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  • Kentucky politics gets a side order of barbecue

    Kentucky politics gets a side order of barbecue

    Saturday, August 2 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-08-02 08:13:58 GMT
    The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates standing side...
    The annual picnic at Fancy Farm always serves up a main dish of politics along with a side of delicious barbecue. And this year voters will get a rare glimpse of Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates standing side by side...
  • US cites 'outrageous,' 'barbaric' actions in Gaza

    US cites 'outrageous,' 'barbaric' actions in Gaza

    Saturday, August 2 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-08-02 07:44:31 GMT
    The White House says the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier would be an "absolutely outrageous" action by Hamas.
    The Obama administration on Friday condemned "outrageous" violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a "barbaric" action.
  • House OKs bill to address border crisis

    House OKs bill to address border crisis

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:47:58 GMT
    House Republicans revived their bill on the U.S.-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion Friday, preparing to pass it after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for...
    House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to...
  • Congress backs Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

    Congress backs Israel's Iron Dome missile defense

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-08-02 02:31:51 GMT
    The Senate has approved $225 million to replenish Israel's missile defense system, and House approval is expected before lawmakers begin a summer break.
    Congress approved a $225 million package to replenish Israel's missile defenses with its last order of business before a five-week recess, as the Jewish state's cease-fire with Hamas unraveled and Israeli forces...
  • Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing

    Holder cautions against use of data in sentencing

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:43:17 GMT
    Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about fairness in sentencing.
    Attorney General Eric Holder cautioned against the use of data in sentencing criminal defendants, saying judges should base punishment on the facts of a crime rather than on statistical predictions of future behavior that...
  • Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune

    Illinois governor hopeful pledges $1M of fortune

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:22:37 GMT
    The wealthy Republican running for Illinois governor is catching heat for pledging $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses.
    The wealthy Republican running for Illinois governor is catching heat for pledging $1 million of his personal fortune to a credit union on Chicago's South Side for loans to small African-American businesses.
  • Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared

    Indiana ethics law faulted after official cleared

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:13 PM EDT2014-08-02 00:13:48 GMT
    Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even...
    Troy Woodruff knew his family's sale of nearly 3 acres of prime land near an Indiana highway project he oversaw as a top state transportation official would raise eyebrows. He did not disclose the sale even though the...
  • Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    Army to force out 550 majors; some in Afghanistan

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:06:58 GMT
    The Army says it will soon notify 550 majors that they must leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.
    About 550 Army majors, including some serving in Afghanistan, will soon be told they have to leave the service by next spring as part of a budget-driven downsizing of the service.
  • Obama says after 9-11, US 'tortured some folks'

    Obama says after 9-11, US 'tortured some folks'

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:31:40 GMT
    President Barack Obama says in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the United States did things that were wrong and crossed the line. He says, quote, "we tortured some folks."
    The United States tortured al Qaida detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said Friday, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after...
  • Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

    Obama, Putin discuss Ukraine, missile treaty

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:29:33 GMT
    President Barack Obama has spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin to reiterate concern about Russia's support of separatists in Ukraine and about Russian compliance with a 1987 nuclear missile treaty that...
    Capping a week of aggressive action against Russia, President Barack Obama pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday for a diplomatic path out of Ukraine's struggle with Moscow-backed pro-Russian separatists....
  • Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

    Florida lawmakers ordered to draw new voting map

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:59:03 GMT
    A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
    A Florida judge on Friday ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map for the state after the old one was ruled to be illegal.
  • Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

    Trial exposes CEO's calls, texts to Va. first lady

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:26:38 GMT
    The key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife said his association with the couple was fraught with bad decisions - but an affair with the first lady was not one of them.
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife exchanged 1,200 text messages and phone calls with the CEO of a dietary supplement company in less than two years, including 52 in one day, according to evidence presented...
  • Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year

    Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:24:36 GMT
    Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.
    Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.
  • Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones

    Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:04 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:04:35 GMT
    It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers.
    It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers.
  • Justice Dept seeks appeal in health overhaul case

    Justice Dept seeks appeal in health overhaul case

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:54:43 GMT
    The Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Friday to take up a case that has endangered subsidies helping millions of low- and middle-income people to afford their health care premiums under Obamacare.
    The Justice Department asked a full federal appeals court Friday to take up a case that has endangered subsidies helping millions of low- and middle-income people to afford their health care premiums under Obamacare.
  • Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

    Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:24:22 GMT
    Democrats are pushing hard to encourage black and Hispanic voters to show up for the midterm elections in November.
    With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters - especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama - to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover...
  • AP-GfK poll: Public ready to close book on 2 wars

    AP-GfK poll: Public ready to close book on 2 wars

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 20:03:51 GMT
    A new poll shows that three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures.
    Three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows that about the same percentage think it was right to pull forces from the...
  • Obama: US takes Ebola outbreak in Africa seriously

    Obama: US takes Ebola outbreak in Africa seriously

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:58:48 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he is taking the Ebola outbreak in Africa seriously. He says the United States is taking precautions for next week's U.S.-African summit in the nation's capital.
    President Barack Obama says he is taking the Ebola outbreak in Africa seriously. He says the United States is taking precautions for next week's U.S.-African summit in the nation's capital.
  • House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

    House GOP weighs tough new immigration bills

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:36:27 GMT
    House Republican leaders struggled to round up votes from recalcitrant conservatives for a bill dealing with the immigrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border and head home for a five-week summer break boasting of...
    House Republicans pushed legislation on Friday that could clear the way for eventual deportation of more than 500,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as kids and could address the surge of immigrants at the...
  • Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    Obama: GOP not even trying to solve immigration

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:35:39 GMT
    President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere.
    President Barack Obama says House Republicans are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable version of an immigration bill even though they know the bill isn't going anywhere.
  • Obama calls for release of Israeli soldier in Gaza

    Obama calls for release of Israeli soldier in Gaza

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:27:35 GMT
    President Barack Obama is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants.
    President Barack Obama is calling for the unconditional and immediate release of an Israeli soldier who was apparently captured in a clash with Hamas militants.
  • Obama: Russia, Putin ignoring their own interests

    Obama: Russia, Putin ignoring their own interests

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:27:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia's actions in Ukraine because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests.
    President Barack Obama says the U.S. is limited in what it can do to deter Russia's actions in Ukraine because Russia and President Vladimir Putin are ignoring their long-term interests.
  • Obama: Economy stronger, Congress could do more

    Obama: Economy stronger, Congress could do more

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-08-01 19:21:15 GMT
    President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder."
    President Barack Obama says the economy is getting stronger and, quote, "engines are revving a bit louder."
  • UK general: Ukraine crisis holds lessons for NATO

    UK general: Ukraine crisis holds lessons for NATO

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:33:48 GMT
    The second-ranking NATO commander is arguing for a more responsive allied defensive force that could be deployed in the event Russia massed troops along a NATO member's border as it has done with Ukraine.
    Russian meddling in Ukraine has shown that NATO needs a more responsive quick-reaction force that could be deployed in the event Moscow made aggressive military threats against a NATO nation, the alliance's No. 2...
  • Obama to speak from White House Friday afternoon

    Obama to speak from White House Friday afternoon

    Friday, August 1 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-08-01 18:32:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama will deliver a statement from the White House Friday afternoon as Congress finishes its last votes before a five-week recess.
    President Barack Obama will deliver a statement from the White House Friday afternoon as Congress finishes its last votes before a five-week recess.
  • Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August

    Rep. Cantor to resign from House seat in August

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:18 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:18:23 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
    After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House months earlier than expected.
  • Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    Ugandan court invalidates anti-gay law

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:03:48 GMT
    A Ugandan court has invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.
    A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, pleasing activists and watchdog groups who called the measure draconian and wanted it repealed.
  • Dems' House campaign raises almost $5M this week

    Dems' House campaign raises almost $5M this week

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-08-01 16:45:32 GMT
    The head of House Democrats' campaign arm says online donors gave almost $5 million this week.
    Democratic donors online gave their party's House campaign arm almost $5 million in the week that ended Friday, a record for the group attempting the uphill task of ousting Republicans from their majority.
  • USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

    USDA overhauls 50 year-old poultry inspections

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:05:50 GMT
    The Obama administration is attempting to cut down on thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.
    The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.
  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:05:33 GMT
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
  • Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

    Lawmakers employ gimmicks to pay for highway funds

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:51 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:51:59 GMT
    Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment...
    Congress is providing $11 billion to prevent a 28 percent reduction in federal highway and mass transit spending at the peak of the summer construction season. The Senate passed a House-written bill to augment federal...
  • For sale: A nearly nonexistent insurance agency

