Police officers secure an area Monday around the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo., where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict a white Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager, Michael Brown.

Reports: Ferguson grand jury reaches decision; announcement expected later today

It was unclear whether the 12 jurors, nine of which are needed to indict, had reached a decision.

about 1 hour ago

 U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel , center, announces his resignation today as President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden look on during a news conference at the White House.

Chuck Hagel resigns as U.S. defense secretary

Mr. Hagel, 68, a former Republican senator, has served as Pentagon chief since early 2013.

about 3 hours ago

 This replica gun was taken from a 12-year old boy who was shot by Cleveland police. The boy died from his wounds Sunday, a day after officers responded to an emergency call about a someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground. Police described the weapon as an "airsoft" type replica that resembled a semi-automatic handgun.

Probe begins in fatal shooting of boy by Cleveland officer

The boy died Sunday, a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a "probably fake" gun at a playground.

about 8 hours ago

 Police stand guard on Sunday during a demonstration outside the Ferguson Police Department in Missouri.

Anxieties mount as Ferguson waits

Despite preparations for a weekend decision in the Ferguson shooting case, the grand jurors apparently need more time to deliberate.

about 16 hours ago

GOP steps up offensive on immigration

Congressional Republicans vowed to reverse the president’s move to allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants stay temporarily.

about 16 hours ago

Cleveland boy shot by police dies; gun he waved was fake

Officers ordered the boy, 12, to raise his hands, police said, but he refused and reached for a gun in his waistband.

about 16 hours ago

Small quake shakes Dallas area, stirring fracking critics

The epicenter of the magnitude 3.3 quake was near the border of the cities of Dallas and Irving, near the site of the former Texas Stadium.

about 15 hours ago

National briefs: Admiral denies counterfeiting allegations

PLUS: Obama touts Clinton; Senator slams report.

about 15 hours ago

 A rendering shows the proposed design for the Chautauqua Amphitheater.

At Chautauqua Institution, a civilized showdown over preserving 'the Amp'

The debate over how to modernize while respecting historic integrity shows how an influential institution is roiled by modernization.

1 day ago

 Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

1 day ago

Buffalo's revival recipe includes millennials, Elon Musk's SolarCity factory and wide collaboration

Once the snow clears ... the city is banking on a plan that Mayor Byron Brown says will bring 12,000 jobs in the next three years.

1 day ago

Obama’s action on immigration leaves millions still facing deportation

About half of the people in California who are in the country without authorization are eligible for relief, well over 1 million are not.

1 day ago

National news briefs: Sharpton seeks probe in shooting

Plus: UVA frats suspended; boy with fake gun shot; tribal murder-suicide; police ambushed at fire; Obama golfs with Jeter.

1 day ago

Finally time for repairs at Capitol Dome

Workers are in the midst of a $60 million effort to fix 1,300 cracks in the 150-year-old cast iron as well as scour and repaint its surface.

1 day ago

GOP fights Obama’s action on immigration

The White House pledged to forcefully sell the overhauls to the American people, while many Republicans vowed to derail his efforts.

2 days ago

Robotic leg braces help Marine get Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera had vowed to walk at the event that also marked his retirement after 8½ years in the military.

2 days ago

Man killed by officer in NYC called ‘‍total innocent’

A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night.

2 days ago

World briefs: Extremists’ Kobani fight is blunted

PLUS: Russia-China rail sought; China cracks down; Docs show U.K. spying; S. Africa moves rhinos

2 days ago

National briefs: Ferguson awaits report by grand jury

PLUS: Newtown shooting; Buffalo faces flooding; renewable fuels.

2 days ago

House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

3 days ago

Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

3 days ago

 Lori Weishaar shovels snow from around her vehicle on Thursday after the catastrophic snowstorm in Buffalo, N.Y.

As snow turns to rain in Buffalo, flood threat grows

The next threat will be rain and higher temperatures that threaten to produce flooding and add more weight to overstressed structures.

3 days ago

Holder urges calm in Ferguson; negotiations to reduce tensions at protests

Police in Ferguson have told residents to expect a grand jury decision on Sunday.

3 days ago

Package from Florida State shooter found in Texas

Authorities said today the package and others mailed by Florida State alumnus Myron May could contain a video and journals.

3 days ago

 U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly

Western Pennsylvania Republicans criticize president

Critics characterized the president’s approach on immigration as amnesty

3 days ago

 Police arrest a demonstrator Thursday night in Ferguson, Mo., who was protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if the police officer who fired the shots killing Mr. Brown should be charged in the shooting.

More arrests as Missouri protesters await Ferguson grand jury decision

A grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in a St. Louis suburb.

3 days ago

 Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. Above is a 2011 Lexus IS F.

Toyota recalls nearly 423,000 Lexuses for fuel leaks

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

3 days ago

Immigration tests GOP leaders' ability to control conservative response to Obama

The Republican congressional leadership, fearing any stable period of GOP-majority governance may be doomed.

