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Senate approves budget, Obama expected to sign

The Senate approved a bipartisan federal budget Wednesday that could lead to two rare years of fiscal stability for a government that’s lurched from showdown to showdown for two years. | 12/18/13 20:58:15 By - By David Lightman

Budget deal stirs unrest, division inside Senate GOP

The budget deal the Senate is likely to approve Wednesday will mean an easing of the automatic spending cuts, or sequester, but it’s also exposing a deep political rift among Republicans. | 12/17/13 18:14:18 By - By David Lightman

California company helps restore U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington

High above the halls of Congress sits a dome awaiting repair with help from a Turlock company. Lock-N-Stitch Inc. is making metal “stitches” to be used on about 1,000 cracks in the cast iron that makes up most of the U.S. Capitol dome. It is part of the $59.55 million restoration of the dome, which is 147 years old and showing wear from the elements in Washington, D.C. | 12/17/13 13:51:58 By - John Holland

Senate moves to pass budget, with vote to end debate

The Senate appears poised to pass and send to President Barack Obama as early as Tuesday a two-year budget agreement, as lawmakers are eager to head home and show gridlock-weary constituents Congress can get something done. | 12/16/13 17:14:46 By - By David Lightman

Who to believe on Iran? Maybe both Kerry, Foreign Minister

Who to believe? Maybe both. While flying on a visit to Vietnam, Secretary of State John Kerry talked by telephone with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif, the first discussion between the pair since the conclusion in Geneva of the Nov. 24 interim deal on the Iranian nuclear dispute. | 12/16/13 15:24:04 By - Jonathan S. Landay

While budget deal avoids big issues, just both sides talking is a feat

Be wary of all the Washington-speak about a new spirit of bipartisanship suddenly gripping Congress. It’s not. | 12/13/13 16:10:46 By - By David Lightman

House exhales after passing compromise budget

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved by a vote of 332-94 a modest bipartisan plan to spend more on both defense and domestic programs for the next two years, an agreement aimed at avoiding government shutdowns and easing automatic spending cuts. | 12/12/13 18:38:04 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

An Arts Christmas: Federal agency announces $25 million in grants

The National Endowment for the Arts announced grants to support art, music, dance, performing arts, museums and writers in 49 states and DC. | 12/11/13 17:36:33 By - Maria Recio

Congress likely to approve budget pact despite complaints from right and left

Congress’ bipartisan budget deal appeared headed for passage Thursday in the House of Representatives, despite protests from angry conservatives and skepticism from wary Democrats. | 12/11/13 17:17:44 By - By David Lightman and William Douglas

McClatchy-Marist Poll: Obama gets worst ratings of his presidency

The American public is unusually pessimistic about the direction of the country and increasingly fed up with Washington gridlock, a sour mood reflected in the worst disapproval ratings for President Barack Obama since he took office nearly five years ago. | 12/09/13 15:22:25 By - By David Lightman

McClatchy-Marist Poll: 68% of Americans expect no budget deal by shutdown deadline

A Congressional budget deal expected this week might not be a grand bargain to solve the country’s long term fiscal woes, but it is largely what Americans want, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. | 12/08/13 13:57:24 By - By David Lightman

Tree lighting ceremonies celebrated at White House, Capitol

Washington has celebrated the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony since 1923, when then First Lady Grace Coolidge granted permission to place a cut Christmas tree on the White House’s Ellipse. | 12/07/13 07:50:04 By - By Jayna Omaye

Congress’ year-end list of unfinished business likely to remain long

Congress’ to-do list for the rest of the year has it all: billions of budget dollars. Farm policy. Jobless benefits. National defense. The next Federal Reserve chairman. | 12/06/13 16:36:22 By - By David Lightman

Cancer a speed bump, not a roadblock, in White House aide’s dream career

Stage IV colorectal cancer was not part of the game plan that brought Michael Robertson from Fresno, Calif., to the White House. | 12/06/13 15:16:23 By - By Michael Doyle

Anatomy of shutdown: How collapse of governing led to closing of D.C.'s WW II memorial

On Oct. 1, 91 World War II veterans boarded a plane to visit Washington’s World War II memorial. They flew into a media firestorm. Their buses pulled up to a barricaded memorial, closed as part of the partial government shutdown. A handful of congressmen and senators awaited, many accusing Obama of ordering the memorial closed just to show the human toll of a shutdown driven by Republicans. But the decisions that put the memorial at risk of being closed were made months earlier. | 12/06/13 06:00:00 By - By David Lightman

There are danger signs for Democrats in Tuesday’s elections

Voters sent Democrats sobering warnings this week: They’re not crazy about President Barack Obama, the new health care law or the state of the economy – messages that could cause the party trouble as the 2014 election campaign intensifies. | 11/06/13 17:45:47 By - By David Lightman

Voters in Virginia, New Jersey leave tea party reeling

Voters sent the tea party reeling Tuesday as its star candidate lost a winnable Virginia governor’s race Tuesday while Gov. Chris Christie won big in New Jersey. | 11/05/13 21:58:23 By - By David Lightman

Lights! Scaffolding! Action! Capital landmarks are under repair

There is something new and different about the capital’s skyline. | 10/29/13 19:12:40 By - By Vera Bergengruen

End of shutdown stalemate shows a GOP at war with itself

The Republican Party is at war with itself. | 10/17/13 18:03:42 By - By David Lightman

Despite the shutdown mantra, Smithsonian yoga show will go on

Breathing deeply, the organizers of a first-ever yoga art exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, part of the shuttered Smithsonian Institution, found a way to mount a gala Thursday night and a round of programs Friday, all without losing their composure. | 10/16/13 18:47:47 By - By Maria Recio

Scientific research has been on hold since shutdown

The federal shutdown threatened to stop the research season in Antarctica before it even begins. Scientists are hoping Washington reaches a deal just in time that they don’t have to board an icebreaker and head home without a chance even to unpack their equipment. | 10/16/13 16:58:07 By - By Renee Schoof

Default or not, U.S. already has endangered its credit rating

Credit ratings agencies may not wait for a default to downgrade U.S. government creditworthiness. It’s a warning that politicians are showing just why U.S. bonds no longer are considered to be worthy of the gold-plated AAA status. | 10/15/13 18:44:26 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Debt talks stall, bond firm warns of possible rating downgrade

Congressional efforts to raise the nation’s debt limit and reopen the shuttered federal government stalled Tuesday when the House of Representatives delayed a vote on its latest proposal as the threat of possible default loomed larger and a top bond rating agency warned of a possible downgrade for U.S. bonds. | 10/15/13 20:36:16 By - By William Douglas, David Lightman and Lesley Clark

Talks over shutdown and debt ceiling hold risks for tea party and its influence

The tea party’s future as an influential Washington player is at stake in the showdown over the debt limit and federal budget. | 10/14/13 18:56:21 By - By David Lightman

Stocks are up, interest too, as markets hinge on debt deal

Repercussions from the chance that the federal government may not be able to pay all its bills starting next week already are being felt across the U.S. economy. | 10/10/13 18:11:08 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Let’s make a deal? Obama and GOP are talking

The White House and Republican congressional leaders moved toward common ground Thursday on raising the nation’s debt limit and reopening the partially shuttered government, trading ideas and engaging in lengthy private talks for the first time since parts of the government ran out of money Oct. 1. | 10/10/13 19:51:37 By - By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

VA chief warns Congress that veterans will lose income if shutdown persists

Millions of the country’s veterans could see their compensation payments halt if the political stalemate over the federal budget keeps parts of the government shuttered into late October, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs told Congress on Wednesday. | 10/09/13 16:48:53 By - By Ali Watkins

Shutdown poses political problems for some California Republicans

Three San Joaquin Valley, Calif., Republicans face special heat amid the federal government shutdown. | 10/04/13 17:38:14 By - By Michael Doyle

‘Closed’ signs are clear, except when they aren’t

The tourists from China didn’t know what to make of it as they contemplated the sign posted in front of one of Washington’s grand memorials. | 10/02/13 18:51:27 By - By Sean Cockerham

At WWII Memorial, veterans pay tribute but question closure

A half-dozen members of Congress clamored in front of cameras to push aside a barricade at the World War II Memorial, where nearly 200 veterans were waiting to enter Wednesday. | 10/02/13 20:18:59 By - By Franco Ordonez

Despite ‘closed’ sign, veterans visit WWII Memorial

Elderly veterans, white-haired and some in wheelchairs, found their path blocked at the monument erected in their honor. | 10/01/13 19:08:43 By - By Sean Cockerham

Shutdown harms economy; how much depends on how long

The partial shutdown of the government threatens self-inflicted harm to an anemic U.S. economy. | 10/01/13 19:02:55 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Obamacare born in controversy, rolls out still mired in dispute

After years of attempts to defend, defame and now defund it, the Affordable Care Act’s watershed moment is finally here. On Tuesday, the health care law’s online insurance marketplaces are scheduled to debut in every state, giving Americans their first opportunity to kick the tires and purchase insurance benefits that might not have been available to them before. | 09/27/13 18:43:01 By - By Tony Pugh

Computer glitch delays Obamacare insurance exchange in D.C.

