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
By EDDIE PELLSAP National Writer
President Barack Obama sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with who he is - and isn't - sending to represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics.
Billie Jean King will be one of two openly gay athletes in the U.S. delegation
By THOMAS BEAUMONTAssociated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tom Latham announced Tuesday he won't seek re-election in 2014, creating a potentially competitive race for a seat that likely would have favored the 10-term Iowa Republican.
The 65-year-old Republican from Clive will have
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House and news media representatives agreed Tuesday to work toward expanding access to President Barack Obama's public duties to give photo journalists a less restricted view of the president at work.
Participants in a White House meeting said the session did not
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democrat Mark Herring is widening his lead over Republican Mark Obenshain as the entire state joined in a recount of the historically close race for Virginia attorney general.
Recount officials and the Herring campaign say Herring on Tuesday built on his lead to 600 votes
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Greek government says it will partially lift protection for distressed mortgages in the crisis-hit country to protect banks from a rising number of unpaid loans.
The Development Ministry said Wednesday it will extend through 2014 a freeze on repossession but only for
By PAULINE JELINEKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon says it flew 120 U.S. diplomats and others out of South Sudan Wednesday because of continuing violence in the African nation.
A Defense Department spokesman, Army Col. Steven Warren, says two C-130 aircraft picked up employees from
WASHINGTON (AP) - An operative of a Lebanese-based militant group and an Islamic militant group responsible for an attack on an Algerian gas facility that killed nearly 40 people, including three Americans, are being added to the State Department's list of terrorists.
The designations announced