NBCNEWS.COM - An online petition that calls for the State of Texas to withdraw from the U.S. and create its own government on Monday reached the required signature threshold to receive an official response from The White House.
The petition on WhiteHouse.gov asks the Obama
By ROBERT BURNSAP National Security Writer
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC (AP) - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday the Obama administration is nearing a decision in the next few weeks on how many U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan - and for what purposes - after
By KEN MILLERThe Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Tulsa man was arrested after police found his 18-month-old daughter locked in a metal dog cage, his naked 4-year old daughter outside on a cold afternoon and him asleep in a drug or alcohol "induced stupor," police said Monday.
By THOMAS J. SHEERANAssociated Press
VERMILION, Ohio (AP) - A mother's frantic plea for help for her disabled 18-month-old son - "He's stiff as a board" - sent an ambulance crew to a reclusive family's home where they found the undersized boy and six other children, most
By The Associated Press
Syria's neighbors are increasingly being drawn into the country's civil war in a variety of ways, whether militarily or due to an exodus of Syrians fleeing the fighting at home. The spillover has raised concerns that the nearly 20-month-long conflict between
By LARRY MARGASAKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - An aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the Virginia congressman first heard about CIA Director David Petraeus' extramarital affair on Saturday, Oct. 27, from an FBI source he didn't know.
Communications director Rory Cooper
By FRANK ELTMAN and MICHAEL VIRTANENAssociated Press
HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, while most utilities have restored electricity to nearly all their customers, there was one glaring exception Monday: a Long Island power company with more outages - almost 60,000
NBCNEWS.COM - The American Red Cross, which bills itself as "the world's largest humanitarian network," is pushing back against critics of its response to superstorm Sandy, with the head of the organization saying its relief effort has been "near flawless" despite criticism from stranded
By ARIEL SCHALIT and JOSEF FEDERMANAssociated Press
TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights (AP) - Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher Monday after a stray mortar shell flew into Israel-held territory, the first direct clash between the neighbors since the Syrian uprising began nearly two years
By CHRISTINA REXRODE and DAVID BAUDER and VERENA DOBNIKAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Garbage trucks, hulking military vehicles and mud-caked cars move slowly through a Staten Island waterfront neighborhood still reeling from Superstorm Sandy's storm surge. Then comes an outlier: a spotless