By SARAH EL DEEBAssociated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters clashed Wednesday with rebel forces south of a Damascus suburb that is home to a major Shiite Muslim shrine, in an attempt to secure the area surrounding the revered site, activists said.
By MIKE IVESAssociated Press
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) - Cu Huy Ha Vu's books come with pages torn out by prison guards. Only some of his letters reach home. He is not allowed to access evidence from his trial or to see his wife alone.
This treatment, described by Vu's wife, has driven the
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A wide-ranging farm bill the House is considering would cut food stamps by $2 billion a year and make it more difficult for some people to qualify for the domestic food aid program.
Passage of the five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill
By VALERIE BONKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The 19th-century orator and writer Frederick Douglass will once again stand tall in the U.S. Capitol.
A 7-foot bronze likeness of Douglass is being unveiled Wednesday in a ceremony led by House Speaker John Boehner.
The statue joins sculpted
By STEPHEN BRAUNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency's secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully
By ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPOAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Supporters of a far-reaching immigration bill in the Senate see fresh momentum from a report by the Congressional Budget Office that says the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by billions of dollars.
By CHARLES BABINGTONAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican lawmakers have a message for those who want the party to soften its emphasis on social conservatism in hopes of reaching a wider national audience: Not so fast.
House Republicans flexed their cultural and conservative muscles Tuesday
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.
"This is not
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
BERLIN (AP) - President Barack Obama is calling for a one-third reduction of the world's nuclear stockpiles.
Obama is speaking at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, a powerful symbol of the Cold War. He says it's possible to ensure American
UPDATE: Authorities say that a tan SUV was heading west on 35th on Wednesday afternoon when the driver ran a stop sign at Freya. A blue SUV that was headed south on Freya hit the tan SUV causing the vehicle to flip over.
There were two people in the overturned SUV, a woman and a little girl. They
AMMON, Idaho (AP) - Officials with the Bonneville County sheriff's department say a 21-month-old southeastern Idaho girl has died after she was left in a vehicle. A news release says deputies and paramedics were called shortly after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to a residence in Ammon,
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The man accused of strangling his girlfriend and putting her body in a tub of acid at a Nine Mile Falls home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge in Spokane.
The trial for 27-year-old Jason Hart is set for Aug. 12.
He's accused of killing 33-year-old Regan