By MARTIN CRUTSINGERAP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Chairman Ben Bernanke is standing by the Federal Reserve's low-interest-rate policies, cautioning that any move to raise rates prematurely could derail a still-modest economic recovery.
Bernanke also sought to calm fears that super-low
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin, welcoming Russian cooperation on international efforts to confront Iran's nuclear ambitions. The White House says the two men also discussed the ongoing violence in Syria, a topic that still divides Washington
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Farm bills passed by the Senate and a House committee last year would save far less money than previously thought, according to a new estimate released Friday.
A report from the Congressional Budget Office says a Senate-passed farm bill would
By JULIE PACEAP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Friday issued pardons for 17 people, largely for minor offenses.
Those receiving pardons came from 13 states and had been sentenced for crimes that included falsely altering a money order, unauthorized acquisition
By ROBERT BURNSAP National Security Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lamented $46 billion in automatic defense budget cuts as "abrupt and arbitrary" but expressed confidence Friday that the Obama administration will find ways to manage them without jeopardizing national
By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department says Canadian tar sands are likely to be developed, regardless of whether the U.S. approves a plan to pipe oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas.
A draft environmental report acknowledges that development of tar sands
By ALICIA A. CALDWELLAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department is criticizing North Korea for, quote, "wining and dining" visiting ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman while its own people go hungry.
Spokesman Patrick Ventrell Friday distanced the U.S. government from Rodman's visit to Pyongyang this week and his praise for the
By DARLENE SUPERVILLEAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - He's not a dictator and won't entertain the idea of a "Jedi mind meld" with opponents. There's no "secret formula or special sauce" he can slip foes to make them see things his way. And not to worry, he says, the situation may look
By ERICA WERNERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake met with key House conservatives this week to promote legislation to overhaul the nation's immigration laws and provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal