In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury's decision in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

Justice Department clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

“It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.

about 4 hours ago

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Suspect's lawyer admits client carried out Boston Marathon bombing

The trial that begins today is expected to be one of the most closely watched terror cases in years.

about 6 hours ago

A Personal Journey: The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March

Pittsburgher Jennifer Saffron returns to the heart of the civil rights movement to reconnect with Selma and recount her experiences.

about 18 hours ago

 More veto showdowns could await President Obama in the final two years of his term.

Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL pipeline bill

It was the first of many possible veto showdowns possible in Mr. Obama’s final term.

about 3 hours ago

 A boy walks past a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, on Tuesday in the St. Louis suburb.

Officials say U.S. report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

The suburb’s police department commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man last summer.

about 19 hours ago

National Briefs: West Virginia governor vetoes abortion bill

Plus: Boston jury selected; Clinton email controversy; reversal in Alabama; and more.

about 18 hours ago

 Chicago White Sox outfielder Orestes "Minnie" Minoso poses in batting position at Al Lopez Field in Tampa, Fla.

Obituary: Minnie Minoso / Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star

The seemingly ageless “Cuban Comet” helped clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers

about 20 hours ago

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday in the House chamber in Washington, D.C. During his speech, Mr. Netanyahu said negotiations with Iran will not “block Iran’s path to the bomb; it paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Netanyahu warns that nuclear deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to a bomb

The speech before a joint meeting of Congress gave the Israeli prime minister a rare platform for confronting President Obama.

about 19 hours ago

 “I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president,” House Speaker John Boehner told his caucus, according to aides.

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

The outcome averted a partial agency shutdown that would have begun Friday. It was a major victory for Mr. Obama and the Democrats.

about 19 hours ago

Clinton emails at State Department draw scrutiny

The ex-secretary of state may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

1 day ago

 Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, takes the stage Monday to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Pittsburgh area's Jewish leaders have mixed reactions to Netanyahu

They are concerned about a GOP-Obama rift on the Israeli prime minister’s speech to Congress today.

1 day ago

Tensions flare as picket lines crossed in U.S. refinery strike

Money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal wages.

1 day ago

 Former Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Likely GOP presidential candidates to speak at NRA annual meeting

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is among the speakers slated for the April event.

1 day ago

 Gen. David Petraeus.

Petraeus reaches deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor; likely won’t face prison

David Petraeus is a retired four-star general, who won renown in Iraq and Afghanistan, before going on to briefly lead the CIA.

about 19 hours ago

War court judge orders Pentagon to replace USS Cole trial overseer

He ruled that a since-revoked requirement for judges to live at Guantanamo until a trial is over appeared to be unlawful influence.

1 day ago

State redistricting is under scrutiny at Supreme Court

The justices raised tough questions Monday in a case crucial for political operators and reformers in Arizona, California and beyond.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Report says cybersecurity lacking at FAA

Plus: 8 Amish resentenced; Nebraska same-sex ruling; Tamir Rice lawsuit; and more.

1 day ago

U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon called the state's ban an “unabashedly gender-specific infringement of the equal rights of its citizens.”

2 days ago

High court case threatens independent electoral map drawers

The Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries.

2 days ago

Republicans on defensive over Homeland Security funding

But the House leaders also promised to continue trying to use funding of the Department of Homeland Security.

2 days ago

Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

The president plans a speech Saturday from the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., the site of one of the movement’s stirring moments.

2 days ago

Traffic stops fueled animosity in Ferguson

The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report of the police in Ferguson, Mo.

2 days ago

 Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, speaks to reporters in 2008 at a news conference at a Chevrolet dealership in Bethesda, Md. Ms. Mikulski won’t run for re-election in 2016.

Mikulski, Maryland Democrat and role model, plans to retire from Senate in 2017

The surprising decision came just a few months after Republicans gained control of the Senate.

1 day ago

National briefs: Astronauts complete spacewalk

Plus: Walker changes course; N.C. nightclub shooting; Ebola nurse plans suit; Homeless man shot.

2 days ago

GOP states revisit Obamacare as Supreme Court weighs subsidies

At least six states where GOP leaders refused to set up state marketplaces considering steps to preserve the subsidies paid to residents.

3 days ago

National briefs: U.S. moving to deport Bosnians

PLUS: Hyundai recalls Elantra cars; protests in Wisconsin; Warren Buffett’s letter to shareholders

3 days ago

 Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, walks to the chamber as the House failed to advance a short-term funding measure to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded past a midnight deadline, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday evening, Feb. 27, 2015. Conservatives in Speaker Boehner's own party fought against three-week funding measure because it would not overturn Obama’s actions on immigration.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

Republican  leaders face different challenges as they try to produce responsible governance after Republicans won control of Congress.