In an unexpected setback, officials at the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace announced Wednesday that a computer glitch won’t allow consumers to get their federal tax credits that are key to helping them buy health coverage on Oct. 1 when the marketplace officially opens for business. | 09/25/13 19:30:23 By - By Tony Pugh

Federal highway funding crisis will hurt states, lawmakers told

The federal highway trust fund will run out of money by 2015, which will have a “devastating impact” in states that rely heavily on federal funds for their road maintenance and construction needs, transportation officials told lawmakers Wednesday. | 09/25/13 19:11:08 By - By Curtis Tate

New questions raised about South Carolina federal court nominee

Stiffening political headwinds could complicate the nomination of at-large Circuit Judge Alison Renee Lee to the federal bench, amid fresh questions about her judicial decision-making. | 09/25/13 17:07:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Chase Bank, JPMorgan Chase to refund customers $309 million for unfair billing

Federal regulators on Thursday ordered Chase Bank and JPMorgan Chase to refund $309 million to more than 2 million customers for illegally billing them for credit-monitoring services they never received. | 09/19/13 18:19:50 By - By Lindsay Wise

Terrorism, cyber crime and budget woes face new FBI director

Big budget woes worry new FBI Director James Comey, a mere two weeks into the hassle-filled job of a lifetime. | 09/19/13 17:50:34 By - By Michael Doyle

Fresno State official looks for support on Capitol Hill

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro has a lot to teach lawmakers – and, perhaps, vice versa. | 09/19/13 15:15:16 By - By Michael Doyle

In a week of disasters, House committee told emergency preparedness still lacking

Although the U.S. has made significant strides in emergency response since 9/11, experts told a congressional panel Thursday that the country is still lacking appropriate ways to mitigate disasters. | 09/19/13 17:38:08 By - By Kendall Helblig

‘A lot of red flags’ in background of alleged Navy Yard shooter, Hagel says

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged Wednesday that there were “a lot of red flags” in the past of alleged Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, and he ordered top-to-bottom reviews of background checks for security clearances and procedures for gaining access to U.S. military facilities worldwide. | 09/18/13 19:21:20 By - By James Rosen and Lindsay Wise

Supporters of American-US Airways merger rally at Capitol

About 300 airline pilots and flight attendants joined union officials and lawmakers from both parties in front of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to support the creation of the world’s largest airline. | 09/18/13 18:18:37 By - By Curtis Tate

Alleged Navy Yard shooter fell through porous security check system

Gaps in how the military conducts background checks enabled the shooter in Monday’s deadly Washington Navy Yard rampage to obtain a high-level security clearance and gain access to protected installations, despite a history of disciplinary problems in the Navy and run-ins with police. | 09/17/13 21:55:43 By - By James Rosen, Greg Gordon and Lindsay Wise

Aaron Alexis’ characteristics mirrored those of mass shooters

What are the factors that motivate a mass shooter? Washington Navy Yard shooting suspect Aaron Alexis had several characteristics common among mass killers, experts say: aggression, difficulties on the job, paranoia and anger problems. Alexis reportedly went on a rampage Monday, killing 12 people in a commando-style attack at the Navy Yard, where he was beginning work as a civilian contractor. | 09/17/13 19:58:05 By - By Maria Recio

Alleged D.C. gunman reportedly heard voices, had checkered past

A day after a bloody rampage at the Washington Navy Yard left 13 dead in the nation’s capital, troubling new details emerged Tuesday about the psychological state of alleged gunman Aaron Alexis and why his life appeared to have suddenly unraveled. | 09/17/13 19:25:46 By - By Kevin G. Hall

FBI a ‘secret domestic intelligence agency,’ ACLU says

In the wake of the National Security Agency spying scandal, the American Civil Liberties Union shifted attention Tuesday to the FBI with a report that described the bureau as “a secret domestic intelligence agency.” | 09/17/13 18:50:52 By - By Sarah Sexton

Security at Navy Yard weak, surveillance expert says

The Washington Navy Yard, a former shipyard where Monday’s fatal shootings occurred, has a history of weak security with past reports citing poor entrance controls, video dead spots, inadequate lighting, malfunctioning alarms and other problems. | 09/16/13 19:32:20 By -

13 dead in D.C. Navy Yard shooting rampage; suspected gunman a contractor

A mass shooting Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard left at least 13 people dead, including a suspected gunman, who police said was a contractor with valid military identification who apparently drove onto the base. | 09/16/13 23:27:45 By - By Kevin G. Hall and Marisa Taylor

CDC calls for action on drug-resistant bacteria

More than 2 million Americans develop antibiotic-resistant infections each year and about 23,000 die as a result, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | 09/16/13 15:55:24 By - By Tony Pugh

Study proposes tolling interstate system to pay for reconstruction

With large portions of the 46,000-mile Interstate Highway System wearing out and needing replacement, but with few federal and state dollars do it, one possible solution goes back to how most roads were originally built: tolls. | 09/12/13 18:06:07 By - By Curtis Tate

Women force arrest at Capitol over immigration

About two dozen undocumented immigrants were among 115 women arrested Thursday outside the U.S. Capitol after blocking an intersection in a move to reignite an immigration debate sidelined by the crisis in Syria. | 09/12/13 19:39:42 By - By Franco Ordonez and Sarah Sexton

Partisanship, Syria tension intrude on 9/11 memorial

President Barack Obama and other national leaders tried Wednesday to put aside partisan differences and commemorate victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but tensions over Syria, Libya and other hotspots reminded Americans how that day sparked a new and troubled era that is still playing out in American politics. | 09/11/13 19:17:29 By - By James Rosen

A year after Benghazi, State Department hopes to expand security training

The Diplomatic Security Training Center trains all diplomatic security agents, as well as foreign service officers heading to high-threat posts. But the facility is only an interim one, built in 2007 to augment previous training sites that the Government Accountability Office called “inadequate” and said posed a “critical challenge” to training. Today, the State Department says the temporary center decreases productivity, interrupts scheduling and increases costs. That’s why the department hopes the site won’t be its permanent home. | 09/10/13 15:35:38 By - By Ben Kamisar

Payday lenders move online as regulators crack down

The banner ad atop the website features a wide-eyed baby cradled in an adult’s hands with the words, “Did that special vacation for two end up producing a third? Castle Payday has life’s unexpected expenses covered.” | 09/09/13 00:00:00 By - By Lindsay Wise

Doubts raised about independence of White House panel on NSA privacy

Four of the panel’s five members have direct ties to the executive branch and its intelligence gathering apparatus. Privacy and open government advocates say they have little expectation that the panel will be aggressive in criticizing the National Security Agency’s collection of Internet and cell phone records. | 09/07/13 21:44:03 By - By Ali Watkins

Obama’s riddle: How to strike without sparking Syrian retaliation

With President Barack Obama lobbying Congress to agree to the United States’ punishing Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons, he must convince wary lawmakers that Syria’s response won’t lead to tit for tat retaliation that escalates the conflict. | 09/07/13 12:01:59 By - By Kevin G. Hall

North Texas lawmakers leaning against attacking Syria

For the usually pro-military North Texas lawmakers in Congress, the prospect of a U.S. strike in Syria to punish the Assad regime for allegedly using chemical weapons against its own citizens is a very hard sell. | 09/06/13 17:58:47 By - By Maria Recio

Studies show varying costs for coverage under Obamacare

A flurry of new reports from prominent health care research organizations show the cost of individual health coverage under Obamacare will vary widely among states next year, but drastic predictions of premium “sticker shock” have not materialized thus far. | 09/05/13 18:55:38 By - By Tony Pugh

U.S. ruling on gay veterans’ benefits might not apply in every state

The Justice Department said Wednesday that married gay veterans would be eligible for spousal benefits, in another step toward bringing federal agencies in line with a June Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. | 09/04/13 19:53:38 By - By Curtis Tate

Millions still struggle with hunger in U.S., USDA finds

Some 17.6 million U.S. households had trouble feeding their family members at times last year as “food insecurity” remained at near-record levels for the fifth straight year, according to a government report released Wednesday. | 09/04/13 19:40:23 By - By Tony Pugh

To some, US case for Syrian gas attack, strike has too many holes

The Obama administration’s public case for attacking Syria is riddled with inconsistencies and hinges mainly on circumstantial evidence, undermining U.S. efforts this week to build support at home and abroad for a punitive strike against Bashar Assad’s regime. | 09/02/13 19:54:30 By - By Hannah Allam and Mark Seibel

In Syrian refugee camp, anger at Obama

As President Barack Obama’s announcement that he was postponing U.S. missile strikes against the Syrian regime hit the Zaatari refugee camp, so did anger and fear. | 09/01/13 18:05:22 By - By Jonathan S. Landay

Timing of antitrust trial appears to favor airlines, but U.S. may come prepared

A decision Friday by a federal district judge to schedule a November trial could work in favor of American Airlines and US Airways in their quest to fend off a government lawsuit and create the world’s largest airline by year’s end, according to a range of industry experts. | 08/30/13 18:46:54 By - By Curtis Tate

IRS creates tax uncertainty in many states for married gays who file fed tax jointly

While Thursday’s decision to allow married gay couples to file their federal taxes jointly in every state will ease the burden in many households, it creates new complications for couples who live in states that don’t recognize their marriages. | 08/29/13 19:46:20 By - By Curtis Tate and Kevin G. Hall