    For sale: A nearly nonexistent insurance agency

    Friday, August 1 2014 4:34 AM EDT2014-08-01 08:34:57 GMT
    One of the country's largest overseers of troubled home loans, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., is quietly trying to sell a $100 million insurance agency that doesn't appear to exist.
    One of the country's largest overseers of troubled home loans, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., is quietly trying to sell a $100 million insurance agency that doesn't appear to exist.
  • CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    Friday, August 1 2014 3:48 AM EDT2014-08-01 07:48:41 GMT
    For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed...
    For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee. His defiant posture quickly collapsed after a...
  • Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:09 AM EDT2014-08-01 05:09:29 GMT
    After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.
    After a period in limbo with a slew of other nominees to be U.S. diplomats around the world, John Tefft gained Senate confirmation Thursday night as America's new envoy to Russia.
  • AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:33 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:33:00 GMT
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
    Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.
  • At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics

    At White House gala, Obama honors Special Olympics

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:55:38 GMT
    Singers Kay Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House...
    Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration...
  • FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq

    FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq

    Thursday, July 31 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-08-01 02:34:00 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there.
    The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there.
  • Congress votes final passage on highway bill

    Congress votes final passage on highway bill

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:44:00 GMT
    Congress has approved a bill to prevent a 28 percent cut in federal highway and mass transit aid at the height of the summer construction season.
    Congress gave final approval Thursday to a $10.8 billion bill to keep federal highway funds flowing to states through the summer construction season and the fall elections.
  • Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:27:10 GMT
    Congress is racing to wrap up legislation addressing chronic problems at the Veterans Affairs Department and a shortfall in highway money ahead of its five-week summer break.
    Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking...
  • USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:27:08 GMT
    The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.
    The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.
  • $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:25:37 GMT
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
    The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
  • Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Gaza truce comes after days of pushing for a deal

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:16:07 GMT
    The United States and United Nations are announcing that Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire to start Friday morning for 72 hours.
    Hours past midnight Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was still working the phones, trying to come up with a cease-fire plan to stop the bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. He'd been pushing for a deal all day - in...
  • Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

    Congress sends VA overhaul to White House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 9:05 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:05:19 GMT
    Congress has passed a landmark bill to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Congress passed a landmark bill Thursday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care and fix other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Immigration issue produces congressional disarray

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:24:03 GMT
    A divided House of Representatives is moving forward on a bill to address the immigration crisis on the southern border after GOP leaders made concessions to win conservative support.
    Once more, the tea party forced House Speaker John Boehner to blink.
  • CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    CIA spied on Senate, internal review finds

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:21:59 GMT
    A document circulating among White House staff says a Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks concludes that the agency initially kept the secretary of state and...
    The CIA's insistence that it did not spy on its Senate overseers collapsed Thursday with the release of a stark report by the agency's internal watchdog documenting improper computer surveillance and obstructionist...
  • Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

    Senate kills spending bill for border crisis

    Thursday, July 31 2014 8:07 PM EDT2014-08-01 00:07:55 GMT
    A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote.
    A bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has died in the Senate on a procedural vote.
  • Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

    Ebola outbreak to cast shadow over Obama summit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:29:08 GMT
    Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week.
    Leaders from nations gripped by an Ebola outbreak are pulling out of President Barack Obama's gathering of African leaders in Washington next week, though the White House says the health crisis won't impact the...
  • More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

    More than 3,300 US inmates have sought clemency

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:04:06 GMT
    Justice Department statistics show that more than 3,300 federal inmates have applied since April to have their prison sentences cut short under a new clemency initiative.
    More than 3,300 federal inmates have applied to have their prison sentences cut short in the months since the Justice Department rolled out a new clemency initiative, according to data provided to The Associated Press.
  • Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

    Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:54:49 GMT
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court.
    The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.
  • Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH

    Christie defends record in 2nd summer stop in NH

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:54 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:54:25 GMT
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is back in New Hampshire for the second time in little more than a month.
    Promising to visit New Hampshire often, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday defended his economic record against Democratic attacks while courting voters in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state for the...
  • Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

