By GILLIAN WONGAssociated Press
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese authorities are ramping up prosecutions of rights activists during the year-end holidays, apparently hoping the West will pay less attention to its wide-ranging crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism throughout the year.
By DIAA HADIDAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian government aircraft dumped barrels packed with explosives on at least four opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo on Wednesday, the fourth day of stepped-up airstrikes on the contested northern city, activists said.
The air campaign, which
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are meeting with mothers in the Oval Office to promote the president's health care law.
The White House says Wednesday's meeting will focus on ways the law can benefit families. White House spokesman Jay Carney says moms
By TOM RAUMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. But the poll also suggests a
By SAM HANANELAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers that still offer workers traditional pension plans are in line for hefty insurance premium increases under the budget agreement struck in Congress, the second time in two years that lawmakers have turned to them to help finance spending
By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A modest, bipartisan budget pact designed to keep Washington from lurching from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis and to ease the harshest effects of automatic budget cuts is on the brink of passing the Senate Wednesday.
The Senate is on track to
By NATALIYA VASILYEVAAssociated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's parliament on Wednesday passed an amnesty bill that will likely apply to the 30-member crew of a Greenpeace ship detained after an Arctic protest, but it wasn't immediately clear if and when the activists would be allowed to leave
By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and LAURAN NEERGAARDAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.
By THOMAS BEAUMONTAssociated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tom Latham announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2014, creating a potentially competitive race for a seat that likely would have favored the 10-term Iowa Republican.
Latham, 65, from Clive, will have spent 20 years in
By THOMAS BEAUMONT and DONNA CASSATAAssociated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Three veteran House members from Iowa, Virginia and Utah have decided not to seek re-election in 2014, offering both parties an opportunity to gain a seat or two.
Retirement announcements came Tuesday from Rep. Tom Latham
His stat line isn't overwhelming, but the imposing presence of 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye and his team's defense certainly is.
For the second time this season, UC Irvine held Eastern Washington University to 33 percent shooting or less and went on to hand EWU its first home loss in four tries
By FREDERIC J. FROMMERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work - while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.
By BRIAN SKOLOFFAssociated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - The case against a woman who spent two decades on death row in the murder of her 4-year-old son was dealt a crushing blow Wednesday when a judge ruled that a discredited detective won't be forced to testify at her retrial.
A judge granted former