Feds won’t block state laws legalizing marijuana

In a ruling that gives new momentum to the national push to legalize marijuana, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday that it would not interfere with plans by the states of Washington and Colorado to sell and tax pot for recreational use beginning next year. | 08/29/13 18:35:54 By - By Rob Hotakainen

As nation reflects on Martin Luther King and race, Obama calls for economic equality

Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, honored the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday by calling for economic equality – a crucial step to long sought after racial equality – as he pushed to usher in a new era of civil rights in the United States. | 08/28/13 18:18:10 By - By Anita Kumar and Ben Kamisar

On March on Washington’s 50th anniversary, reminders of victories and battles still to fight

Wednesday’s scene at the Lincoln Memorial was a subtle but powerful snapshot of the state of the American struggle for equal rights on Aug. 28, 2013. | 08/28/13 17:53:46 By - By David Lightman

California juice maker waging court battles on two fronts

The deep-pocketed pomegranate juice makers of POM Wonderful are now fighting a multi-front war over commercial speech. | 08/28/13 17:20:21 By - By Michael Doyle

Medicaid ‘coverage gap’ looming for the poor in 21 states

One month after undergoing a partial hysterectomy in 2011 to remove a rare form of ovarian cancer, Erika Neal of St. Louis got a double dose of more bad news: Her salary as deputy director of a nonprofit museum was being cut and her job-based health coverage was being eliminated. | 08/28/13 16:58:33 By - By Tony Pugh

Math, science program sees big improvement on AP tests

The pass rate on rigorous Advanced Placement tests went up by 72 percent last year at high schools that took part in a National Math and Science Initiative program that trains teachers and gives students extra help on Saturdays. | 08/28/13 20:21:44 By - By Renee Schoof

50 years after 'I have a dream,' do big, old-fashioned protests still work?

When was the last time a mass Washington rally made a political difference in this country? | 08/27/13 16:50:47 By - By David Lightman

Medal of Honor recipient takes aim at mental war wounds

At first, Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter couldn’t sleep. But then came the nightmares, cold sweats and uncontrollable shaking, all caused by the stress of watching eight fellow soldiers die on a battlefield in Afghanistan in 2009. | 08/26/13 18:31:02 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Doctors cite deaths, injuries from toxin attack in Syria as Obama, allies ponder lethal action

President Barack Obama met with his national security team to discuss potential military options in Syria Saturday, as an international relief group said Syrian hospitals reportedly treated 3,600 patients displaying symptoms of chemical weapons exposure after an attack that killed scores of civilians. | 08/24/13 20:17:01 By - By Lesley Clark and Mitchell Prothero

Marchers mark unfinished business of civil rights, 50 years after 'I have a dream'

Tens of thousands of people from across the nation gathered at the National Mall Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and to rally for what they believe is the unfinished business of the civil rights battle. | 08/24/13 16:03:57 By - By William Douglas, Vera Bergengruen, and Lesley Clark

Nasdaq halt prompts SEC to renew call for scrutiny of electronic trading

A three-hour pause in trading Thursday on the Nasdaq stock exchange raised concerns anew about cyber security and whether technology is overwhelming financial markets and regulators. | 08/22/13 19:47:10 By - By Kevin G. Hall

Mueller leaves behind an FBI more focused on national security

Robert S. Mueller III is leaving behind a different FBI from the one he joined. The prep school and Princeton graduate came on board 12 years ago as a straight-edge prosecutor, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam who once spent nine months building a case against a California branch of the Hells Angels. The phrases “war on terror” and “al Qaida” never arose during his Senate confirmation hearing. The word “email” came up but once. | 08/22/13 18:29:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Feds wrongly collected Americans’ emails in program aimed at foreigners

The federal government collected tens of thousands of emails of Americans as part of a massive surveillance program to combat terrorism that was designed to target foreigners, according to secret documents declassified Wednesday. The violation was discovered in 2011 only after the National Security Agency had collected as many as 56,000 emails by Americans over three years. | 08/21/13 20:00:19 By - By Anita Kumar and Lesley Clark

Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

An Army judge on Wednesday sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in a military prison for orchestrating the largest leak of classified documents in U.S. history. | 08/21/13 17:15:08 By - By Michael Doyle

Consumer protection agency’s data collection comes under scrutiny

Amid the debate about whether national security operations have intruded on Americans’ privacy, the collection of personal data by a federal consumer protection agency has prompted questions about whether its efforts have gone too far. | 08/21/13 16:30:53 By - By Sonali Basak

Half a century later, is this what Martin Luther King dreamed?

Edith Lee-Payne remembers standing by a fence just a few feet away from the Lincoln Memorial on a sweltering August day a half-century ago, captivated by the words and powerful message delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | 08/21/13 16:14:53 By - By William Douglas

FBI agent reaffirms claims of job discrimination

The top FBI agent in Washington state says job discrimination against her has continued in the nearly two years since she first sued the bureau. | 08/20/13 18:18:28 By - By Michael Doyle

Job-based health insurance costs rise in 2013

For the 14th straight year, the average cost of job-based family health insurance grew faster than overall inflation and employee wages, according to a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 businesses released on Tuesday. | 08/20/13 11:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

Questions and attorney squabbling hover over Chandra Levy murder conviction

The post-trial tensions are rising and the legal conflicts escalating between prosecutors and attorneys for the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy. | 08/19/13 16:13:25 By - By Michael Doyle

HHS delivers $67 million to pay for Obamacare enrollment ‘navigators’

After several months of delays, the Obama administration awarded $67 million on Thursday to fund an army of outreach and enrollment workers known as "navigators," who will help people sign up for coverage on the new state health insurance marketplaces beginning Oct. 1. | 08/15/13 17:55:54 By - By Tony Pugh

Military will extend health and other benefits to same-sex couples

For Bryan Ruiz and his partner, naval Engineering Duty Officer Jamie Mason, military rules regarding their same-sex relationship made each day more difficult. Without access to military health care for Ruiz, his medical bills from motorcycle accidents piled up. Since he isn’t in the military, even the mundane became tough: Mason had to escort Ruiz to and from the base so he could get to volleyball practice. But Wednesday changed all that, as the Defense Department announced that it will extend marriage benefits to same-sex spouses. | 08/14/13 20:01:02 By - By Ben Kamisar

Average health insurance tax credit for Obamacare estimated at $2,700

Americans who buy health insurance outside their jobs next year can expect an average tax credit of nearly $2,700 to help them obtain coverage on the new state insurance marketplaces, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. The tax credits will vary by household income and family size, as well as the cost of coverage in a particular state and local area. | 08/14/13 00:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

Will Obamacare rollout be smooth sailing or a ‘train wreck’?

Just seven weeks before the new state insurance marketplaces are set to open under the Affordable Care Act, it’s unclear whether the long-anticipated October rollout will be a smooth operation or the "train wreck" that some have predicted. | 08/13/13 17:01:30 By - By Tony Pugh

Improved Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft is now part of president’s escort

When the president lifts off from the White House lawn, he’s joined by a few new wingmen. On his vacation flight Saturday to Martha’s Vineyard, new MV-22 Ospreys made their debut escorting his staff, Secret Service agents and the news media – although not the chief executive himself – to the island off the Massachusetts coast. | 08/12/13 18:19:56 By - By Ben Kamisar

Holder to order curbs on mandatory minimum drug sentencing

Attorney General Eric Holder announced a series of prison sentencing revisions Monday, but the really big action must take place on Capitol Hill and in individual states. | 08/12/13 17:44:42 By - By Michael Doyle

U.S. says all but 2 diplomatic posts will reopen today

The U.S. embassy in Yemen will remain closed, as will the American consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, but 18 of the 19 diplomatic posts the State Dept. had ordered closed this week as a result of an unspecified terrorist threat will reopen Sunday. | 08/09/13 20:40:54 By - By Mark Seibel

Obama defends Russia relations, progress on al Qaida, health care law

President Barack Obama said Friday that it was appropriate for the U.S. to “take a pause” and reassess its relationship with Russia, given what he called Cold War-era thinking by President Vladimir Putin. | 08/09/13 19:36:43 By - By Lesley Clark

FCC approves rate cuts for inmates’ interstate phone calls

Many jail and prison inmates will pay much less for interstate phone calls under a long-awaited policy shift that a divided Federal Communications Commission approved Friday. | 08/09/13 17:04:15 By - By Michael Doyle

Security concerns jeopardize October opening of health insurance marketplaces

The problem stems from tight deadlines that must be met to ensure the security of data moving through an information system that supports the marketplaces, sometimes referred to as exchanges, according to a new government watchdog report. | 08/07/13 18:31:29 By - By Tony Pugh

Goats gone wild! Natural cleanup at D.C.'s Congressional Cemetery

The bleating of the goats Wednesday didn’t disturb the residents of Congressional Cemetery, a burial ground for hundreds of senators, congressmen, a couple of vice presidents and iconic figures such as FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and composer John Philip Sousa. For the next week, the 70 goats _ known as “eco-goats” _ will eat the vines, poison ivy, dense vegetation and anything they can reach to clean up a densely vegetated parcel on the cemetery grounds. | 08/07/13 18:06:12 By - By Maria Recio

