WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seemed unsure Wednesday on whether it should order a new sentencing hearing for a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
The justices heard arguments over Robert Keith Woodall 's death sentence for kidnapping and
By BRADLEY KLAPPERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers are raising questions about the secret U.S. diplomacy with Iran that led to last month's nuclear breakthrough, demanding greater transparency and expressing disappointment at being left in the dark.
The Associated Press has reported
WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says former South African President Nelson Mandela taught the world that trust, justice and reconciliation are possible, and that change can come.
Biden spoke Wednesday at a memorial service attended by members of Congress, civil rights leaders and others
By ALICIA A. CALDWELLAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate committee has approved President Barack Obama's pick to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department.
Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted Wednesday to send Alejandro
By STEVE PEOPLESAssociated Press
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Having already lost her 6-year-old son, Nicole Hockley insists she won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence - no matter how long it takes.
She is among a group of "accidental activist" parents brought together one year ago by almost
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says a lower court should not have overturned the conviction and death sentence of a man who admitted killing a Kansas sheriff.
The high court Wednesday unanimously overturned the Kansas Supreme Court's decision to throw out Scott Cheever's death sentence
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Citing a potential threat to public health, the Food and Drug Administration moved Wednesday toward phasing out the use of some antibiotics in animals processed for meat.
Many cattle, hog and poultry producers give their animals antibiotics
By FREDERIC J. FROMMERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by Rep. Charles Rangel that had sought to overturn the 2010 House censure of the New York congressman for financial wrongdoing.
U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled Wednesday that Rangel's
WASHINGTON (AP) - A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the accord
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and LAURIE KELLMANAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Playing catch-up with a long way to go, President Barack Obama's new health insurance markets last month picked up the dismal pace of signups, the administration reported Wednesday.
Enrollment statistics from the
By LARA JAKESAP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.
Pleading with the Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is confirming that the U.S. is suspending nonlethal aid to rebels in northern Syria amid reports that Islamic Front fighters have seized assets from mainstream, Western-backed rebels.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. is concerned about reports that
By ANDREW TAYLORAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' budget office estimates that the just-announced budget deal would increase the deficit over the next two years by $41.4 billion.
The analysis also says the deal would save taxpayers $23 billion, when calculated over the coming decade