WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has thrown the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit.
Obama, acknowledging the rainy weather, asked for an abbreviated countdown before flipping on
By KIMBERLY DOZIERAP Intelligence Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S
By STEPHEN BRAUNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A longtime adviser to the U.S. Director of National Intelligence has resigned after the government learned he has worked since 2010 as a paid consultant for Huawei Technologies Ltd., the Chinese technology company the U.S. has condemned as an
By GREG MYREAssociated Press
EDITOR'S NOTE - On Feb. 11, 1990, AP reporter Greg Myre was in Cape Town when Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years. Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison hand-in-hand with his then wife, Winnie, as people worldwide rejoiced. The momentous
By MARTHA MENDOZAAP National Writer
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers' communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn't required to disclose to shareholders what it
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to South Africa next week to pay respects to Nelson Mandela.
White House press secretary Jay Carney says the Obamas will participate in memorial events, but didn't say specifically what day
By DINA CAPPIELLOAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
The new rule is designed to address environmental
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSAssociated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will seek a seventh term in 2014, setting up a Republican primary that pits an established incumbent who has brought billions of dollars to his home state against a tea party-backed challenger who says
By DINA CAPPIELLOAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration will allow companies to seek authorization to kill and harm bald and golden eagles for up to 30 years without penalty in an effort to balance some of the environmental trade-offs of green energy.
The change, requested by
By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Standing on the massive deck of the Navy's USS Ponce, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States is entering the new nuclear pact with Iran "very clear eyed" and it remains to be seen whether Tehran is serious about
NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market is closing lower after the holiday shopping season got off to a disappointing start.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 77 points, or 0.5 percent, to close at 16,008.77 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,800.90
By MAE ANDERSONAP Retail Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Power up and shop.
Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the government's health care website received 375,000 visitors on Monday by noon. That's a surge in use on the first business day since Obama administration officials declared that the government's beleaguered online insurance service was now able