Court records raise questions about Chandra Levy murder trial

Fresno, Calif., police detectives wanted help with an unsolved crime or two. Now, their simple queries may have unexpectedly started unraveling the case against the man convicted of killing Chandra Levy. In previously sealed court documents, made public this week, investigators illuminate more fully the dark, backstage drama that’s roiled the Levy murder mystery. Already, defense attorneys say they will demand a retrial for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in November 2010 of killing Levy. | 08/07/13 15:42:10 By - By Michael Doyle

Global terror alert inconsistent with U.S. portrayal of weakened al Qaida

The Obama administration’s sweeping response to an alleged al Qaida plot – closing diplomatic posts in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia – suggests a terrorist organization that’s capable of striking virtually anywhere, not the one U.S. officials have depicted as a group that’s near defeat. | 08/05/13 19:51:43 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

Some states misreporting health insurance costs, HHS’ Sebelius says

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that some state reports blaming Obamacare for sharply higher health insurance premiums next year were “factually incorrect.” Sebelius didn’t say which states she was referring to, but her push-back comes after GOP-led states such as Ohio, Georgia and Indiana recently warned of large premium rate hikes next year due to the Affordable Care Act. | 08/05/13 19:02:43 By - By Tony Pugh

Texas’ Wendy Davis weighs sudden star power, a run for governor

Texas Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis, who became a national phenomenon in June after her 11-hour filibuster to block a restrictive abortion law, told an enthusiastic crowd Monday at the National Press Club that she’s close to making a decision about running for governor. | 08/05/13 18:32:04 By - By Maria Recio

Critics say Obamacare may tempt subsidy applicants to lie about benefits

The Obama administration is trying to quiet growing concern that people will lie about their incomes and other personal information in order to land larger health insurance-premium tax credits, the cash assistance that will help millions pay for coverage next year. While the money will go to insurers and not individuals, congressional Republicans and conservative critics say the application process leaves plenty of wiggle room and incentives for people who want to game the system. | 08/05/13 14:30:38 By - By Tony Pugh

U.S. gears up for huge, difficult land buyback for Indian tribes

After bungling the management of Indian lands for generations, the federal government wants to make amends by spending nearly $2 billion to buy 10 million acres of land for 150 tribes across the nation. | 08/05/13 15:18:18 By - By Rob Hotakainen

U.S. extends embassy closings; warnings renew debate over NSA data collection

The closing of U.S. embassies in 21 predominantly Muslim countries and a broad caution about travel during August that the State Department issued on Friday touched off debate Sunday over the National Security Agency’s sweeping data collection programs. | 08/04/13 17:48:53 By - By Ali Watkins, David Lightman and Adam Baron

Dozens arrested in pro-immigration protest at U.S. Capitol

Dozens of leaders in the immigration movement were arrested Thursday after they blocked a major intersection near the Capitol in a protest of Republican opposition to an immigration overhaul that would include a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million immigrants who are in the country illegally. | 08/01/13 18:19:05 By - By Franco Ordonez and Kevin Thibodeaux

Obama taps little-known turnaround specialist to head IRS

President Barack Obama nominated a corporate turnaround specialist Thursday to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. | 08/01/13 19:36:05 By - By Kevin G. Hall, Anita Kumar and David Lightman

Documents show NSA violated court orders on collection of phone records

National Security Agency officials violated secret federal court orders authorizing the daily collection of domestic email and telephone data from hundreds of millions of Americans, according to previously top-secret documents made public Wednesday by the Obama administration. | 07/31/13 20:26:16 By - By Ali Watkins and Jonathan S. Landay

Sen. Murkowski’s switch clears way for new ATF boss

A pivotal switch by Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday cleared the way for confirmation of the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. | 07/31/13 19:57:10 By - By Trevor Graff

Military considers cutting 25% of Army personnel, Marines to trim budget for sequester

The military faces one of two options in order to meet mandatory across-the-board budget cuts, says Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: chopping the number of personnel or limiting its technological edge. | 07/31/13 19:07:21 By - By Kate Irby

Feds announce plan to withdraw $10 million from grant to Georgia over school reforms

The Department of Education notified Georgia on Tuesday that it plans to withdraw $9.9 million of the state’s $400 million Race to the Top education grant because the state has reneged on an agreement to base teacher and principal pay on performance evaluations. | 07/30/13 20:13:09 By - By Renee Schoof

Bradley Manning acquitted on most serious charge, convicted on 20 others

A military judge on Tuesday acquitted Army Pfc. Bradley Manning of the most serious charge against him but found the former intelligence analyst and self-styled whistleblower guilty of various crimes involving purloined documents turned over to the WikiLeaks website. | 07/30/13 17:32:05 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama pushes for tax change to fund infrastructure; Republicans push back

President Barack Obama hadn’t yet left the White House on Tuesday to unveil his latest economic pitch when Republicans began tearing it apart. | 07/30/13 16:17:13 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Key witness in Levy murder case was a too-eager snitch, say defense attorneys

A former Fresno, Calif., gang-banger whose testimony helped convict the man accused of killing Chandra Levy had previously offered to help authorities solve three other homicides, a court hearing revealed Monday. | 07/29/13 18:32:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Nationwide FBI raids save 105 teens from child prostitution

A nationwide campaign targeting child prostitution rescued 105 teenagers and swept some 150 alleged pimps off the streets of cities from Miami and Charlotte, N.C., to Sacramento and Fresno, Calif., FBI officials announced Monday. | 07/29/13 17:11:25 By - By Michael Doyle

New Capitol Hill group looks for ways to avoid the next Trayvon Martin

Tracy Martin, the father of the late Trayvon Martin, appeared on Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the first time since George Zimmerman’s non-guilty verdict, advocating for a positive legacy of his son’s death. | 07/26/13 15:13:34 By - By Kate Irby

Poll: Back off the snooping, public tells Washington

Americans are fed up with the federal government collecting information on their phone calls, emails and Internet use, and they want curbs on what can be monitored, majorities say in a new McClatchy-Marist poll. | 07/24/13 15:10:27 By - By David Lightman

MIT interactive videos get high school students thinking like scientists

MIT Professor Richard Larson, a pioneer in education technology, got an idea for how to make math and science come alive for high school students when he watched a teacher at work in a chilly classroom in northern China. | 07/23/13 13:23:35 By - By Renee Schoof

Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey offers bleak view of U.S. military options in Syria

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told the Senate Armed Services Committee that establishing a no-fly zone over Syria would cost the U.S. $500 million to $1 billion a month and that it might not quell the conflict there because President Bashar Assad’s military primarily relies on artillery, not air power, for most of its offensives. | 07/22/13 20:00:18 By - By William Douglas

Cattle producers want to get rid of new meat labels

After surviving years of drought and watching the size of the U.S. cattle herd fall to its lowest level in more than 60 years, Texas cattleman Bob McCan would just as soon steer clear of the U.S. government’s latest meat-labeling rules. | 07/22/13 00:00:00 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Judge torn over lawsuit in drone strike that killed Americans

Courts cannot second-guess drone strikes that kill U.S. citizens overseas, an Obama administration lawyer argued Friday. | 07/19/13 18:33:47 By - By Michael Doyle

FBI announces review of 2,000 cases featuring hair samples

The FBI will review thousands of old cases, including some involving the death penalty, in which hair samples helped secure convictions, under an ambitious plan made public Thursday. | 07/18/13 17:38:20 By - By Michael Doyle

Supporters lobby Congress to save bone-marrow funding

Fifteen-year-old Anthony Arroyo likely would have died if not for the bone marrow transplant he received, thanks to a group now facing federal funding cuts. The teenager leads an almost normal life since his transplant in 2004, but still suffers from fanconi anemia, a rare, incurable genetic disorder he was diagnosed with at age 3. The Arroyo family used a nonprofit organization called Be the Match to find a donor, a process that can be nearly impossible since bone marrow matches are so rare. | 07/18/13 15:48:32 By - By Kate Irby

Judge: Manning must face charge that his leaks aided enemy

A military judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a far-reaching charge that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning aided the enemy when he gave hundreds of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks, an online repository of secrets from the U.S. government as well as other nations and corporations. | 07/18/13 17:40:37 By - By Michael Doyle

Fact-check: Do 'stand your ground' laws increase violence?

The Florida murder trial of George Zimmerman has prompted fresh debate over whether “stand your ground” self-defense laws hinder violence or propel it. | 07/17/13 17:45:22 By - By Michael Doyle

15 U.S. foreign outposts still have inadequate security, Senate panel told

Fifteen diplomatic posts in high-threat areas fail to meet safety standards 10 months after the attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials told Congress Tuesday. | 07/16/13 20:06:44 By - By Ben Kamsiar

Beware the stinky plant – its odor is its allure

Here’s a seldom-used mating tactic: Pretend to be a dead animal. While probably bad advice for most of us, that’s what passes for romance in the world of the titan arum, otherwise known as the corpse flower, or more commonly, the stinky plant. | 07/16/13 19:02:45 By - By Kate Irby

Did a former Marine Corps judge show bias against the defense?