    Driving high questioned on busy day in Congress

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:24:33 GMT
    Amid all the debates on Capitol Hill, lawmakers are also wondering whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous.
    Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high"...
  • Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Abbas seeks broad support for war crimes charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 22:02:00 GMT
    The U.N.'s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.
    Nearly a month into Israel's fierce assault on Hamas in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is facing mounting domestic pressure to seek war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
  • Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro

    Welcome aboard: Obama lavishes praise on Castro

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:48:16 GMT
    President Barack Obama says incoming Housing Secretary Julian Castro works every day to live out the values and spirit of hard work that were instilled in him as a child.
    There were all the trappings of a campaign endorsement rally: the cheering crowds, the American flags, and the sitting president heaping praise on a fellow Democrat. All that was missing was the campaign.
  • $100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

    $100 million for firm without offices, 1 agent?

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:13:51 GMT
    Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.
    Companies overseeing millions of mortgage loans appear to be skirting new federal regulations and legal settlements intended to stop them profiteering at the expense of troubled homeowners.
  • Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Report: CIA officers read Senate emails

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:51:31 GMT
    CIA Director John Brennan is apologizing to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.
    CIA officers improperly accessed Senate computers, read the emails of Senate staff, and exhibited a "lack of candor" when interviewed by agency investigators, according to a declassified CIA inspector general's report.
  • Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

    Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:08:09 GMT
    President Barack Obama is pushing government contractors to stop violating labor laws if they want to keep taking federal money.
    President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly...
  • First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:00:49 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama says the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the government expands its initiative for affordable housing for service...
    Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is "a stain on the soul of this nation," as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for...
  • Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:58:47 GMT
    The acting U.S. surgeon general is asking Americans to give up their love of sunbathing and indoor tanning beds, citing an alarming 200 percent jump in the number of deadly melanoma cases diagnosed since 1973.
    Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.
  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:45:39 GMT
    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of...
    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally...
  • Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

    Obama holds foreign policy meeting with lawmakers

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:45:26 GMT
    President Barack Obama is meeting with congressional leaders to discuss myriad pressing foreign policy issues.
    President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas.
  • GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

    GOP's Cochran seeks voters at 'Giant Houseparty'

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-31 19:28:17 GMT
    For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers. And it might just be the only time during this year's campaign...
    Republican Sen. Thad Cochran said Thursday that he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have."
  • Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

    Eric Cantor steps down as House majority leader

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:30 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:30:07 GMT
    Rep. Eric Cantor has used his farewell as House majority leader to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he says is rife with instability and terror.
    Rep. Eric Cantor used his farewell as House majority leader Thursday to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he said is rife with instability and terror.
  • White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

    White House: UN school shelling 'indefensible'

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:59:11 GMT
    The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is casting the shelling as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."
    The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."
  • White House decries House vote on deportations

    White House decries House vote on deportations

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:47:17 GMT
    The White House is denouncing an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are in the country illegally.
    The White House denounced on Thursday an effort in the House of Representatives to block President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants who are living in the country illegally.
  • Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

    Witness of Syrian atrocities testifies in Congress

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:33:52 GMT
    Images of emaciated corpses, slashed necks and ripped-open foreheads are on display at a remarkable hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
    Graphic images of emaciated and bloodied corpses in the Syrian civil war were presented to uncharacteristically silent members of Congress Thursday as a former military photographer testified about the signs of savagery he...
  • Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

    Afghan electoral officials to restart vote audit

    Thursday, July 31 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-31 17:29:40 GMT
    Afghan officials say they'll resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after resolving disputes between the candidates over how to disqualify ballots amid allegations of massive fraud.
    Despite lingering disputes, Afghan electoral officials said Thursday that they will resume an audit of the presidential election this weekend after the presidential candidates sparred over how to disqualify ballots amid...
  • Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire

    Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:33:23 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says there's, quote, "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful.
  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:37 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:37:39 GMT
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...
    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...
  • GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives

    GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives

    Thursday, July 31 2014 3:21 AM EDT2014-07-31 07:21:27 GMT
    Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails.
    Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails.
  • Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

    Kansas congressman hit by farmers' backlash

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:29 AM EDT2014-07-31 06:29:56 GMT
    Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy.
    Eleven biofuel plants dot the vast expanse of western and central Kansas, where farm fields stretch to the horizon and corn and sorghum are the backbone of the rural economy.
  • Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    Congress cooperates _ and fights _ as recess nears

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:39 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:39:26 GMT
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and...
    Eager to begin a monthlong break, Congress leavened its customary heavy partisanship on Wednesday with a pinch of compromise, advancing legislation to repair the deeply troubled Department of Veterans Affairs and working...
  • House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    House GOP scrambles for votes on border bill

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:22:26 GMT
    A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate.
    House Republicans, scrambling to win conservative support for a bill addressing the immigration crisis on the border, have scheduled a companion vote on legislation to block President Barack Obama from extending...
  • Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Obama takes tougher line against Gaza casualties

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:14:35 GMT
    The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians.
    The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting...
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    House approves VA health care overhaul

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:40 GMT
    With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.
    The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.
  • Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

    Peace Corps workers isolated after Ebola exposure

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:06 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:06:48 GMT
    Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.
    Two Peace Corps volunteers are under isolation outside the U.S. after having contact with a person who later died of the Ebola virus.
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:57:25 GMT
    President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government.
    President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday.
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:49:43 GMT
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...
  • Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

    Tea-party challenger confronts Roberts in Kansas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:37:20 GMT
    Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour of downtown Emporia on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have...
    Tea-party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts during a walking tour in eastern Kansas on Wednesday, interrupting the senator's campaign stop to call attention to his refusal to have debates ahead of...
  • Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

    Key witness testifies in ex-governor's trial

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:17:40 GMT
    The assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family.
    Curing his wife's thyroid disease. Connections in the high-end fashion world. Learjet flights for politicians.
  • Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

    Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:07:47 GMT
    The Justice Department has sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
    The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.
  • Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

    Ex-Blackwater guard testifies against colleagues

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:26:46 GMT
    A former Blackwater security guard says he decided to tell the truth about his role in the shooting of 32 Iraqi civilians in a Baghdad square because he wants to move on with his life, even though it might mean he...
    A former Blackwater security guard testified Wednesday that he and two colleagues shot their weapons into a car in Nisoor Square in Baghdad, part of a barrage of gunfire that claimed the lives of a mother and her son and...
  • More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

    More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:26:44 GMT
    Senators are renewing calls for U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-doors briefing from senior Obama administration officials.
    Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials.
  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:10:51 GMT
    Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov...
    Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.
  • Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:29:57 GMT
    Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and...
    Portugal's Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence...
  • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

    Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:28:21 GMT
    When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.
    The 168 juveniles recovered last month during an FBI child sex trafficking bust included some kids who had never been reported missing, a population that law enforcement encounters often and that child welfare advocates...
  • Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:19:11 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it...
    The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America's densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to...
  • US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

    US imposes travel ban on some Venezuelan officials

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 5:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 21:08:03 GMT
    Citing political instability, the State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel to the United States by Venezuelan government officials believed to be involved in human rights abuses.
    Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.
  • GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

    GOP blocks tax hike on firms moving overseas

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:39 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:39:42 GMT
    Republican senators have blocked an election-year bill limiting tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.
    Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.
  • First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    First lady asks leaders to change gender attitudes

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:18 PM EDT2014-07-30 20:18:44 GMT
    Michelle Obama is calling on young African leaders to change longtime "attitudes and beliefs" that harm girls and women.
    Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.
  • Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

    Africa summit to proceed despite Ebola outbreak

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:57:51 GMT
    The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
    The White House says there are no plans to change or cancel an upcoming summit of African leaders in the U.S. despite an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
  • Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

    Text of Lois Lerner's email exchange

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:57:49 GMT
    By The Associated Press Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed...
    By The Associated Press Former IRS official Lois Lerner had the following email exchange with a personal associate on Nov. 9, 2012. At the time, Lerner directed the IRS division that processed...
  • Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

    Ex-IRS official called conservatives 'crazies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:56 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:56:34 GMT
    A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called conservative Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.
    A former IRS official at the center of the agency's tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois...
  • Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    Air Force: Stowaway triggers security review

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:27 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:27:50 GMT
    The Air Force secretary says something obviously "fell through the cracks" in the security of a military cargo plane that allowed a young boy to stow away and die in a compartment near the landing gear.
    The Air Force's top civilian and uniformed leaders said Wednesday the failure to prevent a teenager from stowing away aboard a military cargo plane, apparently while on an airfield in the African nation of Mali, was a...
  • G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

    G-7 leaders say more Russia sanctions possible

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:26:46 GMT
    The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
    The United States and European leaders say they're prepared to intensify sanctions against Russia unless it moves to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine.
  • Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    Obama to GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:26:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him.
    Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing...
  • Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

    Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 18:07:19 GMT
    Thirty university and college professors say government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
    University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.
  • Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general

    Bribery case kicks off vs. Utah attorneys general

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:49:26 GMT
    Two former Utah attorneys general have made their first appearance as criminal defendants, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts.
    Two former Utah attorneys general made their first appearance as criminal defendants Wednesday, vowing to beat a slew of bribery charges and other counts.
  • US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

    US blacklists North Korean shipping companies

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:49 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:49:22 GMT
    The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba.
    The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted two North Korean shipping companies that operated a ship seized by Panama last year for carrying undeclared military equipment from Cuba.
  • Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    Aides: Senate could confirm several ambassadors

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:14:46 GMT
    A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.
    A series of ambassadors could be confirmed before lawmakers adjourn this week, including a new U.S. envoy to Russia.
  • Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

    Former IRS official called GOP 'crazies' in email

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:09 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:09:10 GMT
    A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversial called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.
    A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called Republicans "crazies" and more in newly released emails.
  • Trial turns to trips for former Va. first family

    Trial turns to trips for former Va. first family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 1:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 17:06:58 GMT
    When former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on corruption charges in January, the couple stood together at a hastily called news conference to denounce the charges.
    The former assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife took the stand Wednesday to talk about trips and checks for the former first family.
  • Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:59:14 GMT
    Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children who are crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America. And most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a...
    Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to...
  • WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations

    WellPoint 2Q tops Wall Street expectations

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-07-30 14:36:37 GMT
    WellPoint's second-quarter profit fell 8.6 percent as expenses climbed.
    WellPoint's second-quarter profit fell 8.6 percent as expenses tied to changes in the nation's health care laws climbed.
  • Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

    Billions of GI Bill funds go to for-profit schools

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 13:27:13 GMT
    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.
    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have flocked to for-profit colleges, including a troubled chain that is closing or selling its campuses amid a series of federal and state investigations.
  • Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

    Diplomat: Criticism of Kerry not from Netanyahu

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-07-30 12:38:58 GMT
    Israel's ambassador to the United States is asserting that criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy," and not Prime...
    Israel's ambassador to the United States said Wednesday that criticism from within the Jewish state of Secretary of State John Kerry's peace-making efforts is traceable to Israel's "very rambunctious democracy"...
  • How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

    How high-level Chinese officials are taken down

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:48 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:48:28 GMT
    The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will...
    The investigation into China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang could pave the way for him to stand trial as the most senior politician ever prosecuted for graft. It's hard to predict how his case will be...
  • Senate tires of patching highway programs

    Senate tires of patching highway programs

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 4:28 AM EDT2014-07-30 08:28:34 GMT
    The Senate has delivered an unexpectedly strong vote in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs.
    The Senate delivered an unexpectedly strong vote Tuesday in favor of taking action later this year to resolve the chronic funding problems that have bedeviled highway and transit programs, a sign that Congress may have...
  • Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

    Partisan gridlock robs senators of feel-good laws

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:38 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:38:50 GMT
    Senate gridlock is making it hard for senators to claim legislative achievements as they run for re-election.
    The "Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014" seemed ideal for Sen. Kay Hagan's re-election bid in politically divided North Carolina, where many people like to hunt and fish. Her bill would open more federal lands to...
  • West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    West seeks to inflict more economic pain on Russia

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:27 AM EDT2014-07-30 06:27:34 GMT
    U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen Russia's economic pain and force President Vladimir Putin to end provocations...
    Citing Russia's stalled growth rate and a flow of foreign capital out of Moscow, U.S. and European officials hope a new round of sanctions targeting energy and defense entities, as well as major banks, will deepen...
  • China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    China: Ex-security czar Zhou under investigation

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:34:09 GMT
    China's Communist Party says it has launched an investigation into a former domestic security chief who was once among the country's most feared leaders.
    China's ruling Communist Party announced an investigation into a feared ex-security chief, demonstrating President Xi Jinping's firm grip on power and breaking a longstanding taboo against publicly targeting the...
  • Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Obama eats ribs with 4 Kansas City letter writers

