long workers can use bathroom

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    Should an employer have any say in how much time you spend in the bathroom on company time? According to an article on CNN.com, Chicago's Watersaver Faucet Company installed swipe card systems on bathrooms at their factory in an attempt to limit bathroom breaks to 6 minutes or less. WaterSaver disciplined nineteen workers for what they call "excessive use" of washrooms. FOX 5’s Wisdom Martin has more. READ MORE: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/15/smallbusiness/bathroom-time-penalty/
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