By COLLEEN LONGAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - A 74-year-old former New York State lawmaker who secretly recorded other politicians in a bid for leniency for her role in a corruption scandal faces up to two years in prison after she pleaded guilty to embezzling money.
Shirley Huntley is scheduled
By ALAN FRAMAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate rejected an effort Wednesday to expand the use of firearms on some of the nation's most frequently visited federal lands, handing gun control advocates a modest success.
The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association, represented
By PATRICK CONDONAssociated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Just six months after Minnesota voters turned back an effort to ban gay weddings, lawmakers are poised to make the state the first in the Midwest to pass a law allowing them.
The startling shift comes amid a rapid evolution of public opinion
By JIM KUHNHENNAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's slowly improving jobs picture hides problems like stagnant wages and fewer working hours that strike directly at President Barack Obama's base of support - young people, racial minorities and the less affluent.
As the president
By MARY CLARE JALONICKAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wrigley says it is taking a new caffeinated gum off the market temporarily as the Food and Drug Administration investigates the safety of added caffeine.
The company said Wednesday that it has stopped new sales and marketing of Alert Energy
By ERICA WERNERAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Religious leaders are warning that including a gay rights amendment in a sweeping immigration bill could cost their support for the legislation.
Richard Land, a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, told reporters on a conference call Wednesday
By JOAN LOWYAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seventy-two 72 airport towers and other air traffic control facilities that were slated to close at night due to budget cuts will get to stay open, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
The FAA had announced earlier this year that it
By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MATTHEW LEEAssociated Press
ROME (AP) - The Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but the money is for humanitarian purposes only and not linked to any decision on arming Syrian rebels.
The announcement will be made by
By KEVIN FREKINGAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel has approved legislation that would greatly curtail when veterans deemed mentally incompetent are reported to the FBI's background check system.
The move to winnow what records get placed into the database comes even as both sides
By CONNIE CASS and LAURAN NEERGAARDAssociated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hospitals within the same city sometimes charge tens of thousands of dollars more for the same procedures, according to figures the government released for the first time Wednesday. The federal list sheds new light on the