Blunt talk by a prominent, one-time Marine Corps judge has started a legal firefight over alleged bias, with multiple fates hanging in the balance. | 07/16/13 17:42:16 By - By Michael Doyle

Veterans find out-of-state military service can cost big when starting college

Some military service members and veterans are being denied their most well-known government benefit: college tuition coverage. | 07/16/13 15:45:35 By - By Kate Irby

With gay marriage decision settled, couples try to sort out finances

Same-sex couples who celebrated last month when the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act are waking up to a disorienting legal hangover as they try to assess the ruling’s effect on their personal finances. | 07/15/13 16:39:11 By - By Lindsay Wise

Justice Department curbs its ability to target journalists over leaks

Attorney General Eric Holder, who’s been under fire in recent months for targeting reporters as part of leak investigations, released revised guidelines Friday that would make it more difficult for the federal government to seize journalists’ email and phone records. | 07/12/13 18:45:08 By - By Anita Kumar

Court sides with critics of California legal aid group in fight over case files

Federal investigators on Friday gained more clout to pry information from California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., a famed and occasionally controversial legal aid group that insists the investigators are going too far. | 07/12/13 17:15:01 By - By Michael Doyle

US-EU trade talks a wrap; discussion moves to Brussels

As they concluded their first round of trade talks in Washington on Friday, chief negotiators for the United States and the European Union said they’d made good progress this week and announced plans for a second round in Brussels the week of Oct. 7. | 07/12/13 13:28:41 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Sick: Scams prey on ‘Obamacare’ confusion

If a stranger claiming to be from the government calls to offer you an “Obamacare card” or threatens to throw you in jail unless you buy insurance, hang up the phone. It’s a scam. | 07/12/13 18:49:05 By - By Lindsay Wise

Another federal judge slaps treatment of Guantanamo inmates

A federal judge on Thursday called a halt to genital pat-downs of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are meeting with attorneys. | 07/11/13 17:11:45 By - By Michael Doyle and Carol Rosenberg

Consumer groups fret as first round of European trade talks nears end

Hoping to win the largest trade deal in history, the president’s new U.S. trade representative offered negotiators some advice as they launched new trade talks with the European Union this week. | 07/11/13 15:20:58 By - By Rob Hotakainen

A danger in the future? Murder suspect’s life may depend on it

Federal prosecutors predict future dangers if Samuel Richard Stone is allowed to live. Accused of a gruesome 2003 murder at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater in California’s San Joaquin Valley, Stone is scheduled to face trial next year. Fresno-based prosecutors have Justice Department approval to seek the death penalty if Stone is convicted, based in part on claims of his “future dangerousness.” It’s a crystal-ball kind of claim that’s given courts, scholars and lawyers some pause in the past. | 07/10/13 17:02:50 By - By Michael Doyle

Final report on Iraq reconstruction says fraud, waste cost U.S. $1.5 billion

The $40 million shell of an unfinished prison in Iraq’s Diyala province; $2 million in laundered cash pocketed by government officials and contractors in Hilla; an $80 invoice on a $1.41 piece of PVC piping from a defense subcontractor near Baghdad. | 07/09/13 19:07:05 By - By Ali Watkins

Judge: I can’t stop Guantanamo force-feeding, but Obama can

A federal judge voiced sympathy Monday for Guantanamo Bay detainees but said she was powerless to stop force-feeding by U.S. authorities. | 07/08/13 18:38:39 By - By Michael Doyle

Gabrielle Giffords makes another trek for gun control

With many in Washington glued to the immigration debate, Democratic former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is stoking the flames of another emotionally charged issue: gun control. | 07/05/13 16:27:32 By - By Ben Kamisar

Obama’s new Guantanamo envoy begins work, tours detention center

The State Department’s new special envoy for the closure of the prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba began work this week with a one-day trip to the notorious site and said Wednesday that closing it was a national priority. | 07/03/13 20:58:18 By - By Hannah Allam

Q&A: The ins and outs of Obamacare

Q How many companies with more than 50 workers offer health benefits? | 07/03/13 19:52:43 By - By Tony Pugh

Surprise delay in Obamacare will be costly

One day after the Obama administration delayed the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate until 2015, critics and supporters of the legislation were hotly debating the cost and effects of the surprise move, while business owners breathed a sigh of relief. | 07/03/13 19:51:55 By - By Tony Pugh

Obamacare ‘employer mandate’ delayed until 2015

After months of conferring with fretful employers, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will delay enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “employer mandate” until 2015. | 07/02/13 20:07:18 By - By Tony Pugh

Hints surface that NSA building massive, pervasive surveillance capability

Despite U.S. intelligence officials’ repeated denials that the National Security Agency is collecting the content of domestic emails and phone calls, evidence is mounting that the agency’s vast surveillance network can and may already be preserving billions of those communications in powerful digital databases. | 07/02/13 19:21:03 By - By Greg Gordon

Image of NSA leaker Edward Snowden evolves with each revelation

More than three weeks since his revelations about U.S. spying sent ripples around the world, a more nuanced portrait is emerging of Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who initially was viewed in extremes – either a hero in the fight against government secrecy or a traitor who jeopardized national security. | 06/28/13 19:00:18 By - By Hannah Allam

California’s high-speed rail traveling a difficult political track

California’s high-speed rail plan is heading for some “Perils of Pauline” moments on Capitol Hill. | 06/28/13 18:16:16 By - By Michael Doyle

Gays, race and immigrants stir the U.S. and its politics

The blur of Washington news this week – major decisions on voting rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage and immigration – was a vivid illustration of how Americans are grappling with fundamental social change. | 06/28/13 16:16:30 By - By David Lightman

For expanding world population, dinner might be flying or crawling all around

They’re creepy. They’re crawly. And soon, they could be on your menu. | 06/26/13 19:20:46 By - By Kevin Thibodeaux

Experts: U.S. has little hope of moving Putin, an ex-spy, to expel Snowden

Russia’s confirmation Tuesday that fugitive contractor Edward Snowden is using the Moscow airport as a pit stop on his global search for a haven leaves American authorities seemingly powerless to stop him from traveling onward with top-secret files that detail extensive U.S. surveillance programs. | 06/25/13 19:21:02 By - By Hannah Allam

Court sides with adoptive parents in test of Native American custody rights

A 27-month-old girl who lived with adoptive parents in South Carolina since her birth was handed over to a biological father she had never met in 2011. | 06/25/13 18:00:02 By - By Kate Irby

NIH: Teens indulge in too much unhealthy food, too little exercise

The typical U.S. teen isn’t playing basketball at a local park, hiking trails or even walking home from school. The typical U.S. teen isn’t following a healthy diet, either. | 06/25/13 17:31:48 By - By Trevor Graff

Private property advocates cheer Supreme Court ruling

A legal dispute that started with Florida wetlands ended Tuesday in a Supreme Court victory for conservatives and private property advocates nationwide. | 06/25/13 15:04:17 By - By Michael Doyle

Wanted: Moms and athletes needed to help sell health care overhaul

The Obama administration continued to implement the national health care overhaul on Monday with the launch of a redesigned consumer information website, a new 24-hour Affordable Care Act hotline and plans to huddle with the National Football League. | 06/24/13 19:19:22 By - By Tony Pugh

Obama to announce new climate change rules today

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce a long-awaited federal strategy that not only is expected to rein in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions but also will address the sweeping effects of climate change already occurring. | 06/24/13 18:56:06 By - By Erika Bolstad

Supreme Court to decide whether Massachusetts law restricting protests at abortion clinics is OK

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to a Massachusetts law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics. | 06/24/13 17:03:40 By - By Kate Irby

New IRS leader touts changes following scandal but reveals little

The temporary head of the Internal Revenue Service on Monday released a much anticipated but ultimately disappointing report on how the agency came to unfairly target tea party and other conservative organizations. | 06/24/13 17:46:10 By - By Kevin G. Hall and David Lightman

White House expected to announce James Comey’s nomination to lead FBI on Friday

President Barack Obama on Friday will name former Justice Department official James B. Comey Jr. as his choice to head the FBI, according to an informed White House official. | 06/20/13 18:14:33 By - By Michael Doyle

Words could matter in military sexual assault cases, especially the president’s

President Barack Obama’s stern words about military sexual assault have stirred up trouble in court, raising anew the specter of higher-ups unfairly steering the outcome of criminal cases. | 06/20/13 17:34:40 By - By Michael Doyle

Recovering drug addict Patrick Kennedy now leads fight against legalizing marijuana

Stung by momentum to legalize marijuana, opponents are fighting back with an unlikely leader: a recovering drug addict and liberal ex-congressman from Rhode Island named Patrick Kennedy, a member of the famous political clan. | 06/20/13 17:18:46 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S.

Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions. | 06/20/13 15:56:35 By - By Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay

Eisenhower memorial moving ahead, despite family’s objections

The design for a memorial to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, more than 10 years in the planning, has so divided supporters and critics that the commission created to build it gave up trying to find a compromise and defiantly voted Wednesday to proceed, despite the bitter opposition of the Eisenhower family. | 06/19/13 19:52:36 By -

Airline merger casts doubt on Charlotte’s future as air hub, GAO says

Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s status as a major airline hub is not guaranteed in the proposed American Airlines-US Airways merger, according to Senate testimony Wednesday. | 06/19/13 19:32:22 By - By Curtis Tate

Former TWA 800 investigators claim crash details were covered up

It wasn’t a missile, government officials said at the time. Just a tragic accident. A mechanical failure. | 06/19/13 19:30:58 By - By Ali Watkins

Tea party rallies against IRS in Washington

The tea party is using the Internal Revenue Service scandal as a springboard to renew calls to limit or even abolish an agency it’s always disliked. | 06/19/13 18:14:35 By - By Kate Irby

Educators, artists, lawmakers urge more emphasis on the arts

America needs to invest more in the humanities and social sciences in order to preserve its cultural identity and economic competitiveness, according to a new report on the role those subjects play in shaping the national character | 06/19/13 17:09:46 By - By Renee Schoof

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass celebrated with Capitol statue

Frederick Douglass, prominent abolitionist, writer and orator, now towers over a podium in the U.S. Capitol, a speech curled passionately in his hand. | 06/19/13 16:31:53 By - By Trevor Graff

Corps of Engineers won’t review climate change impacts of Northwest coal exports

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers will not review the broader climate-change impacts of proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest, an agency official told Congress on Tuesday. | 06/18/13 16:30:26 By - By Curtis Tate

Inmates accused in prison killing seek separate trials

The two federal prison inmates accused of killing a guard at the U.S. Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., five years ago this week are now seeking to separate their trials. | 06/18/13 13:06:01 By - By Michael Doyle

Supreme Court rejects Arizona’s proof-of-citizenship voting law

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona law requiring that people registering to vote in federal elections provide proof of U.S. citizenship. | 06/17/13 15:33:23 By - By Michael Doyle

Obamacare’s big question: What’s it going to cost me?

The cost of health coverage under Obamacare remains one the biggest mysteries of the nation’s health care overhaul. But nagging cost questions will slowly be answered this summer as insurers and state officials set 2014 health plan rates for people who buy coverage outside of work or purchase it through small employers. | 06/17/13 00:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

Iraqis, Afghans who helped U.S. in wars look to Congress for resettlement

Congress will consider legislation Friday that could ease the way for thousands of Iraqis and Afghans to resettle in the United States to escape the dangers that come with their work for the U.S. military, news outlets and nonprofit groups. | 06/13/13 19:13:25 By - By Hannah Allam

California high-speed rail gets a green light

California’s high-speed rail project can start rolling without waiting for potentially time-consuming approvals from a federal board, officials ruled Thursday. | 06/13/13 18:05:28 By - By Michael Doyle

Black family progress has stalled since controversial 1965 study, report says

Many of the same social problems highlighted in a landmark 1965 study on black family structure have only worsened over the last 48 years and are now causing similar hardship for white and Hispanic families. | 06/13/13 00:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

Homeowners who used short sales find their credit sunk by computer glitch

Michael Son was just weeks away from closing on a three-bedroom ranch house in New Jersey last year when his lender called with bad news. | 06/12/13 15:31:46 By - By Lindsay Wise

National History Day contest: Where history is hip

Not many 14-year-olds know where Hurtletoot, Northern Ireland, is. The farm town, just outside Belfast, is only a speck on Google Earth. But for Nicole and Erin Crumpler, who traced their lineage all the way back to that Irish hamlet, its discovery would lead them much further than the Internet. | 06/12/13 11:52:19 By - By Ali Watkins

Hollywood director James Cameron urges boost in oceans research

Hollywood director James Cameron told a Senate panel on Tuesday that federal partnerships in oceanic research are vital to understanding the oceans’ role in climate change, trade and education. | 06/11/13 19:07:40 By - By Trevor Graff

Business donations to judges’ campaigns often equal friendly rulings

State supreme court justices are favoring the corporate interests that finance their election campaigns, a comprehensive new study concludes. | 06/11/13 17:51:19 By - By Michael Doyle

Banks profiting from overdraft coverage plans, federal agency says

Overdraft protection often is a better deal for banks than for consumers, a new study by a federal watchdog agency reveals. | 06/11/13 00:00:00 By - By Lindsay Wise

Amid talk of sources’ chill, some see NSA revelations as needed pushback

Just a few weeks ago, media experts were warning that the Obama administration’s secret tracking of phone calls of Associated Press reporters and criminal targeting of a Fox News correspondent’s contacts with a source would intimidate government officials and make it harder for journalists to perform crucial watchdog functions. | 06/10/13 21:03:41 By - By James Rosen

Senate commerce panel approves Foxx as U.S. transportation secretary

A Senate panel on Monday unanimously confirmed Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the next U.S. transportation secretary, a final step toward what’s expected to be an easy confirmation by the full Senate. | 06/10/13 19:54:27 By - By Curtis Tate

Congress unlikely to change NSA snooping

The revelations that the government has secret programs to collect data from U.S. phone records and the Internet are unlikely to force any significant changes in the program, at least not anytime soon. | 06/10/13 18:16:22 By - By David Lightman

Michigan Democrat Dingell surpasses record for longest tenure in Congress

The day that John Dingell first stepped onto the floor of the House of Representatives, he faced a very different America. A woman named Rosa Parks had just been arrested, the name Emmett Till was in the news and a movie star named James Dean had just died in a car crash. | 06/08/13 13:32:41 By - By Ali Watkins

Phone record fury just one sign of how privacy is a thing of the past

Welcome to the new normal, the U.S. national security state that’s grown like mad since the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly a dozen years ago. | 06/07/13 19:24:30 By - By Anita Kumar and Michael Doyle

Few options for online users to avoid spying, experts say

What can people do to protect their privacy from massive data-mining efforts by U.S. and other intelligence services? The answer is not much, short of going off the grid completely. | 06/07/13 18:48:09 By - By Lindsay Wise

Video: Political language shifts public opinion on gun debate

| 06/07/13 17:46:49 By - Dionne Young and Nadya Faulx

People lying about military service face new peril

Pretend military heroes could face up to a year in prison under the latest version of the Stolen Valor Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law Monday. It’s a bill nearly identical to one the Supreme Court deemed unconstitutional just last year. | 06/07/13 15:45:53 By - By Kate Irby

McCain says Assad is winning in Syria, urges U.S. aid to moderates

President Bashar Assad is winning the civil war in Syria, Sen. John McCain said Thursday, saying the United States must rethink its policy there and in the rest of the Middle East if it wants to avoid a regional war that would weaken many of America’s closest allies. | 06/06/13 19:50:01 By - By Mark Seibel

Judge giveth and judge taketh away in military insurance case on autism

A federal judge has now frustrated military families that earlier won insurance coverage for a certain kind of autism therapy. | 06/06/13 17:00:31 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama to lay out national Internet access plan

President Barack Obama is expected to unveil a plan to connect nearly every U.S. classroom to high-speed Internet while he’s in Mooresville on Thursday. The plan would expand broadband and wireless access to 99 percent of the country’s schools over the next five years, the White House said. It would use money already budgeted and would not require authorization or approval by Congress. | 06/06/13 12:06:14 By - Andrew Dunn

Analysts: Samantha Power likely to win quick Senate OK as U.N. envoy

Samantha Power, whom President Barack Obama nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is a longtime human rights advocate who isn’t expected to face the same Senate opposition over Libya that dogged the current U.N. envoy, Susan Rice. | 06/05/13 19:27:34 By -

Analysts: Susan Rice, Samantha Power unlikely to alter foreign policy

President Barack Obama’s appointment Wednesday of two longtime loyalists to top national security positions is unlikely to result in major shifts in U.S. foreign policy, despite their records as advocates of military intervention to avert humanitarian disasters such as the one in war-torn Syria. | 06/05/13 19:02:04 By - By Lesley Clark and Jonathan S. Landay

After Assad victory over rebels in Qusayr, what’s next for Hezbollah?

The Syrian government claimed control of the strategic city of Qusayr in central Syria on Wednesday after a nearly three-week-long fight with rebels who’d held the city for a year, a victory for President Bashar Assad that raised questions about what’s next for the Hezbollah fighters considered key to the outcome. | 06/05/13 18:26:44 By - By David Enders

Liberal groups say they don’t see IRS targeting their tax applications

The storm over the Internal Revenue Service’s dealings with groups seeking tax-exempt status is now nearly a month old, and virtually no organizations perceived to be liberal or nonpartisan have come forward to say they were unfairly targeted since then. | 06/05/13 16:57:24 By - By David Lightman

Pot comes to Capitol Hill as U.S. marijuana movement blooms

As she prepares to open the Metropolitan Wellness Center above a Popeyes chicken restaurant a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, general manager Vanessa West isn’t worried that her medical marijuana shop will get raided. West knows she’ll be selling a drug that’s illegal under federal law, even though the District of Columbia city council has approved sales for medical use, but she expects the city to have a tightly run system. | 06/05/13 15:26:21 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Top brass takes dim view of Senate efforts to combat sexual assault in the military

Military leaders pushed back Tuesday against congressional proposals to remove sexual assault cases from the usual chain of command. | 06/04/13 19:08:25 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama nominates three to D.C. court, but battle lines are drawn

President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw down the judicial gauntlet by nominating a ticket of three candidates for what’s often considered the second most-important court in the country. | 06/04/13 19:00:29 By - By Michael Doyle and William Douglas

