Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases
2014-03-07 09:09:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in C...
House backs bill to delay health care penalty
2014-03-05 21:21:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday backed a one-year delay in the penalty that individuals would have to pay for failing to sign up for health insurance, the 50th time Republicans have forced a vote to repeal, gut or change the law champione...
US taking steps to help NATO allies in Europe
2014-03-05 20:44:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to support the defenses of U.S. allies in Europe in response to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Sec...
Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
During a meeting at the Computer History Muse...
Walloped again: Another storm hits much of US
2014-03-03 19:07:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoor...
Netanyahu vows tough line for White House talks
2014-03-02 21:33:25 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister headed to Washington on Sunday for a high-stakes meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begi...
Senator John McCain: “We Are All Ukrainians”
2014-03-01 23:24:37 UTC
<h3>In an interview with TIME, the Arizona Senator said Obama is “naive” about Putin’s ambitions “to restore the Russian empire”</h3>
In response to reports of a Russian takeover in parts of Crimea, Arizona Senator John McCain said, “We are all...
AP Exclusive: Phone system failed in LAX shooting
2014-02-27 07:47:18 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles International Airport police dispatcher who received a call seconds after a gunman opened fire last year didn't know where to send officers because no one was on the line and the airport communications system d...
Obama: No troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014
2014-02-26 10:57:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year. But Obama is also holding out hope that Afg...
Michael Taylor has been executed by Missouri shortly after midnight
2014-02-26 09:51:02 UTC
Missouri has gone ahead with executing a death-row prisoner using a drug from an unspecified source. The lethal injection of pentobarbital used to kill Michael Taylor, 47, who raped and murdered a teenage girl in 1989, was presumed to have been bo...
600-plus business groups press for immigration
2014-02-25 21:46:55 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 600 business organizations, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to Apple to McDonald's, have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) pressing him to move on immigration legislation this year.
The 636 gro...
US prosecutors jockeying to try captured drug lord
2014-02-25 08:34:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to fac...
Senators hit rivals hard and fast in GOP primaries
2014-02-25 08:28:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are attacking GOP challengers earlier and more aggressively than in past elections, including using opposition research to try to knock out upstart rivals before they become serious threats.
These senators ...
High court rejects NRA appeals
2014-02-24 19:53:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from the National Rifle Association which complained about resistance by governments and judges to the high court's recent seminal rulings declaring that Americans have a constitutional r...
Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget
2014-02-24 19:45:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war.
Mixed signals over in-flight use of cellphones
2014-02-22 08:46:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to deciding whether airline passengers can use their cellphones in flight, federal agencies are sending different signals to consumers.
The Transportation Department, which regulates aviation consumer issues, ind...
California farmers brace for little or no water
2014-02-21 09:04:06 UTC
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce Friday how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the front lines of California's historic drought expect...
Obama: Putin does not respect people's basic freedoms
2014-02-20 09:58:42 UTC
Barack Obama has sharply criticised Russian support for crackdowns in Ukraine and Syria, calling for a transitional government in Kiev and personally accusing Vladimir Putin of failing to respect basic freedoms in both countries.
In his most ex...
Reporting based on NSA leaks wins Polk Award
2014-02-17 06:06:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Four journalists who reported on the extent of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden are among the winners of the 65th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism.
NSA: Co-worker provided a digital key to Snowden
2014-02-14 08:16:43 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A National Security Agency employee resigned from the agency after admitting to federal investigators that he gave former NSA analyst Edward Snowden a digital key that allowed him to gain access to classified materials, the NSA h...
'Clean' debt limit: An unequivocal victory for Obama
2014-02-12 08:25:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly three years Republicans have demanded that increases in the debt ceiling be accompanied by spending cuts.
That demand abruptly vanished Tuesday, the victim of Republican disunity and a president determined not to ba...
US suspect possibly targeted for drone attack
2014-02-10 09:14:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Obama administration is debating whether to kill by drone an American suspected of working with al-Qaida in planning attacks against Americans overseas and how to do so legally under its new, stricter targe...
Iran sending warships close to U.S. borders - 'As a message'
2014-02-09 20:36:44 UTC
<h3>Iran's Northern Navy Fleet commander says vessels already on way to Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa, and that this move 'has a message.'</h3>
A senior Iranian naval commander says his country has sent several warships to the Atl...
US Employers Rate Dips to 6.6 Pct
2014-02-08 08:02:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — A second straight month of weak job growth renewed concerns Friday that the vigor displayed by the American economy late last year may be gone, at least for the moment.
The Labor Department's monthly employment report showing ...
Republicans set stage for raising debt limit
2014-02-11 21:44:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to risk spooking the markets, and leading a fractured GOP majority, House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday stepped back from a confrontation with Democrats to let Congress vote on increasing the government's borrowing ca...