3 days ago

Maker of defective airbags dodges recall question at Senate hearing

Official of defective airbag manufacturer equivocates to senators about the need for a nationwide recall.

3 days ago

Nation briefs: Gay unions in S.C. get justices’ OK

Plus: Gay-affection study; Florida State gunman.

3 days ago

 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo talks with National Guard members who are helping stranded motorists today in Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Second storm dumps more snow on Buffalo

The surrounding communities along Lake Erie are trying to recover as yet another storm nears.

3 days ago

 A Tallahassee police officer talks to several students outside the Strozier library on the Florida State University campus, where a shooting occurred Thursday.

Official says Florida State University gunman was alumnus

Students in the library described a chaotic scene where they heard shots, followed by students barricading themselves or taking cover.

4 days ago

 Braeden Attig, 11, removes snow Wednesday from a buried car along Powers Road in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Buffalo, N.Y., area snowed under, with more on the way

The Buffalo area was buried under 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, with another storm expected to bring 2 to 3 more feet by late Thursday.

4 days ago

 President Barack Obama is shown on a large screen Thursday as he delivers his immigration speech from the White House before the start of the 15th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.

Obama to defer deportations for immigrants

President Barack Obama justifies his executive actions to change immigration laws as a step to deport “felons, not families.”

3 days ago

 Sue Radka helps shovel out a friend's driveway Wednesday in Lancaster, N.Y. Lake-effect snow pummeled areas around Buffalo for a second straight day, leaving residents stuck in their homes as officials tried to clear massive snow mounds with another storm looming.

Eight deaths blamed on lake-effect snowstorm in western N.Y.

Buffalo-area residents were already buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday, but awoke today to more heavy snow.

4 days ago

 Inbound traffic backs up on the Parkway West  (Interstate 376) near the Carnegie/Heidelberg exit to Route 50.

About 46 million travelers to hit the road this Thanksgiving

It is the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. It’s a 4 percent increase over last year.

4 days ago

 Former ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mr. Nichols in 2010 in Culver City, Calif.

Award-winning stage, movie director Mike Nichols dies at 83

Mike Nichols was a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “The Graduate.”

4 days ago

 An abandoned car sits infront of a snow covered Ralph Wilson Stadium home of the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.  A ferocious lake-effect storm left the Buffalo area buried under 6 feet of snow Wednesday, trapping people on highways and in homes, and another storm expected to drop 2 to 3 feet more was on its way.

Buffalo Bills game against Jets could be relocated

New York Governor calls it 'impractical' for Bills to play Jets on Sunday because of snowstorm.

4 days ago

 In a 22-page letter sent Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency, Sen. Bob Casey makes clear he supports broad goals of combating global warming and agrees an EPA plan is necessary.

Sen. Bob Casey: Obama climate plan unfair to Pennsylvania

A 22-page letter is Mr. Casey’s first formal comment on the issue since the EPA released its proposal in June.

4 days ago

 Joseph Clancy, acting director of the U.S. Secret Service, testifies Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Man with rifle held outside White House

Earlier, agency director Joseph Clancy told lawmakers on Capitol Hill that the agency had renewed its emphasis on training and hiring.

4 days ago

 Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby loses two TV slots after new accusation

NBC has scrapped a Bill Cosby comedy that was under development, and TV Land will stop airing reruns of “The Cosby Show.”

4 days ago

Grand jury's decision could prompt nationwide protests

A Missouri grand jury is set to decide whether to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.

4 days ago

Safety regulators want recall of up to 30 million autos for defective airbags

The announcement regarding driver’s side airbags could lead to one of the nation’s largest-ever automobile recalls.

4 days ago

National Briefs: Heating costs heading up as cold returns

PLUS: health care benefits; Warhog fighter jets; auto safety chief picked; Obama signs child care bill; same-sex marriage ban.

4 days ago

Immigration clash intensifies

President Barack Obama will announce his intention to use his executive powers to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.

4 days ago

Lawyers for the NFL defend concussion settlement

The proposed settlement calls for the NFL to pay $4 million to the families of those who died from CTE before July 7, 2014.

5 days ago

 A massive band of lake effect snow moves through the south of Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday. Several feet of snow paralyzed the Buffalo area, stranding motorists on a 132-mile stretch of the state Thruway in western New York.

Eight deaths blamed on N.Y. snowstorm; stretch of Thruway closed

The storm came in so fast and furious it trapped 150 vehicles on the state Thruway in western New York that remained closed today.

5 days ago

 A high school graduation photo of Michael Brown rests on top of a snow-covered memorial Monday, more than three months after the black teen was shot and killed nearby by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson, Mo. remains on edge ahead of grand jury report

A grand jury has been meeting for nearly three months, considering whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of a teenager.

5 days ago

 Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and the Keystone XL oil pipeline bill sponsor, turns from a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

'No' on Keystone pipeline -- but GOP vows replay

The 59-41 Senate vote was one short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.

5 days ago

Vatican eases ban on married Eastern Catholic priests

The Vatican has granted Eastern Catholic bishops worldwide authority to ordain married priests.

6 days ago


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