Sen. Kay Hagan lobbies trade rep nominee about North Carolina’s concerns

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., met with U.S. trade representative nominee Michael Froman on Tuesday to press the state’s concerns about textiles, tobacco and advanced medicines in Pacific Rim trade talks. | 06/04/13 17:57:37 By - By Renee Schoof

Michael T. Sestak, accused of selling visas, held without bond

The Foreign Service officer accused of selling hundreds of visas to residents of Vietnam made his first appearance in D.C. court Tuesday, as more details of the alleged conspiracy have come to light. | 06/04/13 17:53:59 By - By Ali Watkins and Michael Doyle

Obama sets up clash with Republicans over court nominees

President Obama today announced his intention to nominate three judges to the nation's second highest court, accusing Republicans of blocking his selections for political reasons in remarks the White House pool report described as "fiery." | 06/04/13 12:36:14 By - By Lesley Clark

Senate, presidential powers collide in key case on recess appointments

The Supreme Court is expected to take up a groundbreaking separation-of-powers case later this month that features a constitutional clash between the president’s right to make recess appointments and the Senate’s authority to confirm high-level picks. | 06/03/13 16:59:41 By - By James Rosen

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell casts for young converts in fishing expedition

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell distributed night crawlers Monday morning among a group of excited Washington middle school students; many had never been fishing before. Some baited their hooks skittishly, while others couldn’t get their lines in the water fast enough. | 06/03/13 16:46:06 By - By Trevor Graff

‘Flea market’ Renoir leads to colorful, continuing mystery

It began as an irresistible story: a flea market find in the West Virginia panhandle of a tiny, long-forgotten painting by a French master. Since the announcement last September that the painting, bought in a $7 box of knickknacks, was being put up for auction, a mystery has unfolded with an assortment of characters – a dowager art collector, perplexed museum officials, the insistent buyer and the FBI – and the eventual seizure of the artwork, which turned out to be stolen. Now it’s up to a federal judge to decide who owns the painting, as questions arise over whether there was ever a flea market find at all. | 06/03/13 11:50:39 By - By Maria Recio

Manning court martial trial starts Monday

Amid secrecy and spectacle, the long-awaited court-martial trial of WikiLeaks linchpin Bradley E. Manning starts Monday. | 06/01/13 17:16:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Feds could slow down California’s high-speed rail

The California high-speed rail project is now rapidly approaching an intersection controlled by a powerful, but usually low-profile federal board. | 05/31/13 16:49:17 By - By Michael Doyle

Report: Medicare’s finances improve, Social Security holding steady

Medicare’s troubled finances got a boost when the annual trustees report showed that the program’s hospital insurance trust fund will remain solvent until 2026, two years longer than was projected last year. Social Security has enough cash to cover benefits until 2033, which is unchanged from last year’s projection. The Obama administration credited Medicare’s improved outlook to lower spending for hospital and skilled nursing care, and lower projected program costs for Medicare Advantage plans, the private plans that provide Medicare benefits. | 05/31/13 16:36:09 By - By Tony Pugh

Clashing pot laws prompt search for middle ground

Under federal law, banks can’t accept money from retail shops that sell marijuana, even if they’re regulated by a state. | 05/31/13 18:49:20 By - By Rob Hotakainen

Why Attorney General Eric Holder is in the hot seat

Attorney General Eric Holder met Thursday with several news media representatives in an off-the-record discussion of the fallout from Justice Department leak investigations. That fallout is touching Holder himself, as congressional Republicans this week cited “discrepancies” between his sworn testimony and other public records. | 05/30/13 18:04:26 By - By Michael Doyle

Banks’ checking account disclosures vary widely, Pew study finds

Consumers need more clear and consistent policies from their banks in order to better understand checking accounts, avoid overdraft fees and resolve disputes, according to a report that for the first time ranks the largest financial institutions in the United States for the safety and transparency of the banks’ practices. | 05/30/13 17:16:07 By - By Lindsay Wise

Women workers at Florida prison win class-action status in sexual harassment case

Dozens of female staffers say they regularly confront groping, rape threats, public masturbation and other serious sexual harassment while overseeing inmates at the large federal prison complex in Coleman, Fla. | 05/29/13 17:17:26 By - By Michael Doyle

Minnesota a health haven for seniors, reports says; Mississippi not so much

Minnesota tops the nation as the healthiest state for seniors, while Mississippi is the unhealthiest and faces an uphill battle to improve its low ranking, according to a report Wednesday by the United Health Foundation, a non-profit arm of insurer UnitedHealth Group. | 05/29/13 00:00:00 By - By Tony Pugh

Practice of billing Medicare to fix droopy lids raises eyebrows

Aging Americans worried about their droopy upper eyelids often rely on the plastic surgeon’s scalpel to turn back the hands of time. Increasingly, Medicare is footing the bill. | 05/28/13 15:42:21 By - By Joe Eaton and David Donald

After decades of searching, could a handful of debris provide the answer?

Nearly half a century passed before the suspected remains of six airmen made the journey from a rice paddy in southeastern Laos to a forensics lab near Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

But once those remains arrived, the experts preparing to study and identify them knew that at best the men were only halfway home. | 05/27/13 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

New IRS chief Danny Werfel goes from White House budget office to center stage

It’s a tall order straight from the president: Find anyone at the Internal Revenue Service who improperly targeted conservatives. Hold them responsible. Fix the system so it never happens again. | 05/27/13 00:00:00 By - By Renee Schoof

Lack of answers tests the faith and mettle of families and searchers alike

In military lingo, the location of the lost crew of Spooky 21 was a classic SWAG: Scientific Wild-Ass Guess. That’s the term investigators use for figuring out something as unpredictable as where a plane should have crashed when it got shot out of the sky in Laos. | 05/27/13 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

A long-ago war, a missing plane and an enduring mystery

Maj. Derrell Jeffords bounced his roaring Spooky 21 down and off the runway at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam. It was just before 7:30 a.m., on Christmas Eve 1965. The big camouflaged belly of his twin-prop AC-47 was easily visible against a blue sky as he banked west.

The cargo plane-turned-gunship was on its way to Laos; its mission was top secret. | 05/25/13 00:00:00 By - By Matthew Schofield

Whatever cause, Washington state bridge collapse points to bigger problems

The collapse of an interstate highway bridge in Washington state brings new attention to the limits of the country’s infrastructure, especially older structures that were designed with little room for error and were never intended to carry the number of cars and trucks they see today. | 05/24/13 19:08:54 By - By Curtis Tate

Military will look into whether judge’s comments meant tainted trials

A former Marine Corps judge who allegedly called those accused of sexual assault “scumbags” who deserve to be “crushed” is at the center of a widening inquiry into the impartiality of his court-martial rulings. | 05/24/13 17:27:00 By - By Michael Doyle

Rising judicial star Sri Srinivasan is playmaker with all the right legal moves

Sri Srinivasan scores big on every court. As a standout basketball guard for Lawrence High School in Kansas, class of 1985, Srinivasan could both dish and shoot. As an attorney, he’s argued more than 20 cases before the Supreme Court. And as a newly unanimously confirmed appellate judge, he’s joining what’s often called the nation’s second-highest court. | 05/24/13 10:16:14 By - By Michael Doyle

Foreign Service officer made millions in visa-for-money scam, feds charge

A State Department official “received several million dollars in bribes” from Vietnamese residents seeking visas, according to newly public court documents. | 05/23/13 18:30:31 By - By Michael Doyle

Marijuana is drug most often linked to crime, study finds

Marijuana is the drug most often linked to crime in the United States, the U.S. drug czar said Thursday, dismissing calls for legalization as a “bumper-sticker approach” that should be avoided. | 05/23/13 17:19:49 By - By Rob Hotakainen

NOAA expects ‘above normal’ hurricane season

Expect another busy Atlantic hurricane season, government forecasters said Thursday. | 05/23/13 17:16:47 By - By Erika Bolstad

Public in Deep South supports expanding Medicaid, poll finds, but lawmakers don’t

Even though governors and lawmakers in five Deep South states oppose a plan to cover more people through Medicaid under the health care overhaul, 62 percent of the people in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina support expanding the program, according to a new poll. | 05/21/13 19:08:23 By - By Tony Pugh

Witness in Chandra Levy murder case was government informer

The key witness in the trial of the man convicted of killing former intern Chandra Levy had a previously undisclosed history as a government snitch, a court hearing revealed Tuesday. | 05/21/13 18:01:03 By - By Michael Doyle

Alaska attempts public relations pitch on drilling ANWR

The state of Alaska is trying to drum up publicity for its offer to pay some of the cost of exploratory drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the pitch appears to stand no real chance. | 05/20/13 17:57:04 By - By Sean Cockerham

California robbery case leads Supreme Court to reconsider police search laws

A tattooed inmate in one of California’s most remote prisons will now get his moment in the Supreme Court sun, along with a shot at clarifying the rules governing certain law enforcement searches. | 05/20/13 17:00:28 By - By Michael Doyle

Treasury says U.S. can pay its bills for months, delaying debt ceiling fight

Any confrontation over the nation’s debt ceiling is now unlikely until after Labor Day. | 05/17/13 18:29:54 By - By David Lightman