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:12:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama plans to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans by taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner.
    President Barack Obama feasted on barbecue Tuesday with four people who wrote him letters in a trip to highlight the struggles of working families in American's heartland, as the clock ticked on pressing issues before...
  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:47:27 GMT
    The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.
    The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election...
  • Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Poll: Immigration concerns rise with tide of kids

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:19:55 GMT
    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds two-thirds of Americans now say illegal immigration is a serious problem for the country, a figure that's up 14 points since May.
    For nearly two months, images of immigrant children who have crossed the border without a parent, only to wind up in concrete holding cells once in the United States, have tugged at heartstrings. Yet most Americans now say...
  • APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    APNewsBreak: Defense to oversee plagiarism probe

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-07-29 23:02:30 GMT
    A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana.
    The Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army War College against Sen. John Walsh because the Montana Democrat is a member of Congress, the...
  • 3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

    3 sites make shortlist for new FBI headquarters

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:51:34 GMT
    The headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a storied building named after the agency's first director, would be relocated out of the nation's capital and into the suburbs under a federal...
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation would move its headquarters from a storied, decades-old home in the nation's capital to a new location in the suburbs under a federal government proposal released Tuesday.
  • Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    Senate bill would end NSA phone records collection

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:20:46 GMT
    Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...
    Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records, a proposal that goes further than a similar House measure and has drawn support from civil...
  • Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

    Senate amends highway bill, delaying final action

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:18:34 GMT
    The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election.
    The Senate has amended a House-passed highway bill. The move delays until later this week final congressional action for keeping federal highway funds flowing to states through the November election.
  • US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 22:14:58 GMT
    The Obama administration's claim that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question.
    The Obama administration accusation that Russia violated a key nuclear weapons treaty leaves the future of the 26-year-old accord in question and further dampens President Barack Obama's hopes to burnish his legacy...
  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:49:17 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health...
  • Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

    Admiral: World getting 'numb' to NKorean missiles

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:48:47 GMT
    The admiral in charge of U.S. forces in the Pacific says North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology.
    Amid concerns about its development and testing of nuclear weapons, North Korea may be lulling the world into largely accepting its advances in missile technology, the admiral in charge of American forces in Asia and the...
  • Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    Ex-governor's corruption trial focuses on marriage

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:43:47 GMT
    A federal prosecutor says the government will prove Virginia's former governor and his wife illegally lined their pockets with gifts from a businessman who sought their influence to promote his company.
    The corruption trial for ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife plunged Tuesday into the sordid details of the couple's marriage and the former first lady's "crush" on a businessman who, according to...
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:30:08 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...
  • Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Activists want gay rights on Africa summit agenda

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:20:41 GMT
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next...
    By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Human rights and gay rights activists are urging President Barack Obama to ensure that the issue of anti-gay discrimination in Africa is on the agenda at next week's...
  • House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    House panel condemns Obama for prisoner swap

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:18:09 GMT
    A House panel has voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the May swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
    A bitterly divided House panel on Tuesday voted to condemn President Barack Obama for the swap of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
  • Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Lawmakers struggle to seal $225M Iron Dome package

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:40 GMT
    Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel.
    Democrats and Republicans in Congress vowed urgent support Tuesday for a $225 million missile defense package for Israel, boosting the likelihood that legislation will clear Congress before lawmakers begin a monthlong...
  • House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:01:10 GMT
    House Republicans are heading toward a vote Thursday on a slimmed-down bill to address the immigration crisis on the border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding unaccompanied migrant youths back to...
    House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home. The election-year measure would...
  • Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:00:43 GMT
    In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable...
    Rejecting the latest effort to sidetrack "Obamacare," a federal appeals court turned away a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act.
  • Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    Immigration debate roils politics in ... Maine?

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:44:46 GMT
    The debate over immigration is quickly becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races - in Maine.
    In the whitest U.S. state, thousands of miles from the Mexican border, the debate over immigration is becoming a central issue in one of the nation's most closely watched governor's races.
  • Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

    Democrats have million-dollar day on impeachment

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:42:43 GMT
    Chatter about impeaching President Barack Obama helped House Democrats' campaign committee raise $1 million online in one day.
    House Democrats are cashing in on chatter that Republicans are plotting to impeach President Barack Obama, raising $1 million on Monday alone, their campaign chief said Tuesday. Republicans insisted such talk was bogus.
  • Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

    Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:46 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:46:23 GMT
    A federal appeals court has upheld new government rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.
  • Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

