Both parties criticize Obama foreign policy

Key lawmakers suggested that the administration should be more assertive in addressing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

about 3 hours ago

San Francisco Exhales During ‘Burning Man Exodus’

Its resident who don’t attend the festival ion Nevada discover that the city’s hot spots become more accessible.

about 4 hours ago

 Activists demonstrate for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

Demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice have rolled across cities, regardless of whether the shootings took place last week or last

about 4 hours ago

Detroit’s bankruptcy heads to court for crucial hearing

The city’s feud with its holdout financial creditors will take center stage. starting Tuesday.

about 3 hours ago

National news briefs: 9/1/14

4 in family found dead, Wildfires slow down, Napa Valley aftershock, Pilot search called off, Celebrity chef gets DWI, 3 dead in plane

about 3 hours ago

 Sophia McIntosh stands for a photo outside a construction site where she works as a shop steward in New York. The latest federal data show about 7.1 million Americans were employed in construction-related occupations last year and only 2.6 percent were women.

Women have made few inroads in landing good construction jobs

About 7.1 mil­lion Amer­i­cans were em­ployed in con­struc­tion-re­lated oc­cu­pa­tions last year — and only 2.6 per­cent were women.

1 day ago

Senate Dems push black voter turnout

With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

1 day ago

Massachusetts puts fate of its casinos, maybe more, on the line

Voters in Massachusetts may do something that voters nowhere else have done, at least in a century: slam on the brakes on casino gambling.

1 day ago

National Briefs: More protests over shooting

PLUS: Obama pushes federal wage hikes; teachers' jobs ruling; mobile home fire kills 6; sand cave-in kills child.

1 day ago

UN urges US to stop police brutality after Missouri shooting

The United Nations’ racism watchdog on Friday urged the United States to halt the excessive use of force by police.

2 days ago

 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL takes tougher stand on domestic violence

The about-face by Roger Goodell, the most powerful executive in U.S. sports, was stunning in its earnestness and clarity.

3 days ago

 Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White Hills, Ariz., on Monday. The girl accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor with an Uzi when the weapon's strong recoil caused her to lose control of her aim, police said.

Gun experts: Arizona instructor didn’t follow protocol in fatal incident

But firearms safety experts say there’s no reason children cannot be taught how to safely handle a firearm.

3 days ago

VA secretary orders training review after 'Oscar the Grouch' incident

Secretary Robert McDonald apologized for a benefits office guide that depicted veterans as Sesame Street character “Oscar the Grouch.”

3 days ago

Mounting fracking foes have oil industry concerned

Texas drillers are ignoring noise plaints, but in Colorado the industry is cutting back on rumbling trucks and trying to curb pollution.

3 days ago

 Rosa Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, left, and her Congressional Gold Medal are displayed at Guernsey’s auction house, in New York. Howard G. Buffett told The Associated Press that his foundation plans to give the items, which include Ms. Parks’ Presidential Medal of Freedom, to an institute he hasn’t yet selected.

Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Howard Buffett said he will give the civil rights icon’s items to the museum because “it’s just not right” that they were in a warehouse.

3 days ago

Shell seeks Alaskan Arctic drilling again

While the plan is just a first step in the pro­cess, it re­flects the en­ergy po­ten­tial in the Arc­tic.

3 days ago

Immigration confrontation looms

An Obama executive action on immigration may provoke a GOP federal shutdown.

3 days ago

FDA gives 2 startups OK for smartphone heart tracking

The devices could detect serious heart conditions by mobile device readings.

3 days ago

National Briefs: Clinton laments shooting, unrest

PLUS: GOP leader chal­lenged; trou­bled ex­e­cu­tion; Army gen­eral forced out; woman killed at fes­ti­val; DQ hit by hack­ers

3 days ago

Economy rebounded more strongly than initially thought in second quarter

Details of a report released today point to sustainable underlying strength.

3 days ago

 The knee defender is  attached to the airline seat’s tray table.

Flap over reclining seat on plane raises societal questions

The “Knee Defender,” a $22 device that can force a seat to remain upright, highlights different views about reclining seats on airplanes.

4 days ago

 Andy Odum, Toledo Zoo assistant director of animal programs and curator of herpetology, photographs Emerson, a Galapagos tortoise, as he is delivered and unboxed Wednesday at the Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio. Emerson is a wild-born tortoise estimated at 100 years old. He is being donated by the San Diego Zoo.

Toledo Zoo welcomes a Galapagos tortoise

Later this year, the zoo also will receive three 2-year-old Galápagos tortoises from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.

4 days ago

 People are seen at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range where instructor Charles Vacca was accidentally killed.

Deadly shooting of instructor by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over children and guns

9-year-old girl couldn’t handle recoil of Uzi submachine gun on full automatic, and she accidentally short the instructor in the head.

4 days ago

Mother of U.S. journalist pleads for jihadis to free him

Steven Sotloff’s mother pleads with Islamic State’s leader to free her son.

4 days ago

Police: 'Drug nexus' in abductions of three men, killing of two

A “drug nexus” is at the center of a brutal abduction that left two men dead in the Schuylkill River on Wednesday and a third in critical

4 days ago

National Briefs: Lt. Cushing gets Medal of Honor

PLUS: Brown family donations; Texas dad acquitted in shooting;  Jet crashes in Virginia; ’Cops’ crew member killed.