Transportation nominee Anthony Foxx prepares for DC debut at confirmation hearing

Anthony Foxx appears to have a clear path to confirmation as U.S. transportation secretary next week, as virtually all of his 16 predecessors have. | 05/17/13 16:33:08 By - By Curtis Tate

Prison brew could play pivotal role in California murder case

One of the two inmates accused of killing an Atwater, Calif., prison guard was so drunk on a potent brew dubbed “White Lightning” that he couldn’t understand an FBI agent’s Miranda warnings afterward, defense attorneys claim in revealing new documents filed in federal court. | 05/17/13 13:25:20 By - By Michael Doyle

Fired IRS chief clashes with Congress

The embattled and departing head of the IRS on Friday defended as proper the actions taken by IRS employees who selected for close scrutiny tea party groups and other conservative organizations. | 05/17/13 12:11:15 By - By Kevin G. Hall and William Douglas

Child mental health disorders rising, cost society $247 billion annually

Up to one in five American youngsters – some 7 million to 12 million by one estimate – experience a mental health disorder each year, according to a new report billed as the first comprehensive look at the mental health status of American children. | 05/16/13 18:22:37 By - By Tony Pugh

Joe Biden may be gearing up for 3rd, final run at presidency

He’s sought the presidency twice before, only to fall woefully short. Now, in what many people would consider the autumn of their own lives, Joe Biden is weighing whether he’ll make a third and final run. | 05/16/13 16:31:44 By - By Lesley Clark

As attorney general, Eric Holder is familiar with political attacks

Eric Holder may have thought he knew what he was in for before he became the U.S. attorney general. But four years after his relatively pain-free Senate confirmation, Holder sizzles on the political hot seat. For reasons both trumped up and genuine, he’s a repeat target for conservative and liberal critics alike. | 05/15/13 18:21:37 By - By Michael Doyle

89 arrested in crackdown by Medicare Fraud Strike Force

Doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals were among 89 people recently arrested in nine cities, accused of scheming to defraud the Medicare program of nearly $223 million in false billings, the Obama administration announced Tuesday. | 05/14/13 18:13:21 By - By Tony Pugh

On fatal crash anniversary, feds urge states to get tougher on drunken driving

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended Tuesday that states lower their threshold for drunken driving with the goal of reducing alcohol-related fatal crashes, which have held steady for much of the past 15 years. | 05/14/13 17:42:08 By - By Curtis Tate

Flawed salt studies shouldn’t alter U.S. dietary guidelines, says new report

While high salt intake increases the risk of heart disease in the general public, a new study says the health effects are less clear when salt consumption actually is reduced to below daily amounts recommended by the government. | 05/14/13 15:03:47 By - By Tony Pugh

Most doctors still reject Medicaid as program expansion nears

Because of the program’s history of low payments, fewer than half of U.S. doctors and other health care professionals accept Medicaid patients, according to a recent study. For those that do, getting an appointment sometimes can take months, particularly among specialists. The lack of doctors is a problem that will only worsen as some 27 million people get health coverage by 2016 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. | 05/13/13 16:50:53 By - By Tony Pugh

Federal judge denies FDA effort to block contraceptive access

A New York federal judge on Friday denied a request by the Obama administration to delay his April 5 court order that allows emergency contraceptives to be sold without age limits or a prescription. | 05/10/13 18:30:02 By - By Tony Pugh

Smaller airports have fewer departures, seats as airlines shift focus toward profits

Medium and small hub airports across the country have fewer flights and fewer seats than they did five years ago, according to a study released this week, but it wasn’t a struggling economy that caused it, according to aviation experts. | 05/10/13 17:11:13 By - By Curtis Tate

Charlotte students rocket to Capitol Hill in aerospace contest

For months, Charlotte has been littered with rockets. | 05/10/13 16:10:28 By - By Rebecca Lurye

Florida students rocket to Capitol Hill in aerospace competition

Sam Reich has had his eyes on the sky since he was seven, when he assembled his first hobby store rocket. | 05/10/13 16:09:03 By - By Rebecca Lurye

The Hmong, Vietnam era allies, honor their dead from a long-ago war

The old Hmong veterans stood at ragged attention, in a cemetery whose soil is still closed to them. | 05/10/13 15:43:59 By - By Michael Doyle

Crackdown on military sex assault may have unintended consequences

The scales of military justice might tilt as the Pentagon, Congress and the White House mobilize against sexual assault among the troops. Put another way, it will get tougher for defendants; maybe, some fear, unlawfully so. “What we are seeing now is the complete politicization of military justice in a way that would have shocked the members of Congress who passed the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” said Marine Corps Reserves Maj. Babu Kaza, a prominent military attorney. | 05/09/13 16:54:48 By - By Michael Doyle

Water bill could see smooth sailing in Senate, despite critics

Amid sharply partisan exchanges over guns, immigration and the federal budget, the debate that began in the Senate this week over a water resources bill seems relatively tame. | 05/09/13 16:13:36 By - By Curtis Tate

Prices for hospital care vary widely, even within same city, data show

The actual cost of hospital care became a lot clearer for consumers on Wednesday when the Obama administration released the average prices charged by more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals for the 100 most common medical procedures. | 05/08/13 19:57:47 By - By Tony Pugh

Patent filing claims solar energy ‘breakthrough’

In a U.S. patent application, a little-known Maryland inventor claims a stunning solar energy breakthrough that promises to end the planet’s reliance on fossil fuels at a fraction of the current cost – a transformation that also could blunt global warming. | 05/08/13 13:02:05 By - By Greg Gordon

An inventor's winding path to solar energy

Ron Ace says he recognized the many impediments to capturing and storing solar energy while working as a researcher in a University of Maryland molecular physics laboratory some 40 years ago and dismissed the possibility that the sun ever could be a major source of power. | 05/08/13 13:00:08 By - By Greg Gordon

Obama on Syria: Chemical attack still just “perceived”

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that it’s still not clear enough that Syria crossed a chemical weapon red line, at least not clear enough to warrant U.S. action. | 05/07/13 14:18:10 By - By Lesley Clark and David Lightman

Some remedial math classes unnecessary at community colleges, study says

Many students are sent to remedial math classes at community colleges to learn high school math they won’t need in their first-year programs anyway, according to new research on what it takes to be successful in community college. | 05/07/13 14:56:07 By - By Renee Schoof

Despite political clamor over Obama’s ‘red line’ in Syria, no clear evidence it’s been crossed

Despite rising calls for some kind of increased U.S. military involvement in Syria, scant evidence exists, at least in public, that Syria’s vicious civil war has breached President Barack Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons. | 05/06/13 19:35:11 By - By Hannah Allam, Matthew Schofield and Jonathan S. Landay

National Mall needs a facelift, and VW kicks off the rescue effort

The nation’s front lawn needs sprucing up. The National Mall, the monument-filled, museum-lined, two-mile centerpiece of the capital, envisioned as a Paris-like boulevard, is showing wear and tear. | 05/03/13 17:49:45 By - By Maria Recio

Loan program change leads to enrollment drops at historically black colleges

A change in federal education loan policies has left many students at some of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities struggling to fill a gap in their financial aid and forcing hundreds to leave school. | 05/02/13 18:09:44 By - By Renee Schoof

Family of American killed in Pakistan Marriott bombing can sue hotel in U.S.

The family of a man who was killed in an infamous terrorist attack on a Pakistan hotel can now go after the Marriott corporation in a U.S. court, under a new appellate ruling. | 05/02/13 17:42:11 By - By Michael Doyle

Study suggests honeybee collapse has many culprits

It’s one of the most perplexing environmental mysteries of recent years: Why are honeybees dying, and what can be done to stop a catastrophic agricultural disaster with far-reaching economic and environmental consequences in the United States and beyond? | 05/02/13 16:55:02 By - By Erika Bolstad

White House says moratorium remains on sending Guantanamo detainees to Yemen

The White House said Wednesday that despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to do what he can to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, a moratorium on sending cleared detainees back to Yemen “remains in place” – a policy that, if unchanged, provides perhaps the biggest obstacle to shuttering the controversial island prison. | 05/01/13 19:13:45 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

Pace of justice at Air Force appeals court comes under scrutiny

The nation’s top military appellate judges will scrutinize a seemingly sluggish Air Force court that’s vexed airmen from Alaska to Florida and beyond . | 05/01/13 17:43:53 By - By Michael Doyle

Obama pick of Rep. Mel Watt to regulate mortgage finance sparks controversy

The Obama administration’s selection Wednesday of a North Carolina congressman to head the government’s mortgage-finance regulator appears certain to spark a confirmation battle and renewed debate over the government’s role in backstopping home loans. | 05/01/13 15:55:39 By - By Kevin G. Hall, Franco Ordonez and David Lightman

FDA lowers age limit to 15 for over-the-counter birth control

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the sale of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step for sale without a prescription to women ages 15 and over. | 04/30/13 19:18:21 By - By Tony Pugh

Feds seek control of Mongols Motorcycle Club’s symbol as legal weapon

Federal prosecutors just lost a quarter of a million dollars trying to take away the Mongols Motorcycle Club trademark. Now they’re trying again. | 04/30/13 18:48:24 By - By Michael Doyle

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