3 days ago

Republican race starts in lavish haunts of rich donors

The candidates are making their cases to rich donors whose wealth was fully unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.

3 days ago

W.Va. split as bill pits coal owners against miners

In the past, both sides have  joined together to oppose U.S. environmental rules that they say hurt Big Coal.

3 days ago

Excerpts from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address

“On the occasion corresponding to this four years ago all thoughts were anxiously directed to an impending civil war.”

3 days ago

 The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh in 2007.

Obituary: Theodore M. Hesburgh / Transformed Notre Dame into academic powerhouse

He altered Catholic higher ed, held sway with world leaders, and strengthened the moral authority of civil rights and anti-war movements.

4 days ago

Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

Passage of a one-week congressional extension of Homeland Security Department funding has averted an agency shutdown with hours to spare.

4 days ago

Analysis: New party in charge, same challenges

The tense House meltdown underscores how Congress has lost the ability to perform its most basic functions, no matter who’s in charge.

4 days ago

No Child Left Behind debate in the House suspended

Party leaders said they had to shift the chamber’s focus to debate funding the Department of Homeland Security.

4 days ago

National Briefs: Exxon Mobil settles with New Jersey

Plus: Republicans open up; bill splits West Virginia; conservative economist; and more.

4 days ago

 U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, (middle) returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in Washington on Friday.

Congress avoids Homeland Security shutdown with stopgap measure

The House of Representatives voted 357-60 for the measure with support from Democrats, following Senate passage by a voice vote.

4 days ago

Uber says security breach affected about 50,000 drivers

The data breach involved current and former Uber drivers, and the company has notified attorneys general in states where those drivers live.

5 days ago

Economy grew slower than previously believed in fourth quarter

Rate of 2.2 percent in the October-Dec. quarter marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which saw the strongest growth in 11 years.

5 days ago

 House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

House Republicans agreed to vote on short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

5 days ago

 Zak Holland opens up a computer at a store on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Much of the region was experiencing an Internet and phone outage that was linked to vandalism of a fiber-optic line. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)

Vandalism in Arizona shows the Internet’s vulnerability

Vandals cutting a fiber-optic cable that took out Internet service, landlines, cellphones, computers, ATMs and 911 systems across Arizona.

5 days ago

 Police tape surrounds one of the crime scenes in Tyrone, Mo., Friday.

Police: Seven fatally shot, gunman dead in Missouri

The victims’ bodies were found in four different homes in Tyrone, in Texas County, about 40 miles from the Arkansas border.

4 days ago

Conservatives take turns slamming Obama, Hillary Clinton — even Jeb Bush

It was difficult for GOP presidential hopefuls to determine which arch-enemy to target at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

5 days ago

 In this May 14, 2013 file photo, Leonard Nimoy arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Dolby Theater.

Leonard Nimoy, of 'Star Trek' fame, dead at 83

Mr. Nimoy’s wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, said the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

5 days ago

 FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, a sign directs students to a clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., where students can get vaccinated for a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis. The University of Oregon is planning to start a mass vaccination of the 22,000-person student body starting on March 2, according to The Register-Guard. A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson, File)

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

Two new meningitis vaccines should be used just for rare outbreaks, a federal panel recommends.

5 days ago

Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

Cdiff bacterial deaths have more than doubled since 2007, and more than 80 percent of the deaths are among people 65 and older.

5 days ago

National Briefs: Obama to send 2 to AIPAC conference

Plus: Amazon hires Carney; Facebook gender options; D.C. pot controversy; Scruggs to move on; Tyson to be honored; Mo. official kills self

5 days ago

Senate Passes Stopgap Homeland Security Funds, House May Follow

Earlier Friday, House Speaker John Boehner was unable to corral enough votes among his Republican majority to pass a short-term bill.

4 days ago

 Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, left, applauds after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the FCC ruling on net neutrality Thursday in Washington.

In historic vote on Internet, split FCC OKs regulation

The Federal Communications Commission, in a 3-2 vote, will regulate broadband Internet under public utility laws, favoring “net neutrality.

6 days ago

 FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session "could compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his trip. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)

U.S.-Israel quarrel intensifies

U.S.-Israel rift grows over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress next week against any nuclear deal with Iran.

6 days ago

NATO commander offers bleak outlook for Ukraine

Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said Putin’s success in destabilizing Ukraine would spur him to raise similar conflicts elsewhere.

6 days ago


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