    Institute: NKorea upgrading rocket launch site

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:41 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:41:26 GMT
    A U.S. research institute says North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could threaten the U.S.
    North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile, intercontinental missile that could increase the threat it poses to the United States, a U.S....
  • Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Obama to announce US sanctions on Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:40:58 GMT
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia Tuesday.
    President Barack Obama is to announce a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday.
  • Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

    Govt fails to vet chemical plants with terror risk

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:15 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:15:02 GMT
    Congressional investigators say the government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at high risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely...
    The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional...
  • Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

    Bill to sanction Venezuela takes step forward

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:14:51 GMT
    A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate.
    A bill that seeks to punish Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses has surmounted another hurdle in the Senate.
  • Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Kerry shrugs off Israeli criticism

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:48:24 GMT
    Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal.
    Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas don't worry him and said he will continue to work toward that goal because Israeli Prime...
  • US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    US: No sign Russia helping to ease Ukraine fight

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:37 GMT
    The United States says there's been "no shred of evidence" that Russia is willing to help end the violence and bloodshed between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government in Kiev.
    The United States on Tuesday said Russia has "not shown a shred of evidence" that it is willing to help end the violence between the Ukraine separatists backed by Moscow and the government that is trying to maintain its...
  • US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    US negotiator gives no hard deadline for Iran deal

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:43 PM EDT2014-07-29 16:43:37 GMT
    The Obama administration's nuclear negotiator is refusing to impose a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.
    The Obama administration's chief nuclear negotiator refused Tuesday to provide a hard deadline for a deal with Iran to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. She vowed to consult with Congress before suspending...
  • Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

    Boehner calls impeachment talk Democratic 'scam'

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-29 15:15:54 GMT
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.
    House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.
  • US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists

    US concerned by Iranian arrests of journalists

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:58:09 GMT
    The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans.
    The top U.S. nuclear negotiator says she is concerned by reports Iran has arrested four journalists, including three Americans.
  • Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Burundi on edge amid rise of violent youth group

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:25:41 GMT
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes as they march through villages. As the youth wing of Burundi's ruling party, the group has become so powerful...
    The group stoking fear among many Burundians includes stick-wielding men who sing patriotic tunes. The youth wing of Burundi's ruling party is also threatening and sometimes killing opposition members with impunity, a...
  • German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    German minister: best for Snowden to return to US

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:08:15 GMT
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
    Germany's justice minister says the best outcome for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be a deal with U.S. authorities to return home.
  • Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

    Senate Democrats seek to split GOP on export bank

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:08:22 GMT
    Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? Most voters in Louisiana and Virginia probably aren't either.
    Familiar with the Export-Import Bank? In all likelihood, most voters in Louisiana and Virginia aren't either.
  • Ernst back from military training to Senate race

    Ernst back from military training to Senate race

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

    US: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

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

    FBI defends search for Oklahoma City bombing video

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

    Report says surveillance is hampering journalists

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

    White House: EU, US to impose new Russia sanctions

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

    Defense: Gov't suppressed evidence in Blackwater

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

    US teen held in Israel after arrest at protest

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

    Obama mulls large-scale move on immigration

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

    Lawmaker sorry he mistook US officials as Indian

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

    House approves bill to toughen NKorea sanctions

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

    Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

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

    FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

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

    Boehner urges US solidarity with Israel

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

    Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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

    Clarification: Fast Food Workers-Convention story

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

    US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

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

    Medicare's own health looking better, report says

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

    Ukraine: Rebels still manipulating crash site

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

    House bill lets airlines advertise pre-tax fares

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

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:21:18 GMT
    Syrian state media have shown President Bashar Assad praying in Damascus at the start of a major Muslim holiday amid reports of an unprecedented high toll among his troops battling Islamic extremists.
    More than 2,000 Syrians - almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition...
  • Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

    Philippine leader: Not even a bomb can stop reform

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

    Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

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

    Hamas leader Meshaal demands end to occupation

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

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

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

    Aruba releases Venezuelan diplomat sought by US

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

    10 Things to Know for Monday

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

    US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

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

    APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform

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

    Video shows smiling American bomber in Syria

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

    EU, US seek Putin Achilles' heel on Ukraine

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

    Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

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

    Obama: US worried about worsening Gaza conditions

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

    Obama to rename Africa program for Nelson Mandela

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