U.S. consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

Spending is closely watched because it accounts for 70 percent of economic activity.

about 4 hours ago

 Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday.

Maine asks court to isolate quarantined nurse who treated Ebola patients

For now, police are monitoring Kaci Hickox and her public interactions but cannot detain her.

about 2 hours ago

Both parties targeting statehouse monopolies

Republicans now control 23 states, and Democrats, 13, the most states under single-party rule in six decades.

about 13 hours ago

Cardinal plans to reorganize New York parishes

New York Catholic archdiocese announces sweeping consolidation of parishes, merging more than 50 of them.

about 13 hours ago

National briefs: Small-plane crash leaves four dead

Plus: Case for oil exports; Bankruptcy plan OK’d; Terrorism guilty plea; Recanting inmate freed.

about 13 hours ago

 Black smoke billows from a building at Mid-Continent Airport, where officials say a plane crashed this morning.

Officials: At least two dead in Kansas airport crash

The airplane, believed to be a twin-engine turboprop, had taken off from the airport and crashed as it tried to return, the FAA said.

1 day ago

 President Barack Obama shakes hands Wednesday with Ebola survivor Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Obama warns against strict Ebola quarantines

America’s response to Ebola must be based in fact and science, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

1 day ago

Contractor in rocket explosion had earlier issues with engines

The explosion Tuesday evening marked the first time that a resupply mission contracted by NASA to a private company has failed.

1 day ago

Fed ends bond-buying program — a remedy for Great Recession

The Fed has ended its “QE3” bond purchases but decides to maintain low short-term interest rates to keep spurring jobs market.

1 day ago

 Nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride today in defiance of the state of Maine's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

States struggling over Ebola policy

Governors of both parties are struggling to define public health policies on the virus.

about 13 hours ago

Democrat playing the race card in Senate campaigns in South

The images and words they are using are striking for how overtly they play on fears of intimidation and repression.

1 day ago

Capital mourns Bradlee, and the passing of an era

The legendary editor who helped force out President Richard Nixon and transform U.S. journalism, Mr. Bradlee had passed into icon status.

1 day ago

Police say man decapitates mother, kills himself

Neighbors initially took the woman’s killing as a macabre Halloween prank.

1 day ago

National Briefs: Cheyney alums sue for funding

PLUS: Obamacare repeal bid; Georgia lawmaker probed; Cuban migrants rescued.

1 day ago

 Shoshana Roberts, 24, is a CAPA graduate.

Anti-harassment video of Pittsburgh CAPA grad goes viral

The two-minute video, filmed in New York City, was made by the group Hollaback! to raise awareness of street harassment.

1 day ago

 Bill Shaffer of Brother's Brother Foundation stacks medical supplies at the warehouse in North Side.

Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid

Relief organizations say donations for Ebola are down because the virus doesn’t spark the same connection as hurricanes or earthquakes.

2 days ago

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Tuesday’s disaster was the first since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.

1 day ago

FTC sues AT&T over claims in its unlimited data plans

AT&T is sued for millions of dollars by the Federal Trade Commission.

2 days ago

Obama rejects quarantine for Ebola medics

President rejects returning medical workers’ quarantine as undermining efforts to fight Ebola in West African zone where outbreak began.

2 days ago

Officials: Secret Service prostitution investigator resigns after own incident

The investigator who led Homeland Security Department internal review of Secret Service prostitution scandal in 2012 has quietly resigned..

2 days ago

 Patrice Cottrell, of Penn Hills, smokes a cigarette Tuesday along Wood Street in Downtown.

Pa. legislation targets secondhand smoke loopholes

Smoking is banned in most state workplaces, with efforts continuing to block smoking at all drinking establishments, like casinos.

2 days ago

Southern Baptists tell pastors: Hold line on gays

Evangelicals gather in Nashville for three-day conference to bolster those who preach that gay relationships are sinful.

2 days ago

 Kaci Hickox, the nurse who says her quarantine in New Jersey after returning from West Africa was “constitutionally unjust,” says she will take her fight to court if restrictions aren’t lifted by the state of Maine, where she is now staying.

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus.

1 day ago

National Briefs: 3rd conviction in Boston bombing case

Plus: NYC correction officials; Courthouse shooting; Gregory to join Couric; African lions threatened

2 days ago

Feds’ proactive Ebola rules fall short of actions in N.Y. and N.J.

Federal government and states in conflict over extent of monitoring.

3 days ago

Sheriff: School shooter invited victims to lunch

Washington state high school shooter sent text messages inviting his victims to lunch, then shot them, sheriff reveals.