4 days ago

U.S. assembling coalition of allies to take on Islamic State

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to OK expanding airstrikes and airdrops to free up and aid a besieged northern Iraq town.

5 days ago

 Sam Mullet.

U.S. appeals court in Ohio overturns hate crime convictions of 16 Amish

Prosecutors had contended the crimes were motivated by religious disputes between Samuel Mullet Sr. and other Amish religious leaders.

4 days ago

 A Time Warner Cable truck parked in New York.

Time Warner Cable suffers outages nationwide

The outage sparked widespread complaints on social networks.

4 days ago

Study seeks to determine if there is a link between fracking, birth defects

Preliminary research has found that fracking has potential health risks for babies born near wells.

5 days ago

 Burning Man participants bike on Monday during the annual Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev. Rare rain showers forced crowds to leave the area due to muddy conditions and resume the festival at a local Wal-Mart on Tuesday.

Bizarre and remote Burning Man fest starts by getting soaked

The annual weeklong free-expression rave in the Nevada desert soggily shifted to the parking lot of a Reno Wal-Mart.

5 days ago

 Supporters and plaintiffs of gay marriage greet each other after attending a hearing before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on the challenges to Indiana and Wisconsin's gay marriage ban Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Chicago. Federal appeals judges bristled Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ind., Wis. gay marriage bans face blistering appeal judge queries

One Republican-appointed judge compared same-sex marriage ban to once-outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

5 days ago

Obama administration seeks climate change pact, but without Congress' OK

The agreement would be a sweeping accord to “name and shame” nations into cutting their planet-warming fossil-fuel emissions.

5 days ago

Obama pledges to American Legion he'll overhaul veterans' health system

A new re­port doc­u­mented “un­ac­cept­able and trou­bling lapses” in med­i­cal treat­ment.

5 days ago

 Film director Spike Lee takes a picture of a black St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap atop of Michael Brown's casket on Monday during the funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

Mourners remember Michael Brown, urge black Americans to take action

The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a “gentle giant.”

6 days ago

 This Monday Nov. 3, 2008, file photo shows one of Pacific Gas and Electric's Diablo Canyon Power Plant's nuclear reactors in Avila Beach on California's central coast.

Expert calls for California nuclear plant closure

A senior federal nuclear expert is urging regulators to shut down California’s last operating nuclear plant.

6 days ago

State schools emerge as backers of Obama’s college ratings

State universities are backing President Obama’s proposed scorecard for colleges in the hope that it will steer more federal aid to them.

6 days ago

 Former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Ex-FBI director Louis Freeh injured in Vermont car crash

In 2011, Penn State hired Mr. Freeh to examine the handling of child sex abuse complaints involving football coach Jerry Sandusky.

5 days ago

Napa rushes to fix quake damage as drought means early harvest

Wineries and hospitality businesses rushed to clean up rubble and broken glass ahead of the expected influx of tourists.

6 days ago

 Army Maj. Gen. Stephen Lyons speaks at the base in Fort Lee, Va., today.

Army soldier dies after shooting herself at Fort Lee base

The base reopened and normal operations resumed within an hour of the morning shooting, Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lyons said.

6 days ago

 The American Academy of Pediatrics announced today that it is recommending that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, drawing on research that points to teenagers’ need for 8½ to 9½ hours of sleep. Students at North Hills Middle School, above, work on a computer at school in the spring.

Experts urge later start times for students in higher grades

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending middle and high schools start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later.

1 week ago

 Nina Quidit cleans up the Dollar Plus and Party Supplies Store in American Canyon, Calif., after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook the region Sunday. Ms. Quidit and her husband were awoken by the store's alarm company and immediately drove in to begin the cleanup.

Strong quake damages California’s wine country

The strongest earthquake in 25 years struck the heart of California’s wine country early Sunday, sending more than 120 people to hospitals.

1 week ago

 Proposed Marcellus Shale gas pipeline

Environmentalists raise concerns about gas line under French Creek

The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has proposed a 3.1-mile, 30-inch pipe to carry natural gas under the creek near the New York border.

1 week ago

 Protestors autograph a sketch of Michael Brown during a protest early last week in Atlanta.

Parents of slain teens join in calls for peace

Michael Brown's father asked for a “day of silence” as he prepares to lay his son to rest today.

1 week ago

Time is running out for Calif. water bill

Secret negotiations over a California water bill are nearing a make-or-break moment after a long, dry summer.

1 week ago

States fill federal vacuum on immigrants

Some offered in-state tuition and financial aid to unauthorized students, and others approved more spending to enforce immigration laws

1 week ago

Pressure builds within Fed to signal new policy course

Signs of economic resilience and growing anxiety about holding rates have set the stage for a debate over rewriting their policy statement.

1 week ago

Obama back at White House after summer ‘vacation’

He will have to decide whether the recent beheading of an American is reason enough to take a step he has long resisted taking.

1 week ago

National Briefs: Burger King eyes Hortons

PLUS: PlaySta­tion at­tacked; day care worker charged; rap mo­gul shot at club

1 week ago

 A boy examines cars trapped beneath a collapsed carport in Napa, Calif., following an earthquake this morning in the San Francisco Bay Area.

California governor declares state of emergency; scores injured in earthquake

The U.S. Geological Survey says it’s the largest earthquake to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta quake.

1 week ago


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