3 days ago

New Web service ranks grocery items on ingredients and nutrition

An environmental research organization on Monday introduced one of the most comprehensive online databases of food products.

3 days ago

Wider tracking of mail by feds revealed in audit

The U.S. Postal Service reports it authorized nearly 50,000 requests last year for law enforcement and its internal inspectors.

3 days ago

National Briefs: Keystone foes target oil price fall

Plus: White House trespass; lava imperils residents; wine could be dumped; Civil War bravery; diabetes drug damages; wine could be dumped

3 days ago

Nurse quarantined in New Jersey to go home; boy in N.Y. tested for Ebola

Nurse Kaci Hickox, held at a New Jersey hospital under the state's Ebola quarantine policy, will complete her quarantine at home.

4 days ago

 Dale Zachry, who graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in 1986, stopped for a prayer at the fence surrounding the school grounds in Marysville, Wash. Saturday.

Girl, 14, wounded in Washington school shooting dies

Another girl was killed Friday when a popular freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School north of Seattle opened fire.

4 days ago

President Obama earmarks $530M for advanced manufacturing

The president is expected to announce a $300M investment in composites and bio-based materials and digital manufacturing,

3 days ago

Under pressure, Cuomo loosens policy for Ebola quarantines in New York

Meanwhile, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone is planning a legal challenge to her quarantine.

4 days ago

Poll: Neighbors key to coping with disasters

Results find community members often rely more on each other than government.

4 days ago

 Marysville Pilchuck High School freshman Cameron Moody, 14, silently prayed amids candles and Kleenex at a vigil within The Grove Church in mourning of an earlier shooting at his school that left two dead and four wounded Friday in Marysville, Wash.

Tribe reels from Washington state school shooting

Meanwhile, three victims of the shooting  remain in critical condition.

4 days ago

Nation briefs: Shooting suspect was deported

PLUS: FAMU hazing trial; Benefits of chocolate; Maine bear bait debate; Colon cancer home test.

4 days ago

2 states to isolate workers returning from Ebola hot zones

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announce new quarantine policies.

5 days ago

 Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC.

In U.S. Senate races, it's all about Obama

In their effort to hold onto the U.S. Senate, Democrats are running against the GOP — and their own unpopular president.

5 days ago

 Marysville School District security checks cars lined up Saturday along 108th Street NE arriving at Marysville Pilchuck High School to pick up students' belongings Marysville, Wash. Parents and guardians received phone calls and emails saying that they could retrieve belonging Saturday morning that were left at the school when students were evacuated Friday.

Teacher tried to stop Washington state shooting

The first-year social studies teacher intercepted the gunman trying to reload in the lunchroom at Seattle-area high school.

5 days ago

 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks at a news conference Friday in New York. Dr. Howard Zucker acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also attended the conference. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female health care worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

Nurse who treated stricken patients in Sierra Leone says she was treated like a criminal during quarantine process.

5 days ago

National briefs: Same-sex marriage states rise

PLUS: Sports betting blocked; Capsule splashes down; Utah man charged; NYC attacker radical

5 days ago

Deputy killed, 3 others hurt in Calif. shooting

A couple was arrested near Sacramento, Calif., after a sheriff’s deputy was killed and two other deputies were wounded in a shooting spree

6 days ago

 Mayor Bill de Blasio takes the subway Friday on his route to City Hall in New York City.

Doctor fights Ebola; nurse recovers

Health officials in Maryland amazed by Nina Pham’s recovery.

6 days ago

Nation briefs: N.Y. officers wounded in hatchet attack

PLUS: Virginia student’s remains identified; Teen bride acknowledged; New Chicago security check; Radio host convicted.

6 days ago

 Cars pass Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital where Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was rushed to Thursday.

New York doctor diagnosed with Ebola as three quarantined; CDC 'go' team on site

The emergency medicine doctor at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital was working in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.

1 week ago

 Students comfort each other at a church Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to reunite with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash.

Police identify gunman in school attack near Seattle

Police were going room by room, searching the Marysville school about 30 miles north of Seattle, to make sure it was safe.

6 days ago

New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

U.S. teens are both victims and perpetrators in pervasively abusive dating practices, says new federal survey.

1 week ago

WHO: Five more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

The agency warned it's not clear whether any of them will work against the deadly virus that has already killed more than 4,800 people.

1 week ago

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight Ebola

Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen pledges $100 million to Ebola flight.

1 week ago

 Members of the Secret Service Counter Assault team are seen on the rooftop of the White House on Thursday in Washington.

Dad: White House jumper has 'mental health' issues

White House fence-jumper had paranoid delusions and was arrested before at the executive mansion.

1 week ago


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